The Venture Foundation, Ltd. was established in 1984 to create public awareness about the individuals with developmental disabilities in our care, as the charitable fundraising arm of Camp Venture, and as a financial safety net for needed capital and program needs unfunded or not fully-funded by government reimbursements.
Over the past three decades, Camp Venture and the Venture Foundation have partnered on many signature projects.
During the 1990’s, fundraising campaigns helped to construct:
- Two indoor therapeutic pools
- A memorial pond for handicapped victims of the Holocaust
- The building of the Kathleen Lukens Independent Living Center.
Foundation dollars also have assisted in the building an Alzheimer’s wing at one of our living centers and the rebuilding of Venture’s Summer Camp in Stony Point.
Since the year 2000, Venture has shifted its strategic focus from operating large residence facilities to offering smaller group homes and providing support for people with developmental disabilities living at home with their families.
Innovative after-school, in-home, and weekend respite care programs have been added including a Creative Fine Arts Program and the construction of an Equestrian Therapeutic Riding Center both funded, in part, by the Venture Foundation.
Today, Camp Venture provides social services, assistance, and advocacy to over 2,000 developmentally disabled youth and adults in every town in Rockland County and has a budget of almost $40 million.