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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Camps, Sports

Mission: THE FELIX ORGANIZATION/ Adoptees For Children provides inspiring opportunities and new experiences to enrich the lives of children who are growing up in the foster care system. As adoptees, we were "taken home." We want to give back to those children who didn't get "taken home."

Results: The Felix Organization has sent over 1,000 youth in foster care to Camp Felix, an overnight camp in Putnam Valley NY and has sent hundreds more youth from Los Angeles to a state-of-the art overnight camp on the west coast. To date, 10 former campers have become CITs, Jr. Counselors and/or Counselors, expanding their leadership skills and gaining on-the-job competencies.

Target demographics: youth in foster care create a better future.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 200 young people

Geographic areas served: New York and Los Angeles

Programs: Camp Felix overnight camp, Beyond Camp which allows youth in foster care to follow their dreams by paying for extracurricular activities, Thanksgiving Feast-ival, Winter Camp Reunions, Secret Santa holiday gifts and Felix Friendship Circle, which sends youth to Broadway shows and cultural events.

Community Stories

65 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the foster parent to a young man who has been with me for several years now. As a foster parent, I want to let the Felix Organization know that they are an absolute treasure. Organizations like them are one of the many reasons I continue to foster children in need of a safe and loving home. The Felix Organization makes it so much easier for parents to help create and make the dreams of the children come true. My boy Z asked me one day if he could take parkour classes at a local facility in our town. My first question was "what is parkour"? He then proceeded to load up a video from YouTube to show me. He even went as far to get the address and phone number to the location. After speaking with them, I quickly realized it was just out of reach for me financially. Then one day shortly after our discussion, I received an email from our local summer camp program introducing me to the Felix Organization. I read the information and quickly applied for a scholarship. It wasn't long before I received a reply from them outlining the steps I needed to take to complete the application process. We have been privileged to come across the Felix Organization. They have graced us with their sponsorship for quite some time now. They're flawlessly easy to work with and communicating with them is expedient. I don't know how I could have managed without their help. Being affiliated with this organization is a benefit for any family. These folks are personable, gracious, warm and they truly care about the children. Felix Organization, your support for Z and our family has made one very special boy in CA tremendously happy and we applaud you for that. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!

Celt1234

Donor

Rating: 5

I inadvertently stumbled on to the Camp Felix site while noodling around Facebook one day. It was on the anniversary of my dad's death. He was orphaned and homeless at 17, and was "taken in" by a family in his town. He taught his kids to help people who are jammed up, and to "be kind."
Since then, each year as a nod to my dad, I donate enough to send a kid to camp for one week. If I have more I give more.
It's the greatest organization because it gives a kid a chance to be a kid. My dad's legacy, lives...

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Recently, on the Anniversary of my dad's death-he was orphaned at 17-I stumbled onto the Felix site; fate I guess? I quickly made a donation to send a kid to Camp this summer, and will do the same for years to come, to honor my dad. He was a good guy.
This was an emotional experience, and I felt my dad that day. He's been gone 11 years. I'm honored to be a part of maybe changing a kid's perspective for a week. All of us deserve a shot.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended Camp Felix as a child and have also had the honor of working there once I was old enough. Since the age of 8 every single summer I've spent at Camp Felix had been life-changing. I've gained both spirit and life time friends who I consider family from camp. They also throw various great events throughout the year to remind the Felix family that it is a year-round experience. The people who attend both camp and year-around events always see that Camp Felix is a family and is open to anyone with enough CAMP SPIRIT to join!!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Having watched The Felix Organization grow for the past 12 years, I have seen the positive effect on campers who experience leaving the inner city for the first time. They form a tight camaraderie free of having to wear a tough outer shell, where those less outgoing are embraced and encouraged by their peers to reach their full potential. The youngsters are encouraged to experience dance, singing, acting, arts and crafts and physical challenges, including learning to swim, a skill taken for granted by many youth from other environments. Pride in who they are and where they come from is an integral part of the experience, reinforced by each cabin making flags representing a myriad of ethnicities and learning about the country, language and customs. The annual camp Open House and Talent Show provides a venue for all to shine without fear of failure or recrimination, either independently or within a group. When visiting camp, I have been inspired by the enthusiasm of campers and counselors alike; smiles and laughter abound, coupled with serious and compassionate conversations as the situation calls for. All of this takes place within the rigid requirements for safety and health and well-being required for all children’s camps, with the additional support necessary for those with unique needs.
The organization is carefully managed, with nearly 75% of all funds going directly to the program. Funding is supported by generous donations of time and materials from avid supporters and volunteers. The Felix Organization has become my family’s chosen charity as we witness the positive benefits it provides for children so often left behind through no fault of their own.

1 Stephani L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I worked at Camp Felix for three summers and can confidently say that The Felix Organization has a major impact on the children they serve. The programming they invest in helps foster community, hope and joy. The Felix Organization will always have my support!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The staff members of this organization are the most committed and highly motivated group of people you'll ever meet. The lives of children are transformed each summer - this is a wonderful organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Felix Organization is an integral resource to youth in the foster care system. Often times said kids feel alone and unwanted, with little opportunity to pursue their interests or interact with those who can understand their situation. The Felix Organization provides all that and more! As someone who was once a recipient of their aid and is now a current intern with them, I feel I can safely and confidently say that the Felix Organization is one of a kind. I hope that people in the community will continue to support their efforts to improve the lives of foster kids everywhere.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Felix Organization has played a vital role in my life, for as long as I can remember. As a kid there was never a summer that I didn't want to go to camp & I can still remember crying & feeling sad, when summer would end & the countdown would have to restart. The countdown until the next event, until we were all reunited, until we all felt at home again. For many of us Felix is a family.

Advisor

Rating: 5

This charity has enriched the lives of children in foster care for over 13 years. They not only have sponsored summer camps for this community they help individuals through out the year. If it wasn’t for their annual secret Santa campaign some of the children in foster care would not receive any Christmas gifts. They are making a difference one child at a time.

Robyn D.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following the Felix Organization and what they do for some time now and it is so empowering. Helping the underprivileged and raising money for kids in foster care to enjoy after school activities, school itself and summer camp when they many not have been able to in the first place. Even helping with holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas so these children don't feel left out. Every kid deserves to be a kid and enjoy what life has to offer and this way they can.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Jam Master Jay Foundation for Music is a proud donor of The Felix Organization. They do such important work and have an enormous impact on the kids they work with. They are focused, organized, compassionate, creative, and have an in depth understanding of the needs these kids have. We look forward to continuing to partner with them in the coming years!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Felix is truly one of those great organization with truly great people running the show. They have unequivocally demonstrated a passion to providing a diverse range of enrichment for children in the foster care system whom are typically neglected and very often cast aside.

Felix has demonstrated an innate ability to enrich children's lives beyond just taking them to summer camp. I have witnessed first hand the children who enter the program and believe very little is possible within their current situations transformed into children with dreams aspirations and real goals. This is a direct result of encouragement and their exposure to people who truly care about their futures as well as mental and physical challenges, arts and crafts, music, theater and participating in first hand problem solving and team building exercises.

The Felix Organization does truly embody every day what many others should aspire to be !

2 Yobalni Hazi P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a part CAMP FELIX since the beginning, I started as counselor and held many position at the camp. CAMP FELIX has a special place in my heart. until this day I stayed in contact and come across with pass campers that attended camp with us and one of the things they say when I come across those past campers is how CAMP FELIX allowed them to be themselves and just have fun, because back home it was chaotic for them and CAMP FELIX was their home always from home. CAMP FELIX is a camp that once you attend you'll always be a camp member. Many of our past campers have returned to work or volunteer with us and that itself speak volumes of the care with give each child that come to CAMP FELIX.
CAMP FELIX IS NOT JUST A CAMP, IT IS A TRADITION................

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a young person growing up in New York City, I was privileged enough to live near the ocean and I can say from experience how important it is for human beings, especially children, to connect with nature. The Felix Organization provides children from the foster care system with the opportunity to get away from hectic city life to enjoy fresh air, green grass, beautiful trees, and clear skies. I've seen their happy faces for myself and I know that their time at Camp Felix will leave a positive impact on their lives that will last forever.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Felix Organization has been a loyal part of my children's lives for over 10 years. My children went to Camp Felix each summer when they were young and they looked forward to it every year. I don't think there is another organization that truly creates a family for all of us like Felix does. With other organizations, you don't always know for sure if they are making a difference in the community. Felix always puts children first and makes sure to provide the best opportunities. I am grateful for the positive impact they've had on my children's lives and for how they continue to care about them even through adulthood. I believe that Felix will be a special part of their lives forever.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Felix Organization has been an amazing and consistent part of my children's lives for the past 10 years. They attended Camp Felix every summer and eventually went on to work there. I am grateful for the positive impact Felix still has on my children's lives all these years since they first started going to Camp. They continue to be part of Felix events and programs. I believe that Felix will be a special part of their lives forever. I don't think there is another organization that truly creates a family for all of us like Felix does. I thank them for always thinking of my children and giving them the opportunity to be part of something beautiful.

Tiffany M.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Felix is the little organization that CAN! From humble beginnings with one camp for children in foster care, Felix has grown to serve hundreds of children each summer with 5 Camp Felix programs, including 2 on the West Coast. In addition to creating magical summer experiences, Felix also provides scholarships to children in foster care so they can enjoy extracurricular activities throughout the year. Felix is a small family and team that makes BIG dreams come true!

Donor

Rating: 5

I've known about this organization for several years and they are doing great work with the foster care population. Inspiring group!

Donor

Rating: 5

Felix has been sending kids from the most impoverished areas of NYC to camp for over ten years. They are an amazing and inspiring group!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This charity has been growing by leaps and bounds since it began over 12 years ago. Now they not only have four summer camp programs on the east and west coasts, they also provide year round opportunities for children growing up in the foster care system.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a truly incredible organization that dedicates its time and resources to help better the lives of youth in foster care. What continues to stick out to me the most is the passion and dedication of the staff and employees-- they don't work at Felix simply because they were offered a job, each and every one of them truly cares about the happiness and wellbeing of their kids and campers and wants to see and create change in the foster community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

When I traveled upstate New York to visit camp Felix summer program, I was touched by the personality’s and talent among these young kids .. they shared there hopes and dreams the Facility was great and the kids really enjoy there time there , I’m honored to be part of this fantastic organization! Jeff Wallner

Donor

Rating: 5

Felix is an amazing charity. They work with such needy children. They provide an important summer event for these children who so desperately need love and affection. Wonderful work!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I take great pride in being a donor to the Felix Organization. The organization does wonderful things for children that really need it most. As a mother of 2, I see the benefits that my children have by having me as a dedicated mother. These children need all the help we can give, and Camp Felix is a wonderful way to provide an excellent experience to these kids!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I truly commend The Felix Organization on the work they are doing to ensure that children who often do not have stable home environments have a place they can now call "home". The summer and winter camps allow kids with a common struggle to come together and feel a sense of hope, belonging and love. There are so many issues that need to be addressed from the root, and The Felix Organization is tackling just that, so that these kids CAN grow up to be productive members of society, pursue an education and find their true callings! Privileged to be able to work with such an amazing group of people who inspire me!

Advisor

Rating: 5

The Felix Organization is a wonderful organization with a staff truly committed to realizing the company's mission of helping youth in foster care!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Camp Felix provides hundreds of people with a life-changing experience; both children and staff. Being a part of the camp felix team gives every individual the opportunity to widen their range of abilities by working in an environment that is conducive to growth. Both the counselors and the children are so welcoming and eager to make each summer the best summer they've had. I was a first camp counselor with Camp Felix last summer, and I can honestly say that last summer was the most memorable summer I've ever had. Working alongside individuals who all had something to bring to the table and genuinely wanted to ensure that each kid left Camp Felix at the end of the week with a smile on their faces was beneficial to my understanding of what a team really is. I went to camp to work and change children's lives, but it turns out that my life was changed as well. From the camp cheers to the talent shows, Camp Felix is a fun and rewarding experience. I love my Camp Felix family, and I can't wait to return this summer as a camp counselor!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Summer at Camp Felix is something I will always hold so dear to my heart and will never forget. Having never been to a sleep away camp myself, nervous wasn't even the word to describe myself the night before the first day. But as soon as I met my coworkers and the children that attend Camp Felix, the nerves instantly vanished. Not only were the other counselors extremely welcoming, but so were the campers. It was inspiring to see such young souls absolutely light up when stepping off the bus and entering camp! The bonds formed between one another and the compassion displayed was so heartwarming. It was so much fun teaching all of the different campers new things from drawing to swimming to a sense of responsibility, and team work. Earning awards at the end of the week for a job well done boosted the self confidence and overall morale. It was incredible to witness. I am thrilled to be returning to Camp Felix as a counselor again this summer, and I look forward to making many great new memories and friends. Camp Felix is an exceptional program that offers children various programs like art, tennis, basketball, swimming, rock climbing and so much more. Though the summer months can get extremely hot and the days are long and tiring, I wouldn't trade this experience for the world.

1 ahuggins

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My time at Camp Felix was life changing and very amazing. I myself have never been to a sleep away camp but after the first day at Camp Felix everything became natural. Working with the boys in my cabin was very eye opening. I was able to connect with a group of kids in a way that I never did before. By working with other counselors, staff members and children at the camp we became one big family with one mission in mind...TO HAVE FUN. Even though the summer was very hot and by the end of the day I was exhausted, I was happy knowing that I was able to bring a smile to all the children faces that I worked with during the day. Camp Felix is a extraordinary program and I am happy to know that this summer more children will get to enjoy a fun filled summer filled with events, activities, fun and games. It sadness me to know that I won't be able to come back this summer but through Camp Felix I was able to obtain employment through the NY Foundling. Camp Felix will continue to be great and I hope that everyone get to understand and experience what a true camp experience is!

1 Travis W.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Camp Felix is more of an all inclusive resort for kids than it is a summer camp!

There is nowhere else in the country where you can find a camp with staff who literally travel from across globe to provide our youth in foster care with the most MAGICAL SUMMER EXPERIENCE IN THE WORLD.

Everynight campers are treated to a host of amazing shows put together by team members and partners of the felix organization. Campers are always encouraged to be a part of the action!

At the end of the summer families and supporting members of the Felix Organization are invited to an star studded talent show featuring the amazing campers and counselors!

All in all there's no place I'd rather spend my summers than CAMP FELIX!

THE MOST MAGICAL SUMMER CAMP ON EARTH!

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Former staff

Rating: 5

Camp Felix is the most magical place on earth!

Here you have a camp where staff from the around the world to spend 5 weeks with the most amazing children from the five boroughs of NYC and the result is a cultural exchange which breeds exploration and a new found openness to try all things new!

I've had the honor of spending 8 of the most impactful summers of my life making a difference at Camp Felix and no matter where I go in life.... I'll always remember that my story began in the sunny Putnam Valley at Camp Felix.

2 DestinyMarie

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's the place where so many of us have found our voices, some hope for the world. The place where you become most in touch with your inner self, it's become a home away from home. It's a place where indenying stardom is born. A place filled with laughter, commitment, love, and ambition. The Felix Organization and Camp Felix are built on a foundation of family and friendship. The bonds that are made are beyond extraordinary. Year in and year out I've found myself thinking of new ideas and ways to make camp better, and every summer I'm amazed by the changes I see; the growth. I'm beyond lucky to have been/ to be a part of such an amazing team, and to every individual I've met: THANK YOU. For your countless inspiration and admiration. Here's to another year devoted to Felix, and a year of prosperity.

Donor

Rating: 5

Best non- profit ever, best staff, amazing work!! Doing such work for foster care kids, camp Felix provides opportunities to change kids lives!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a donor and volunteer for Felix for the past year, and it is such an amazing organization. I've had the opportunity to meet so many of the kids who benefit from Felix's fundraising and Summer Camp experience, and to see the joy in their faces is reason enough to get involved.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Felix Organization is invaluable. Their one-on-one approach to enriching and helping children and young adults to succeed is just one reason why Felix is so impactful. I had the chance last summer to see that first hand at Camp Felix. The way that the staff and team functioned made it clear that their priority was focused on providing a safe and nurturing environment for the campers to enjoy. This is the reason why I love the Felix Organization and believe so much in their mission.

Morgan16

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Felix Organization is an amazing nonprofit that completely changes the lives for children in the foster care system!

Mike183

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Felix was the perfect non-profit for to get involved with that is forward-thinking and also gave me an opportunity to help the younger generation / the future of America. Everything we do is completely motivated by the goal of enriching the lives of children in foster care, and I couldn't be happier with my fellow volunteers. This organization also has top-notch leadership and very open to new ideas!

_SBW_

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Felix Organization does amazing work. From their counselors through their administration, the organization is full of hard working, passionate individuals, that make a difference in so many lives each and every summer!

Dan_88

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Felix rocks and really gives a lot to the kids it helps!