Mabee Foundation Awards Shalom Austin Generations Campaign $500K Challenge Grant

Mabee Foundation Awards Shalom Austin Generations Campaign $500K Challenge Grant

Shalom Austin CEO Rabbi Daniel Septimus, Generations Campaign Director Harriett Kirsh Pozen, Mabee Foundation Chairman John Mabee, and Andy Pastor, member of the Generations Campaign Leadership Team.

Injects Sense of Urgency into Capital Campaign’s Final Stretch

By Tonyia Cone

The Generations Campaign has reached yet another major milestone. The campaign has been pushed into its final fundraising stretch by the J. E. and L. E. Mabee Foundation, which has awarded Shalom Austin’s Generations Campaign a $500,000 challenge grant.

As of mid-October, the Generations Campaign raised $21,118,456. In order to receive the Mabee matching funds, the Generations Campaign needs to reach its $25 million goal and close the campaign by October 2019.

Formed in 1948 by John E. Mabee and his wife, Lottie E. Mabee, the Mabee Foundation aids religious organizations, charitable organizations, institutions of higher learning and hospitals in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Natives of Missouri, John E. Mabee died in 1961 and Lottie E. Mabee died in 1965, leaving a substantial portion of their personal estates to the Mabee Foundation under the guidance of its Board of Trustees, the Mabee Foundation continues to carry out its mission as a tribute to the generosity of the Mabees.

From the date of its inception, grants paid by the Mabee Foundation have totaled in excess of $1.1 billion. The Foundation’s giving is divided: 33 percent to private, independent non-tax supported colleges; 45 percent to community activities, including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Red Cross, Salvation Army, YMCA, YWCA, food banks, children’s homes and organizations that care for those with disabilities and those who have been abused and neglected; 4 percent for religious affiliated organizations, including seminaries, campus ministries, camps and centers; and 18 percent for scientific, health and medical activities, principally grants to hospitals and healthcare activities.

The Generations Campaign is the first capital campaign since the Dell Jewish Community Campus opened in January 2000. Funds raised through the campaign will expand and renovate the Dell Jewish Community Campus and will fund sustainability initiatives. Every dollar raised now will not only be matched by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, but will guarantee that the Mabee challenge will be met and the campaign goal achieved by October 2019.

Shalom Austin CEO Rabbi Daniel Septimus said, “The Central Texas Jewish community is so grateful to be honored by the Mabee Foundation. The community has really come together to forge the future of Jewish life in Greater Austin. Today is the day to give for Jewish Austin’s future. If you have been waiting to donate, this is your last chance to help close the campaign and realize the Generations dream,” he said.

Over the next year, Shalom Austin will finalize plans for the $25 million project, which includes new amenities and spaces on the Dell Jewish Community Campus, all pending funding and final approval: Expansion of facilities; pool side snack bar; water features; performance arts and events space; expanded fitness center and wellness programming; space for Jewish Family Service; refreshed ECP; new playground; and more.

Also part of the Generations Campaign expansion is The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Jewish Culture and Education, a new cultural and educational center that will host expanded arts, Jewish educational and cultural offerings and technology-rich learning spaces.

The Generations Campaign will enable Jewish Family Service, Shalom Austin's social service branch that provides a wide array of mental health and support services, to broaden its reach with expanded space for counseling and support services.

All of these improvements will make the campus ready for the growth of the Central Texas Jewish community expected in the years to come. ■

For more information, visit shalomaustin.org/generations or contact Generations Campaign Director Harriett Kirsh Pozen at (512) 735-8076 or harriett.kirsh.pozen@shalomaustin.org.

Generations Campaign Co-Chairs
Judy Waxman and Keith Zimmerman

Abby Rapoport, Shalom Austin Board Chair
Rabbi Daniel Septimus, Shalom Austin CEO
Harriett Kirsh Pozen, Generations Campaign Director

Generations Executive Committee
Keith Zimmerman, Chair
Iser Cukierman, Finance Committee Co-Chair
David Ferdman, Building Committee Co-Chair
Dan Kraus, Past Shalom Austin Board Chair
Abby Rapoport, Shalom Austin Board Chair
Rabbi Daniel Septimus, Shalom Austin CEO
Jerry Webberman, DJCC Development Corp.

Generations Building Committee
Daniel Carl, Co-Chair
David Ferdman, Co-Chair
Beth Cohen
Brad Greenblum, Legal Co-Chair
Steve Krasoff
Rabbi Daniel Septimus, Shalom Austin CEO
Corey Schwartz, Shalom Austin COO

Generations Finance Committee
Iser Cukierman, Co-Chair
Harry Zimmerman, Generations Co-Chair
Laurence Statman, Shalom Austin CFO

Fundraising Co-Chairs
Seth Halpern
Heilla Lain
Billy Osherow
Gary Zausmer, Corporate Chair

Generations Campaign Leadership
David Brenner, Carol Dochen, Gloria Evans, Bob Frachtman, Sandra Freed, David Frager, Steve Gellman, David Goldstein, Jennifer Greenblum, Matt Haney, Karee Jones, Ben Kogut, Bobby Krumholz, Marcia Levy, Kimberly Luskey, Jeff Miller, Jeff Newberg, Vicki Osherow, Andy Pastor, Kirk Rudy, Randi Shade, Rob Solomon, Joan Swartz, Barbara Tocker, Susan Zane Epstein

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