By Jennifer Failla
Inaction is usually a result of fear or not knowing how to do something. The idea of doing something is really appealing but executing that idea can leave one paralyzed; it is human nature. It can be challenging, figuring out where to start.
Many people understand how to give today. Community members give time, dollars, knowledge and energy to so many organizations and things people care about for so many different reasons. Individuals are driven to help in our own way and to the best of our ability. Why one person gives and what motivates him or her might not be the same reason for someone else.
Austin Jewish community members are all motivated by different reasons. The community is powerful because of the collection of varying motivations that make its fabric of support so rich and diverse. Austin Jewish community members are all donating time, energy and dollars to different passions that ensure older adults have companionship, children have schools, temples are cared for and rabbis are enriched. The local community invests in people already here, people wanting to come here and those abroad in Israel. This wonderful community’s individual passions collectively measure into a powerful worldwide impact.
The actions community members take today set the stage for what is yet to come for future generations. Today’s community members are laying the groundwork to build communities, set processes, invest wisely and steward behaviors and beliefs every time we say a blessing, honor loved ones and invest in the community.
Endowment is so basic and yet can be so unnecessarily daunting at the same time. One dollar invested today yields many more in the future; take this collective belief system of passion and motivation and be sure there is financial support for later down the line. Endowment is making sure what is passionate to us today exists for tomorrow.
There are many ways to endow a current gift for years to come. An entire cabinet of lay leaders within the Jewish Foundation of Austin and Central Texas, a branch of Shalom Austin, is dedicated to helping every community member figure out what is your passion, why it is important to you and what we can do to help you ensure it is here for years to come. ■
For additional support and questions about ensuring a stronger Jewish community for tomorrow, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, (512) 735-8010 or visit shalomaustin.org/foundation.