We are mindful every day that we – and this community – benefit greatly from the generosity of those who came before us.
We benefit from the individuals and families who established Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid, where we worship on Shabbat and celebrate simchas like our daughters’ b’nai mitzvah. We are grateful to those who built the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, where our children participated in many activities from day care to summer camp. We are especially grateful for those who supported Hillel Foundation at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where we met. And these are just a few examples.
Continuing to support the organizations that we care deeply about is important to us. With all the various financial pressures on young families these days – daycare, braces, music lessons, camp, college savings – it’s hard to envision ourselves like the major donors from generations prior who built these great institutions. Our Donor Advised Fund gave us the opportunity to get something started and has become a placeholder of sorts for philanthropy that fits our budget and priorities.
The Fund could not have been easier to set up. The account statements we receive in the mail prompt regular conversations between ourselves about our philanthropic goals and priorities, and also with our kids. The fund serves as an invitation to think bigger, and into the future, about what’s possible. We need not wait until we are bubbes and zaydes to think about generations to come.
Learn more about establishing your own Donor Advised Fund.