Q: Tell us about yourself.
I’m from the
Q: How did you get involved with the Endowment Department?
Every year we give away 10 percent of our money. It’s the right thing to do and it allows a generous tax write-off. So far, the biggest beneficiary has been the Mythic Imagination Institute. We also made a major gift to The Atlanta Scholars Kollel capital campaign, and the
Q: What drives you philanthropically?
Inspiration and empathy. If I can give to something that will create more creativity and inspiration, that’s powerful! People are so wrapped up in their own world, they have no clue how to relate to another human being or culture. That’s what creates terrorism and unjust war. We need to raise the level of empathy in the world.
Q: What advice do you have for people uncertain how to start an endowment?
Call Federation. You can set up a foundation or a philanthropic fund. Organizations need money today, but they also need “insurance” for the future. Building an endowment takes the pressure off future generations. If you start putting funds in a philanthropic fund or endowment, you’ll see it grow.