DJCF/SWCF Annual Meeting Electrifies Record Crowd
Excitement, cheering and gasps. These sounds are not the norm at a typical Jewish nonprofit’s annual meeting. But then again, the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation (DJCF) and the Southwest Community Foundation (SWCF) are quite different from your ordinary Jewish nonprofit. The first and most significant distinction is the DJCF/SWCF do not fundraise, nor solicit. In contrast to many, the Foundation concentrates on managing other nonprofits’ funds so they can concentrate on the important services they provide. Additionally, the Foundation administers numerous scholarships, endowments and donor-advised funds on behalf of fundholders.
To commence the evening, outgoing Chairman Rusty Cooper handed the gavel on to incoming Chairman Andy Dropkin and within minutes the board of trustees were elected and welcomed. Then, the night got underway with some big surprises.
To better show the community what the Foundation does the DJCF/SWCF debuted a new program called Unsung Heroes. The Foundation recognized that nonprofits cannot survive without financial resources, but equally important is the dedication from staff – especially those behind the scenes that don’t usually get the spotlight. For this surprise project, each agency that maintains its funds with DJCF or SWCF had the opportunity to recognize one of their own staff members that is not generally seen, but is a driving force in their organization. Each of the 12 Unsung Heroes had wonderfully supportive groups in attendance! Some were literally chanting the names of their honoree as they came forward, which echoed the sentiments initially submitted by their nominating agencies. Each Unsung Hero got their ‘moment’ in the spotlight while the crowd of nearly 300 attendees were able to learn more about the important work each Unsung Hero does each and every day.
Another major highlight was the presentation of grants from the Sylvan T. Baer Foundation, which the DJCF serves as a consultant to Bank of America. More than $175,000 in grants were presented to seven qualifying Jewish agencies. Adding to the anticipation, the recipient agencies did not know their respective grant amounts until their organization was announced! It was thrilling to hear how legacy giving can really make an impact again and again. All in the crowd agreed, between the amazing desserts, excitement of the grants and the unsung heroes the DJCF/SWCF 2018 Annual Meeting was a rousing success!