Dell Foundation pledges $6.25 million to Jewish Community Campus expansion

Dell Jewish Community Campus Entrance

Dell Jewish Community Campus Entrance

The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation announced a $6.25 million pledge grant that will match every dollar donated to Shalom Austin's Generations Campaign, which aims to raise $25 million to expand the Dell Jewish Community Campus that opened in 2000.

The Generations Campaign has raised $12.5 million from over 250 individual donors to date. With the Dell Foundation grant, Shalom Austin has raised 75 percent of its goal of $25 million.

The expansion plans include the construction of a new Jewish Community Center building; an expanded fitness center; family-friendly outdoor facilities, including a water park-style swimming pool and tennis courts; and renovation of the existing community hall, early childhood classrooms and locker rooms.

"This expansion and renovation will create a world-class campus that everyone in the Greater Austin area can enjoy," Generations Campaign co-chairs Keith Zimmerman and Judy Waxman said in a news release.

They hope the Dell pledge encourages others to contribute to the Generations Campaign now that every dollar will be doubled.

The existing Dell Jewish Community Campus opened in 2000, after Michael and Susan Dell donated the 40 acres of land in Northwest Hills on which it stands. Today, the facility welcomes 730,000 visitors annually.

"Our campus has served us well for the past 17 years, and now is the time to meet the challenge of the future. That requires even more services for children, teens, adults and seniors," Shalom Austin CEO Daniel Septimus said in the release.
By Emma Freer
Emma Freer began covering Central Austin for Community Impact Newspaper in 2017. Her beat includes the Travis County Commissioners Court and local business news. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School in 2017.


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