Once-in-a-Generation Endowment Campaign
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, הַמֵּכִין מִצְעֲדֵי גָֽבֶר.
Blessed is the Eternal our God,
Who makes firm our steps.
Make Firm Our Steps represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest in Mount Zion’s future through gifts that will endure. We undertake this campaign from a position of great strength. Mount Zion is blessed with outstanding clergy, a strong Board and lay volunteers working on its behalf, an increasingly involved membership, excellent programs for learning at every age, a stunning building that we own outright, and leadership within the Twin Cities Jewish community and nationally. Current programming at Mount Zion represents a model Reform synagogue experience for the 21st century, positioning us solidly to undertake this unprecedented endowment effort.
For a nonprofit Jewish institution like Mount Zion, endowment functions financially much like the building’s concrete foundation: it is largely hidden, yet provides the unshakeable base upon which everything that takes place in the building above – worship, gathering, study – depends.
Additional endowment will lead to one critical outcome: a permanent and predictable source of unrestricted revenue to support all that Mount Zion does. The endowment fund will provide permanent resources so that succeeding generations can engage in diverse activities while allowing the Temple to address emergent opportunities and unforeseeable contingencies.
Past generations created a strong, stable community today
Mount Zion didn’t arrive at its enviable position today by accident or luck, but by the calculated intentions of its leaders, spanning multiple generations over three centuries. The Temple and its congregants are the fortunate beneficiaries of collective decisions made before most of us were born.
The financial case: What a successful campaign means
We are conducting the endowment campaign now because of the difference between revenue received from annual support and dues and revenue generated from endowment. The former is raised and fully expended each year to defray the cost of operating a complex and multifaceted synagogue like Mount Zion. In contrast, endowment funds, once in place, produce revenue predictably and perpetually as the corpus is never expended. Additional endowment will help dampen the potential volatility of the Temple’s other revenue streams during challenging times, like those we are currently experiencing.
Put another way: We are not financially insecure; rather, we are seeking additional permanent resources to sustain and to build upon the excellence we have already attained. New endowment funds will undergird financial stability and make all planning more predictable.
Everyone can participate
Every donor to the Campaign, regardless of gift size, will be recognized. To be recognized as a contributor, pledges or gifts must be received by the Campaign’s final day: April 30, 2021.
An invitation without obligation
Each of us contributes in different ways to the Mount Zion community—giving time, passion, creativity, involvement, money, and sometimes all of these. If your circumstances preclude making a donation or if you simply choose not to, please know that we value and honor other ways that you contribute to the community.
Thank you for your consideration and commitment to Make Firm Our Steps. Walking together, we will achieve our goal.
“Across the years, in times of celebration and challenge, and in four different buildings, Mount Zion has been our sacred home. Make Firm Our Steps will help secure the Temple’s financial foundation, enabling it to remain relevant both for us and for future generations. This community-wide campaign for Mount Zion’s endowment fund, L’dor Vador, creates an opportunity for extraordinary contributions.”
— Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker
“Just as my ancestors planted for me, I too am planting for my descendants.”
–Talmud Taanit 23a