Fostering a Sense of Belonging
How Amy Fox Became an Ambassador for Jewish Atlanta and the JCC Maccabi Games
When Atlanta Jewish Foundation (AJF) philanthropists Amy Fox and her husband, Dr. Chuck Fox, relocated to Atlanta about 14 years ago, they were drawn in by the warmth of the community, the greater ease of living, and the prospect of having a choice of day schools for their children.
As stewards in this community that has given them so much, Amy says having a Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) with AJF has “helped us to be much more thoughtful in our giving. Instead of logistically trying to figure out how to give out money each time, we do it all at once. Then we can take our time and really plan how we want to give.”
Jewish education and continuity have been at the top of the list of causes they want to support from the get-go. After all, their now-16-year-old twins, Ben and Sydney, attended The Epstein School all the way through 8th grade, and benefitted from the experience immensely. (Sydney, now at Riverwood High School, is currently part of JumpSpark’s inaugural Strong Women Fellowship cohort.)
Amy’s deep immersion in our Jewish community is a far cry from the life she knew growing up, raised in the small farming community of Staunton, VA, where she, her parents and siblings comprised one of just a handful of other Jewish families for miles around.
“My whole life, people had been telling me ‘you’re Jewish.’ But I had no idea what that meant,” she said.