by Patti Simmons, Foundation Relations
There are few things as intoxicating and satisfying as meeting someone who lives a fully coherent life where “all outward things are images of inward life,” as Yeats, the poet of eternal opposites, longed for. By all accounts, Robbie Ausley lives an integrated life. Long-time First United Methodist Church Austin member, political and social activist, wife, mother, philanthropist, all converge into a conscious, responsible steward of abundant life.
“We wanted to leave something that would live on,” said JoAnn Ranton when asked why she and her late husband James established the James and JoAnn Ranton Family Endowment through TMF in 2015. Though a common and admirable motivation for legacy giving, JoAnn’s statement is far from a sweeping observation. For her, it is specific, profound, and startling in its significance.
In recognition and celebration of all that Gil Rendle has done for the church, TMF is proud to announce the creation of the Gil Rendle Learning and Leadership Endowment. This endowment will honor Gil’s legacy by supporting his work to advance TMF’s Leadership Ministry learning agenda, the primary objective of which is to create opportunities for TMF to open new paths of discernment, decision-making, and action by leaders.
Like ripples from a small pebble dropped into still waters, acts of generosity start a current that is never-ending.
Whether people give to those in need – in Belize or in their own communities – or to environmental issues or to animals, it all serves God.
Dr. Charles Laing served as the 3rd President of the Texas Methodist Foundation from 1978-1993. Under Dr. Laing’s leadership, TMF experienced unprecedented growth and earned a well-deserved reputation for investing in the people of the United Methodist Church.