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Meet Jen and Jack Foster: Making Giving Back a Family Affair

As a former United Way Board member, and a current member of Tocqueville United and Women United, Jen Foster is a true United Way champion! Her commitment to helping build a stronger Austin is something that she is passing down to her 10-year-old son, Jack. They have turned philanthropy into a family activity and jointly make decisions on how to best invest in the Greater Austin community. 

“I know that other families need support, and it’s our number one goal as a family to make sure they get it.” – Jack Foster 


Austin often tops the lists of best cities to live. A great place to raise a family, a healthy local economy, a city poised for future job growth – these are just some of the honors given to our metro area. And we agree… we love it too! But not everyone in our community is sharing in the promise of Austin. Yet.

Poverty in Austin statistics

United Way for Greater Austin brings people, ideas, and resources together to fight poverty in our community. Because when one of us suffers, we all suffer, and when everyone reaches their full potential, our entire community benefits and thrives. But it’s not something that can be done alone it takes a community of kind-hearted, generous people. People like Jen and Jack Foster. 


Why does your family Live United? 

Jen: [United Way’s mission to fight poverty] really resonates with our family because we are really fortunate to be able to send Jack to good schools and provide quality child care that will help ensure he has the right start in life to be his very best. However, we know that not every family has the same opportunity, and sometimes they have to make tough choices. That’s why it’s important to us to always give back. 

Why is giving back important to your family? 

Jack: Giving back is important to me because I want to help other families be their very best. I know that other families need support, and it’s our number one goal as a family to make sure they get it. 

Thank you Jen and Jack for ALL that you do to help make Austin a stronger community that works for everyone. You can join them, and thousands of Austinites, in the fight against poverty in our community. Give, advocate, or volunteer today!

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