Upon arriving in Abilene, Katie and Cade Browning knew immediately they were home. They loved their new found friendships and the uniqueness Abilene provided. It was only a matter of time before the young couple became quickly immersed in their community. Each volunteering and serving on various nonprofit boards, Cade recently completed his term as presidentfor The Grace Museum and Katie is currently the president-elect of the Junior League of Abilene. They are leading by example and choosing to teach their sons, Barrett and Bede, the importance of helping others. Each boy receives a giving allowance that they get to decide where it goes to.
In 2010, after serving on the Future Fund board for three years, Katie and Cade were elected as co-chairs of this group. “Co-chairing Future Fund, we learned so much about the community we live in, agencies that serve the people that live here and about how much Future Fund helps young lives in Abilene,’ said Katie. ‘We also learned about the Community Foundation and about the various ways that we could be involved.” “After learning that the Foundation would allow us to start small and continue to grow our fund each year, we knew this was where we wanted to begin our philanthropy,” said Cade. The Brownings chose to establish an Unrestricted Fund because they knew it would accomplish their charitable goals. “We knew that we were busy, we didn’t want to pick just one agency to help, we did not have the expertise the Foundation has and we had no way to predict future needs,” they agreed.
You don’t have to wait until you’ve reached a financial milestone or until you get older to begin making an impact on Abilene. “If we all do our part – no matter how small it may seem – together, we can have a tremendous impact on our community.” said Cade.