On Sunday 28th of May, our dear friend and colleague, Tara Hunt passed away peacefully after a short battle with lung cancer.
Tara was an inspirational and passionate advocate for women and girls, action on climate change, protecting our natural world and supporting Indigenous communities. As a philanthropist, AEGN member and AEGN board member Tara influenced many in the funding community to be bold and generous and to work with community organisations with respect, compassion and love. She was a natural leader and although Tara would be the last person to claim that role, many people were drawn to her good judgment, wisdom and fearlessness.
Tara believed in action and making a difference now. She led the way in the concept of ‘giving while you are living’ recently spending down her family Private Ancillary Fund, The Hunt Foundation. After diligently exploring the environmental philanthropic field, Tara understood that climate change was an issue of such importance and urgency that she spent down her foundation in the most effective way she knew – by, amongst other things, supporting 1 Million Women – www.1millionwomen.com.au.
Tara stepped into her role as a philanthropist with an open mind, a generous heart, a view to learning, and with great courage. She very quickly understood the power of philanthropy as a catalyst, convener, grassroots supporter and changemaker. With this knowledge she became a true leader in the philanthropic sector – encouraging, mentoring, prodding and pushing us all to be smart funders and our best selves.
She was always great fun to be with, sharing her ideas, strength and optimism – always with a cheeky glint in her eye and a kind smile.
Tara helped guide the AEGN to be more strategic, bolder and to open our doors and hearts to new friends, especially in Sydney.
Tara was a beautiful soul and special to many people. She will be greatly missed in the AEGN community.
Our deepest sympathies go out to Tara’s family.