On 14 September 2022, our dear friend and colleague Anne Kantor AO died peacefully surrounded by her beloved family.
Anne was a deeply generous, warm and humble person who always made you feel she was genuinely listening to and interested in you. She was devoted to her family and community and was a skilled social worker and active advocate.
As a philanthropist, Anne gave to a range of areas including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and leaders, social welfare, arts and education. She was also passionate about the natural world and was a ground-breaking environmental funder. She was intuitive, strategic and had excellent judgement. Anne understood the power of community to achieve change.
Anne was ahead of the times as a leader in effective philanthropy. She understood the power of philanthropy as a catalyst, changemaker and community group supporter — finding good organisations to fund and providing core ongoing support over time. She was also naturally courageous, taking on risk and funding advocacy for systems change.
Anne quietly supported many leaders in the environmental movement, especially women, always paying interest in what they were thinking and doing and what the current politics of the sector were.
Anne was a beautiful soul and special to many people. She has left a powerful legacy of philanthropy done with love, respect and intelligence within the AEGN community and across many other sectors.
Our deepest sympathy to Anne’s family.
A memorial service to celebrate Anne’s life will be held on Tuesday 27 September at 2.30pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Anne Kantor Fellowship program via The Australia Institute’s website.