Anne Allen passes away at 88

We are very sad to let you know that Anne Allen, former Executive Director of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, passed away peacefully in the early morning of May 30, 2013. She was 88 years old.

Anne Allen was a founding member of early efforts that led to the creation of Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers and she served on the WRAG board after its founding.

From 1989 to 2005, Anne served as Executive Director of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. During that time, she worked on 3,500 grants, totaling $166 million, and helped to broaden the Foundation’s giving in the arts and humanities, education, community services, healthcare, and the environment. After her retirement from the position of Executive Director, she continued to serve on the Foundation’s Advisory Board until 2012.

Rose Ann Cleveland, current Executive Director of the Cafritz Foundation, notes that, before every board meeting, Foundation staff members still invoke Anne’s guiding words for presenting their grants recommendations for review. “Her wisdom, good humor, common sense and knack for asking probing questions are legacies that we hold dear.”

As Calvin Cafritz, President, CEO and Chairman of the Cafritz Foundation, remarked on Anne’s retirement in 2012 from the Foundation’s Advisory Board: “your accomplishments will long be celebrated. . . Truly, for many years, you worked successfully to improve the lives of DC-area residents. You have had a substantial impact on the city of Washington.”

Service details have not yet been announced. We will share them in The Daily WRAG when they become available.

2 thoughts on “Anne Allen passes away at 88”

  1. Anne, was a pathfinder and in her role at the Cafritz Foundation she was a strong voice and advocate for the community. She was an early and generous mentor and guide when I first started in the field. She will be missed.

    1. Anne was mentor and role model for many of us — always asking good questions in her soft and direct manner, always armed with her reporters notebook — they don’t make them like Anne any more and that is a real loss!

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