A caring spirit
September 13, 2017
When Ann Kahan retired from her career as a social worker in 1991, she joined the Women’s Giving Circle at BCF as one of its earliest members. “I’ve always had a social conscience and a social consciousness,” she says. “I grew up in the city and cared about my surroundings from the time I was a child. The Women’s Giving Circle is a perfect place for me to utilize my interests, my knowledge, and my skills on behalf of disadvantaged women and children.”
Ann appreciates the Giving Circle as a place where she can invest herself as well as her money. “I love coming in contact with women who serve the organizations we support as well as the women they serve,” she says. “It helps me fulfill my aspirations as a woman who cares passionately about the community in which I live.”
Ann also supports BCF’s Civic Leadership Fund. “My heart belongs to Baltimore,” she says, “even though I’m fully cognizant of all the social ills that beset the city. It’s important to identify and develop strong leaders who can help the city solve its problems and further the goal of making it a better place to live.”
Ann and her late husband shared “a philanthropic mentality,” and she honored his memory by establishing the Samuel S. and Ann H. Kahan Fund at BCF, a permanent “fund for Baltimore” which BCF’s board will use to address the changing needs of the community. Ann has named BCF the beneficiary of a trust, so that the fund will ultimately benefit, while she continues to enjoy the income of the trust during her lifetime.
“I did it knowing he would wholeheartedly approve,” she says. “Effectively, the two of us are doing it together because he made it possible for me to carry on his legacy. He’d be happy, as I am, knowing our funds will be safeguarded and used wisely.”