The Smedinghoff family has been touched by the outpouring of support from people around the world looking for ways to help continue Anne’s work. In lieu of sending flowers, we ask that you consider supporting organizations that are engaged in the same great work that Anne dedicated herself to so selflessly.

Aschiana Foundation:
To provide education and training to working street children through Aschiana in Afghanistan.

Afghan Girls Financial Assistance Fund:
To aid young Afghan women who seek a college education in the USA. AGFAF identifies promising young women, matches them with participating educational institutions and American host families and provides financial support for expenses not covered by either these institutions or host families.

Help the Afghan Children:
Dedicated to improving the lives of children in Afghanistan through quality education and helping them become educated, healthy, productive citizens.

SOLA, Afghanistan (School of Leadership, Afghanistan):
Dedicated to furthering education and leadership opportunities in Afghanistan and the world for the new generation of Afghanistan, especially for women.

To grow a sustainable organization that is recognized locally & globally for changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of youth through skateboarding and quality programmes – creating leaders that change the world.

Anne Smedinghoff Memorial Fund (Johns Hopkins University):
Provides support for students who wish to pursue activities in the area of international development or diplomacy. Those who wish to make a contribution can do so by visiting and selecting the Anne Smedinghoff Memorial Fund in the online donation form, or by contacting Dan Luperchio at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at 410-516-0488.


Updated: 4/18/2013

4 Replies to “Charities”

  1. Sandy Smedinghoff

    Tom and MaryBeth,
    We are so terribly sorry on your loss of Anne. What a beautiful person. She accomplished so very much in her very short life. It is a pleasure to read all the articles about her joy of life and her ambition to help others. Such a wonderful example to others. We pray that God will comfort you and your family.

    The George G. Smedinghoff family….Sandy, Mark, Kimmie

  2. Sambuddha Guhathakurta

    Dear Smedinghoff’s,
    I read about Anne on the internet. She stood for something, something not many people stand for today. most people are too selfish and live in their own little bubbles.
    Anne and many others like her are an example for me.
    I hope the charities continue to carry out the type of work she strived for.
    I send you all my love, regards and wishes from India.

  3. Jack Aldworth

    Dear Smedinghoff Family,

    I was shocked and saddened when I read of Anne’s tragic death. Although I never knew her or your family, and am today far removed from River Forest, I lived there when I was in high school, was an active teen in St. Luke’s Parish, and even attended Fenwick for a few years ( ’66 to ’68) before they and I realized our paths were diverging. I am terribly sorry for your loss, but glad to know that great young people are still being raised in that very unusual town. I share your sense of loss considering the remarkable gifts your daughter’s life already gave us.

  4. Lynn Karavitis

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I’m a former Oak Parker and though I did not know Anne, was devastated to learn such sad news. My son is 25 and I can’t imagine. I just cannot imagine the hurt that your family is feeling. I hold you in my prayers, while God holds Anne.


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