Warren Kanders Philanthropy:
Warren’s mother was an avid museum-goer, and an artist who studied briefly with Hans Hoffman. Warren’s appreciation for the arts goes back to his early childhood, and this passion is shared by Warren’s wife, Allison, who studied Art History at Cornell University. Allison has been an enthusiastic collector since the age of 21, when she purchased her first piece of art – a photograph by Louise Lawler. The couple have been involved with the Whitney Museum of American Art, where Warren was on the Board of Trustees and Allison was Co-Chair of the Painting and Sculpture Committee. The Kanders continue to support the arts through the Aspen Art Museum and Aspen Music Festival and School, where in both instances Allison serves as a Trustee.
Warren’s philanthropic work is also focused on health and education, and he currently sits on the Board of Trustees for the Hospital for Special Surgery and the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States. For the latter, he endowed the Kanders Churchill Scholarship in Science Policy. The scholarship funds a student’s tuition to Churchill College, University of Cambridge, and is intended to address the growing divide between science and science policy.
Warren has remained engaged with Choate Rosemary Hall and Brown University, holding board positions with both institutions and creating programming to further students’ intellectual curiosity. As part of the Brown University Arts Initiative, the Kanders created the Warren and Allison Kanders Lecture Series, and funded a series of exhibitions, installations and public programs, including “On Protest, Art & Activism.” Warren also sits on the Advisory Council of the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES), and the Advisory Council on the Arts for Brown University.