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In Loving Memory of My Mom, Ruth D. Kanter (My Mom)

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In Loving Memory of Ruth D. Kanter

My mom passed away peacefully last month a few months shy of her 90th birthday. My mom was generous and supportive of everyone in her life and those less fortunate than her. Even though I lived 3,000 miles away, I was blessed to get to spend time with her in the last five years since my Dad died. Her memory is a blessing and my comfort is that she and my Dad (who were married for 60 years) are together again.

To honor her memory, I’m raising money for NTEN to offer diversity, local, and general scholarships for the 19NTC in Portland.

Let me connect some dots.

My mother was born before the days of the Internet, social media, computers, and mobile phones and found technology a huge challenge – both frustrating and a little intimidating due to a lack of training and skills development.

Despite her lack of comfort using online tools, she was interested in anything that her children were involved with, even if it wasn’t her cup of tea. She took selfies with me and I taught her how she could use my phone to look at her children and grandchildren’s Facebook profiles.

She was proud of my accomplishments in the Nonprofit Technology field, including being a board member of NTEN, and that prompted her to learn about it. She also posed for social media photos with all my books.

She was also interested in nature, especially hiking, ocean conservation, and birding where her life list was over 600 birds. She had supported many social justice causes, including social services, Jewish organizations, animal welfare, and healthcare. She was also an arts lover.

She was a generous and compassionate person and often helped people with fewer resources. I remember her wrapping up Thanksgiving leftovers and distributed them to homeless people on the streets of Philadelphia.

If my mom was born in a different generation, perhaps she would have been more comfortable with technology if she had access to training. In the nonprofit sector, professional development opportunities and learning are so vital to sustaining the nonprofit sector, yet too often, the cost is out of reach for many.

NTEN believes that finances should not be a barrier for small organizations to be able to access the resources and connections that the Nonprofit Technology Conference offers, so every year it offers scholarships to those who might not otherwise be able to attend.

Please join me in remembering my Mom by donating to NTEN in her memory to provide scholarships to the Nonprofit Technology Conference.

6 Responses

  1. Tricia Maddrey Baker says:

    What a wonderful way to remember your mom! I’ll follow through with a donation.

  2. Ed Delaney says:


    Sorry to hear about your mom passing. A great tribute to her and her concern for important issues and causes. 90 years young. In our prayers…

  3. Cindy Leonard says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Beth. What a lovely tribute and such a great way to honor her memory!

  4. Ed Nevins says:

    I’m sorry for your loss Beth. This is a great tribute to your mom’s life and an excellent cause you’re supporting! Your family will be in my prayers.

  5. Marcia Quackenbush says:

    I love these photos. They totally capture the story you tell–your mom’s pride in you and your work, and that tenacious willingness to give technology a try. My mom died a couple of years back at 92, and until just a month or so before she died she was still checking Facebook regularly to keep up with all of her friends and family. We can learn a lot from the determination of our elders!

  6. Beth Kanter says:

    Thanks Marcia for your comments. So true, we learn so much from our elders determination.

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