Care to Learn
Nadia Cavner is a community-focused Springfield, Missouri-area philanthropist who engages closely with the Assyrian Church of the East and advocates on behalf of Assyrian refugees in Iraq and Syria. Nadia Cavner is additionally a longtime supporter of Care to Learn, which has developed relationships with school districts and business leaders spanning Missouri in its mission to ensure that students are healthy and well fed.
Ms. Cavner’s support for Care to Learn extended to a generous early-2016 gift of $100,000, earmarked for expansion of the nonprofit into areas where emergent needs are reaching critical levels.
As reported by KY3 News in August 2016, the organization is on a sustained grown path that has included adding several new chapters in municipalities such as Walnut Grove, Mountain Grove, Monett, Ava, and Wright City. In total, Care to Learn is now engaged in partnership with 28 school districts statewide.
The nonprofit’s executive director describes a long-term plan of expanding to 10 further communities over the next decade, with an emphasis on putting local donations to immediate, impactful use in the local community.
A nationally recognized financial advisor, Nadia Cavner served as the president of Nadia Cavner Group Investment Services for over two decades. An active philanthropist, Nadia Cavner supports the Assyrian Church of the East, which runs a relief organization called ACERO.
ACERO is a nonprofit which raises funds to help Assyrians in need, including those living as refugees in the Middle East. One of the organization’s programs is focused on alleviating the suffering of refugees fleeing Mosul, Iraq’s second city.
Because of civil war, many people fled Mosul. International organizations have estimated the figure to be 500,000. Some of these people sought shelter in local churches. They included Assyrians, Chaldeans, Catholics, and Arabs. Many arrived with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. If they were to survive, help was necessary.
ACERO responded by disbursing financial aid to the local churches, converting a priest’s home and one of the organization’s classrooms into shelters to house displaced families, and distributing food in the local parishes.
While the organization’s help came in good time, more needs to be done. ACERO is raising funds to distribute more food baskets, build water tanks, and install electric generators.
Voice of the East
A top financial advisor included on several of Barron’s Magazine top financial advisor lists, Nadia Cavner received a number one ranking in the banking division from Franklin Templeton Investments. Also a trustee of the American Bible Society, Nadia Cavner headed a project for the distribution of 10,000 Bibles in the modern Assyrian language for the Assyrian Church of the East, which she continues to support.
The Assyrian Church of the East publishes a bi-monthly magazine, Voice of the East, to provide socio-religious articles and news from across the region. Each edition includes numerous pictures illustrating important events, letters from bishops, and important church news, as well as cultural offerings such as songs.
Voice of the East originally began as a publication of the Youth Association of the Church of the East in India in October 1954. Since then, it has continued to provide an essential inside look into the life of the Church of the East.
Missouri State University
Nadia Cavner serves as president of investment services firm Nadia Cavner Group in Springfield, Missouri. Outside of her work as a financial services provider, she supports the Our Promise Campaign at Missouri State University.
The Our Promise Campaign began with the goal of raising $125 million on behalf of Missouri State University (MSU). To date, the campaign has surpassed that objective by more than $40 million. During the 2014 fiscal year, the university enjoyed a nine percent increase in total grants received by faculty and staff. Nearly 300 individual grants provided the school with a combined $22 million, according to the MSU Office of Research and Administration. About $8.6 million came from federal agencies, while an additional $4.9 million was provided by state agencies.
Grant money like the funds raised by the Our Promise Campaign is used to improve the university in a variety of ways. A number of faculty members use grant funding to participate in the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The DESE frequently sends MSU faculty members to other schools in order to assist in teacher training programs.