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 presently serves the Nadia Cavner Group as president. When she is not overseeing business matters with the group, she works with the Our Promise campaign at Missouri State University.
Missouri State University’s Our Promise campaign was established with a goal of raising $125 million for the college. To date, more than 73,000 donors have accounted for nearly $170 million in contributions. Our Promise encourages individuals to support the university for a number of reasons, such as the enhancement of the school’s global reputation. When universities are ranked by national and international publications, charitable donation percentages are taken into account. By donating to Missouri State University, supporters improve the school’s ranking and attract new students.
By supporting the university, donors are also sponsoring the future generation of leaders. In the past, Missouri State University was responsible for almost 70% of its operating budget. Thanks to donations, the school is only responsible for 38%, allowing additional funds to go to education, art, and science programs. Students who graduate from these programs go on to improve the global community and influence the lives of younger individuals.
Lymphedema Garment Program
Nadia Cavner studied business administration at Texas Wesleyan University. Based in Springfield, Missouri, she currently serves as the president of the Nadia Cavner Group and supports various charitable organizations, such as the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks.
The Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks provides breast cancer patients and their families with a number of services, including emotional support and financial assistance, as well as free mammogram screening programs to help women catch breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages. Uninsured or under-insured patients can also apply for the Lymphedema Garment Program, an initiative to provide clothing to women in need. To apply for this program, patients must have developed lymphedema, a condition that involves swelling in the arms or legs, as a result of breast cancer. After filling out a Lymphedema Garment application as well as a Medical Records Authorization, patients should specify what type of garments they need the most. The national Breast Cancer Foundation will contact qualifying patients thereafter for more information and to provide further instructions.