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.
Our Promise Campaign
In addition to serving as president of the Nadia Cavner Group in Springfield, Missouri, Nadia Cavner volunteers with a number of organizations in the community. As a board member of Missouri State University’s Our Promise Campaign, Ms. Cavner contributed to MSU’s efforts to support its incoming freshmen with a variety of scholarships.
MSU offers 16 scholarships to incoming freshmen, including the A+ Recognition Scholarship, the Missouri State Promise Scholarship, and the Missouri State Advantage Scholarship. Two of the most notable scholarships are the Presidential and University Scholarships.
Each freshman class is allotted 35 Presidential Scholarships, each of which has a total value of $50,000 over a four-year period. Awarded on the basis of exceptional academic performance during high school, the Presidential Scholarship is only available to students who finished in the top 10 percent of their class, or who accumulated at least a 3.9 grade point average. In order to continue receiving the scholarship, students must perform community service around the campus and maintain a 3.6 GPA.
Students who interview for the Presidential Scholarship are also considered for the University Scholarship, which provides up to 35 freshmen with $5,000 each year toward tuition and fees, plus $2,000 for on-campus housing in their freshman and sophomore years.
Nadia Cavner serves as the president of the Nadia Cavner Group and has managed assets up to $500 million. Philanthropic endeavors Nadia Cavner pursues outside of work range from working in soup kitchens to advocating for breast cancer awareness.
Supporting a charitable cause is a great way to give back to the local or international community. Unfortunately, some people cannot afford to make charitable donations or else feel that a simple monetary pledge is not a significant enough gesture. There are multiple ways one can contribute to a cause without making a financial commitment, beginning, of course, with volunteer work; many charities are in need of extra hands, whether it is a long-term commitment or just for a weekend.
There are also several types of causes that require more than money to operate. For example, an individual can donate blood. Most healthy people between 17 and 65 can donate, which generally requires no more than 10 minutes. Similarly, bone marrow, which is usually in higher demand than blood, can be donated. Individuals can also volunteer to raise puppies from 6 weeks to about 1 year of age to be seeing eye dogs. Finally, voting can be a great way to support a charity; some parent organizations support charities when their members attend meetings and vote on important causes. Moreover, voting in local and national elections can dictate funding for various charity groups.
In addition to her work as president of the Nadia Cavner Group, Nadia Cavner contributes to various charitable organizations, including The Kitchen Inc., where she serves as a board member.
Springfield, Missouri’s The Kitchen can trace its roots back to 1983 when Sister Lorraine of St. Agnes established a soup kitchen out of the St. Agnes Grade School cafeteria. Today, The Kitchen offers a number of services and programs beyond those of a typical soup kitchen.
In response to the recent trend of families with children finding themselves homeless, The Kitchen currently houses up to 100 children in its emergency shelter facility, the Missouri Hotel. In addition, the organization’s staff works diligently with various agencies to help meet the needs of homeless families. The Kitchen has also enhanced its own facilities, particularly its Family Nurturing Center, which now offers services for infants, toddlers, and school-age children.
Honored as the Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Nadia Cavner donates her time and resources to a number of worthwhile causes. Nadia Cavner actively supports the American Heart Association, which named Ms. Cavner as Missourian of the Year. She also serves on the board of trustees for the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks and was a board member of The Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that serves individuals in need. Below is a brief overview of The Kitchen.
Question #1: What is The Kitchen?
Answer #1: Established in 1983, The Kitchen is a nonprofit organization that has provided food, housing, and medical attention to individuals in need in Springfield, Missouri, and the surrounding areas. The Kitchen operates in several locations in Springfield, many of which were old buildings that were renovated to house The Kitchen’s medical clinic, soup kitchen, administrative offices, and other services.
Question #2: What are some of the programs that the organization offers?
Answer #2: The Kitchen offers several programs, including Bill’s Place, which is a safe haven and walk-in center where the homeless and mentally ill can come for support and counseling; Maggie’s Boutique, which offers gently used clothing and household items at a reduced price; and The Kitchen Clinic, which provides medical and dental services to members of the community.
Question #3: How does one get involved?
Answer #3: The Kitchen accepts financial contributions of any amount, as well as donations of food, clothing, and household items. The organization also welcomes volunteers who wish to donate their time to help The Kitchen continue to fulfill its mission.