Care to Learn
Nadia Cavner is a philanthropically focused Springfield, Missouri, businesswoman who has supported the nonprofit Care to Learn through significant contributions. In May 2016, Nadia Cavner provided a $15,000 grant to the organization toward the establishment of a new Monett chapter of the 501(c)(3) foundation.
Over the past decade, the self-supporting nonprofit has had a focus on improving aspects of vulnerable students’ lives by addressing such issues as hunger, health care, and hygiene. Having expanded to more than two dozen chapters across Missouri, the organization has carried out an ambitious mandate in fulfilling the requests of more than a half million students.
Speaking of her decision to help finance the expansion into Monett, Ms. Cavner described the program as “win-win all the way around.” In particular, the nonprofit circumvents paperwork and administration and directly works with the people it is mandated to assist. Recipients of Care to Learn support are motivated to become more closely involved in their local communities, and this creates a virtuous cycle of receiving and giving.
Springfield, Missouri-based Nadia Cavner has built a distinguished professional history as a financial advisor. Working through her former company, Nadia Cavner Group Investment Services, she devoted close to 25 years to providing high-quality consultation. In addition, she has supported a range of humanitarian causes, in particular those promoting the rights of Assyrian refugees in the Middle East and the work of the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East.
In early 2016, the Assyrian Church of the East celebrated the release of the last of a group of some 230 Assyrian Christian hostages held by the militant group ISIS. The extremists, as part of their military territorial expansion, had captured this group of Christians from Syria’s Hasakah province in a sudden, terrifying raid early in 2015.
During the hostages’ captivity, Church officials had expressed intense concern for their welfare, fearing that they would become martyrs at the hands of the extremists even as the United States continued to conduct air strikes in the area.
The tight-knit Assyrian Christian diaspora community responded in full force, making personal contributions, holding benefit concerts, and harnessing the power of social media to spread the word about their release and what else they can do as a community of Assyrians.
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.