Care to Learn
Nadia Cavner studied business administration at Texas Christian University (TCU). Between 1991 and 2014 she led Nadia Cavner Group Investment Services in Springfield, Missouri, as president and chief financial consultant. She now focuses her efforts on community organizations and local charities, including Care to Learn.
In 2016, Ms. Cavner made a significant contribution to Care to Learn, an educational group dedicated to the most in-need children of the Ozarks region. A longtime supporter of the organization, her $100,000 donation was made primarily with the intention of helping Care to Learn expand its services to more schools throughout Missouri. Care to Learn’s founder, Doug Pitt, praised the contribution and explained how Ms. Cavner’s sponsorship has been integral to the development of new programs dating back to her support of chapters in Bradleyville and Hartville.
Over the course of the last decade, Care to Learn has established more than 30 chapters throughout Missouri. Despite the organization’s success, Mr. Pitt, donors like Ms. Cavner, and the rest of the Care to Learn staff agree that the organization’s primary goal moving forward is to provide services to a greater number of children.
A graduate of Texas Wesleyan University, Nadia Cavner spent 23 years in the finance sector. Today, Nadia Cavner focuses on philanthropic work on both the local and global levels, from making yearly donations to the charity Care to Learn in her home state of Missouri to building support for initiatives that benefit the Tibetan people, the plight of whom is often spoken about by the Dalai Lama.
“Dalai Lama” is the title bestowed upon the leader of the Tibetan Buddhist religion, who the group believes is reincarnated into a new body after the death of the previous Dalai Lama. In his 14th manifestation, the Dalai Lama is Tenzin Gyatso, who was recognized as the successor of Thubten Gyatso at two years old.
In his life, the Dalai Lama has three primary responsibilities, or commitments. His first commitment is to promote positive values like tolerance, compassion, and forgiveness; he travels around the world spreading these ideas and explaining their importance. His second is to advocate for harmony among world religions. Lastly, as a Tibetan monk and countryman, he focuses on the preservation of Tibet’s Buddhist history and culture of peace.
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.