Assyrian Arts Institute
After studying business administration at Texas Wesleyan University and at Texas Christian University, Nadia Cavner built a successful career as a financial advisor, serving clients from her headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for more than 25 years. Nadia Cavner also supports humanitarian groups and arts organizations, such as the Assyrian Arts Institute.
Formed to support artists from Assyria, the Assyrian Arts Institute helps those displaced from the area of Mesopotamia now divided among the countries of Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. Through supporting these artists, the institute hopes to uphold their traditions and assist them in continuing to contribute to creative expression in areas ranging from the visual arts to the performing arts and culinary arts.
As part of its support for these artists, the Institute showcases their work and offers it for sale through its website. One of them, Nahrin Malki, focuses on the theme of suffering in her paintings, drawing on her Syrian heritage. To view some of her paintings available for purchase or to learn more about the institute, visit www.assyrianartsinstitute.org.
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.