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.
Care to Learn
With a success-driven background as financial advisor behind her, Nadia Cavner is a respected Springfield, Missouri, community member, who is known for her work with Care to Learn, a 501(c)(3) foundation. Through Nadia Cavner’s leadership and financial support, which included a $100,000 contribution in 2016, the nonprofit has expanded in offering vital resources to children in need of health, hunger, and hygiene support.
Ms. Cavner’s 2016 contributions to Care to Learn also included $15,000 toward the launch of a new Monett chapter. This seed money honored Tristen, the son of Monett resident Gary Ferdig, and brought the total number of chapters to 27.
As the Monett School District superintendent described it, Mr. Ferdig had approached the community a couple months prior to the chapter launch announcement. The school district had been researching what Care to Learn had to offer and identified specific community needs that could be met through its assistance. In particular, there are times throughout the year when families tend to experience financial stress and have a hard time meeting basic needs. This is where Care to Learn can have a major impact in bettering lives throughout the community.
Our Promise Campaign
Nadia Cavner served as the president of Nadia Cavner Group Investment Services in Springfield, Missouri, for 23 years. Passionate about education and the arts, Nadia Cavner supported the Missouri State University Our Promise campaign through service on the board.
Founded in 1905, Missouri State University was established to prepare teachers for jobs in the local public school system. Today, it offers a wide variety of undergraduate concentrations, as well as graduate degrees.
The Missouri State University Foundation invites alumni and other interested parties to donate directly to the continuation of educational greatness, with funding going to areas in need. Initiatives have included the Our Promise campaign, which began with the ambitious goal of raising $125 million. In 2013, the university announced that $167 million had been raised through commitments and gifts. Over 73,000 donors contributed.
The Our Promise campaign also spread awareness of the other ways interested parties can donate, including through gifts of stocks, bonds, real estate, or securities.
Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks
The former president of Nadia Cavner Group Investment Services in Springfield, Missouri, Nadia Cavner donates to many charitable and philanthropic organizations serving the local community. Dedicated to helping women in need, Nadia Cavner has made significant contributions to the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks.
The Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks aims to increase breast cancer awareness through comprehensive education. In addition, the organization works to offer financial help for those affected by the disease. The organization sponsors a number of events, from large community gatherings to the sale of goods and services, with proceeds going to families in need.
The Tanger Outlets 5K, the flagship event, is held each September. For those who prefer not to run, the Fun Walk calls upon participants to wear eye-catching costumes, and to simply donate what is possible. The foundation also partners with various local shops to donate proceeds to help those struggling with breast cancer. Recently, its Power of Pink event paired with Brighton Collectibles, which donated $10 for each Power of Pink bracelet sold.
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.