THE YOUNES & SORAYA NAZARIAN FAMILY FOUNDATION
PROMOTING EDUCATION AS CATALYST FOR SOCIETAL CHANGE
The Foundation supports educational causes in a broad spectrum of institutions and through a wide variety of avenues - academic, public policy, community based social and artistic programs. Giving back to the Jewish and Iranian roots of the family has been a central priority for the Foundation, therefore, the Foundation's geographic foci are Los Angeles and Tel Aviv, Israel, as well as wherever the need is greatest.
The sculpture shown above, entitled Legacy (2009, carrera marble), by noted sculptor Soraya Sarah Nazarian, is situated at the entrance to the University of Haifa in Israel. Legacy embodies the spirit of the Foundation, which values the sharing of knowledge and the pursuit of education as catalysts for positive change.
The Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
California State University, Northridge
The Younes & Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies
University of California, Los Angeles
YOUNES & SORAYA NAZARIAN
Vigilant stewards of a moral inheritancE
Younes and Soraya Nazarian view themselves as vigilant stewards of a moral inheritance passed down to them by their parents.
They have aspired to leave behind a legacy and share this moral inheritance. They are deeply committed to their philanthropy because of their own personal stories, which began with humble beginnings and challenges in Iran that shaped their lives, and ultimately who they are today.
The Ima Foundation aims to support Israel's people by investing in their future through education as the most important vehicle
to narrow the country's social and economic gaps.
To advance its philanthropic presence in Israel, in 2003, the Foundation established the Ima Foundation as its regional office in Tel Aviv.
The Younes & Soraya Nazarian Family Foundation conducts its grantmaking activities with the highest level of due diligence to advance its mission.
Please understand that the Foundation has finite resources for exceptional programming in its funding priorities throughout Southern California and Israel. The Foundation’s grantmaking activities are guided by a proactive strategy on the part of its trustees, Board of Directors, and Junior Board of Advisors. The Foundation accepts proposals by invitation only at this time.
We thank you for your interest in the Foundation and wish you all the best in your current and future endeavors.