Over a Decade of Impact

MOZAIK Philanthropy (formerly the Neda Nobari Foundation) launched in 2007 on a quest to find meaning in Philanthropy – a $400-billion-a-year industry with a questionable track record of success. What started as a small family foundation quickly grew in influence to support a diverse array of initiatives across the spectrum of social and environmental justice. As a foundation, we have never been afraid to transform, to reflect on our work and ultimately evolve while embracing new missions and models of giving. Today, our work takes us to the margins of traditional grantmaking in an attempt to transform the very culture of philanthropy itself. 

12 Years of Giving

500 + Grantees

$12M + in Philanthropy

1 Full-Time Staff

Jul 15

MOZAIK E-ZINE Edition No. 2 Launches

“How can art help society reimagine the future of life on Earth?” This question gave rise to our 2nd cycle of The Future Art Writers Award. 15 U.S. art writers were selected by a jury of their peers to receive writing grants and publication exposure. We are honored to recognize the 2022 Future Art Writers for their literary excellence and hope that the power of their words serve as seeds for a regenerative future. Learn more.

May 03

The Future Art Awards: The Digital Awakening Launches Open Call For Art

The Digital Awakening is an arts-based exploration and interrogation of meta-futures. As human beings begin to shift away from the physical world towards virtual and augmented realities, the world of art stands at the center of a global movement where immersive environments, online avatars, and the advent of a digital blockchain-based future will inevitably have a profound impact on art, culture, politics, activism, and the economy. All US-based artists welcome, including those who work with NFTs. 25 winners will each receive between $2,500 and $5,000 in grant prizes. Submit here.
Apr 26

2022 Future Art Writers Award Grantees Announced

In the spirit of supporting an inclusive arts ecosystem that celebrates the essential power of scholarly discourse in the arts, The Future Art Writers Award provides grants to emerging and established art writers covering contemporary visual art, with a focus on the art on view and this year’s theme: Ecosystem X  — an arts-based reimagining of life on planet Earth. With pitch submissions from art writers across the country, twelve winning art writers have been selected by a jury of their peers to each receive $2,000 prize honoraria and publication in the forthcoming 2nd edition of the MOZAIK E-ZINE. Meet the writers.
Feb 15

The 2022 Future Art Awards Virtual Exhibition Opens Free To The Public

The 2022 Future Art Awards celebrates the creative achievements of all 40 winning artists in a virtual exhibition now open and free to the public. Welcoming hundreds of artists with submissions historically from over 70% BIPOC and underrepresented artists across the country, MOZAIK Philanthropy’s 3rd Annual Awards program drew inspiration from socio-environmental values that we so strongly believe are intrinsically important in catalyzing a just, equitable, and morally inclusive future for all people in all places. The 2022 Future Art Awards celebrate the individual and collective reimaginings of artists who dare to vision a just and flourishing future through the healing power of art. Join us in honoring these cutting-edge, creative changemakers who work to transform our world. Explore exhibition.

Jan 20

MOZAIK’s Bridging The Borders Award Winner Receives 2022 Oscar Nomination For Best International Feature Film

Iranian drama “A HERO” has been selected as the winning film of the 2022 MOZAIK Bridging The Borders Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival, hosted by Cinema Without Borders. Directed by two-time Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi, A HERO is a co-production between Iran and France, following Rahim (Amir Jadidi), who is in prison because he was unable to pay a debt. During a two-day leave of absence from prison, he attempts to have his creditor withdraw his complaint over part of the sum owed. But things don’t go as planned. Taut with suspense, this captivating morality play continually contorts the mystery of Farhadi’s compelling characters with each furtive glance, passing comment and questionable act. Learn more here.

Jan 19

MOZAIK Announces 40 Artist Grantees of the Future Art Awards: Ecosystem X

From October to December 2021, hundreds of artists across the country submitted artworks that reflected arts-based explorations of life on planet Earth. An independent jury of arts professionals and previous Future Art Award winners selected 10 Featured Artists, the inaugural winner of the Future Student Art Prize, and 30 Special Mention Artists to receive grants and showcase their work in a curated virtual exhibition opening free to the public in early February 2022. Meet the artists of Ecosystem X here.
Dec 02

MOZAIK’s Bridging The Borders Award Winner Receives 2022 Oscar Nomination for Best Documentary Short

A BROKEN HOUSE, the winning film of the MOZAIK Bridging The Borders Award at the 2021 Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, has been named to the top five 2022 Oscar Contenders for Documentary Short by Variety Magazine. In the film, directed by Jimmy Goldblum, Mohamad Hafez comes to the U.S. on a single-entry visa to study architecture, and, when he realizes that he can’t return to his home country, he decides to conjure it in his art. Watch here.

Oct 01

MOZAIK Launches The Future Art Awards: Ecosystem X

Ecosystem X is an open call to all U.S. artists to reimagine life on Earth by expressing an aspirational vision of Humanity through their art. 10 artists will be selected by a jury of their peers in a blind review process to receive $5,000 artist honorariums and a featured spot in a curated virtual exhibition. This 3rd edition of the awards also launched the inaugural Future Student Art Award – a $5,000 academic scholarship or stipend open to any U.S. rising high school senior or higher ed student looking to advance their studies in the arts. Learn more.

Sep 24

MOZAIK E-ZINE Edition No. 1 Launches

The inaugural winners of the 2021 Future Art Writers Award, featured in the first edition of the MOZAIK E-ZINE, expand democratic possibilities through their literary analysis of the power of art as a captured reflection of our times. In turn, they assert their critical contributions to the expansion of a more just, diverse, inclusive and equitable art world. Read now.
Jul 01

MOZAIK Launches The Future Art Writers Award

In the spirit of supporting an inclusive arts ecosystem around the annual Future Art Awards that celebrates the essential power of scholarly discourse in the arts, MOZAIK presents the Future Art Writers Award — a $2,000 grant for emerging and established art writers who write about contemporary visual art and its contributions to democracy. Learn more.

Jun 30

The 2021 Future Art Awards Virtual Exhibition Opens Free To The Public

The 2021 Future Art Awards celebrates the creative achievements of all 50 winning artists in a virtual exhibition curated by cultural historian, educator, and curator, Dr. Shiva Balaghi. The exhibition is now open and free to the public. Welcoming hundreds of artists ranging from 17 years to 75 years of age and representing submissions from 62% BIPOC artists across 38 U.S. states, MOZAIK Philanthropy’s 2nd Annual Awards program drew inspiration from the top of social and environmental justice movements of the recent past, including Black Lives Matter, Stop Asian Hate, Me Too, Times Up, Keep It In The Ground, Resist, and Love Wins, among others. Explore exhibition.

Jun 15

MOZAIK Announces 10 Featured Artists and 40 Special Mention Artists of the 2021 Future Art Awards

In keeping with MOZAIK’s mission to democratize philanthropy through a participatory grantmaking practice, the organization welcomed an independent jury of art professionals to assess the art submissions in a blind review, ultimately selecting 10 featured artists to receive $2,000 honorarias and an additional 40 special mention artists to receive $1,000 honorarias. Meet the artists.

Apr 02

MOZAIK Launches 2nd Annual Future Art Awards

The 2021 Future Art Awards will award $2,000 honorariums to 10 featured artists and $1,000 honorariums to 40 special mention artists selected by an independent jury of artists and arts professionals across the country. The theme, Re-Imagining Democracy, is an arts-based exploration of the changing meanings, practices, paradoxes, and futures associated with Democracy. Apply here.

Mar 08

MOZAIK Announces NEW ECONOMY Grantees

The NEW ECONOMY Flow Fund received over 100+ proposals from social enterprise organizations and changemaker entrepreneurs across Los Angeles County. 10 social enterprise grantees were selected to receive grants for their innovative models that balanced mission and margin while demonstrating a breadth of experiences and skills, a spirit of innovation and creativity, and an unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access. Meet the grantees and funders.

Dec 22

COUP 53 Launches Oscar Campaign for Best Feature Documentary

Three-time Oscar winner Walter Murch and Taghi Amirani enters the Oscar race with documentary COUP 53, which unearths long-hidden details behind U.S. and British involvement in the 1953 overthrow of Iran’s elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh.

Nov 06

MOZAIK Founder Named 2020 Alumna of The Year

Congratulations to our fearless leader and change agent, Neda Nobari, for receiving the honor of being named the San Francisco State University “Alumni of the Year”, along with oscar-winning producer Jonas Rivera.

Oct 27


NEW ECONOMY is a flow fund for Los-Angeles-based social enterprise organizations and changemaker entrepreneurs working to build a more just, sustainable, equitable economy. The RPF is open until January 20, 2021. Apply here.

Sep 08

Gather Wins New York Times Critic’s Pick

Gather is an intimate portrait of the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty, while battling the trauma of centuries of genocide.

Jul 08

Ai Wei Wei: N. American Release

Ai Wei Wei: Truly Announces N. American Release through First Run Features. The documentary from Cheryl Haines about Ai, a Chinese artist and activist, explores the tension between the idea of liberty and the fate of those who pursue it. Winner of 2019 Best Documentary Feature at Nevada City Film Festival and the 2019 Audience Award at BendFilm Festival.

Jun 30

Future Art Awards Virtual Exhibition Opens To The Public

MOZAIK Opens The Future Art Awards “Curating The Creative Reimagining” 3D Virtual Exhibition, featuring the work of 50 artists across the nation. The opening weeks of the group exhibition saw over 50,000 virtual gallery patrons.

Jun 29

And She Could Be Next Premieres On PBS

And She Could Be Next, a two-part docuseries from POV, premieres on PBS’ Female Trailblazers programming pillar, celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage. The series tells the story of defiant women of color, transforming politics from the ground up. Now available for free streaming here.

Jun 10

POV: Midnight Traveler (PBS) Wins Peabody Award

A Peabody Winner for Best Stories of 2019, MIDNIGHT TRAVELER is a gripping vérité story made by a family on the run. When the Taliban puts a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili’s head, he is forced to flee the country with his wife and two young daughters, providing an intimate portrait of the refugee experience.

May 31

Future Art Awards Launches Special Mention Honorariums

MOZAIK Announces additional $1,000 artist honorariums to 40 special mention artists of the Future Art Awards.

Apr 10

Future Art Awards Open For Entries

MOZAIK Launches The Future Art Awards with $2,000 relief grants in support of artists of all ages and mediums impacted by the pandemic, nationwide. The ten featured artists selected from over 1,100 art submissions in a blind review by the foundation’s panel of flow fund judges in the art was subsequently announced online.

Mar 12

COVID-19 Emergency Response Launches

MOZAIK Launches COVID-19 Emergency Response through a partnership with the California Community Foundation’s LA County Relief Fund.

Jan 01

MOZAIK Philanthropy Launches (formerly Neda Nobari Foundation)

MOZAIK’s task is to explore and model new practices in philanthropy with disruptive, creative, and catalytic potential.

Aug 31

Coup 53 Launches

Telluride Film Festival Premiere

Ten years in the making, COUP 53 tells the story of the 1953 Anglo-American coup d’état that overthrew Iran’s government of Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh and reinstalled the Shah. The CIA/MI6 covert action was called Operation Ajax.

Winner of the 2019 Vancouver International Film Festival Award for Most Popular International Documentary

Jul 08

L.A. Arts Flow Fund Launches

MOZAIK piloted its first Flow Fund in July 2019, welcoming a group of community artists and arts professionals working across diverse expressive mediums to allocate the foundation’s resources to six innovative artists and organizations working to empower arts activism across Los Angeles.

Apr 14

Yours Truly Launches

San Francisco International Film Festival Premiere

The story of the film Yours Truly begins with FOR-SITE’s remarkable exhibition @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz. The resulting exhibition engaged over 900,000 visitors in a conversation about the plight of prisoners of conscience around the world.

Mar 28

Forty Years & More Launches

The Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies at SF State presents its Inaugural International Conference. With over sixty scholars from 40 countries around the world, the conference recognized the cultural, political, and national terrain(s) that have defined the approximately 5 million Iranians who have left Iran in the years immediately following the 1979 revolution as well as in subsequent migrations throughout the past four decades.

Mar 08

Immigrant Yarn Project Launches

Immigrant Yarn Project featured knitted and crocheted yarn contributions made by over 600 contributors from across the country, representing generations of immigrants from every corner of the world — and including contributions from homeless communities, seniors, students, LGBTQ, Native Americans, and even a Former Secretary of State.

Feb 01

CinéEqual Platform Launches

CinéEqual represents filmmakers, institutions, and community members with a focus on social justice cinema. As an integrated unit of Cinema Without Borders, it promotes a diverse, inclusive, and equitable democratic society that values the worth of all humans.

Jan 30

Environmental Education Mentorship (TEEM) Launches

The Nature Bridge TEEM program helps participants develop an understanding of environmental education hands-on, through field trips and one-on-one mentor relationships with seasoned educators while exploring the beautiful landscape of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Nov 18

Humanity On The Move Platform Launches

Humanity on the Move shines a light on the global struggle for safety and equal rights for refugees, migrants and displaced people through their own powerful stories.

The HOTM documentary short “Los Comandos” was shortlisted in consideration for the 91st Oscars®.

Sep 15

Of Two Minds Podcast Launches

Of Two Minds is a podcast where we invite two people with very different views to talk to each other. It’s kind of a social experiment: A conversation between people that share something deeply in common and yet they remain deeply divided. Hosted by journalist Sarah Shourd.

Aug 01

West of Middle East Podcast (Season II) Launches

In Season II of West of Middle East, we hear from people from the Middle East diaspora who are changemakers working in and around the field of education- be it through traditional academia, technology, the arts, advocacy or movement-building.

Jun 25

PPLA Sexuality Health Educators Fund Launches

Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles offers education on all sexual health topics in South and East Los Angeles/Antelope Valley, helping foster understanding about human sexuality and educate youth and adults about their human right to health care.

May 28

Culturistan Artist Residency Launches

Culturistan is a space to connect with other creators and thinkers whose work is making an impact on the world around us. It is a place to step beyond our normal routines to explore new ways of thinking and to reflect on the essential questions of our time, leading to a richer engagement with the world around us and transforming what we bring to it.

Jan 24

Akicita Launches

Sundance Film Festival Premiere

In the shadow of the largest Native American occupation since Wounded Knee, thousands of Water Protectors descend upon the Standing Rock Reservation to resist construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.​ Through a Native lens and unprecedented access, Akicita captures the spirit of a movement and its people.

Sep 22

Smarter Green Schools Launches

Tree People works to unite with communities to grow a greener, shadier and more water-secure city at homes, neighborhoods, schools and in the local mountains. The Smarter Green Schools initiative increases environmental literacy in underserved schools throughout Los Angeles.

Jun 25

Art/Act: Youth Launches

The David Brower Center presents Art/Act: Youth, our annual exhibition showcasing work by over 80 current Berkeley High School students examining the intersection of environmentalism and art.

Jun 09

Radio Dreams Launches

San Francisco International Film Festival Premiere

Radio Dreams follows an eccentric Iranian writer through his travails as he pursues his ambitious goal of bringing together Metallica and Kabul Dreams, Afghanistan’s first rock band, at a satellite radio station in San Francisco.

Winner of the 2016 Hivos Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Jan 15

West of Middle East Podcast (Season I) Launches

In Season 1 of West of Middle East, we hear from people from the Middle East diaspora who are changemakers in a variety of unique ways: fighting for indigenous rights in the Amazon, advocating for LGBTQ refugee support, or making movies about Afghan rock stars and the diaspora experience.

Jun 01

Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies Launches

The Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies at San Francisco State University fosters innovative and collaborative scholarship between faculty and students and engages with complex and pressing subjects such as nationalism, immigration, xenophobia, gender, sexuality and identity.

Mar 25

Mother Miracle Classroom Launches

Mother Miracle is dedicated to serving exceptionally intelligent children from the slums of Rishikesh, India by providing K-12 education, nutrition, healthcare, and extracurricular activities.

Nov 05

SIMA Classroom Launches

SIMA Classroom is an online global citizenship education and film platform that reaches 1,850 educators and 44,000 high-school and college students in 30 countries. It combines a carefully curated collection of over 140 award-winning short documentaries and virtual reality films with learning resources and participatory skill-building lessons that bring global social justice issues, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and social entrepreneurial innovations to life.

Oct 01

IAWF NorCal Chapter Launches

The Iranian-American Women Foundation NorCal Chapter represents a confluence of dynamic Iranian-American women from across all professions and communities in the Bay Area. 

May 01

Relocation & Rebranding

Neda Nobari Foundation moves to the San Francisco Bay Area, with a newfound mission to support social and environmental justice through the arts and education across five interconnected focus areas: Innovative Arts, Transparent Media, Holistic Education, Earth Advocacy, and Social Impact Cinema.

Nov 19

Project W Launches

Chapman University’s Project W: Stories of Women Creating Change supports emerging student filmmakers as they produce short social issue documentaries profiling inspiring women leaders across the country who are creating change through stories of courage in the face of adversity.

Jun 05

Human Rights Watch LA Film Series Launches

Shining a light on gross human rights violations in over 90 countries around the world, the Human Rights Watch Los Angeles Film Series celebrates both new and established international filmmakers committed to impact and awareness of some of the greatest global struggles of our time.

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