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. 

15 Years of Giving

800 + Grantees

$12M + in Philanthropy

1 Full-Time Staff

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.

Mar 29

Bidder 70 Launches

Cleveland International Film Festival Premiere
Bidder 70 centers on an extraordinary, ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience demanding government and industry accountability in the name of climate justice. Winner of Best American Film at Traverse City Film Festival and the United Nations Film Festival.

Jan 23

The Invisible War Launches

Sundance Film Festival Premiere 

The Invisible War is a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The film was a nominee for the 2013 Academy Awards, and resulted in the Congressional establishment of the Special Victims Unit.

Nov 09

Guardian Scholars Scholarship Launches

San Francisco State University’s Guardian Scholars Program (GSP) is a comprehensive program of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), in collaboration with the School of Social Work which serves former foster care youth who are pursuing their undergraduate degrees.

Jan 07

Learning Works Launches

Homeboy Industries’ Learning Works program aims to provide a personalized, rigorous academic program and relevant life skills to disengaged youth who have dropped out of school due to gang-related activity or incarceration. 

Feb 01

Legal Status Obtained

Neda Nobari Foundation is formally registered as a nonprofit in the United States, supporting community cohesion initiatives across the Northeast.

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