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Welcome to MOZAIK! For over a decade, MOZAIK (formerly, the Neda Nobari Foundation) has worked toward social and environmental justice by seeding over 200 grassroots organizations, through $10M in philanthropic support, for the inception of arts, education, media, environment and film initiatives, internationally, nationally, and across California. We have always worked to align our resources with our values while fostering a full and authentic expression of our passions and purpose.

We celebrated in 2019, ten years of intense work by announcing a pause to our strategic grantmaking and taking time to reflect on our work to date. Where did we have our greatest impact and where did we achieve our highest purpose? We needed the space to vision and envision what was to come next. Looking closely at our integral part in the culture of philanthropy, we had to examine some unsettling practices that do little to upend the status quo of global poverty, climate chaos, and the political, social and cultural inequality that continues to exclude essential voices from the decision-making table. Ultimately, we asked two poignant questions: What has philanthropy, a $400-billion-a-year industry, really accomplished to bridge the socio-economic and cultural divide? And importantly, where could we as a foundation make the most meaningful difference? Our response is MOZAIK, a conceptually new foundation for the new millennium.

MOZAIK’s mission is to explore and model new practices in philanthropy with disruptive, creative, and catalytic potential. In 2020, we will invite communities to help us to govern our grant-making decisions. We will invite in those who know the organizations and initiatives that will serve their communities the very best; thereby, democratizing access to our foundation’s philanthropic equity, while exploring new modes of participatory, inclusionary, and socially innovative grantmaking. In tandem, we will be working to align our investment practices with our mission, intentionally divesting and investing with a newfound commitment to advancing a just economy. We are deeply inspired by the collective journey ahead. MOZAIK welcomes you to join us.

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As the stewards of an organization dedicated to democratizing philanthropy, we’ve been thinking about what MOZAIK can do at this time of global crisis. We are now partnering with the California Community Foundation’s COVID-19 LA County Response Fund to address the most immediate emerging needs of our region’s most vulnerable residents—from mitigation to eventual recovery. This new fund will support the community needs identified by our local partners in health, housing, education, and immigration, and will aid impacted individuals through CCF’s Pass It Along Fund

Although all in-person gatherings are postponed until further notice, MOZAIK will be curating a series of online resources and tools, starting with a community-assembled list of emergency relief funds and social safety net services for individuals, nonprofits, and small-businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic across the State of California, and nationally. Access the COVID-19 Social Safety Net Resource Hub here.

We look forward to sharing more with you in the coming weeks.

Keep well, 

From all of us at MOZAIK