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Moghadam Award: Long-Term, Sustainable Economic Development in Iran

- The Stanford Iran 2040 Project announces the first annual Moghadam Award in Iranian Economics to recognize the best original paper on Long-Term, Sustainable Economic Development in Iran. The awardee will be asked to present the paper at the next Stanford Iran Economic Forum to be held in Summer 2017. All travel expenses will be covered and the awardee will also receive a $10,000 prize. - 4/12/17

Momeni Foundation is accepting applications for the year 2017 Academic Scholarships

- Momeni Foundation is dedicated to providing scholarships to graduating high school students and full time college students of Iranian descent anywhere in the world. Deadline for receiving the application material is June 30th, 2017. - 4/6/17

Iranian celebrities, charity society save young man from hanging

- A group of Iranian celebrities in association with a charity society finally managed to commute the death sentence of a young man who had committed murder when he was a teenager, Khabaronline reported. A 15-year-old boy, who used the pseudonym "Soheil", had been convicted of murder and was sentenced to death. Soheil who waited on death row for five years committed a murder over a childish argument with another guy. - 3/8/17

Mother Teresa of Iran Passes away at 91

- Ashraf Qandehari-Bahadorzadeh was a humanitarian and the co-founder of the Kahrizak nursing home, south of Tehran. She had devoted her life to helping those in need and was praised and honored for her charity works. She joined the founding committee of Kahrizak in 1972 and helped building the charity complex as we know it today. - 2/28/17

PHOTOS: The Red Crescent sniffing dog training camp

- Iran's Red Crescent sniffing dogs are trained in a camp located in northern Tehran foothills. The sniffing dogs play an important role in saving those individuals trapped under rubble or other dangerous situations following a disaster. - 2/23/17

Kickstarter Campaign: Presenting IRAN THROUGH BOOKS at America's biggest annual book festival in 2017

- Farhang Foundation aims to promote Iranian art, culture & literature to the community at large. This two-day, free to public festival will help us give presence to Iranian books as well as books about Iran & books by Iranian authors. The event will be built around one central theme - celebrating books & promoting reading as a gateway to bring harmony and understanding to our diverse community in Los Angeles and Southern California. - 2/21/17

Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World established at UCLA

- UCLA has established the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World, the first center in the Western Hemisphere that aims to advance the knowledge of ancient Iranian languages, history and religions. The Pourdavoud Center was named for the late Professor Ebrahim Pourdavoud, a pioneering scholar of ancient Persia, and was made possible by a gift from his granddaughter, Dr. Anahita Naficy Lovelace, and her husband, James B. Lovelace. - 2/16/17

Campaign aims to create jobs for vulnerable Iranian women

- A public campaign has been launched aimed at creating jobs for socially vulnerable women nearly two months before the new Iranian year starts on March 20. The campaign with the motto of "Presenting a job, as the new year's gift" is arranged by the Society of Awareness, Knowledge and Growth (Bavar NGO) to create job opportunities for the women who are the breadwinners of their families - 1/24/17

The story of an Iranian soldier who lost a limb saving a dog trapped in minefield

- Mohammad Bakhtar, a 19-year-old Iranian soldier, has been highly lauded after losing his leg while trying to save a dog trapped in a barbed wire fence around a minefield. Mohammad's story, has gone viral in the country since the incident which happened in a garrison in Ajabshir, northwestern East Azarbaijan province, the Department of Environment official website reported. - 1/7/17

PAAIA Launches the Ansari Fellowship Program For Young Iranian-Americans

- Iranian-Americans are some of the most successful entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, engineers and scientists in the United States. Yet, for various reasons, many are still not involved in politics or public service more broadly. We are aiming to change that by providing funding for unpaid summer internships, as well as access to a network of public policy experts and mentorship opportunities. - 11/30/16

Gerda Henkel Foundation allocates 650K Euros to museum studies in Iran

- The non-profit Germany-based Gerda Henkel Foundation has allocated 650,000 Euros to support research projects by the National Museum of Iran and a museum which is planned to be built in the city of Yazd by 2019. - 11/26/16

Narges Kalbasi Ashtari's story: An outcry for help

- She is called the Mother Teresa of India and all for good reason. At 29, Narges Kalbasi Ashtari is a mother to many orphans, abandoned and visually impaired children in India. However, today, she has become the victim of a very complex and unjust system in India and is being punished by the very same people she once left her life behind for. - 10/16/16

Golden Cells campaign in Iran aims to promote stem cell donation

- "Golden Cells" is another public-led campaign in Iran with the aim of promoting stem cell donation. The campaign was initiated by those who have one way or another dealt with cancer and diseases that can be cured by stem cells and started to let others know about the stem cell bank, the campaign spokesperson Sameen Razavi told Fars news agency. - 8/31/16

Iran Eases Process For Adoptive and Foster Parenting

- The State Welfare Organization of Iran has facilitated the process for prospective foster or adoptive families, an official with the organization announced. The adoption and foster laws which dated back to some 44 years ago were revised and modified in 2013 and are going to be implemented in the near future - 8/11/16

Iranians donate $1.1B to healthcare causes over 8 years

- Some 4 trillion rials (nearly $1.15b) has been donated since 2008 by philanthropists in Iran to healthcare services in the country, an official with the health philanthropists society has said. - 8/3/16

Rakhshan Bani-Etemad's new documentary promotes charity for poor child patients

- Director of acclaimed social drama "Tales" Rakhshan Bani-Etemad in her new documentary is promoting charity for child patients whose parents are unable to cover the cost of medical treatment for their illnesses. - 7/6/16

San Francisco State University announces $5 million gift to establish the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies

- San Francisco State University has received a $5 million gift from alumna and Iranian-American philanthropist Neda Nobari to establish the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies (CIDS). This endowment establishes SF State as an academic pioneer in the field of Iranian diaspora research. - 6/22/16

Kamkars to team up with London orchestra, choir for charity concert

- The Kamkars, Iran's leading Kurdish family music ensemble, will team up with two music groups in London to give a charity concert, which will raise funds for children displaced by war in Syria and Iraq. - 6/9/16

Momeni Foundation is accepting applications for the year 2016 Academic Scholarships

- Momeni Foundation is dedicated to providing scholarships to graduating high school students and full time college students of Iranian descent anywhere in the world. - 4/16/16

Heroic Iranian teacher killed by crumbing wall while saving students

- A crumbling wall at a school in a village near Khash in Sistan Baluchistan Province killed a teacher after he managed to save the lives of all the students. Hamidreza Gongozehi, an elementary school teacher in Nukjoo, was caught under the debris after he rushed to move the students to safety as the classroom wall began to crumble. - 4/5/16

A sanctuary for stray dogs grows in Iran thanks to social media

- Animal lover Maryam Sanei has set up a hospice for unwanted pooches. A draft law penalising those who harass stray animals was referred to the President's office last month -Guardian - 3/31/16

6th Annual Pars Equality Center Gala Features Congressman Mike Honda's Support for Persian Americans

- On Saturday, March 5, 2016, Pars Equality Center (PEC) held its 6th Annual Nowruz (Persian New Year) Gala at San Francisco's Marriott Waterfront Hotel. Known for being a sold out event each year, and hosting over 800 guests, this year's fundraising gala featured special guest Congressman Mike Honda and raised nearly $500,000.00. - 3/28/16

UC Berkeley announces Bita Daryabari Presidential Chair in Iranian Studies

- "It is a part of your life, your culture," the former computer scientist and telecommunications manager-turned-humanitarian and philanthropist said about her $5 million gift to UC Berkeley, to further the study of Iranian languages, literature, arts and culture, and especially the country's history. -Kathleen Maclay, UC Berkelry - 3/22/16

NIAC's 6th Annual Norooz Day of Service: Saturday, March 12, 2016

- Join Iranian Americans nationwide in honoring the Iranian New Year (Norooz) tradition of beginning a good year through acts of kindness. During NIAC's 6th Annual Day of Service on Saturday, March 12, we look forward to reining in a wonderful new year by cleaning parks and beaches, serving food to those less fortunate than ourselves, and caring for the ill and elderly. - 3/6/16

PHOTOS: The Kindness Station in Khorramabad provides cloths, food and books for the needy

- Walls of kindness have been popping up all over Iran in an attempt to keep the homeless warm this winter. These spontaneous outdoor charities are based on a simple principal: "If you don't need it, leave it. If you need it, take it." A group of philanthropists in the city of Khorramabad in western Iran have gone a step further and created a Kindness Station which is equipped with a refrigerator and library where in addition to cloths, donors can leave food and books for the needy or the homeless. -Farnaz Goudarzi - 1/12/16

'Walls Of Kindness' Encourage Iranians To Give

- Walls typically create divisions. But not always. In Iran, activists are using them to bring people together and encourage them to give. They've installed coat hooks and signs in at least three cities asking people to leave unwanted clothing for those in need. "If you need clothing, take according to your needs, and if you have clothing at home that you don't need, please hang it here," reads one of the signs. Iranians are calling them "walls of kindness." -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 12/15/15

Iranians tackle homelessness and hunger - one refrigerator at a time

- Ali Heidari got in the car with his wife and nine-year-old son and drove to the Harandi neighbourhood in south Tehran, one of the main concentrations for homeless people in the Iranian capital. They were carrying 15 meals for the homeless. When they got there, Heidari was struck by what he saw. -Denise Hassanzade Ajiri, Guardian - 12/3/15

Mashhad "Forugh Mohabbat" charity center teaches street children music

- A charity center in the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad, which is home to the shrine of Imam Reza, teaches street children music and organizes concerts, during which the children perform. Ghazaleh Lotfi and her husband, Ramin Zafari, established the Forugh Mohabbat Charity Institute in 2003 to help reduce delinquency in society. - 11/9/15

Organs of brain dead Iranian sportswoman donated

- The vital organs of female Iranian athlete Reyhaneh Beheshti have been donated to patients in need of transplantation to save their lives, nearly a week after the young sportswoman was diagnosed as brain dead. - 10/19/15

Pars Equality Center Celebrates "Power Of Community" Fundraising Luncheon At SLS Beverly Hills

- On Sunday, September 27, 2015, Pars Equality Center - the leading non-profit organization celebrating five years of providing social and legal services to the Iranian-American community - hosted the "Power of Community" Luncheon at the SLS Beverly Hills. Keynote speaker was entrepreneur Farhad Mohit (founder & CEO, Flipagram). - 10/2/15

UC Davis receives $1.5 million from prominent Iranian-American philanthropist Bita Daryabari

- The gift will establish the Bita Daryabari Presidential Chair in Persian Language and Literature and help transform UC Davis into a leading force in teaching, research and outreach that advances global understanding of Persian language and culture. The UC Davis Presidential Chair in Persian Language and Literature position will be awarded to an Iranian studies scholar whose research and teaching will focus on these areas. Funds will also support a colloquium on Iranian culture. - 9/25/15

Local campaign for disabled Iranians spreads through social media

- The Blue Lids campaign, which was launched only two weeks ago in Sanandaj to collect plastic bottle lids as a fundraiser to provide wheelchairs to the disabled, has picked up momentum, with other cities joining the campaign even in other provinces. - 9/15/15

Shahrzaad's Tale From Iran's First Woman Filmmaker, Actress, Dancer And Poet To A Wandering Homeless

- Shahrzaad's Tale is a story of a lost era and a forgotten star of pre-revolutionary Iranian cinema; it is the story of an accomplished poet, filmmaker and cultural critic who was tragically silenced by the political storms of the period. - 9/3/15

PERSIAN 101: Farhang Foundation Partners with Star Education to Launch After School Program

- Farhang Foundation, in collaboration with STAR Education, a leading nonprofit at the forefront of innovative education programs and community-based cultural enrichment projects for more than 25 years, will be launching "Persian: 101", an after school Persian language program for K-6 students. - 9/1/15

Shelter owner, dozens of cats die in fire

- Fire at an animal shelter near Eshtehard led to the death of 200 cats and the owner and operator of the shelter. A spokesman for the local fire department reports that the fire occurred at 6 AM, killing one person and 200 cats. - 8/31/15

Photos: World soccer stars team sinks Iran's 3-0 in Tehran charity match

- The team of world's retired professional footballers has produced a dazzling performance against Iran's football stars of the past in a charity match, the proceeds of which went to the Iranian society that supports MS patients. - 8/29/15

Football: World Stars to Play Iranian Stars in Tehran Charity Match

- Players expected to participate in the World Stars team captained by Michel Salgado include Luis Figo, Roberto Carlos, Fabio Cannavaro, Guti, Fernando Hierro, Fernando Couto, Vitor Baia, Bodo Illgner, Clarence Seedorf, Patrick Kluivert, Steve McManaman, Fernando Morientes, Marcel Desailly, Gaizka Mendieta, Edgar Davids, Jari Litmanen, Christian Karembeu, Boudewijn Zenden and Santiago Solari. - 8/27/15

Iranian-Americans among awards recipients from the World Affairs Council

- Each year, the World Affairs Council and its project the Global Philanthropy Forum hosts an Awards Dinner to honor Bay Area leaders who have significantly influenced the world in which we live, work and learn. Three Iranian-Americans were among this year's award recipients: Noosheen Hashemi, Bita Daryabari and Shervin Pishevar - 6/3/15

UN Says Iranian Aid Boat For Yemen Offloaded In Djibouti

- United Nations officials in the port of Djibouti say they have taken charge of aid cargo carried by an Iranian boat that was headed for war-torn Yemen. The vessel -- the Iran Shahed -- was carrying 2,500 tons of food aid for Yemen that will now be distributed by the UN World Food Program. - 5/23/15

Studies of Ancient Iran Receive Support from Farhang Foundation

- Farhang Foundation, a non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate and promote Iranian art and culture, has generously pledged to support UC Irvine's Sasanika: Late Antique Iran Project with a yearly, recurring gift. - 5/15/15

Support an Iranian-American Kickstarter Project - Tye*

- We are a young startup based in the Silicon Valley. We have multiple patents pending for our flagship product, Tye* hub, and Tye* remote. "Tye* is the first 3-in-1 smart anti-theft device that will revolutionize how we protect our valuables like gadgets, pets, and luggage with peace of mind", said Shahriar Ilislamloo, co-founder Perseus Micrologic. - 4/27/15

Pars Equality Center Celebrates 5th Anniversary with the Official Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of Daryabari Iranian Community Center

- On Thursday, April 16, 2015, Pars Equality Center (PEC) - a Bay Area-based non-profit organization providing social and legal services to the Iranian-American community - celebrated its 5th Anniversary with the Official Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the new Daryabari Iranian Community Center, located at 1635 The Alameda in San Jose. - 4/20/15

Photos: Protests grow over film of stray dogs dying in agony

- The killing of stray dogs in Shiraz has triggered widespread protests across Iran and they continued today, with large groups of animal rights activists in Tehran gathering in Pardisan Park, across from the Department of the Environment. Protesters wanted the department to identify and prosecute whoever killed the dogs. - 4/20/15

An Iranian model of altruism, volunteerism, philanthropy and scholarship in the Diaspora

- The devotion of one's intellectual and material resources to the betterment of human society has been emphasized in Persian/Iranian literature, culture and religions since the earliest times. Mithraism, Zoroastrianism, Mazdakism, Manichaeism and more recently Islam have all pursued this path. The prolific output of Persian poetry and prose is replete with recommendations to serve society as best as one can. Endowments (vaqhf) for the benefit of society have a long history in the Iranian world that preceded Islam. -Davood Rahni, New York - 3/30/15

Momeni Foundation is accepting applications for the year 2014 Academic Scholarships

- Momeni Foundation is dedicated to providing scholarships to graduating high school students and full time college students of Iranian descent anywhere in the world. The Financial Assistance Scholarship is available to all college students of Iranian descent regardless of citizenship or country of residency. - 3/26/15

Report of Pars Equality Center's 5th Annual Nowruz Gala

- Pars Equality Center (PEC)- a Bay Area-based non-profit organization providing social and legal services to the Iranian-American community-celebrated its 5th Annual Nowruz/Persian New Year Gala at San Francisco's Marriott Waterfront Burlingame Hotel on March 15, 2015. - 3/24/15

Pars Equality Center Celebrates 5th Anniversary With Official Opening Of Daryabari Iranian Community Center And Annual Nowruz Gala

- In honor of the 5th anniversary of Pars Equality Center - a Bay Area-based non-profit organization providing social and legal services to the Iranian-American community-there will be two seminal celebratory events: the 5th Annual Nowruz Gala on Saturday, March 14, 2015, and the highly anticipated Official Opening of the Daryabari Iranian Community Center-the new permanent home for PEC-on Thursday, April 16, 2015. - 3/11/15

Child Poverty: 7 Lessons

- The official child poverty rate in the United States today stands at 20 percent; it is the second highest among the world's developed countries. That means that almost 15 million children live in poverty in the United States. The Century Foundation formulated seven "lessons" about childhood poverty in the U.S. following its Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative conference last June -The HAND Foundation - 2/25/15

Photos: Village Students in Chabahar Looking For Philanthropists To Help Their Schools

- These photos are from the schools at Kamb and Tiss Koopan villages in the district of Chabahar town in Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan province. At the age of the internet, the students at these schools are still deprived of the basic educational facilities. With their their government having failed them, these students have now turned to philanthropists and asking for their help so their schools can meet the minimum educational standards. - 2/12/15

Welcoming Philanthropists and Major Social Venture Capital Investors to Partner for a "Culture of Human Rights and Responsibilities" Advocacy

- Injustice can easily become the norm and the law of the land. As the honorable Dr. Martin Luther King eloquently noted, "unjust law is no law." Congruently, Thomas Jefferson noted that, "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty." -Majid Baradar, 12Petals Media Group - 12/19/14

Iranian artists gather at Tehran center to present "Art for Humanity"

- The exhibition "Art for Humanity" displaying works by 100 artists to help the United Nations World Food Program fight hunger in the world was inaugurated at Tehran's Niavaran Cultural Center on Friday. - 10/19/14

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 awarded to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi

- The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 is to be awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. - 10/11/14

Iranian artists to commemorate World Food Day

- Over 100 Iranian artists will showcase their artworks in an exhibition at Tehran's Niavaran Cultural Center to commemorate World Food Day on October 16. The week-long exhibit has been arranged to help the United Nations World Food Program fight hunger among children in the famine stricken regions of the world - 10/9/14

Pars Equality Centers's 1st Annual Los Angeles Autumn Gala Features Popular Persian Band The Black Cats

- On Saturday night, September 13, 2014, Pars Equality Center (PEC) a non-profit organization, and the first of its kind supporting the full integration of people of Persian (Iranian) origin in the United States - celebrated its 1st Annual Autumn Gala at the Hilton Universal Hotel in Universal City. - 9/22/14

A Survivor's Story Becomes a Silicon Valley Dream Come True and a Calling to Give Back

- In a community replete with success stories, not often are there equally impressive tales of philanthropy. Bita Daryabari changes that. She has founded the Pars Equality Center to serve Iranian immigrants who arrive in California, and desperately need help assimilating in a new world. -Maryam Zar, Huffington Post - 9/10/14

Ali Karimi takes on Ice Bucket Challenge

- Former Iranian international and Bayern Munich midfielder Ali Karimi took on the Ice Bucket Challenge and posted the video on his Instagram on Friday. The challenge, which was born in Massachusetts, comes from the former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates. Frates was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, in 2012. - 8/25/14

Iranian quake victims demand help from visiting minister

- Victims of the recent earthquake in the Mormori region of Ilam Province protested during the visit of the Minister of Roads and Urban Development and demanded the provision of aid and resources needed to overcome their ordeal. - 8/21/14

OMID Foundations 10th Anniversary Celebrations in San Francisco Bay Area

- The OMID Bay Area Committee is excited to invite you to our 1st Annual Banquet at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View on Sunday, September 28th at 6:30pm. Marjaneh Halati, the founder and president of Omid Foundations will be present, along with live music, dancing, light dinner, live/silent auction and drinks. - 8/20/14

Honoring a young woman who gave life to others in her death

- A tragic plane crash in Tehran on Sunday August 10 that took the life of 37 people onboard. But unknown to many is how this crash also claimed the life of a young Iranian woman on the ground as well. Moments before the crash, Hadiseh Ghasemi, 21, a Tehran University student, was riding a taxi in the area. This is when the driver heard the sound of the plane and noticed it is coming down and could possibly hit his taxi. - 8/17/14

Are NGOs Returning to Iran?

- Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) began to thrive in Iran under the presidency of Mohammad Khatami (1997-2005). A plethora of organizations sprung up to work on a variety of issues, from the environment, to women's issues, to poverty, to protecting child laborers. However, with the election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2005 NGOs took a big hit in Iran. - 7/15/14

HAND Foundation Awards Annual Scholarship to Kian Samaee

- We are delighted to announce that the 2014 HAND Foundation Scholarship has been made to Kian Samaee for his doctoral studies in economics at The University of Pennsylvania. - 6/28/14

The First Annual Pars Equality Center Autumn Gala in Los Angeles

- The 1st Annual Pars Equality Center Autumn Gala will raise funds for the Pars Equality Center, a non-profit organization that provides social and legal support for all members of the Iranian American community, including refugees, asylees and immigrants. - 6/25/14

Iranian artists come together to support World Food Programme

- 100 prominent Iranian artists have donated artworks to support the United Nations World Food Programme in its fight against hunger. The collection will be exhibited on World Food Day in October 2014 and will be displayed for a week before being sold to raise funds for WFP activities in Iran. - 6/19/14

Pembroke College Celebrates Official Openning Of Shahnama Centre for Persian Studies With $2M Endowment By Philanthropist Bita Daryabari

- On Saturday, May 24th, Global philanthropist Bita Daryabari and speakers from around the globe gathered to celebrate the official opening of the Shahnama Centre for Persian Studies at Pembroke College in Cambridge, England. - 6/12/14

Pars Youth Grant: The American Dream

- The Pars Youth Grant /The American Dream was initiated with the help and generosity of The Kordestani Family Fund, which has as one of its core principals, investing in the education of our youth.This new endeavor hopes to contribute to our younger generation's success. - 5/27/14

Persian Studies Program at San Jose State University

- In 2011, PARSA Community Foundation awarded San Jose State University (SJSU) with a $200,000 grant to start a Persian Studies Program. SJSU, a major public university in Silicon Valley, has built a program that offers countless opportunities for students and members of the community to encounter Persian language and culture. - 5/21/14

Iranian leading actress meets Dalai Lama in India

- Iranian award-winning actress Katayoun Riahi has recently met the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in India, it was reported on Saturday. Riahi, also founder of Iranˈs Komak (Help) Charity Foundation, paid a visit to India during the last days of the past Iranian calendar year which ended on March 20, the foundation reported today in a statement. - 4/5/14

Momeni Foundation is accepting applications for the year 2014 Academic Scholarships

- Momeni Foundation is dedicated to providing scholarships to graduating high school students and full time college students of Iranian descent anywhere in the world. Deadline for receiving the application material is June 30th, 2014. - 4/3/14

Photos: Iranian President visits nursery downtown Tehran on Nowrouz

- President Hassan Rouhani on Friday visited Shobeir Nursery downtown Tehran on the first day of Nowruz (Iranian New Year). -Shobeir Nursery cares for 100 U-6 infants and babies who are under the guardianship of the government, and it is staffed with 90 personnel. - 3/24/14

Shervin Pishevar Awards Cyrus Prize to Dropbox Co-Founder at Bita Daryabari's 4th Annual Pars Equality Center Nowruz Gala

- Pars Equality Center celebrated its 4th Annual Nowruz Gala in honor of the Persian New Year in San Francisco. The nearly $500K in funds raised at this popular yearly event will go towards the continued funding of the Center's social and legal programs in both the Bay area and Los Angeles, as well as helping PEC's expansion into additional U.S. markets. - 3/17/14

Congressman Keith Ellison Joined NIAC's Day of Service

- Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) joined NIAC volunteers on March 9 to spend the day working with Sharing and Caring Hands, an organization helping homeless families, in Minneapolis. NIAC's 4th Annual Day of Service engaged Iranian Americans in community service projects in 10 cities nationwide. - 3/15/14

Nowruz at the Midnight Mission in Los Angeles: "Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds"

- On Friday March 14th the Midnight Mission and Southern California Iranians will reunite for the third annual Nowruz at the Midnight Mission event in Downtown's Skid Row sponsored by Skechers USA, Inc. The spirit of Nowruz is one of renewal and promises of a better, brighter start, a pursuit the Midnight Mission strives for every day. - 3/12/14

Report of "Medical Access for Iranians" Event in San Francisco

- On Sunday, February 22, over 140 members of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), Iranian American Bar Association (IABA), Havaar, and National Lawyers' Guild (NLG) attended a charity fundraiser in San Francisco to raise awareness about the impact of US sanctions on ordinary Iranians' medical access. - 3/6/14

PARSA Community Foundation Scholars at Tufts University Tackle Large Global Issues

- "Having been raised in a region where people are suffering from misguided economic policies," explains Maliheh Birjandi-Feriz, a first year PhD candidate in economics at Yale University, "I realized that development and economics are not about statistics and math, rather they are about people and their livelihood." - 3/4/14

First Annual Bita Prize for Young Persian Artists Awarded To Pianist Dena Taherianfar

- Dena Taherianfar was born in Tehran, in November of 1996. She began taking lessons in piano when she was six. Her first teacher was Mrs. Shohreh J. Ghajar. Dena gave her debut concert in the renowned Roudaki Concert Hall of Tehran in 2008. At her teacher's suggestion, Dena eventually moved to Vienna where she began to study piano with Prof. Stanislaw Tichonow at the Joseph Haydn Conservatory. - 2/28/14



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