The Taslimi Foundation firmly believes that access to education is indispensable to the maintenance of healthy societies, and moreover, that fostering a culture of learning is integral to achieving human excellence and inclusivity. The Taslimi Foundation is committed to supporting educational programs that not only advance learning, but also cultivate meaningful dialogue and expression, and encourage constructive social action. Some of these programs include:
The Foundation awards scholarships to students deprived of the right to higher education in their home country. In Iran, this is an appalling reality for thousands of youth. In honor of Abdul-Hussein Taslimi, who himself provided education scholarships during his life in Iran, annual grants are awarded to Iranian students barred from receiving an education as a result of their religious, ethnic, or political identity.
The Global Institute for Health and Human Rights (IHHR) at the University at Albany, SUNY, seeks, among other initiatives, to train and support at-risk students, both on campus and online, including those who have been banned from receiving an education. In addition to supporting the IHHR directly, the Foundation hosted a fundraising event for the organization in 2013, which help raise additional support and funds for the new Institute.
The Foundation supports educational institutions directly by funding lectureships, as well as artistic and cultural programs. In 2011, the Foundation announced the Taslimi Lectureship on the Baha’i Faith in Iran, which broadens the scope of UCLA’s Iranian Studies Program to include a scholarly course on the Baha’i Faith in Iran. The Foundation is also working to support additional programs in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at UCLA.
The Taslimi family supports the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF) through fundraising and pro bono construction initiatives. The SMMEF is an organization established to enhance and supplement the curriculum of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.
In honor of Dr. Amin Banani, eminent scholar of Persian history and literature, and one of the first Iranians to receive a Ph.D. in history at Stanford, the Taslimi Foundation has supported the creation of a Stanford Festival of Persian Arts and Letters, an event that will bolster the Iranian Studies program by highlighting Iranian culture through arts, letters, theater, cinema, poetry, music, and Persian language publishing.
The Keep Children in School Foundation provides education scholarships to children in Tehran, Iran, who are otherwise unable to afford school attendance. Taslimi Construction employees volunteer with this organization and the Foundation itself supports one child each year.
The Taslimi family supports the USC Architectural Guild, through membership and various annual programs that provide direct financial support and professional guidance to students, faculty, and alumni of the School of Architecture.