Taslimi Foundation believes education to be the bedrock of an open society and vital for the promotion of rational dialogue, consensual governance and enlightened leadership. If future generations are to avoid the extremism that threatens society today, quality education must be a fundamental right. To that end we support the following programs:
Some of these programs include:
SMMEF is a non-profit organization which helps schools in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. The Taslimi Foundation provides supports through fundraising and pro bono construction initiatives.
The initiative, based at University at Albany-SUNY aims to train and support at-risk students, including those who have been banned from education. We support the IHHR directly. We also hosted a fundraising event for them in 2013, which raised 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.
KCSC provides education scholarships to children in Iran, who are otherwise unable to afford to go to school. We support sponsor one child a year, and Taslimi Construction staff help KCSC as volunteers.
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.
The Boys & Girls Club provides a safe space for teens to socialize and participate after school activities and seeks to provide a positive influence for adolescents as they grew. One of the ways we have supported the Boys & Girls Club is through the pro bono design and construction of a new kitchen for their Malibu Teen Center.