Charles Grimes – who passed away in 2017 at age 66 after a brief illness – infused a joyful artistic sensibility into the myriad facets of a life richly lived. His paintings, often of flowers, were a riot of color that drew the viewer in to an ebullient, playful world. That world found a living expression in his gardens, where plants and flowers struck a harmonious balance with their surroundings. Charles was a lifelong student of the art and life of Pablo Picasso. His book on Picasso is one of three volumes he published.
Born in Omak, Washington, Charles was the son of homesteaders and a third generation Washingtonian. He and his wife Melanie owned and operated the first Birkenstock store in the US. Later, he went into real estate, all the while creating his whimsical paintings. Charles Grimes Memorial Fund will benefit the education of needy children globally.
Dr. Manucher Majzub was an architect, scholar, and loving husband, father, and grandfather. Service to the wider community in which he lived lay at the centre of his daily thoughts and actions. After obtaining his doctorate in architecture and city planning in Italy, Dr. Majzub returned to his native Iran and found the "Association of Baha’i University Graduates". In his adopted country of Canada, he offered popular lectures and courses on religion and civilization, and volunteered for over 30 years in numerous community and service organizations.
As a tribute to his love of learning and knowledge, the Dr. Manucher Majzub Memorial Fund is created. Funds raised will be directed toward the Zunizi School in Haiti, which offers quality K-12 education to 329 students, bringing to its students hope in the midst of chaos.
Adib Bam was just 7 years old when he died on Nov. 23, 2005, when an electrical fire ripped through his house. A year later, his family, wounds still fresh from the loss of their beloved son, set up the Adib Bam Scholarship Fund with Mona Foundation to educate needy children around the world in his memory. His father Hamid declared, "we want to see Adib's smile on other kids' faces."
To-date, the Adib Bam scholarship has supported the education of hundreds of children in Cambodia, Tanzania and Brazil.
Mahmoud Afsharian had for many decades contributed to the establishment of educational facilities around the world. Sometimes it was to establish a school in a small village and sometimes to assist with the ongoing work of larger, more established schools. To honor his memory and his efforts, and in recognition of his deep love for his wife, Victoria, the family created the "Victory Endowment Fund" in their names with Mona Foundation. The interests realized from this fund will in perpetuity support the education of students around the world.
Naiyareh (Nai) Karimimanesh was born on May 17, 1979 in San Francisco, California, and passed on following a car accident on her way to her law office in Atlanta, Georgia on April 26, 2007. Nai was a devoted, compassionate, and generous friend to all and is remembered as an exceptional individual with a great passion for justice and service.
Grief-stricken, and yet determined to continue the good work of their daughter, Nai's parents immediately established the Naiyareh Karimimanesh Fund with Mona Foundation in her memory. Several classrooms and one large community hall has already been built in Haiti in Nai’s honor. The Naiyareh Karimimanesh Endowment Fund will honor Nai’s memory in perpetuity.
Shams Al Dhuha Rouhani was a midwife, and an educator. She was passionate about education and worked tirelessly on her own education and that of her siblings and her own children. As a midwife she served not only the deprived women of her hometown in late 1940's but after suffering much religious persecution, she left for Dubai, and was embraced, respected and loved by the people in her new community.
As a tribute to her lifelong love for education and care for others, and remembering her grace, inspiration, compassion, and calm competence the Shams Al Dhuha Rouhani Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund is created. Income from this endowment will benefit the children of ADCAM in Brazil, and marginalized young rural women at Barli Institute in India.