Friday, June 29, 2018
INSIDE PHILANTHROPY -- Then there’s the Neda Nobari Foundation. Its namesake immigrated to the U.S. from Iran in 1978 when she was 15. She graduated from San Francisco State in 1984 and went on to work at Bebe Stores, where she served as vice chair. She has since turned to philanthropy, with a focus on promoting social and environmental justice through arts and education. Her $5 million gift to San Francisco State University in 2016 established the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies, the first academic center of its kind in the U.S.