Philosophy of Giving

Our philosophy in short: “We do not give gifts, we make investments”. The Massiah Foundation seeks to strictly adhere to this philosophy of venture philanthropy. Massiah pursues investment opportunities that will create the most significant social impact per invested capital. Massiah support can generally be divided into three primary categories:Education, Health and Arts/Culture. In making its investments, the Massiah Foundation looks for philanthropic opportunities that embody the following three attributes:

  • Innovative
  • Transformational
  • Charitable

Innovative Investments

The Massiah Foundation seeks opportunities with the intent to create what did not exist. One of our Innovative examples is the creation of The Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies at University of California at Irvine (UCI). The Samuel Jordan Center for Persian StudiesĀ is the first independent campus center in the United States for Persian Studies and Culture.

Transformational Investments

The Massiah Foundation invests in opportunities that will have a transformational result through leverage with others. For instance, the Massiah Foundation awarded a transformational contribution to Portland State University to empower the creation of the new Northwest Center for Engineering facility together with the creation of a number of faculty endowments and student scholarships.

Charitable Investments

The Massiah Foundation makes contributions to causes that are traditionally ignored by the mainstream. One such recurring contribution is the Massiah Foundation’s continued scholarship support of low income high school graduates who continue onto college. Over the years we have supported almost 200 scholarships, some anonymously.