Mona Foundation President Nominated as Finalist for Microsoft Alumni Foundation Integral Fellows Award Program

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Mahnaz A. Javid, president and co-founder of Mona Foundation, has been chosen as part of an extraordinary group of Microsoft Alumni recognized for their inspiring and impactful work in the world.

Mahnaz A. Javid, President, Co-Founder Mona Foundation

Mahnaz A. Javid, President, Co-Founder Mona Foundation

I am honored to have been selected on behalf of those in the field who do the back-breaking work of development every day.

The Microsoft Alumni Foundation is recognizing a select group of alumni giving of themselves to help others at home and around the world. On September 20, the Foundation announced the six finalists for the 2011 Integral Fellows Awards. A cornerstone program of the Foundation, the Integral Fellows Awards Program recognizes Microsoft alumni who have dedicated their lives to creating something extraordinary to help address challenges around the world. This year’s six finalists were selected from 19 nominees submitted by their alumni peers and from nonprofit organizations where Microsoft alumni are founders, officers, and active volunteers.

Award winners will be recognized by Bill and Melinda Gates at the Microsoft Alumni Foundation Celebration on November 16, 2011 in Seattle at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The award winners each will receive a $25,000 unrestricted grant for their nonprofit organization, as well as support from their fellow alumni to help continue in their efforts to build resources and scale solutions for their initiatives.

The Microsoft Alumni Foundation brings together Microsoft alumni who positively affect the world’s challenges. “Our Alumni are innovators in the philanthropic community, creating solutions to help solve problems they care about deeply,” said Jeff Raikes, chairman of the board of the Microsoft Alumni Foundation. “Our Integral Fellows Program finalists were nominated by their peers for their innovations and their impact on people’s daily lives. Today, I am honored to announce these six finalists and join Bill and Melinda along with 500 fellow Microsoft alumni on November 16th to announce the final winners and celebrate all the nominees."

Mahnaz A. Javid announced; “I am honored to have been selected on behalf of those in the field who do the back-breaking work of development every day, on behalf of our dedicated staff, and on behalf of our generous supporters who have stayed the course with us and without whom we could not have made our impact.” Mrs. Javid co-founded the Mona Foundation in 1999 with a few other individuals who saw a need and made a commitment to address it. Over the past 12 years Mona Foundation has supported over 25 projects in more than 15 countries reaching over 40,000 children, women, and their families this year alone. Mona Foundation is a Seattle based nonprofit development agency that supports communities in becoming agents of change in their own social and economic development. We do this by establishing long-term partnerships with locally based educational initiatives in the USA and around the world.

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