helping children around the world through health and education

Mandate and Application Process


The Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation was established in 2003 by Djavad Mowafaghian, a Canadian businessman and property developer. Djavad Mowafaghian, after living most of his life in Tehran, Iran, and Geneva, Switzerland, became a Canadian citizen and moved to Vancouver in the late nineteen eighties. He guides his foundation by his mother’s philosophy of kindness and giving. He heads a board of directors of 4 individuals who provide grants to various institutions that fulfill his mandate of helping children through health and education.

Requirements for Application Policies

The foundation supports a variety of charitable organizations that serve society through education and/or health initiatives and gives priority to those that relate to children. The foundation provides funding exclusively to Canadian institutions that are classified by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) as Registered Canadian Charities. The foundation does not provide funding to individuals. The foundation gives preference to organizations that are secular and are not affiliated with religious organizations. All requests, however, are reviewed and considered.

Application Procedure

Each year the Foundation determines the amount of funding available for allocation to acceptable recipients. The Foundation considers application requests based on their individual proposals. The Foundation endeavours to respond to all applicants in a timely manner, but response times will vary, depending on the volume of requests received. In some cases, applicants may be asked to provide additional information to support or further explain their proposal.


Applications should be concise and include the following:

- applicant’s full name and address
- applicant’s CRA registered Charity number
- the reason funding is being requested and what it will be used for
- brief outline of the applicant’s organization and mandate

Applications to be sent to:

The Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation
4th Floor - 1111 Lonsdale Ave.
North Vancouver, BC V7M 2H4

Note: Please do not visit our private office without an appointment.

"On the blue space of this universe it is written in golden letters: The only eternal virtue of man is giving."


"Every good act is charity.

A man's true wealth hereafter is the good that he does in this world to his fellows."


"Do as your ancestors did.  Extend your able hand to the needy as far as you can."