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Farhang Foundation

Celebrating Iranian Art and Culture For the Benefit of the Community-at-large.

aka Farhang Foundation   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.farhang.org

Mission

Farhang Foundation is a member-supported non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate and promote Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large. The Foundation supports a broad range of academic activities in Southern California by funding university and K-12 programs. The Foundation also supports diverse cultural programs such as the celebration of Nowruz and Shab-e Yalda, musical concerts, film festivals, culinary demonstrations, and much more. The Foundation also supports and sponsors significant programs and exhibitions related to Iran and Iranian art with established museums and cultural organizations.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Mr. Alireza Ardekani

Main address

200 South Barrington Avenue #491571

Los Angeles, CA 90049 USA

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EIN

26-1574533

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

To continue to present and celebrate Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large by showcasing, and sharing the long history of Iran's contribution to literature, history, culture and art.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Iranian Studies Initiative at USC

Farhang Foundation’s Iranian Studies Initiative at the University of Southern California is a multi-phased effort launched in 2010 to establish a first-ever Iranian Studies program at USC. With full support from USC, the Farhang Foundation spearheaded this initiative and is proud to have launched Persian Langauge classes at the university in addition to a full Minor and Major program, all a first in the history of USC.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students

Sponsoring art and cultural events such as Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) and Shab-e Yalda (the celebration of the winter solstice) art exhibitions, musical performances, plays, dances, film festivals, film screenings, and poetry readings

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Immigrants and migrants
Artists and performers
Students

Planning and funding exhibitions with local cultural and/or academic
institutions, such as museums, universities, public school districts, performing arts centers, theater groups, and more.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students
Artists and performers
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average dollar price for performance tickets

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Cultural Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Most of our events and programs are offered free of charge to the community. For those events we charge a ticket price, they are only charged to cover portion of our costs.

Number of competition winners declared

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Academic & Artistic Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total number of free admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Cultural Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The annual celebration of Nowruz at UCLA as well as the annual summer concert series in Downtown Los Angeles, all of which are 100% free to the public.

Total number of performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Cultural Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To continue to establish and support impactful and initiatives and programs that meet our mission, through education, art, and successful partnerships with established academic and cultural institutions such as Universities, Schools, Museums and other organizations who share our ideals.

Farhang Foundation has always partnered with established academic and cultural organizations in establishing accessible programs and initiatives that celebrate and promote Iran's rich art, history and culture. Past and present partners include The Getty, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Broad, Grand Performances, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), University of California, Irvine (UCI), University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), University of Southern California (USC), the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), The Pacific Symphony of Orange County, The New West Symphony of Southern California, The Craft Contemporary, The American Film Institute, and many more. We aim to continue the great partnerships and have many plans for upcoming collaborations and co-presentations with many such organizations in the next five years and more.

Our generous financial support from our members and donors enable us to continue our mission and we strive to continue to grow and expand our reach throughout the United States.

Since the our establishment in 2008, Farhang Foundation has had many success stories and has been able to establish groundbreaking and historic lasting programs and initiatives in successfully meeting our mission. This successful initiatives and programs including:
-The Iranian Studies Program at USC (Minor and Major)
Fundraising for this program and establishing the program for the first time in history at USC

- The Iranian Music Program at UCLA
Fundraising for this program and establishing the first-ever Iranian Music degree program anywhere in the world outside of Iran.

- The Persian Studies Minor at UCI
Fundraising for this program and establishing the firs-ever Persian studies minor program at UCI

- The Persian 101 After School Program
Partnering with the LA Unified and Beverly Hills Unified School Districts in offering free public Persian language and cultural afterschool programs for students K-12.

-The UCLA CELEBRATION OF IRANIAN CINEMA
Partnering with the UCLA Film Archive in presenting the long-running annual film program celebrating the best in Iranian Cinema at the Hammer Museum of Los Angeles.

-Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival
Established in 2009, the long-running and only film festival in the world dedicated to Iranian Short films, each year awarding over $17,000 in cash prizes to top filmmakers from around the world.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Farhang Foundation

Board of directors
as of 10/27/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Haleh Emrani

No Affiliation

Term: 2022 - 2025

Ali C Razi

No Affiliation

Mark Amin

Haleh Emrani

Michael Amin

Dar Gabbay

Shazad Ghanbari

Mehraban Khajehnouri

Ron Mavaddat

Aria Mehrabi

Farhad Mohit

Mark Moshayedi

Anoosheh Oskouian

Hooshang Pak

Philip Cohanim

Samaneh Tahbazof

Andrew Tavakoli

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/27/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Middle Eastern/North African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/27/2023

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.