As Djavad Mowafaghian’s success grew, so did his generosity. In 2003, he established the Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation in Vancouver, and to date it has donated or committed more than $48-million to various charities in Greater Vancouver.
This past weekend, the Vancouver Biennale presented a special student film: Last Year in Vietnam, directed by Academy Award-winner Oliver Stone, who discussed the beginning of his career with a sold-out audience of emerging filmmakers.
The amazing thing is how reluctant many major philanthropists are to talk about themselves, what they do, and why. But over time, we have managed to sit down with some notable people, all of whom share a passion for their community.
Over the last four years or so, 27-year-old bibliophile, autodidact, and historian Gregory Robert Freeman has assembled a collection of nearly 300 carefully chosen books, manuscripts, and legal documents dating back to circa 1270—plus about 130 modern books.