About the Hasan Family Foundation
Founded in 1993, the Hasan Family Foundation's original mission was to fund educational and health initiatives in Southern Colorado. In terms of education, the Hasan Family Foundation has a keen interest in projects that promote education in the arts. Since 2001, the foundation has expanded this mission to include funding programs which bring a better understanding of the Muslim and South Asian cultures to the people of the United States.
Grants given in Southern Colorado include:
- The foundation's single largest gift of 2.3 million dollars given to the then University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo to establish the, "Malik and Seeme Hasan School of Business." The money was used to build a state-of-the-art facility to house the school. Equipped with the latest technology, much of it ahead of its time, the school gives the students a real work corporate atmosphere to learn in. As a result the business school has become extremely popular both internationally and in the western United States, leading to a great mixture of students from many ethnic groups. Since this gift the school has been able to attract nationally acclaimed faculty, including Professor James Humes. Humes, a former trial lawyer, legislator and bestselling author, wrote speeches for five US Presidents - Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Bush. He wrote the plaque that was planted on the moon by Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin. He has authored many books on rhetoric, and was awarded the OBE by Queen Elizabeth II for his historical works on Churchill and Shakespeare. He is also renowned for his impersonations of Winston Churchill, which among other places have been shown on C-SPAN. As a result of all the positive changes in the business school since the foundation's gift, this venture is one of the foundation's proudest. This educational initiative has resulted in hundreds of graduates each year who go on to become productive members of top companies both in the United States and abroad.
- $100,000 to the Pueblo Community College to fund scholarships in healthcare education.
- $100,000 to the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center to fund research and education of art for children.
- Over a quarter of a million dollars to fund the Colorado Music Fest at the University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo, also founded by the Hasan Family Foundation. Besides workshops deemed to help educate and excite the youth about music, a free July 4th concert with fire works rounded out the Music Fest.
- Over $100,000 to fund the Hasan stage, which will serve as a future amphitheatre at the University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo.
Grants specifically given to programs in Pueblo, Colorado to fund excellence in community initiatives:
- Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center
- Salvation Army Pueblo
- Pueblo Chieftain - Adopt a class & Sponsorship of Serialized Story
- El Pueblo Historical Society
- Sangre de Cristo Hospice Care
- Latino Chamber of Commerce
- Pueblo Community College
- El Pueblo Adolescent Center
- Easter Seals Pueblo
- Eastside Child Care Center
- Alzheimer Association Pueblo
- Pueblo Hispanic Educational Fund
- Steel City Museum
- The Pueblo Symphony
- The Boys and Girls Club
- Parkview Hospital
- Neighborhood Housing Authority
- Senior Resource Development Agency (SRDA)
Grants to improve understanding of the Muslim and the South Asian Cultures:
- The Center for the Study of the Presidency to research how to create a better understanding between the United States and Muslim countries in order to aid with public advocacy in Muslim countries.
- A gift of nearly $1000 to add 13 titles to the Auraria Library in Denver's collection on Islamic art and architecture.