What is Nurvana Global Foundation?
Nurvana Global Foundation (NGF), an Arizona nonprofit organization, will collaborate its resources and efforts with community businesses, the general public and other charitable organizations to accomplish its mission of abolishing starvation. NGF’s objective is to build cottage industry based facilities in undeveloped/underdeveloped countries. These facilities will serve as training grounds to help instruct and educate the local community with basic job skills so that they have the ability to start up local businesses of their own. Thus, transforming impoverished communities into self-sustaining villages and towns.
Why focus on abolishing starvation?
With so many resources at hand in the United States, it is difficult to see that many people are still either malnourished or undernourished. The principal problem is that many people in the world do not have either sufficient land to grow food, or sufficient income to purchase food. In addition, there are three factors that increase starvation: 1) neglect of agriculture relevant to very poor people by governments and international agencies; 2) the current worldwide economic crisis; and 3) the significant increase of food prices in the last several years, which have been devastating to those with only a few dollars to spend.
Who will receive aid?
It is our intent to go to undeveloped/underdeveloped areas so that we may provide aid to those who are malnourished and underprivileged. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, 925 million people are undernourished, which is 13.6% of the estimated world population of 6.8 billion. 2 Areas of concentration that indicate the most need are Asia and the Pacific (578 million hungry people) and Sub-Saharan Africa (239 million hungry people).
How will we accomplish this vision?
* General contracting services associated with the manufacturing cost to build facilities in various countries will be provided by Goodstein Properties, Inc., a company with a proven record of minimizing expense and maximizing value of projects.
* NGF will recruit, hire, and inspire high quality staff members, volunteers, and visionaries who will work alongside with us to implement our plan.
* NGF will partner with the best people and community leaders, execute the best business practices, learn and use the most effective methods to create a world class organization focused on reaching, transforming, and elevating the quality of life for those in undeveloped/underdeveloped areas.
* Financial support will be raised in the form of contributions from publicly supported organizations, the general public, and fundraising events sponsored by NGF and held worldwide.
Our Executive Team has the general responsibility of the growth and oversight of the organization. Their primary purpose is to advise, develop, and oversee programs, direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of Nurvana Global Foundation. The executive team will be responsible to ensure that NGF meets and exceeds the financial need to support underprivileged areas in abolishing starvation.
Steven Goodstein, Chairman of the Board has united with his son Andrew in his vision to abolish starvation. A well-known developer from New York, Mr. Steven Goodstein, personally supervised the planning, construction, and management of about 50 residential, hotel, marina, and commercial buildings throughout the New York State metropolitan area and Florida. Because of his work on housing projects financed by agencies of the Federal, State and City governments, Mr. Goodstein is widely regarded as an expert in governmental housing procedures. He has lectured on this subject on numerous occasions and, at the request of the U.S. Department of State, before foreign delegations.
Mr. Goodstein received cum laude honors for both his BS in Building Sciences at Pratt Institute and his MS in Engineering Management at Long Island University. He holds certificates in Industrialized Construction and New Community Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Real Estate Finance from the Wharton School. Mr. Goodstein is a member of Lambda Alpha International, the honorary land economics society.
Mr. Goodstein has served as Trustee and Chairman of the Planning Board and the Architectural Review Board of the Village of Kings Point in Great Neck, NY, and as a member of the Long Island Directors of Urban Renewal. He also serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the Associated Builders and Owners of New York.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has presented Mr. Goodstein with a Certificate of National Recognition. He has been honored with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Borough President of Manhattan, the Jewish National Fund’s “Tree of Life” Award, Pratt Institutes Alumni Award, the 1991 Freddie Mac Builder of the Year Award and New York City’s Bicentennial Award. The Goodstein Organization continues in this new century with their new developments and projects, including converting abandoned historic buildings into luxury rental or for sale condominiums.
Andrew Goodstein, President/CEO has guided the formation and growth of Nurvana Global Foundation. His vision to help the undeveloped/underdeveloped areas became more apparent after his travels to Thailand. During his visit, he encountered people living in unimaginable conditions and felt compelled to make a difference. As one of the nation’s top developers, he has been involved as a principal and played a vital role in the development process in over a billion dollars of award-winning developments. Gaining hands-on experience, he has worked in construction, site analysis and selection, finance, zoning, project design, sales, marketing, and management. The Goodstein Organization has enhanced the New York skyline and surrounding metropolitan areas with the ownership, construction, and marketing of over 50 residential and commercial properties. His developments have been marketed from New York to Asia, and have won numerous awards such as Developer of the Year, Best Mixed Use Project, and Best Bang for the Buck and Sales & Leasing Agent of the Year from the National Association of Home Builders. He was recognized as one of AZ’s finest in 2010 as an honoree and ambassador of Cystic Fibrosis Arizona Chapter. He served on the Board of Directors of the Hillel Foundation at the University of Arizona and was intricately involved in their main fundraising event for multiple years. Mr. Goodstein felt that he could use his knowledge and experience to help build facilities, so that the underprivileged can generate income to become self-sustaining.
Mark Solasz, Treasurer has joined Nurvana Global Foundation and its commitment to abolishing starvation. A resident of New York, he carries on his family owned business, Master Purveyors Inc. Their commitment to treating customers like family has carried on since August of 1957. Master Purveyors Inc supplies the finest steakhouses nationwide, as well as hotels, grocers, and institutions. Mr. Solasz has made many financial contributions to not only his local community, but also to charity organizations internationally.