Philanthropy

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“To whom much is given, much will be required.” 

This well known idiom actually comes from the Apostle Luke as he recounts a parable of Jesus in the Bible. Jesus teaches that a faithful servant manages his resources wisely. Jesus concludes by saying: “… Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more,” (Luke 12:48). This is a guiding principle that Zaya Younan, real estate philanthropist, has followed throughout his life, and it is one he and his wife have taught their five children.

He is committed to the communities in which Younan Properties operates. In this role, he believes it is important to give back to local communities by adhering to ethical business practices, and by supporting and enhancing the quality of life for our employees and the citizens. Through financial support, green initiatives, employee volunteering, and through partnerships with customers and non-profit organizations, Zaya has directed his team to support actions that will have the greatest, positive impact on these communities and the people who live there. Whether it is honoring past American troops by collecting military artifacts to display in a museum, or by helping current military and their families through the Wounded Warrior Project, Zaya demonstrates a significant, long-time commitment to American troops and their families.

Education is another key priority for Zaya. As a supporter of Oaks Christian School through major donations, Zaya has worked to ensure that the next generation of leaders is receiving high quality education based on Christian principles. He also believes in lending support for disadvantaged youth and supports area public education foundations that bring California public schools tools for technology. Education doesn’t end at high school. Zaya provides mentorship and business leadership to students studying business and real estate. He is a frequent lecturer at numerous universities including USC and TCU, to name a few.