Anila Ali Named the Recipient of the Dr. Hecht Philanthropy and Service Award

Jul 6, 2018 by University Communications

Anila-AliCalifornia Southern University proudly marks its 40th Anniversary with the introduction of the Dr. Donald Hecht Philanthropy and Service Award. This award recognizes an individual who shares Dr. Donald Hecht’s life commitment to promoting human potential, international peace, enterprise, and initiative in the areas of humanitarianism, arts and culture, equity, and education.

The university has named Anila Ali as the first recipient of the Dr. Donald Hecht Philanthropy and Service Award. Presented annually to a CalSouthern student, alumnus, or community member who has made a difference in his or her community through distinguished work, scholarship, innovation or service. Mrs. Ali will be presented with the award at the university’s 2018 commencement ceremony, held at the Irvine Barclay Theatre on August 4th.

Born and raised in Pakistan, the daughter of Pakistan’s first ambassador to Great Britain, and a U.S. public school teacher for over twenty-five years, Mrs. Ali understands the vital and intimate connection between quality education and world peace.

As the founder and CEO of CAL-PAK Educational Services, a U.S. nonprofit, she is committed to human potential, peace, philanthropy, and service.

Mrs. Ali is dedicated to bringing accessible and affordable education to all in Pakistan who seek better lives for themselves and their families; to this end, Cal-Pak focuses on advancing partnerships between California and Pakistan universities. She is committed to bringing accredited American education to Pakistan’s teachers in order to increase competency by training them in the latest methodologies and philosophies.  Through CAL-PAK’s professional development program and public-private partnerships, they are increasing the math and reading competencies of students throughout Pakistan.   

Surrounded by poverty and struggling against violent extremism, Ms. Ali’s adopted schools provide students with a respite from the pain of daily life: she feeds and clothes hungry children and then provides an educational environment that cultivates a lifelong love of learning through rigorous academic instruction, the arts, music, drama, and sports. Her students receive an all-around education that helps them to become productive citizens of Pakistan and the world.

And, all this, she does on a teacher’s salary.

Ms. Ali is an outstanding example of a person who is committed to human potential, peace, philanthropy, and service, and is a most worthy recipient of the Dr. Donald Hecht Philanthropy and Service Award.

About CalSouthern:

California Southern University is a regionally accredited university, offering undergraduate and graduate online degree programs in law, business, criminal justice and law enforcement, psychology, education, and nursing to a nationwide and international student body. CalSouthern is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, #100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 748-9001. To learn more about online education at CalSouthern, please visit

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