Khaled Hosseini

Last Week Was the Best Week

Malala Yousafzai speaks with author Khaled Hosseini at an event held at San Jose State last week. (Photo by Christina Olivas, via SJSU)

Last week was amazing. The Supreme Court delivered two major victories to move our country forward, the President exhibited strength and eloquence in the aftermath of a tragedy, and a young woman of unparalleled courage graced us with her presence.

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East Side Union High School District Education Foundation Decertified by IRS

(From Left) Ed Buller, Khaled Hosseini and Chris Funk celebrate The Kite Runner author’s induction into the East Side Union High School District Education Foundation Hall of Fame last November. Many people in attendance that evening had no idea the foundation had its nonprofit status revoked by the IRS a year prior.

Last November, a few hundred people donned their best suits and gowns and converged on San Jose’s historic Hayes Mansion to toast some of the East Side’s most accomplished alumni. The stars that night, honored in the East Side Union High School District Education Foundation’s Hall of Fame fundraiser, consisted of a 10-person class led by Khaled Hosseini, a 1984 graduate of Independence High School and author of The Kite Runner. But on Nov. 15, 2011, the IRS revoked the foundation’s nonprofit status. And yet almost no one outside of its board—including donors—knew about its lost certification when it threw a fundraiser a year later.