For over a decade, the Tufenkian Foundation has taken a hands-on approach to venture philanthropy, pursuing innovative solutions to Armenia’s most pressing problems. On several key projects, we have enjoyed the cooperation of various organizations, forming partnerships that bring new talent, new resources, and new vision to Armenia.
Open Society Insitute has partnered with the foundation to make possible the expansion of the Zangakatun Social Services centers in Yerevan and Vanadzor.
In partnership with Ms. Virginia Davies of New York, we have renovated Karabagh's historic St. Minas Church, which was desecrated during, and have established a new water supply for the residents of the surrounding Hak Village.
In partnership with the Jinishian Memorial Foundation, the students of Zangakatun centers have participated in debate clubs organized among students of various schools. The debates challenge students to raise their knowledge base, better express themselves, and participate in sophisticated debates. In many cases, students who were once weak have improved their scholastic ability. The Tufenkian Foundation thanks the Jinishian Foundation Debate Clubs for fostering this collaboration.
LEAF (Livelihoods & Environment in Armenia’s Forest Communities) is an innovative project that seeks to restore livelihoods in poor, forest-adjacent communities. This project has been developed in conjunction with Portland, Oregon-based Mercy Corps, which has guided similar projects in other parts of the world.
The Paros Foundation, based in California and led by philanthropist Roger Strauch, has partnered with the Foundation to expand the Manana Youth Center’s facilities, helping children develop their talents in filmmaking and photojournalism.
The Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance (ADAA) in Los Angeles and Boston has partnered with the Foundation to run summer workshops for the Manana Youth Center. Featuring internationally known filmmakers, the workshops are held each July in Yerevan, coinciding with the Golden Apricot Film Festival. ADAA has also provided Manana with technical equipment and other forms of support.
The Stepanakert-based Hand-in-Hand NGO has partnered with the Foundation to run a dental clinic in Ishkhanadzor, NKR Kashatagh district. The clinic serves hundreds of families that would otherwise be without care in this underdeveloped region.
These collaborations take place in an atmosphere of trust, understanding, and reciprocity.
Additional partnership opportunities exist for the following projects: