Tufenkian Foundation Goes Live, Launches New Website

NEW YORK–The Tufenkian Foundation, one of the leading philanthropies working toward a just, democratic, and vibrant Armenia, has launched a new website at www.TufenkianFoundation.org.

The website offers background information on the Foundation, its history, and its guiding principles; it also provides the latest news from the Foundation and its partners, as well as up-to-date reports on every project it has in active development.

“We have anywhere from 10 to 20 projects going at a time,” says Antranig Kasbarian, the Foundation’s Director of Development. “So it can be hard to keep our friends consistently up-to-date on everything we do and learn on the ground.”

The new website is designed not just as a way to track the Foundation’s progress, but also to give people worldwide a more robust understanding of the challenges facing Armenia and Nagorno-Karabagh. By providing information on the goals of each project and a regular stream of news from the region, TufenkianFoundation.org promises to grow into a solid resource promoting awareness and prompting action.

The website also guides individuals and groups that want to contribute to building a more vibrant Armenia, matching them to projects that meet specific, targeted needs. The website offers information on upcoming projects in need of sponsorship, as well as information for individuals and organizations interested in forming strategic partnerships.

“We’ve encountered many people who want to get involved with the work we are doing,” says Kasbarian. “With this in mind, we’ve created a %u218Getting Involved’ section of the website, which provides an easy and effective way for people to dedicate their time, talents, or gifts.”

The Tufenkian Foundation was launched in 1999 by entrepreneur James Tufenkian, seeking to empower local citizens’ initiatives, assist the most vulnerable strata of society, promote environmental protection and awareness, and advance social justice in Armenia. Since its inception, the Foundation has broadened its scope to embattled Nagorno-Karabagh, where it promotes resettlement and development projects in the region’s vulnerable border zones. Operating with a relatively small staff and budget, the Foundation specializes in launching pilot programs and developing them until they can either be handed off to larger benefactors or turned over to local citizens to continue and manage.

The Tufenkian Foundation is part of the Tufenkian family of companies–which also includes Tufenkian Artisan Carpets, Tufenkian Heritage Hotels and Harvest Song Preserves (www.Tufenkian.com)–all of which are dedicated to leading their fields in both quality and in social and environmental responsibility.

For more information on the Tufenkian Foundation, please visit www.TufenkianFoundation.org.

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