I Gave $400,000 to the ANCA Endowment Fund

ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian (L) with Manas Boujikian (R) at the ANCA Endowment Fund building.

ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian (L) with Manas Boujikian (R).

BY MANAS BOUJIKIAN
A friend asked me why a few days ago.

I’ll tell you what I told him: The ANCA Endowment Fund represents the single best investment we can make in the future of the Armenian nation.

We are, of course, blessed as a community with many worthwhile groups – among them our churches and schools. They deserve our support and generosity.

But when it comes right down to the bottom line, the ANCA Endowment delivers the greatest return on my investment.

How?

By leveraging the tremendous energy of a hundreds of thousands of grassroots Armenian Americans volunteers who share my commitment to the Armenian Cause.

By getting talented young Armenian Americans started in government, politics, and journalism jobs in Washington.

By planting the seeds for our community’s future by training the next generation of leaders and advocates.

By educating the American media and public about the Armenian Cause.

In these areas and so many others, the ANCA Endowment Fund is on the front line – preserving our identity, educating our grassroots, networking our community, defending our rights, and advancing our interests.

I can rely on the ANCA Endowment Fund to professionally advocate for my views and values – assertively, sometime aggressively, but always effectively.

They have a rock-solid record of performance, results, and accountability.

And they are, very simply, the most effective way for our community – in all its diversity and strength – to play a vital – possibly life-saving role – at a truly pivotal moment in Armenian history.

We all know the facts:

Armenia is faced with tremendous international pressures, intense economic problems, and the threat of renewed aggression, and possibly even a second genocide.

The dangers are real.

Armenia’s viability is on the line.

And justice truly hangs in the balance.

Today the ANCA Endowment Fund, with its proven track record, is clearly our most effective means of bringing the full power of our community to bear in defending against these dangers, promoting Armenia’s viability, and ensuring justice for our nation.

This is especially true in light of the pivotal role that the United States – the world’s lone superpower – plays in impacting Armenia and the surrounding region.

It’s plainly urgent in view of the latest attacks in Washington, DC on Armenia, Nagorno Karabakh, and the cause of justice for the Armenian Genocide.

Your financial support for the Fund is needed now more than ever.

So please join with me in supporting this noble effort.

Give today to the ANCA Endowment Fund – the best way for our generation – the latest in a chain going back more than 3,000 years of long, often painful, but proud history – to carry the burdens of our time, to meet the challenges of our age, and to leave a brighter future for those who will write the next chapter in our nation’s long history.

Editor’s Note: Manas Boujikian, a longtime community leader and pioneer of Armenian American advocacy, donated $400,000 to the 2006 ANCA Endowment Telethon. To donate visit: http://www.2009telethon.org/donate.php

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