About AGBU

THE ARMENIAN GENERAL BENEVOLENT UNION (AGBU)

Established in 1906

PURPOSE:
To preserve and promote the Armenian identity and heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian programs.

INTERNATIONAL BUDGET:
Thirty-six million dollars.

EDUCATION:
33 day and Saturday Schools. International Scholarship Grants and Loans. American University of Armenia.

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL:
AGBU News magazine; Ararat Quarterly; art academy; Athletic games; choral group; dance ensembles; FOCUS; Hoosharar Magazine; lectures; library/research center; medical clinic; musical groups; publications; scouting; special committees; summer camps; summer internship and mentorship programs; theater; films and concerts; theatre groups; websites. Armenia: American University of Armenia; Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra; Nork, Arapkir and Malatya Children’s Centers; Vaskenian Theological Seminary; Ultrasound Center; Yerevan, Sevan, Hrazdan and Etchmiadzin Soup Kitchens; Yerevan State University. Karabakh: Karabakh Chamber Orchestra; Karabakh Repopulation Project.

CENTERS, SCHOOLS, CHAPTERS, & OFFICES:
Argentina: Buenos Aires, Cordoba; Armenia: Yerevan; Australia: Melbourne, Sydney; Austria: Vienna; Brazil: Sao Paulo; Bulgaria: Bourgas, Dobrich, Haskovo, Plovdiv, Rousse, Silistra, Sliven, Sofia, Varna and Yambol; Canada: Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver; Cyprus: Nicosia, Larnaca, Limassol; Egypt: Alexandria, Cairo; Ethiopia: Addis Ababa; France: Lyons, Marseilles, Nice, Paris, St. Etienne-St. Chamond, Valence, Vienne; Greece: Athens, Thessaloniki; Iraq: Baghdad; Italy: Milan; Karabakh: Stepanakert; Lebanon: Beirut; South Africa: Johannesburg; Switzerland: Geneva; Syria: Aleppo, Damascus, Kamishli, Kessab, Latakia, Yacoubieh; United Kingdom: London; United States: Boston, Canoga Park, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Fresno, Glendale-San Gabriel, Houston, Hye Geen Los Angeles, Manhattan, Los Angeles, New England District, Oakland-San Francisco, Orange County, Pasadena, Philadelphia, President’s Club, Providence, San Diego, San Fernando Valley, Silicon Valley, Watertown; Uruguay: Montevideo.

CENTRAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
President – Berge Setrakian
Vice President – Arshavir Gundjian
Treasurer – Sam Simonian
Secretary – Berge Papazian
Honorary Member – His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of all Armenians
Members Argentina – Ruben Kechichian. France – Aris Atamian, Levon Kebabdjian. Switzerland – Vahe Gabrache. Syria – Vasken Yacoubian. United States – M. Michael Ansour, Carol Bagdasarian Aslanian, Joseph Basralian, Yervant Demirjian, Nazareth Festekjian, Arda Nazerian Haratunian, Sarkis Jebejian, Levon Nazarian, Sinan Sinanian, Dickran Tevrizian.
Director Emeritus – Barry Zorthian
Council of Trustees – Sarkis Demirdjian, Richard Manoogian, Nazar Nazarian, Louise Manoogian Simone, Karnig Yacoubian.

In Memoriam – Boghos Nubar, Founder; Alex Manoogian, Honorary Life President.

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