Armenia Fund (full name Hayastan All Armenian Fund, Armenian: Հայաստան համահայկական հիմնադրամ) was established in 1994 in Los Angeles, California. Armenia Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-governmental, non-political corporation. Serving as the United States’ Western Region affiliate of the “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund along with its nineteen subsidiaries around the world, Armenia Fund, Inc. has issued over $120 million of electricity development guarantee and humanitarian revenue for Armenia. Lately the government of Armenia has been contributing to the fund since the fund has been receiving less support and not being able to meet its initial goals.
Armenia Fund attempts to rebuild Armenia's economy and assist in the well-being of life in the region. Additionally, the organization attempts to rebuild major infrastructures damaged in Karabakh during the Nagorno-Karabakh War. The Fund has adopted a policy to go “Beyond Bricks and Mortar” to provide sustainability for projects it sponsors.
“Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund, Armenia Fund USA Inc.'s parent organization, through its affiliate organizations has presence in 16 countries around the world: United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Great Britain, France, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria, and Australia.
Corporate Board of Armenia Fund USA Inc.
- Ara Aghishian, Esq. Chairman;
- Armenian Assembly of America;
- Armenian Cultural Foundation;
- Armenian Catholic Eparchy of U.S. and Canada;
- Armenian Evangelical Union of North America;
- Armenian General Benevolent Union;
- Armenian Relief Society of Western U.S.A.;
- Nor Serount Cultural Association;
- Tekeyan Cultural Association of America;
- Western Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America;
- Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of North America;
Beginning in 1997, an annual telethon was set up and televised across the globe.
|Telethon No.||Year||Raised||Phoneathon||Main Goal|
|1st||1997||$2,600,000 ||rebuilding Karabakh's infrastructure|
|2nd||1998||$2,100,000 ||55-kilometer Segment of Goris-Stepanakert Highway|
|3rd||1999||$5,006,196||to construct the 169-km North-South "Backbone" Highway in Karabakh|
|4th||2000||$2,482,567||continued construction of the North-South Highway in Karabakh, Armenia, as well as the construction of four schools in the country's earthquake zone|
|cancelled||2001||$0 ||Armenia Fund and its 19 worldwide affiliates cancelled the 2001 Telethon in solidarity with their American brothers and sisters over the tragic events of September 11, 2001|
|5th||2002||$5,000,000||$650,000||continued construction of the North-South Highway in Karabakh|
|6th||2003||$6,000,000||to build North-South "Backbone" Highway in Karabakh|
|7th||2004||$11,400,000||to complete the North-South "Backbone" Highway in Karabakh|
|8th||2005||$7,770,000||revitalizing war torn region of Mardakert (Karabakh) - including renovation of a regional hospital, construction of a water pipeline network, agricultural development, and the construction of new local school.|
|9th||2006||$13,700,000||revitalizing war torn region of Hadrut (Karabakh) - including reconstruction of a regional hospital, a series of new schools, new water pipelines and distribution networks, as well a comprehensive regional agricultural development program|
|10th||2007||$15,275,000||revitalizing Armenia's rural villages in Tavush Region (part of Village Development Program)|
|11th||2008||$35,000,000||core infrastructure projects in remote areas of Armenia and Karabakh (Martuni, Mardakert, Hadrut)|
|12th||2009||$15,875,043||$1,800,000||development of war-ravaged town of Shushi|
|13th||2010||$20,862,733||€1,300,000||development of modern drinking and irrigation water systems in Karabakh’s 200 villages|
|14th||2011||$31,000,000||€1,350,000||vital water and rural development projects in Armenia|
|15th||2012||$21,400,000||€1,425,000||"community centers – multi-purpose structures housing a health care center, a library, a modern computer room with internet access, an auditorium for trainings, town hall meetings and cultural events, as well as a village administration and accounting office."|
|16th||2013||$22,661,372||€1,460,000||Vartenis to Martakert Highway which will connect the northern regions of Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh|
|17th||2014||$12,399,550||€1,370,000||Vartenis to Martakert Highway which will connect the northern regions of Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh|
|18th||2015||$10,378,465||Construct single-family homes for families in Nagorno Karabakh who have five or more children and lack adequate housing.|
|19th||2016||$15,428,777||€1,340,000||Rebuilding of war-ravaged communities in Nagorno Karabakh, emergency and disaster preparedness for Nagorno Karabakh, and the construction of homes for Nagorno Karabakh families with multiple children.|
- Newspaper: Armenia government to continue funding "Hayastan" Fund
- Nations Abroad: diaspora politics and international relations in the Former Soviet Union By Neil J. Melvin, Charles King - Page 92
- Armeniafundusa.org: ARMENIA FUND USA THANKS UNITED ARMENIAN FUND FOR HUMANITARIAN AID SHIPPING ASSISTANCE
- Armeniafundusa.org: Armenia Fund Worldwide
- Armeniafund.org: Corporate Board
- Telethon 1997
- Telethon 1998
- "$5 Million Raised During Armenia Fund Telethon". Asbarez.
- Telethon 2001 cancellation
- Telethon 2003
- Telethon 2004
- Telethon 2005
- Telethon 2006
- Telethon 2007
- Telethon 2008
- Telethon 2009
- Telethon 2010
- Telethon 2011
- "$21.4 Million Raised at Armenia Fund Telethon 2012". Massis. Archived from the original on 2013-12-03.
- "Hayastan All-Armenian Fund's Pan-European Phoneathon raises over 1.4 million euros". Public Radio of Armenia.
- "Hayastan All-Armenian Fund's Phonathon raises €1,460 million". PanArmenian.
- "Hayastan All-Armenian Fund's 17th Telethon Raised $12.4 million". ArmenPress. 28 November 2014.
- "Over 1.37 MEUR donation pledges registered during Phonethon 2014 with support of Orange France". Panorama. 28 November 2014.
- "Over $15 million raised and promised in Hyastan All Armenian Fund's 19th Telethon". ARKA.
- "Hayastan Fund's 2016 Phoneathon raises 1.34 million euros". Public Radio of Armenia.