AGBU Western District

AGBU Western District The Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) is the world’s largest non-profit organization devoted to preserving and promoting the Armenian heritage.

Our History: Compelled by a profound sense of national duty, AGBU founder and first President, Boghos Nubar, boldly set out with nine founding members to form an organization to serve all Armenians and preserve the Armenian identity. Since its inception in Cairo, Egypt on April 15, 1906, the organization’s reputation for integrity resonated and AGBU emerged as an unwavering champion of the Armenian people throughout the 20th century. A chronicle to the times, AGBU’s efforts supported our people faithfully through a tumultuous history of genocide, natural disasters, repatriation, resettlement, revival and national independence. Thanks to the resolute support of our members and donors, AGBU has flourished into a world-class organization with the resources and goodwill to serve Armenians across the Diaspora and in our homeland. Indebted to the initiative and dedication of our predecessors and recent generations, AGBU’s first century of service has systematically redefined the landscape of the Armenian nation. With an emphasis on educational, cultural and humanitarian programs, AGBU operates worldwide over 69 Districts and Chapters, 47 Community Centers and Offices, and 27 Young Professional Groups; administers 25 day and Saturday schools; and supports a manifold of programs, including the American University of Armenia, Senior Dining Centers (Soup Kitchens), Children’s Centers, Student Scholarships, Summer Camps, Athletics & Scouts, Internship Programs, the Performing Arts and 14 publications in six languages. Having crossed the threshold into the 21st century, AGBU is committed to upholding its legacy of moral and fiduciary obligation to the Armenian people with unparalleled foresight and direction. Rooted in our very origins, AGBU provides educational and cultural opportunities to Armenian youth today, for the benefit of the world community tomorrow.

Mission: Our Mission: The Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) is the world’s largest non-profit organization devoted to preserving and promoting the Armenian identity and heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian programs. Each year, the organization supports, serves, and connects over 500,000 individuals across Armenia, Karabakh, and the diaspora. Through the vision of its leaders and the generous support of devoted donors and members over the years, AGBU has played a significant role in upholding Armenian traditions and values by adapting to the needs of the worldwide community and the demands of the times. Since 1906, AGBU has remained true to one overarching goal: to sustain a foundation for the benefit of all Armenians. AGBU currently operates with an annual budget of over 36 million dollars, made possible by our countless benefactors. We have a global reach, with headquarters in New York City and an active presence in 28 countries. AGBU addresses the needs of Armenians in the homeland and throughout the diaspora with traditional and progressive programs - from schools, scouts, camps and support for the arts to internships, virtual learning and young professional networks. AGBU strives to foster a deep sense of national identity and pride in our youth in order to prepare them for preserving our rich national heritage and to instill in them a vested interest in continuing the traditions that will benefit our people for generations to come.

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Urgent humanitarian needs emerge each day the defense of Artsakh continues. Step up your support alongside AGBU Young Pr...
10/26/2020

Urgent humanitarian needs emerge each day the defense of Artsakh continues. Step up your support alongside AGBU Young Professionals around the world by donating to join YP LIVE Episode 20, United for Artsakh. ⁣

Visit donate.agbu.org/yplive4artsakh to donate any amount knowing 100% of your contributions are directed to Armenia Fund. All donors are invited to give generously and tune in live, local time for a star-studded episode of unity. ⁣

#AGBUYPLive ⁣ #PeaceForArmenia #PeaceForArtsakh #ArtsakhStrong #ArmeniaStrong #RecognizeArtsakh #StopErdogan #StopAliyev

10/25/2020
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Join the live conversation with mental health professionals on how to address the war in Artsakh with our children. #ArtsakhStrong

Artists for Artsakh: A Concert for Peace. Wed Oct 28, 11:00AM Pacific, 2:00PM Eastern. Streaming worldwide on One  Faceb...
10/25/2020

Artists for Artsakh: A Concert for Peace. Wed Oct 28, 11:00AM Pacific, 2:00PM Eastern. Streaming worldwide on One Facebook, Instagram and YouTube channels. All donations to this special concert event will be MATCHED up to $3 million by ONEArmenia, and sent directly to ArmeniaFund, supporting the humanitarian response in Artsakh.
RSVP for the concert: facebook.com/events/670118620288298

Featuring performances by Tigran Hamasyan / Serj Tankian / Sebu / Tom Morello / Golshifteh Farahani / Ara Malikian ft. Serouj Kradjian / Rodrigo Amarante / Melody Gardot / R-Mean / Dhafer Youssef / Le Trio Joubran / Bachar Mar-Khalifé / Anna Kova / Viken Arman / Arto Tunçboyacıyan / Derek Sherinian / Ben Wendel / Serge Avedikian / Tatiana Spivakova / Guillaume Perret / Tosin Abasi / SWIMS / Artyom Manukyan / Seigo Matsunaga / Miqayel Voskanyan / Natalie Aroyan ft. Alex Sahagian / Areni Agbabian / Voices of Artsakh / Astghik Martirosyan and more.
ArmeniaFund | Creative Armenia | ONEArmenia | Առաջին ալիք
Photo by Areg Balayan
#ArtsakhStrong #RecognizeArtsakh #PeaceforArtsakh #PeaceforArmenia

AGBU Western District's cover photo
10/25/2020

AGBU Western District's cover photo

Addressing the war in Artsakh with our families can be a challenge. Join us on Facebook Live this Sunday, October 25 at ...
10/23/2020

Addressing the war in Artsakh with our families can be a challenge. Join us on Facebook Live this Sunday, October 25 at 11am PDT l 3pm EDT for a conversation with mental health professionals on how to navigate these issues with our children.
#ArtsakhStrong #RecognizeArtsakh #PeaceforArtsakh

AGBU AYA Pasadena Scouts are hosting 'Buy A Meal for Artsakh' with Carousel Restaurant in Glendale on October 29. 50% of...
10/22/2020

AGBU AYA Pasadena Scouts are hosting 'Buy A Meal for Artsakh' with Carousel Restaurant in Glendale on October 29. 50% of proceeds will go to helping our brothers & sisters in Artsakh and Armenia through the Armenia Fund. The deadline to order is Monday, October 26th. Order here! linktr.ee/agbuwd

Saint Candles has partnered with AGBU to create the Saint Gregory The Illuminator, Saint of Armenia candle. 100% of the ...
10/21/2020
Saint Gregory, The Illuminator Saint of Armenia Candle

Saint Candles has partnered with AGBU to create the Saint Gregory The Illuminator, Saint of Armenia candle. 100% of the profits from the sale of the Saint Gregory The Illuminator candle will support humanitarian and medical aid programs in Artsakh, including the distribution of food and supplies to civilians and medical assistance for injured soldiers and civilians. Visit the AGBU Bookstore to place an order!

Saint Candles has partnered with AGBU to create the Saint Gregory The Illuminator, Saint of Armenia candle. 100% of the profits from the sale of the Saint Gregory The Illuminator candle will go to support humanitarian and medical aid programs in Artsakh, including the distribution of food and suppli...

Happening Now! Turkey and Azerbaijan are using public strategy and political consulting firms to lobby our elected offic...
10/20/2020

Happening Now!

Turkey and Azerbaijan are using public strategy and political consulting firms to lobby our elected officials and manipulate the public perception of their genocidal regimes. Mercury Public Affairs, a US public strategy firm, currently holds a $250,000 quarterly contract representing Turkey. We're organizing a protest urging Mercury to stop representing the Republic of Turkey and furthermore to donate the proceeds from this contract to ArmeniaFund. This is urgent and needs to be brought to the attention of our community. Please share with your members, post on your organization's social media accounts, and urge people to attend.

Tuesday, October 20th at 11:00 AM.
800 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles

Thank you UCLA & Gene Block for raising awareness around the events taking place in Armenia and Artsakh. UCLA is home to...
10/20/2020

Thank you UCLA & Gene Block for raising awareness around the events taking place in Armenia and Artsakh. UCLA is home to a lot of Armenian Bruins and the support during these times is immeasurable. For anyone who is part of the UCLA community, please be sure to utilize the resources that are available to you during these challenging times. Visit counseling.ucla.edu for more information. #ArtsakhStrong

During these difficult times, the Armenian American community has joined together to be a voice to the voiceless in Arme...
10/19/2020
Perspectives On Artsakh From A Black Armenian Angeleno

During these difficult times, the Armenian American community has joined together to be a voice to the voiceless in Armenia as the war with Turkey and Azerbaijan continues to escalate. Read this touching story about a proud Black Armenian Angeleno who grew up in Silverlake, CA and has navigated through her our journey in finding herself and her roots. "The failure of these genocides is dependent on our commitment to speaking truth and ensuring history doesn't repeat itself. Our existence is resistance and we aren't going anywhere."

A Black Armenian Angelena reflects on her identity — the discrimination she's endured because of her race and feelings of being excluded because of her ethnicity — the legacy of the Armenian Genocide and the current conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

A second ceasefire has been agreed upon! Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to a humanitarian ceasefire as of October 18...
10/17/2020
Statement by the MFA of Armenia on the establishment of humanitarian truce

A second ceasefire has been agreed upon! Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to a humanitarian ceasefire as of October 18th, 00:00 local time. Following the statement of the co-chair countries of the OSCE Minsk Group. We hope and pray the agreement holds on both sides.

#RecognizeArtsakh #PeaceforArtsakh #PeaceforArmenia

The Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan have agreed to a humanitarian truce as of October 18th, 00h00 local time.

AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School hosted a drive-thru fundraiser, raising over $170,000 in just a few short hours, bringi...
10/16/2020

AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School hosted a drive-thru fundraiser, raising over $170,000 in just a few short hours, bringing the total raised to over $285,000!!! In unity is strength and the MDS community surely showed up and united for this incredible cause! Thank you to everyone who showed up and supported! #ArtsakhStrong

10/16/2020
AGBU AYA SFV & Monica Rodriguez

AGBU AYA San Fernando Valley Chapter recently partnered with Los Angeles City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez to support humanitarian aid to Armenia and Artsakh in collaboration with the ArmeniaFund. Watch this incredible video as the community joined together to collect necessities to send to Artsakh. We thank Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez for her community service and for brining together so many people for this important cause! AGBU AYA San Fernando Valley Chapter
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Our incredible AGBU AYA San Fernando Valley Chapter raised (drumroll, please.....) $12,260!!! Thank you to everyone who ...
10/16/2020

Our incredible AGBU AYA San Fernando Valley Chapter raised (drumroll, please.....) $12,260!!! Thank you to everyone who took part in this initiative. A special thank you to Elizabet Terziyan and K. Evelyn Melikian. Elizabet is an Armenian/Bulgarian artist from San Diego who donated 100% of the proceeds from her artwork to this special cause. Bravo and thank you, everyone! #agbuinunity #ArtsakhStrong

We would like to interrupt your regularly scheduled scrolling to remind you of the good there is in the world. Meet this...
10/15/2020

We would like to interrupt your regularly scheduled scrolling to remind you of the good there is in the world. Meet this gentleman from Los Angeles, who despite his current situation, contributed to help those who have been wounded from the war in Artsakh. We need more people like him in the world! #peaceforartsakh #peacefortheworld

Last night, City Hall was lit up in the colors of the flag of the Republic of Artsakh to vividly demonstrate Los Angeles...
10/15/2020

Last night, City Hall was lit up in the colors of the flag of the Republic of Artsakh to vividly demonstrate Los Angeles's solidarity with the Armenian people. #ArtsakhStrong

Tonight, City Hall is aglow in the colors of the flag of the Republic of Artsakh to vividly demonstrate Los Angeles's solidarity with the Armenian people.

I joined the All-ASA: All-Armenian Student Association to speak against Azeri and Turkish aggression, and together we demanded sustainable peace in Artsakh. Six years ago, here in City Hall, the City of Los Angeles recognized the independent, democratic Republic of Artsakh.

On September 27, Azerbaijan’s military launched an unprecedented, unprovoked attack on Artsakh and Armenia. The attacks are instigated by Turkey, who is supplying Syriana and Libyan terrorist mercenaries.

For the past 17 days the civilian population of Artsakh has been terrorized in what is a humanitarian crisis.

The United States government and the Trump Administration must act now.

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#Artsakh #ArtsakhStrong #Armenia #StopAliyev #StopAzeriAgression #DefendArtsakh #DefendArmenia #DefundAzerbaijan #ՀԱՂԹԵԼՈւԵՆՔ #ՀաղթելուԵնք #հայաստան

Long live Armenia & Artsakh! The Armenian nation across the globe has come together to bring awareness to the current wa...
10/14/2020

Long live Armenia & Artsakh! The Armenian nation across the globe has come together to bring awareness to the current war in Armenia and Artsakh. Among those individuals, some have found art to tell the story that we sometimes cannot put into words. Check out the beautiful work of talented artist, Yervand Hovakimian (@slothdubz on Instagram). His work can be seen at 2128 Broadway across the street at Grand @Broadway in Oakland.

Great work AGBU AYA Pasadena Scouts and the incredible leadership team who helped collect, sort, and organized roughly 6...
10/13/2020

Great work AGBU AYA Pasadena Scouts and the incredible leadership team who helped collect, sort, and organized roughly 600 boxes of clothing, medical supplies, bedding/blankets, and food to aid families and soldiers in Artsakh!🇦🇲💪🏼. So many amazing supporters contributed to the drop-off donation this past Sunday and we thank everyone who took part in this initiative.
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#ArtsakhStrong

10/12/2020
AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School

Class of 2018 Alumni and AGBU L.A. Choir members, Alexandra and Lilia Yaralian, sang the United States National Anthem at yesterday's historic March for Victory Los Angeles! BRAVO! Our future looks very bright! 🇦🇲🇦🇲🇦🇲 AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School
#ArtsakhStrong #ՀԱՂԹԵԼՈՒԵՆՔ #agbumds

Class of 2018 Alumni, Alexandra and Lilia Yaralian, sing the United States National Anthem at today's historic March for Victory!🇦🇲🇦🇲🇦🇲
#ArtsakhStrong #ՀԱՂԹԵԼՈՒԵՆՔ #agbumds AGBU AGBU Western District

All across the United States there have been protests as Armenian communities gather in support of Armenia and Artsakh i...
10/12/2020

All across the United States there have been protests as Armenian communities gather in support of Armenia and Artsakh including this one from San Diego California. #ArtsakhStrong #PeaceforArmenia #imagesofsolidarity

Credit: Lory Tatoulian

@armeniafund is still raising funds for Armenia & Artsakh 🇦🇲.Text Armenia to 24365 today!
10/11/2020

@armeniafund is still raising funds for Armenia & Artsakh 🇦🇲
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Text Armenia to 24365 today!

10/11/2020

Thank you Danny Green for your kind words and support!
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#artsakhstrong #dannygreen #nbafinals #prayforarmenia🇦🇲🇦🇲🙏❤️

Thank you KTLA 5 News for sharing more in-depth on what is happening in Nagorno-Karabakh. Landlocked Armenia has suffere...
10/11/2020

Thank you KTLA 5 News for sharing more in-depth on what is happening in Nagorno-Karabakh. Landlocked Armenia has suffered badly from an economic blockade imposed by Azerbaijan and its ally, Turkey. The fighting has prompted multiple protests in the Los Angeles area, which has the world’s largest Armenian population outside of Armenia. Read more here: https://linktr.ee/agbuwd

Local coverage from KPIX CBS San Francisco from yesterday's March on the Golden Gate Bridge. Great job AYF San Francisco...
10/11/2020
Bay Area Armenians March Across Golden Gate Bridge to Condemn Azerbaijan Hostilities

Local coverage from KPIX CBS San Francisco from yesterday's March on the Golden Gate Bridge. Great job AYF San Francisco "Rosdom" Chapter "Rosdom" Chapter for organizing this important event spreading awareness of Azerbaijan and Turkey’s aggression towards Artsakh and Armenia. Please continue donating to the Armenia Fund at armeniafund.ejoinme.org/donate

Hundreds marched on the Golden Gate Bridge Saturday to protest escalating violence against Armenians in the Caucasus. Devin Fehely reports. (10-10-20)

AGBU Western District's cover photo
10/11/2020

AGBU Western District's cover photo

Despite this very challenging time, the unity of the diaspora is a beautiful thing to witness. Everyone is doing their p...
10/10/2020
Why these Armenian American celebs are speaking out about a chronic conflict

Despite this very challenging time, the unity of the diaspora is a beautiful thing to witness. Everyone is doing their part to ensure the survival of Artsakh and Armenia.
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#artsakh #artsakhstrong #recognizeartsakh #wewillwin🇦🇲

The Kardashians, Cher and System of a Down singer Serj Tankian — who all have Armenian roots — are raising awareness of the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict.

See you all tomorrow! Please take a moment to review the below information: .PARKING LOCATIONSMARCH FOR VICTORY Join us ...
10/10/2020

See you all tomorrow! Please take a moment to review the below information:
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PARKING LOCATIONS

MARCH FOR VICTORY
Join us on Sunday, October 11, 2020, 3PM
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Start: PAN PACIFIC PARK
7600 Beverly Blvd.Los Angeles, CA

End: TURKISH CONSULATE
(New address)
8500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA

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Breaking News - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announces Armenian and Azerbaijan have agreed to a humanitarian c...
10/10/2020
Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia and Azerbaijan agree ceasefire

Breaking News - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announces Armenian and Azerbaijan have agreed to a humanitarian ceasefire beginning at midnight on 10/10/20. During this time, prisoners of war will be exchanged, fallen soldier's bodies will be collected, and more substantive talks over Artsakh will begin.

The truce, announced by the Russian foreign minister, comes after 10 hours of talks in Moscow.

On October 6, 2020, the Board of Education unanimously voted to add a new holiday to future calendars to commemorate Arm...
10/09/2020

On October 6, 2020, the Board of Education unanimously voted to add a new holiday to future calendars to commemorate Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day on April 24 for the entire Los Angeles Unified School District. “We recognize and remember the Armenian Genocide of 1915 in hopes of helping to prevent such an atrocity from happening again,” Superintendent Austin Beutner said. “This resolution reaffirms our commitment to teaching students about the importance of human rights.” Read more by visiting our LinkTree https://linktr.ee/agbuwd

AGBU AYA SFV Scouts in collaboration with AGBU Scouts Armenia are Fundraising for Artsakh! The troops are collecting fun...
10/09/2020

AGBU AYA SFV Scouts in collaboration with AGBU Scouts Armenia are Fundraising for Artsakh! The troops are collecting funds to purchase essential items for our soldiers from local Armenia-based distributor. To help with this effort Artist Elizabet Terziyan is donating her work to AGBU AYA SFV Scouts!
100% proceeds for ARTSAKH!!! Please visit AGBU AYA LA-SFV Chapter to see how you can purchase your painting.
The fundraising ends today, Friday 10/9 at midnight.

10/09/2020
AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School

The DHS Dance Department, in conjunction with Student Council and Helping People Through the Arts Club, dedicate this piece to Artsakh and our Brave Soldiers. Our hearts, our thoughts, and our prayers are with you. AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School

Our students are raising funds for Artsakh. Please donate to their Venmo @AGBUStudentCampaign.🇦🇲🇦🇲

The DHS Dance Department, in conjunction with Student Council and Helping People Through the Arts Club, dedicate this piece to Artsakh and our Brave Soldiers. Our hearts, our thoughts, and our prayers are with you.

#artsakhstrong #հաղթելուենք #agbumdsstudentsforArtsakh #agbu #inunityisstrength @agbuwd @agbuglobal

We must all come together as one united power to support our homeland! Have you ever seen a community come together like...
10/08/2020

We must all come together as one united power to support our homeland! Have you ever seen a community come together like this with one common purpose? Armenia Fund is hosting a telethon on Saturday, 10.10.20 from 10 am- 10 pm. Please encourage friends, family to tune in- they will be airing on all Armenian channels in the US. #ArmeniaAid ArmeniaFund

Our voices need to be heard! We urge you all to join us on Sunday, October 11, at 3 p.m. The Los Angeles Armenian commun...
10/08/2020

Our voices need to be heard! We urge you all to join us on Sunday, October 11, at 3 p.m. The Los Angeles Armenian community invites all those who stand against Azeri and Turkish aggression to voice their demands—to not just the Azeri and Turkish governments, but to the local, state, and federal governments of the United States and to the entire international community. Armenian Youth Federation

AGBU AYA San Fernando Valley Chapter has partnered with Los Angeles City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez to support humani...
10/08/2020

AGBU AYA San Fernando Valley Chapter has partnered with Los Angeles City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez to support humanitarian aid to Armenia and Artsakh in collaboration with the ArmeniaFund. The team will be there on Friday October 9th from 10:00am-3:00pm if you would like to drop off donations. Hope to see you there!

The generosity and support of our donors is immeasurable. We want to thank this amazing group of donors who paid the AGB...
10/08/2020

The generosity and support of our donors is immeasurable. We want to thank this amazing group of donors who paid the AGBU Pasadena Center a visit today to contribute to the AGBU #Aid4Artsakh initiative. They shared with us how they raised money to help our soldiers in Armenia and they will not stop fighting until we are all through this together. We are so humbled and honored to have been able to meet you ALL! Thank you!
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Please take the time to visit agbugiving.org/artsakhrelief/ to donate what you can. Any bit counts and AGBU is matching all donations up to $5 Million. #ArtsakhStrong #Aid4Artsakh

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2495 E Mountain St
Pasadena, CA
91104

General information

Between 1906 and 1912, the AGBU provided the villagers of the Western Armenia with seeds, agricultural instruments, etc. It established schools and orphanages in Western Armenia, Cilicia and other Armenian-populated regions of the Ottoman Empire. In 1914, AGBU had 142 branches in Western Armenia, Cilicia, USA, Argentina, Europe and Africa with 8,533 members. The First World War and the Armenian Genocide were turning points for both the Armenian nation and the AGBU. In 1914, Boghos Nubar left Egypt and moved to Paris. Despite the huge losses in different chapters of the union, the AGBU managed to render tangible help to the Genocide survivors. In October 1915, the Sisvan school with 1,222 students, later an orphanage and a camp for women refugees, was established by the AGBU in the desert near Port Said, Egypt. This camp is where survivors of Musa Dagh settled. In the years following the Genocide, the AGBU became mainly involved in taking care of orphans. After the war, the AGBU was reformed and founded new branches in Armenian-populated regions of the Near East, Greece, France and USA. The AGBU's first European branch, founded in Manchester in 1909. From left to right: Sarkis Kuyumjian, S. Shnorhavorian, Mihran Manukian (president), M. Bakrjian, K. Funduklian, D. Iplikjian. In 1921, the union’s headquarters was moved from Cairo to Paris. After World War I, the main goal of the AGBU was to preserve and promote Armenian language, identity and heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian programs. In 1926, AGBU established the Melkonian Educational Institution in Nicosia, Cyprus, Nubarian foundation, which provided scholarships to Armenian youngsters to study in European universities, and the Marie Nubar Dormitory in Paris in 1930. After the death of Boghos Nubar in 1930, oil magnate and prominent Armenian figure Galust Gyulbenkian took over the presidency of AGBU. After heading the union for two years, the son of the former, Zareh Bey Nubar, replaced him and headed the union until 1940. During World War II, the AGBU headquarters was moved from Paris to New York as a result of Nazi occupation. In 1942, Arshak Karagyozian became the fourth president of the AGBU. The AGBU's activities aimed at national preservation became more effective during the post-war period, especially in Alex Manoogian’s tenure between 1953–1989. The AGBU expanded and became the biggest and most influential Diaspora-Armenian organization in the world. In 1954 Alex Manoogian founded the ՚՚"Alex and Marie Manoogian" cultural fund; in 1968 he established the "Alex Manoogian" cultural fund. Through these funds, a number of educational and other establishments were built over the next several years. Today, the AGBU has chapters in 80 cities in 22 countries around the world, with 22,000 members, 120 branches, 27 cultural centers spread worldwide in the USA, Europe, Near East, South America and Australia. The AGBU has 20 schools (6,600 students) and funds more than 16 educational establishments. The AGBU has two libraries, one in Paris and the other in New York City. In 1989, Louise Manoogian Simone, the daughter of Alex Manoogian, became the president of the AGBU. It gave a new breath to the strengthening of ties between the Armenians of Armenia and Diaspora. In 1988, immediately following the Spitak earthquake, the AGBU organized the transportation of food, clothes, and medicine to the disaster zone. In 1990, the AGBU opened a representative office in Yerevan. Restarting its activities in Armenia after a 50-year interval, along with humanitarian assistance, the AGBU carries out projects aimed at and contributing to the development of the country.

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Our History: Compelled by a profound sense of national duty, AGBU founder and first President, Boghos Nubar, boldly set out with nine founding members to form an organization to serve all Armenians and preserve the Armenian identity. Since its inception in Cairo, Egypt on April 15, 1906, the organization’s reputation for integrity resonated and AGBU emerged as an unwavering champion of the Armenian people throughout the 20th century. A chronicle to the times, AGBU’s efforts supported our people faithfully through a tumultuous history of genocide, natural disasters, repatriation, resettlement, revival and national independence. Thanks to the resolute support of our members and donors, AGBU has flourished into a world-class organization with the resources and goodwill to serve Armenians across the Diaspora and in our homeland. Indebted to the initiative and dedication of our predecessors and recent generations, AGBU’s first century of service has systematically redefined the landscape of the Armenian nation. With an emphasis on educational, cultural and humanitarian programs, AGBU operates worldwide over 69 Districts and Chapters, 47 Community Centers and Offices, and 27 Young Professional Groups; administers 25 day and Saturday schools; and supports a manifold of programs, including the American University of Armenia, Senior Dining Centers (Soup Kitchens), Children’s Centers, Student Scholarships, Summer Camps, Athletics & Scouts, Internship Programs, the Performing Arts and 14 publications in six languages. Having crossed the threshold into the 21st century, AGBU is committed to upholding its legacy of moral and fiduciary obligation to the Armenian people with unparalleled foresight and direction. Rooted in our very origins, AGBU provides educational and cultural opportunities to Armenian youth today, for the benefit of the world community tomorrow.

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AGBU Pasadena Glendale Chapter Scouts Summer Camp 2017 @ Camp Lakota, Frazier Park.