Transitioning Armenians from Survival to Prosperity

We believe that by strengthening Armenia and the identity of Armenians around the globe, the Armenian nation will make a positive, growing and lasting contribution to the world.

A New Paradigm for the Creation of Social Capital

Building partnerships and leveraging networks to drive progress and bring social good

We work with over 30 partners

IDeA believes that the greatest impact is achieved when stakeholders collaborate. Our organization is built upon collaboration with government, international organizations, business networks and individual partners to capture synergies and coordinate efforts. Through the creation of long-term partnerships we can enable local and international communities to purposefully participate in social, cultural and economic activity.

Sustainable Development Programs that Scale to Produce Impact

Conceiving, designing and implementing projects based on long-term goals

Over $530 million invested

Too often the initiatives to help Armenians are not evaluated for their real impact over time, such as on GDP growth and job creation. The tendency is to find low-cost, “fundable” solutions without attention to scale or sustainability. We design, develop, and implement projects using a 15-20 year horizon with goals that can exponentially alter the future for Armenians throughout the world.

Innovative Philanthropy that Blends Charity with Investment

Instilling a giving culture that yields greater investment, greater returns and sustainable impact

Over 500 international donors

Over the past few years a new generation of philanthropists has emerged – generous contributors who seek to create social good while being involved in projects that scale over the long-term. IDeA has created a public/private partnership platform which enables it to optimize levels of giving, engage a wider audience of supporters, and garner the high level of financial support needed to reach sustainable development goals.

May 20, 2017

Maggy in Armenia

First Aurora Prize Laureate Marguerite Barankitse is in Armenia

May 16, 2017

Areg Balayan and Maria Fernanda Moreno Win Aurora Competitions

The winners of Aurora Photo and Short Film Competitions are announced.

May 01, 2017

Arpi Ghazaryan Wins the Aurora Creative Contest

Results of Aurora Creative Contest have been announced.

April 25, 2017

IDeA Foundation Presented a Plan for the Development of Armenia to the Prime Minister

Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan welcomed representatives from IDeA Foundation, led by Ruben Vardanyan.

April 24, 2017

Five Finalists Selected For Aurora Prize For Awakening Humanity In Recognition Of Their Inspiring Acts Of Compassion

Ultimate Aurora Prize Laureate to Receive US$1,000,000 Award to Amplify Humanitarian Work

April 12, 2017

The FAST Foundation announced the formation of the Advisory Board and the appointment of the CEO

The scope of the initial financing for the development of the Foundation will be up to USD 15 million.

April 07, 2017

Veronika Zonabend: Dilijan educational cluster will be an open ecosystem

Тhe idea of an educational cluster is to create a platform, which allows all of its participants to invest in education in Armenia.

April 05, 2017

Armenia’s New Stamp Features Aurora’s Maggy

A new postage stamp will feature the inaugural Aurora Prize laureate Marguerite Barankitse.

April 04, 2017

IDeA Foundation and the Government of Armenia signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on establishing the Dilijan Educational Cluster

The strategic goal of the Dilijan Educational Cluster is to create an educational environment of the future in Armenia.

March 31, 2017

IDeA Foundation Continues to Assist Syrian Armenians

With the support of the Foundation 64 people resettled from Syria to Armenia.

March 28, 2017

2017 Aurora Prize: Call for Volunteers

All interested candidates are invited to apply by filling out the registration form and submitting their application by April 10th, 2017.

February 15, 2017

Candlemas Celebration Brings Together the Community of Tatev

Archimandrite Mikael Gevorgyan blessed 25 pairs of newlyweds at Tatev Monastery.

February 09, 2017

Ruben Vardanyan: Aurora Prize has united whole nation

Interview of Ruben Vardanyan to Tert.am

January 27, 2017

Syrian-Armenian Immigrants and Potential Employers Meet Up in Yerevan

The meeting was attended by more than 50 Syrian-Armenians.

January 18, 2017

Aurora Reveals the Key Findings of the Opinion Audit

One in seven Armenians and one in twenty members of the general public are aware of the Aurora Prize, Aurora Opinion Audit reveals.

January 17, 2017

Yuri Gorvits Joins the JUST DILIJAN IT! Team

Yuri Gorvits is Doctor of Psychology, Head of the Higher Education Program for Apple Russia and winner of a prestigious Russian Government award in the sphere of education.

December 27, 2016

IDeA Foundation Helps Relocate 37 Syrian Armenians Back to Armenia

Another 18 people have expressed their desire to the “Aleppo” to be relocated to Armenia.

December 22, 2016

Real Fairy Tale Visits Dilijan Children

During the three days, over 500 kids took part in Fairy Tale

December 20, 2016

New Year performances of IDeA Foundation in Shinuhayr

More than 400 children attended the performances, which spanned two days. All the children were handed gifts at the end of the event.

December 14, 2016

The IDeA Foundation and the EU will cooperate for the development of Dilijan

This is a new format of cooperation for the IDeA Foundation: between the state, the EU delegation and partners

December 14, 2016

Ruben Vardanyan: It is our duty to make Armenia prosperous

The impact investor and social entrepreneur talks about what Armenians need to learn in order to become a nation of winners.

December 12, 2016

Former President of Mexico Ernesto Zedillo Joins Aurora Prize Selection Committee

Zedillo Joins a Select Group of Humanitarians headed by Academy Award-winner and humanitarian George Clooney to Choose 2017 Aurora Prize Finalists

December 02, 2016

AGBU’s 110th Anniversary Celebration Week to Kick off in Armenia December 1-5

Join the AGBU’s 110th anniversary celebration week in Armenia from December 1st to December 5th of 2016.

December 01, 2016

Open letter to Ban Ki-moon

On November 30 the United Nations Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York hosted a dinner in honor of Ban Ki-moon, whose nine-year term as UN Secretary-General will conclude on December 31, 2016.

November 30, 2016

Aurora Prize 2017 Award Announcement Events to Begin on April 24 and Conclude on May 28

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative confirms plans for awarding the second Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity

November 23, 2016

Ruben Vardanyan at AUA Gala

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Ruben Vardanyan speaking at the AUA 25th Anniversary Gala on November 19, 2016.

October 28, 2016

The Future for Global Armenians is now

The global Armenian community must do more to deliver a successful future for the nation that is economically and socially secure, according to an open letter published today.

April 22, 2016

Ruben Vardanyan: The recent war requires to speak openly

It happened so that in the last decades we demanded more from other nations to recognize the Armenian Genocide. In this regard, now is the right moment for such an Award.