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.

December 14, 2018

Aurora Humanitarian Initiative Issues Call to Action to Fill the “Humanitarian Void” At Global Forum

Leading global activists gather at Aurora Dialogues in Berlin to address global humanitarian issues, including refugee crisis and spread of populism

December 12, 2018

Surgeon and Missionary Dr. Tom Catena Announced as Chair of Aurora Humanitarian Initiative

Co-Founders kick-start global Aurora Movement by welcoming 2017 Aurora Prize Laureate to represent organization

December 08, 2018

Opening of Arts and Crafts Center and Winter Bazaar in Dilijan

Within the framework of the grant programme, small workshops located in the community schools were opened in the villages of Gosh, Haghartsin and Teghut.

November 30, 2018

Two New Members Join Aurora Prize Selection Committee

Aurora Humanitarian Initiative welcomes new members to the prestigious Selection Committee for the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity

November 29, 2018


The event marked the 30th anniversary of the devastating earthquake of 1988 in Armenia.

October 19, 2018

Ruben Vardanyan: the Russian- ​Armenian businessman focusing on giving wealth away

Although he holds a Russian passport, his roots are in Armenia on the country’s southern flank and half of his activity is focused there.

October 19, 2018

Participants and guests of Francophonie events get acquainted with IDeA’s projects

On October 7-12, IDeA Foundation featured an individual and large pavilion in Francophonie Village.

October 17, 2018

Tatev church of the Holy Mother of God opens after restoration

Residents of Tatev and neighboring communities, guests from Yerevan, as well as tourists, attended the event.

October 12, 2018

Vartan Gregorian Scholarship (Research Grants) Program Announces Call for Applications

New $30,000 research grants for academics and early-career historians

October 04, 2018

Nominations close for the 2019 Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity

Co-Founders welcome largest number of unique nominations in Aurora Prize history

October 02, 2018

Aurora Humanitarian Initiative announces scholarship in honor and in gratitude to Charles Aznavour

Aznavour lent his name and his energy to the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative from the beginning.

September 28, 2018

Dilijan National Park to welcome visitors with a new look and facilities

Dilijan national park is a unique example of Armenia’s natural world.

September 26, 2018

World’s first global cross-sector coalition launches refugee self-reliance initiative at UN General Assembly

The Refugee Self-Reliance Initiative announced its aim to reach five million refugees, in five years, with a specific focus on self-reliance.

September 03, 2018

375,000 Rohingya refugees will be helped by a $1 million award from the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity

Three international organisations share details about how the $1,000,000 Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity will be used to positively impact the Rohingya refugees in Myanmar’s Rakhine state

August 20, 2018

Aurora commemorates World Humanitarian Day

Sunday 19 August marks the 15th annual World Humanitarian Day, with the important theme of: civilians are #notatarget.

August 17, 2018

First Regional Tourist Information Center Opens in Dilijan

At the TIC tourists will be able to obtain information on tourist packages available in the region, rent bicycles, tents and other hiking equipment.

July 31, 2018

IDeA Takes the Lead in Rebuilding Friendship Park in Gyumri

IDeA intends to engage partner organizations to help implement various components of the program.

July 26, 2018

How to cleanup Armenia in one day and start living in a clean country?

Armenia joined the global movement: World Cleanup Day will take place in the country for the first time on September 15, it will gather up to 100 000 participants and will start a new tradition

July 09, 2018

World Premiere of Arshak's Song Held in Tatev

The French premiere of Arshak’s Song will take place in November in Paris.

July 06, 2018

History and Presence of Armenian-German Relations Discussed in Berlin

A number of honorable guests, including members of the German Bundestag, German intellectuals, cultural and diplomatic figures attended the discussion.

July 06, 2018

How a Record-Breaking Aerial Tramway Helped Save a Centuries-Old Armenian Monastery

The world’s longest reversible cableway now carries an unprecedented number of visitors to this historic site

July 04, 2018

Grant Announcement

Initiatives for Development of Armenia (IDeA) Foundation within the framework of the “Dilijan and Adjacent Communities Development Initiative” project, calls for small grant applications.

June 27, 2018

New programs for locals and tourists in Dilijan signal development of Armenian resort town

The government has approved IDeA’s other development programs for Dilijan.

June 11, 2018

Nominations Now Open For $1.1 Million 2019 Aurora Prize For Awakening Humanity

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative is calling for nominations for inspiring humanitarians who go to extreme lengths to save the lives of others for the fourth annual Aurora Prize

June 10, 2018

2018 Aurora Prize Laureate Kyaw Hla Aung’s Name Added To The Chronicles Of Aurora

Lawyer and activist was recognized for his dedication to fighting for human rights for the Rohingya people in Myanmar

June 10, 2018

$1.1 Million Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity Awarded to Rohingya Human Rights Defender Kyaw Hla Aung

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative honors the esteemed lawyer for his personal sacrifice fighting injustice and advocating for the Rohingya people in Myanmar

June 05, 2018

2018 Aurora Events

The Third Aurora Prize and the Accompanying Weekend of Activities Will Start on June 8, 2018 in Yerevan.

June 01, 2018

Doctor Tom Catena will be featured on a postage stamp

New Armenian postage stamp will feature 2017 Aurora Prize Laureate

May 30, 2018

Tom Catena to Visit Armenia

2017 Aurora Prize Laureate Doctor Tom Catena will arrive in Yerevan on May 31.

May 26, 2018

UWC Dilijan Graduation of 2018: Third Generation of College Leavers Start New Journey of Adulthood

While this was the third UWC Dilijan graduation, it was the first to be graced by Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister of Armenia.

May 16, 2018

Manuals Developed for Hospitality Industry SMEs and Sub-Grant Program Presented in Dilijan

Three manuals were developed and published within the framework of the Dilijan and Adjacent Communities Development Initiative project

May 10, 2018

Armenians should grasp their chance to transform their homeland

Tap into the diaspora to fulfil revolutionary promises and build long-term prosperity

May 10, 2018

New Global Study Reveals Increased Fear of War and Crisis Overload

Aurora Humanitarian Index shows most are misinformed on the scale of the refugee crisis and plight of women and children largely ignored. However, confidence in world leaders and NGOs to address the crisis increases

April 30, 2018

Experts Gathered in Moscow to Explore the Future of Social Impact

Marguerite Barankitse, Veronika Zonabend and many others shared their insights at SKOLKOVO

April 25, 2018

Ruben Vardanyan: Armenia’s youth wants no more oligarchs

Ruben Vardanyan and Noubar Afeyan gave an interview to Azatutyun Radio.

April 25, 2018

Winners of research program on “Gratitude in Action” are announced

Research proposals were first presented at the “Social Movements and the Praxis of Gratitude” seminar in Buenos Aires.

April 24, 2018

Three Inspirational Humanitarian Activists Nominated For $1.1 Million Aurora Prize

The Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity recognizes three humanitarians for their selfless commitment to fighting sexual violence in India, advocating on behalf of Rohingya people in Myanmar and protecting Central American immigrants in Mexico

April 03, 2018

Harout Chitilian is to become Aurora’s next CEO

The Co-Founders of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative have announced that Harout Chitilian will come on board on July 1, as Aurora’s next CEO.

March 21, 2018

Ruben Vardanyan, Veronika Zonabend Visit AUA, Meet Aurora Gratitude Scholars

The AUA community had the opportunity to engage in a conversation with Vardanyan and ask him various questions.

March 05, 2018

Humanitarian Community Gathers to Discuss What Drives People to Stand Up in the Face of Adversity

Dr. Philip Zimbardo, Dr. Vartan Gregorian, Alice Greenwald, John Prendergast, and others, debated the topic during event at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum

February 22, 2018

Aurora Goes Global

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative takes the Aurora concept and program to the world.

February 15, 2018

UWC Students Will Propose New Humanitarian Projects

Aurora Humanitarian Initiative continues to partner with UWC to tackle humanitarian challenges.

February 13, 2018

Young Dilijanians to represent Armenia at international entrepreneurial contest in US

Team Arahet won the Armenian semifinal of the Diamond Challenge.

February 07, 2018

IDeA Foundation presents activities to Switzerland’s National Council President

The members of the Swiss delegation praised the IDeA initiatives.

January 30, 2018

Aurora Continues to Support Matenadaran

Training to be provided for young scholars and guides.

December 19, 2017

New Year Events for Tatev Region’s Children

Children from seven villages in the Tatev region were visited by actors from the Mobile Puppet Theater

December 01, 2017

Ambassador Samantha Power Joins the Aurora Prize Selection Committee

Leading humanitarian luminary Ambassador Power joins the Selection Committee in advance of the upcoming Aurora Dialogues in Berlin

November 27, 2017

Aurora Dialogues To Be Held in Berlin

The global migration crisis is examined by distinguished humanitarians, academics, philanthropists and business leaders

November 22, 2017

Selection Committee Will Gather To Review 2018 Aurora Prize Nominations

The Selection Committee of the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity will gather in Berlin, Germany on December 4, 2017.

November 20, 2017

Bernard Kouchner Joins the Aurora Prize Selection Committee

Médecins Sans Frontières co-founder and former foreign minister of France joins co-chair George Clooney and Selection Committee Members to select future Aurora Prize finalists and laureates

October 23, 2017

NSF – FAST International Workshop Held in Yerevan

The workshop brought together more than 200 researchers in data science and related disciplines.

October 20, 2017

PM receives participants of NSF-FAST international workshop

“We think that together with you, we have the opportunity to make qualitative changes in Armenia”, PM said.

October 17, 2017

State National Academic Choir of Armenia performs at Tatev

The choir performed works by Komitas, Mozart, Giuseppe Verdi, Makar Yekmalyan and Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

October 06, 2017

The Inaugural Diaspora Dialogues Will Be Held in Armenia

Diaspora leaders will share experiences and knowledge to foster the more effective ways to build bridges

October 06, 2017

Rafi Baghdjian takes helm of IDeA Foundation

“I am delighted to join IDeA Foundation. It is a great pleasure to serve my motherland,” Baghdjian commented on his appointment.

September 12, 2017

750 Nominations for the 2018 Aurora Prize

Number of unique candidates for the prize was increased by 100% compared with 2017

September 08, 2017

Wings of Tatev ropeway carries its 100,000th passenger of the current year

Since its launch, Wings of Tatev aerial tramway has welcomed over 600,000 passengers.

August 28, 2017

Syrian-Armenian Children Prepare for the School Year

15 children will go to school on September 1.

July 17, 2017

Wings of Tatev Aerial Tramway Welcomes Unprecedented Number of Visitors in Just One Day

On July 16, Wings of Tatev aerial tramway served 1,371 passengers.

July 13, 2017

2018 Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity Ceremony and 3rd Annual Aurora Dialogues Dates Announced

Armenia to Host Aurora Humanitarian Initiative’s Annual Weekend of Humanitarian-Related Events June 8-10, 2018.

June 28, 2017

IDeA Supports Restoration of Upper Mosque in Shushi

Restoration works in the territory of the Upper Mosque in Shushi are scheduled to be completed by fall, 2018.

June 10, 2017

Over 2000 People Attend Sheep Shearing Festival

The Sheep Shearing Festival is becoming something of a tradition.

June 08, 2017

The New Season of the JUST DILIJAN IT! Summer Programmes Has Begun in Dilijan

This year, more than 300 children from different countries around the world will take part in interactive educational programmes on the campus of the UWC Dilijan international school in Armenia.

June 01, 2017

Charles and Nicolas Aznavour Visit the Wings of Tatev Aerial Tramway and Tatev Monastic Complex

I am extremely proud of my son for his decision to get baptized in Armenia.

May 30, 2017

Call For Nominations For $1 Million 2018 Aurora Prize For Awakening Humanity

Aurora Humanitarian Initiative seeks candidates who put themselves at risk to advance the well-being of others for the 2018 Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity

May 29, 2017

$1 Million Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity Awarded to Dr. Tom Catena

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative honors esteemed Catholic Missionary physician in war-torn Sudan for rekindling faith in humanity

May 27, 2017

UWC Dilijan Released New 87 Change-Makers

On May 27, UWC Dilijan celebrated the graduation of its second generation of students.

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

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.