EIN 13-5600421

Armenian General Benevolent Union / Agbu Western District (AGBU)

IRS 501(c) type
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The Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) is the world's largest non-profit organization devoted to upholding the Armenian heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian programs.
Also known as...
AGBU Western District
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Program areas at AGBU

Educational programs include the allocation of subsidies to 13 day schools of the organization that provide an Armenian curriculum, in addition to implementing the local country's educational programs, to approximately 3,300 kindergarten, elementary, and high school students. The organization also grants college scholarships to approximately 400 qualified students in nearly 40 countries; and allocations and subsidies globally to various Armenian and non-armenian universities, summer day camps, and after-school children's centers in armenia. Assistance is also offered to various other Armenian schools and educational programs throughout the world.
Religious institutions: repairs and renovations to christian Armenian houses of worship worldwide and education housing and vestments to members of the clergy.
Cultural programs include allocations and subsidies to various cultural activities in armenia and worldwide, such as the Armenian philharmonic orchestra, writer's association, publication and printing of books and magazines, music festivals, academy of sciences, etc. It also includes allocations to the various cultural centers of the organization throughout five continents. These centers provide locales for cultural, youth, sports, scouts, dance, choral, theater, and other activities which include musical, literary, and theatrical performances, youth summer internship programs, mentorship programs, and so on.
Humanitarian programs include support and allocations to social relief and medical aid programs throughout Armenian and non-armenian communities worldwide. This includes senior dining centers (soup kitchens), medical clinics,hospitals,care centers,housing construction,irrigation projects,and continuing earthquake relief.

Grants made by AGBU

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Agbu Vatche and Tamar Manoukian High School Care of Siroon DerderianCultural, Educational$1,448,800
American University of Armenia Corporation (AUAC)Educational$606,042
Diocese of the Armenian Church of AmericaReligious$204,366
...and 11 more grants made

Who funds Armenian General Benevolent Union / Agbu Western District (AGBU)

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Elton John Charitable FundFunding for Vatche and Tamar Manokian Culture Center. Purchased A Grand Piano on Their Behalf.$90,419
Levon and Claudia Nazarian Family FoundationTo Help Activities of Var Public Char Inst Which Are Exempt Under 501 (C)(3)$85,000
PayPal Giving FundGeneral Support$75,900
...and 7 more grants received

Personnel at AGBU

Mark GitlenChief Financial Officer$255,024
Anita AnserianManaging Director
Vahe Victor KiljianDirector of Finance$160,779
Naheed ElyasiDirector of Marketing$130,188
Grant KamalyanDirector of It$118,297
...and 9 more key personnel

Financials for AGBU

RevenuesFYE 12/2019
Total grants, contributions, etc.$18,795,019
Program services$1,006,705
Investment income and dividends$3,853,043
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$4,427
Net rental income$38,900
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$1,820,235
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$25,518,329

Form 990s for AGBU

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2019-122021-02-24990View PDF
2018-122021-01-21990View PDF
2018-122020-01-28990View PDF
2017-122019-02-21990View PDF
2016-122018-01-18990View PDF
...and 7 more Form 990s
Data update history
August 2, 2022
Received grants
Identified 1 new grant, including a grant for $75,900 from PayPal Giving Fund
July 14, 2022
Updated personnel
Identified 1 new personnel
September 22, 2021
Received grants
Identified 4 new grant, including a grant for $90,419 from Elton John Charitable Fund
August 23, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2019
April 29, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2018
Nonprofit Types
Civic / social organizationsArts, culture, and humanities nonprofitsHeadquarter / parent organizationsCharities
Arts, cultural, and humanitiesForeign affairsInternational development
Provides grantsOperates internationallyNational levelEndowed supportCommunity engagement / volunteeringProvides scholarshipsTax deductible donations
General information
55 E 59th St
New York, NY 10022
Metro area
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
New York County, NY
Website URL
(212) 319-6383
Facebook page
Twitter profile
IRS details
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
A23: Cultural, Ethnic Awareness
NAICS code, primary
813410: Civic and Social Organizations
Parent/child status
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