About Paros Foundation

Since 1999, the Paros Foundation's principal supporters, the Strauch-Kulhanjian Family, have worked to raise awareness of Armenia's rich culture and promote it on the world stage. Formally launched in 2006, the Paros Foundation is based in Berkeley, California, USA.

The Paros Foundation's goal is to develop high quality high integrity non-governmental organizations in Armenia by significantly upgrading their working environment, providing guidance and needed resources. This includes providing inspiring office space, free of charge, to three of the six organizations we work with in Armenia.

The Paros Foundation works with six organizations in Armenia involving the arts, children and people with disabilities. The Paros Foundation has identified organizations that serve as leaders in their respective fields. Our support comes in the form of organizational operating funds, office space and operational resources and mentoring. The mission is help these modest size projects manage their growth and attract more financial, human, and physical resources to their respective causes. Furthermore, we have built a staff of travelling and in-country resources that other philanthropists or philanthropic institutions may choose to utilize to support their efforts to improve the quality of life and culture in Armenia.

The Foundation welcomes the involvement of our friends around the world.


The Paros Foundation, a 501(c)3 private foundation registered in 2006 in Berkeley, California is not affiliated with the Ghazarian family's Paros "Lighthouse" Armenian Charitable Foundation USA (registered 2009 in Seal Beach, California) or the Paros "Lighthouse" Foundation in Armenia and their center for abused women.

The Paros Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 organization.  Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.  Our tax identification number is 20-5094630.