About Us

Jinishian Memorial Foundation (JMF) began work in Armenia in 1993 and became legally registered in Armenia as a local foundation in 1999. JMF is primarily sponsored by the Jinishian Memorial Program (JMP) of the Presbyterian Church USA. The Jinishian Memorial Program (JMP) is a charitable trust that was established on May 17, 1966 by the bequest of Vartan H. Jinishian in memory of his parents. Since 1966 JMP has provided basic services and direct relief to millions of poor Armenians in Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, South America, Jordan and Armenia, who have lived in the midst of conflict and instability. After independence came in 1991, JMP began to explore extending its relief and development activities to Armenia. Since then it has provided economic, social and spiritual assistance to millions of needy Armenians, and supported more than 200 grassroots and local NGOs through partnering and collaboration.

Today, JMF supports durable solutions to Armenia's social and economic problems.


JMF enables Armenians in need to move from poverty and despair to self-sufficiency and hope – through relief, development and spiritual uplift.


JMF contributes to economic and social development of Armenia via educating and empowering of children, youth and entrepreneurs through long term intervention and institutionalization of innovative development models.


JMF aims to adapt to meet current needs of Armenian communities by providing relief and development by the following strategic goals:

Ashot Aslikyan (Office Manager), Hasmik Sevumyan (Economic Development Project Officer), 
Ruben Krikyan (Civil Society and Education Program Coordinator),
Zaruhi Janibekyan (Health Program Coordinator), Armen Hakobyan (Executive Director),
Artur Galstyan (Financial Manager), Shushan Aleksanyan (Executive Assistant), 

Gurgen Petrosyan (Driver),  Gevorg Aboyan (Community Development Program Coordinator), 
Ani Sargsyan (Accountant), Eliza Minasyan (JMP Director), 
Liana Sargsyan (Economic Development Prօgram Coordinator/Deputy Director),
Anahit Nersisyan (Economic Development Project Officer), Anjela Ambroyan (YEC Project Officer)


Ms. Eliza Minasyan
Mr. Philip James Woods
Ms. Gina Marie Guida 
Ms. Sara Luanne Pottschmidt
Mr. Luciano Kovacs

Rev. Father Barouyr Avetisyan

Rev. Albert Paytyan

Sister Arousiag Sajonyan

Karine Ghukasyan

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For questions about the Jinishian Memorial Foundation web site or our privacy policy, please contact:

tel.: +374 (10)56 70 58, 52 58 09, 54 44 17, 54 44 18
fax: +374 (10) 54 28 52
e-mail: [email protected]
address: 34 Abovyan St., Apt. 5, Yerevan 0009, Republic of Armenia