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Causes: Arts & Culture

Mission: The Karabakh Foundation is a U.S. 501c(3) cultural charity foundation based in Washington, D.C., that seeks to increase awareness and understanding in the United States of the cultural heritage and traditions of the country of Azerbaijan, the Caucasus area, and the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. While coalescing significant artistic and scholarly talent, the Foundation is nurturing a new generation of artists and scholars toward important accomplishments. The Foundation serves as a dynamic facilitator and clearinghouse raising the public profile of Azerbaijan, its Karabakh region, and the Caucasus region in general. Main activities include preserving and disseminating cultural content via archival collecting, public programs, publications, exhibitions, speaking forums, international collaborations, scholarly exchange, artistic sponsorship, and related venues.

Results: The Karabakh Foundation reaches thousands annually through its highly ranked (by Google) Web site as well as via dozens of Foundation public programs, the Azerbaijani Radio Hour, and Foundation publications. The Karabakh Foundation "Cultural Ambassadors" program, an immersive program at Foundation headquarters, has provided hundreds of volunteers to date with an immersive experience in Azerbaijani culture and in cultural diplomacy. The Foundation fields several research requests each month, from news agencies, filmmakers, scholars, and others. In general the Foundation targets audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Staff and volunteers are engaged long term in developing and presenting programs especially for school-age students. Among the public recognition that the Foundation has received to date are Washington Post Editor's Pick, a review in the Voice of America World Music blog, and a Cultural Tourism D.C.'s member spotlight. See our annual reports for more: http://karabakhfoundation.org/pages/about-us/impact/

Target demographics: Americans understand Azerbaijani culture

Direct beneficiaries per year: 10,000

Geographic areas served: Greater Washington DC and New York,

Programs: exhibitions, concerts, lectures, web displays, artifact collection

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Karabakh Foundation does a great job promoting cultural diplomacy. It plays a valuable role in educating and informing Americans about Azerbaijani history, culture and traditions.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Karabakh foundation is doing a great job to foster cultural dialog between the Azerbaijan and USA, Very dedicated people with important mission, worth supporting in any way.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Karabakh Foundation is dedicated to educating Americans on the often overlooked Caucasus region, including the country of Azerbaijan and its Karabakh region.

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karabakh 07/10/2014

Nice to partner with groups like D.C. Embassy Events that smooth the way for cultural diplomacy.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A few years ago, I was asked if I could create a coin collection of Azerbaijan for the KFR. I felt honored in being asked. This would be quite a challenge, since Azerbaijan is a relatively new country with limited exposure in the United States. The coins and currencies (along with stamps) were found. They currently are shown on the KF website. My wife and I were invited to Baku, where I lectured at a local university. I pointed out that the Azeri people have a long and rich history that must be shared with the world. The American Numismatic Association warmly welcomed Azerbaijan into the community of international numismatics. By sharing their heritage with the world, the Azeris are making many friends.

Joel Forman

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karabakh 07/07/2014

Joel, your commitment and passion as an artifact donor and as a Cultural Ambassador for KF's activities are simply remarkable. You have been on the journey with us since the beginning, even literally traveling to Azerbaijan to see for yourself. What you have done to have Azerbaijan's coin heritage recognized in the United States is truly visionary. You are a tremendous source of inspiration for us, and we are glad to count you as a friend.

1 Anar G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Even though it has been a few years since Karabakh Foundation has been established, it has done very tremendous job in promoting Azerbaijan's culture, history, cuisine and music. For instance, participation in recent cultural festival held at the National Mall of DC brought very interesting attention from local media and ordinary citizens. KF is also remembered for another interesting art event where it displayed Azerbaijani rugs and carpets from Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.

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karabakh 07/04/2014

Anar, it has been great to work with you so many times trying to document and share Azerbaijani culture. You have been so generous is allowing the KF to extend our capacity to do this. As an Azerbaijani-American you also are giving your children the gift of their legacy-a gift they too will share no doubt.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Karabkh Foundation has successfully introduced Azerbaijan, the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, and the Caucasus area to the US population. Moreover, the Foundation has been very successful in helping the population in the US understand the cultural heritage and traditions of Azerbaijan, particularly its Karabakh region. In order to raise awareness of the Karabakh region, the foundation provides sponsorship to artists and scientists to visit the country; organizes or participates in exhibitions where the foundation showcases the cultural heritage of the region; and disseminates publications relating to the culture, history, religion, or traditions of the region. This makes the foundation and its experts on Caucasus and the Karabakh region the go-to organization for these topics in the United States. As an intern and a volunteer I have learned a lot of new information form the organization. Thus, I would recommend the foundation to everyone.

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karabakh 07/04/2014

Emre, it was very interesting for us to have you on board, in terms of your perspectives as an international relations specialist, a carpet expert, and someone originally from Turkey. Thank you for sharing as you have, and helping us to bring Americans face to face with magnificent Azerbaijani carpets.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Karabagh Foundation is the labor of love of a few committed self-starters. The Foundation does an incredible job of raising public awareness about Azerbaijan, a small state in the South Caucasus that represents a unique blend of Islamic tradition and modernity. The Foundation creates art exhibits, music performances, lectures and other forms of informational exchanges in order to pursue what is called "cultural diplomacy", a new type of diplomacy responding to the needs of the globalized world in the state of discord.

The Karabagh produced incredible booklets, a website and other resources using minimum of funds and a lot of ingenuity and creativity. It has very dynamic small staff with great zest for innovation and entrepreneurship.

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karabakh 07/04/2014

Scholars of course are a vital constituency for the KF. Scholars like you with a deep, rich grasp of region-related topics--you help bridge the great divide that currently keeps most Americans from understanding Azerbaijan beyond the superficial. Thank you for your many contributions.

1 Renato D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have the honor of knowing and collaborating with Kharabakh Foundation for the past 2 years.
Their mission of creating a bridge between the Azeri culture and the American culture has been successfully carried for the past few years, defining a new perspective on how americans and the rest of the world perceive this incredibly rich culture.
As a collaborator I had the opportunity of witnessing their flawless efficiency and their constant will to accommodate my needs, and I can testify on how this behavior should work as a role model for most of the other non-profit organizations.
I hope this review can somehow help KF get recognized by their incredible work and get more and more people engaged in their mission.

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karabakh 07/04/2014

Renato, It has been a privilege and an honor working with you and Zulfugar to share your wonderful music. What KF tries to do is make the artist's job a little easier. Thanks for being part of the team.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Karabakh Foundation is non profit organization with honest and professional people. The organization has a great mission -- promoting the Azerbaijani culture in the United States of America. This activity contributes to the friendship, mutual understanding and exchanging cultural experience between people of Azerbaijan and the United States of America.
As an Azerbaijani scholar, I am very happy to work with highly qualified staff of the Karabakh Foundation.
I had a great chance to be interviewed as an expert on Azerbaijan first "oil boom" and its social-cultural impacts in the Southern Caucasus.
I appreciate very much Mrs. Diana Altman for spreading out my interview to the wider audience.
I am looking forward for cooperation and common projects with the Karabakh Foundation.

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karabakh 07/04/2014

Parvin, it has been a pleasure working with you to share our mutual passion for giving Azerbaijani people the recognition they deserve. We are grateful for your work and for your support.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Karabakh Foundation is incredibly open to the U.S. audience and is wide as well as versatile in its promotion of Azerbaijani culture, history, values and traditions. Azerbaijan is a country that still has a lot of things to share with the world and KF is simply inimitable in organizing numerous events all across the America. They truly portray the real image of the country and do their best to tell you more and more about Azerbaijan's rich heritage. So If you ever want to volunteer and organize an event dedicated to Azerbaijan, KF will definitely be there to help you! I know it from my own experience.

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karabakh 07/04/2014

Ali, you are the perfect example of why the KF is needed. The bright new face of the young generation in Azerbaijan who will be working alongside our American sons and daughters. And you have been a simply wonderful volunteer, always ready to do research for us in Baku. Thank you for participating in KF's mission!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Karabakh Foundation is a wonderful Organization that helps to spread knowledge of Azerbaijani culture throughout the United States. By volunteering with the Karabakh Foundation, i have had the opportunity to learn tremendously about Azerbaijani culture first-handedly. The Karabakh Foundation has connected me with Azerbaijanis who live all over the world. I would recommend anyone to get involved with the KF!

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karabakh 07/03/2014

Jon,thank you. It's been great watching you become knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Azerbaijan. You're a great "explainer" and a great volunteer.

1 Samantha G.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Azerbaijan has for too long been forgotten in the shadow of empires, and the unique culture and history of the country deserves a voice in the west. Karabakh Foundation fills a niche in the United States that no other organization does. The work they do is valuable and so necessary. During my time volunteering at the organization I felt respected and my ideas were given a chance to be heard. The staff works incredibly hard and are genuinely committed to their mission.

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karabakh 07/03/2014

Samantha, KF is truly fortunate to have you in our camp. Your work on our fact sheets, exhibits, and much more has expanded our capacity significantly. Keep up the great work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Karabakh foundation is doing a great job to make the culture of Azerbaijan known in the US. KF plays an important role in the US to represent this ancient and endangered culture. The organization should be supported in all-regards.

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karabakh 07/03/2014

Vugar, you are the rare expert in traditional Azerbaijani culture who is both deeply knowledgeable and ready to share. Your work with researching and producing traditional carpets is wonderful and much appreciated by the KF staff and volunteers.

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karabakh 07/03/2014

Vugar, you are the rare expert in traditional Azerbaijani culture who is both deeply knowledgeable and ready to share. Your work with researching and producing traditional carpets is wonderful and much appreciated by the KF staff and volunteers.

2 Ali S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Karabakh Foundation continues to bring understanding between United States and Turkic Communities. Their cultural programs are "must see" and 'attend" events in Washington, DC area.
Their joint program with Smithsonian Institution's Folk Life Festival brought new understanding and enhanced the ties between diverse communities. The Cultural Diplomacy program is highly regarded by the participants as important tool in international relations.

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karabakh 07/03/2014

Ali, it means a lot that you as a businessperson appreciate the nuts-and-bolts value of cultural diplomacy. Thank you for participating in our Spotlight Diplomacy panel for the Global Diaspora Alliance program. And thank you for being a true friend of the Foundation!

1 Qalib M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Karabakh Foundation is a non- profit organization with a mission statement of building a bridge between cultures by means of Cultural Diplomacy. The organization's intelligent and experienced staff members and cultural ambassadors helped many Americans to get introduced to the Azerbaijani and South Caucasus culture and heritage. I was part of many events by the organization which were very valuable in terms of educating people about South Caucasus culture. I enjoyed my time spent within the frameworks of the organization and would like to add that my volunteering activities with the organization gave me a great experience.

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karabakh 07/03/2014

Qalib, It is vital to the work of the KF that we engage Azerbaijani volunteers such as yourself. You have been a truly important part of the Foundation's growth. You have worked with participants at festivals and concerts, researched and written displays about Azerbaijani architecture, and even served Azerbaijani food at the Foundation-run booth at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival! Staff continues to rely on you to help us out from Baku. Thank you!

1 Abol B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Since its existence the Karabakh Foundation (KF) has helped many local artists and musicians in the D.C. area, as well as being a true cultural ambassador not just for Azerbaijan, but the entire Caucasus and the Turkic nations. Despite its very limited budget, KF has taken enormous steps in bringing together many people who would've, otherwise, never met and shared their cultural heritage and art!

All thumbs up for KB!

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karabakh 07/03/2014

Abol, artists such as yourself have a place of your own in the KF mission. Presenting an exhibition of your work gave us a way to engage Americans. But it also made you bearer of a flame that will keep Azerbaijani culture shining bright for some time to come.

1 lloydwolf

Advisor

Rating: 4

The Karabakh Foundation continues to bring understanding and present outstanding cultural programs between the United States and Azerbaijan. I have learned a lot about the vital history and people they represent, and especially experienced some amazing music through their work. The programs they have had at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival brought new knowledge, awareness, and enrichment between our communities.

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karabakh 07/03/2014

Lloyd, thank you for this and for your amazing photography, not to mention your constant willingness to share ideas and contacts with the Foundation.Hope to work with you more in the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cultural diplomacy is an important tool of soft power that is able to represent a national identity. In case of Azerbaijan, Karabakh Foundation plays a key role in country's exercise of cultural diplomacy strategies in the US.KF is a good platform where Americans can learn about culture and traditions of Azerbaijan and the Caucasus area through social, art, and educational events in a friendly atmosphere.Thank you for all your efforts!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

this is the first 501(c)(3) that deals with the culture, arts and history of Azerbaijan and its Karabakh region. Considering that bilateral relations between US and Azerbaijan have been growing steadily over the past 20 years, and the region is more and more important for U.S. policy- and decision-makers, we as a nation need to know more about it. This is where KF comes in, helping all Americans, whether children in schools or seniors in retirement homes, artists and intellectuals, educators and businessmen, at-home moms and students, to learn more about the ancient culture and arts of Azerbaijan. There is plenty to learn, from great medieval poetry to world-famous carpets to incredible mugham music to the Azerbaijani language which is recognized by the State Department as a "critical language" for Americans to know.

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