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Causes: Arts & Culture, Fund Raising & Fund Distribution

Mission: The Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing humanitarian relief to orphaned Armenian children. Working with a loyal donor base and a trusted network of partners, SOAR distributes clothing, educational supplies, medicine, and other essential resources to orphaned Armenian children throughout the world.

Results: SOAR continues to achieve significant growth in two primary areas: distributions and expansion. In 2006, our inaugural year, we made $59,700.00 in distributions to our target population. In 2007, our distributions increased to $88,245.00. In 2008, we crossed a major threshold and distributed $102,300.00, and in 2009 and 2010, we improved to $111,508.00 and $117,968.00, respectively. In the past 4 years, annual distributions have well exceeded the $1M mark! In addition, while SOAR's National Board of Directors and National Board of Trustees are based in the suburbs of Philadelphia, SOAR has launched over 142 Chapters since 2007. The Chapters provide us with a critical localized presence worldwide.

Target demographics: Orphaned Armenian children worldwide

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1500 orphaned children worldwide

Geographic areas served: Armenian, Artsakh, Javakh (Georgia), Lebanon, Syria

Programs: https://wwwsoarusorg.reachapp.co/

Community Stories

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Gagik T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Trustworthy, legit and highly efficient charity that is able to reach invisible families and people in desperate need.

Sevana P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such an amazing organization. One I truly trust. They genuinely care. Thank you for helping raise money for Ada!

Anna B.9

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing organization. They work very hard and make a real difference in the lives of many orphans and disadvantaged youth.

Donor

Rating: 5

Reliable and trustworthy! If I have only one choice to praise an organization I would have to choose none other than SOAR. This Nonprofit is 100% dedicated in helping orphans and desperately needy families. This is how a dedicated organization should be like: always active, alert, responsive and caring. They will leave no stones unturned to reach out to those life has neglected! God bless!

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Donor

Rating: 5

SOAR support orphans around the world. Their health, shelter, and education programs make a great positive impact on the quality of life of children and not only. This is a very safe place to donate your time and money, knowing that every dollar will be spent on those in need.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Amazing non-profit organization. They do so many great things in Armenia. I am so proud to be part of their Ventura County chapter. Looking forward to continuing the growth of this great organization.

2 MaryJo K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter Lilit has started a SOAR college chapter and did a fund raiser to donate diapers to the orphanage we adopted her from. SOAR is dedicated to helping orphaned Armenian children and helping them go to college to become self sufficient adults. SOAR is an amazing organization.
Mary-Jo

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Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization, I'm so happy for the work they do. I love that the majority of the donated money goes directly to the children.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am constantly impressed with this organization. Their work is at street level, directly working with children.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love knowing the people involved personally, and knowing the money donated goes directly to helping others.

2 Armena J.

Donor

Rating: 5

SOAR is an incredible organization helps kids and families at risk. After the recent war in Armenia, their goal has been to try to keep children who lost their fathers with their families, by providing work training for women.

2 Connie J. K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SOAR has helped me grow as a person and volunteer. This organization is so flexible and creative from ways to help keep families together maintaining and supporting the lives armenian orphans and their "graduate" orphans at adulthood. SOAR projects such as teaching young women job skills, aiding families of fallen soldiers in the recent war and providing needed medical care to isolated and poverty stricken families in Armenia.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am very proud to be part of SOAR (Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief) and help children, youths and families in need in Armenian.

It's a great experience working for SOAR as a president of Frankfurt chapter.
Our team in Frankfurt received very good support with our fundraising.
SOAR is a reliable way to help to our kids and families in need.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Caring considerate and effective, On time delivery of very desperately needed assistance.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

This Nonprofit is 100% dedicated in helping children and families in need. Their team is always active, responsive and caring. They truly want to make a difference! God bless!

1 Margaret S.10

Donor

Rating: 5

The work this nonprofit is doing to bring education, opportunity, and hope to children in a small, ancient country that gets no media attention is phenomenal. Just last year alone, they brightened the lives of children in villages with playgrounds, learning centers and upgrades of facilities.
I support and encourage others to , as well.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

We saw first hand the work completed in one orphanage in Armenia. I also saw completed photos of an elevator installed in another. I was there prior to this and heard of their need. Great work SOAR!

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Donor

Rating: 5

SOAR is a reliable, trustworthy charity that helps young people in Armenia with their educational aspirations. I have donated to SOAR several times on behalf of specific young Armenians. I am thankful for their ability to coordinate and facilitate monetary assistance where it is needed most. James Wilson

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with SOAR for many years as a volunteer and local chapter member. As an organization SOAR is very transparent and reliable. There are hundreds of chapters around the world, all volunteers,that raise awareness and funds for Armenian orphans worldwide.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been making donations to SOAR for the past couple of years. I started to follow SOAR back in 2017 to understand what it is that this Non-Profit really does. I was very impressed in how they help the needy and the children in the orphanages that otherwise would have no help or funding to achieve their dreams. It really is rewarding to see the families smile when they get everyday items that they really needed but could not afford them. They get so happy with the little things in life that we take for granted. I also LOVE that they help the kids go to College and get the education so they can make a difference in the World. Hi highly recommend this Non- Profit and wish that if anybody can make a donation to do so. The families really need the help and the resources that SOAR gives.

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Donor

Rating: 5

SOAR is a reliable way for my donations to provide for orphaned Armenian children's specific needs. I completely trust SOAR's leadership with respect to deploying their resources to assist a child in a particular situation. I have time and time again watched the volunteers go above and beyond to help these children who find themselves, through no fault of their own in dire circumstances. Also, SOAR keeps donors informed regarding how funds are being spent, accountability is a key component in their operation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

SOAR is a such a reliable way to ensure that money raised is used for its intended purpose without waste. I love everything this organization has accomplished!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got involved with SOAR about 5 years ago with a local chapter. I have been very impressed with the commitment and dedication of SOAR to provide services to the Armenian "orphans". Through the efforts of SOAR and their chapters, these orphans have been provided resources, including but not limited to, improvements in dental and vision services, education and housing. With SOAR, these children are being given an opportunity to grow and thrive.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I love this group. I have been to Armenia and seen the results of our fundraising first hand. I see so much being done to help the orphans. No wasting of money but real projects being accomplished. Every cent goes to the children.

1 Talin Ucuzian B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's so rewarding in every way. The updates your receive, the pictures they send over with the children's smiling faces - that's all I need to see where my efforts and donations are going.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

An amazing organization that deserves to be on the top nonprofit list!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I hadn’t heard much about this group when first got involved. I am encouraged to have learned about the dedicated work all the volunteers do. Funds raised go to the children in need via responsibly selected and monitored projects. No splashy advertising, just hard work to support real need.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am Armenian, so the Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief is of special importance to me. Coming out from under the stronghold of Russia, dealing with a devastating earthquake some years ago, trying to again participate in world affairs are all challenging priorities. But, I suspect, they deferred focus from the babies, children and young adult orphans who also desperately need help.
SOAR started as one person's vision, that of George Yacoubian, Jr., but now inspires volunteers in chapters worldwide. Modest donations of supplies shipped from the US were just the beginning over a decade ago. Now, hundreds of thousands of dollars go to educational, living, healthcare and placement needs. Environments are safer and futures promising.
From time to time, individual children are identified for either their disabilities requiring medical care or their special talents needing expression. I enjoy sponsoring these children.
I know of few organizations where the creativity, vigor, honesty, dedication and results have set and met such high standards. Surely, SOAR's commitment and performance place it among Great Nonprofits.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The most important criteria for me is for an organisation to be responsive. I made one short comment this morning by responding to an email I received from SOAR. The issue was addressed and resolved by this afternoon and I was made aware of the steps being taken all along.
I also like their approach to soliciting donations for a specific charitable objective. I regularly receive messages from them in which they describe what they are in need for and for what purpose.

2 ssnavely

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Most people think that you need to be an Armenian to be a part of this organization or to appreciate what they do. That is far from the truth. I am not Armenian, I have not married and Armenian, nor have I adopted an Armenian child. I love children, especially those in need. I was asked to do some work for SOAR and after seeing their amazing work, how they were changing the lives of this extremely vulnerable group, and how vigilant they are with their funds, I had to join. I am now the Chapter president of the Chicago chapter.

Inessa S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am very fortunate to be part of SOAR (Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief) nonprofit and it's been a great experience working for them as a president of Las Vegas chapter
I receive huge support when it comes to actual charity programs. Money may sometimes not be the issue but the fear that money is not getting to the right place but with SOAR flawless system and local staff every penny gets to the right child or project and I personally always fallow up and share pictures or videos once project is completed.

SOAR has accomplished so much starting from individual child support and up to building housing facilities, care centers, dental and eye centers, summer camp and so much more

Again I like to take a second to recognize the work everyone representing Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief has been doing in will continue and all our sponsors and supporters
Thanks

robin

Board Member

Rating: 5

As an update, I would like to share how SOAR has stepped in and supported several of our projects for specific needs of children we have identified as most vulnerable. Cannot thank them enough!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for this fantastic organization of committed individuals doing such important work.

I truly enjoy volunteering in this relaxed but professional environment, surrounded by enthusiastic and passionate individuals. All chapters are collectively working hard to make a significant difference to the orphanages we serve.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such a great organization and everyone involved is a volunteer. I feel very blessed to be a part of an organization that does such good for the children of Armenia. We are just getting started in Northern California but look forward to doing as much as we can to improve the lives of these children.

RobinSizemore

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've known George for many years and have always appreciated his devotion to the children of Armenia. The work that is done through his organization is far reaching and serves Armenian children all over the world. As an NC Chapter board member, I look forward to making a larger contribution in supporting the mission of SOAR. As the Executive Director of Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc, our commonality in serving the children have brought our paths to cross for many years and more to come!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Impeccable. Beyond reproach in transparency. Beyond reproach in the effect on individual lives. An all-volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to demonstrating love and providing relief for orphans and enabling them to become productive, influential and caring member of society. Without reservation I endorse SOAR wholeheartedly.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for this organization for the past 2 years in the Chicagoland area. The sheer commitment of everyone involved is amazing! The monies donated are truely transparent. We know where every dollar goes. Each Chapter has the power to choose where the money they raise goes by receiving an up to date needs list of the Orphanages on a regular basis. This allows the opportunity to market the needs at our individual fundraisers and with that feel a true sense of accomplishment. This organization deserves to be recognized for what it is ...a "GREAT NONPROFIT Organization." George Yacoubian deserves a medal for his dedication and hard work to this cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief is a collection of tight knit networked worldwide chapters to help children in Armenian Orphanages who are less fortunate by raising money to directly benefit the kids living in these Orphanages. A truly wonderful cause for anyone wishing to help these forgotten children SOAR's efforts make sure that they have at least the basics of life need's met; Food, clothing, pillows, beds, shelter, toys etc...

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR) was launched in 2006 after their founders, George and Erica Yacoubian, adopted their oldest daughter from Armenia. SOAR, based in the suburbs of Philadelphia but with 28 Chapters worldwide, provides humanitarian relief to orphaned Armenian children in Armenia, Artsakh, Javakh, and Lebanon. SOAR's annual distributions have increased significantly over the past 7 years, from approximately $60,000 in 2006 to $345,000 in 2011.

Most importantly, however, is the dedication of their volunteers. SOAR has no paid staff – every contributor volunteers their time. SOAR has experienced significant growth during the past several years, both in terms of tangible distributions and geographic presence. Some volunteers are parents of adopted Armenian children; others simply recognize the significance of SOAR’s humanitarian contributions and want to help perpetuate its mission. The bond that exists among SOAR’s national and international volunteers is the recognition that orphaned children represent the most vulnerable population of Armenian society and the unwavering belief that concerted efforts can provide these children with the resources fundamental to their physical, emotional, and intellectual development.