WASHINGTON–DC – The ANCA Endowment Fund announced Friday the purchase of a new national headquarters–cementing the grassroots organization’s presence in the nation’s capital and creating a platform for the continued growth of the political power and influence of the Armenian American community.
"At its heart–this purchase speaks to our respect for our roots–our enduring historic roots as a people–our grassroots communities around the country–and the deep roots that we have planted here in the nation’s capital," said ANCA Endowment Fund President Ken Hachikian. "Roots represent our identity–and our strength. Grassroots advocacy is in our very soul. Our roots have been the wellspring that has nourished us from our fledgling days–through decades of struggle–and to our status today as a world-class organization–recognized internationally as the principled–forceful–and effective voice of the Armenian American community."
The four-story building–formerly owned by AOL founder Steve Case–is located near prestigious Embassy Row–blocks from the White House and the nation’s leading think tanks–including the Carnegie Foundation and the Brookings Institution. The newly renovated structure features the latest in computer–communications–and networking technology.
"Now is the time to build on our successes," added Hachikian. "We look confidently to the future–forging new paths and embracing new technologies–to generate the political power–influence and respect that the Armenian American community deserves–and that the Armenian homeland needs."
With a proven track record of results and a rock-solid base of support to build on–the leadership of the ANCA Endowment is currently in the planning stages of a campaign to cover the full cost of this state-of-the-art building–expand a broad range of advocacy programs–and grow the organization’s life sustaining endowment fund. These efforts will cement the long-term stability and continuing success of Armenian American advocacy–substantially reinforce the Armenian presence in Washington DC–and create an even more powerful voice for Armenian Americans–in short–provide a sound footing for the future and a permanent home for the Armenian Cause in the United States.