Keghart.org 28 October 2020
For nearly a month now, Armenian organizations in the diaspora have been urging, encouraging, and pleading for donations from the Armenian public to relieve, even if slightly, the pressures our brothers and sisters are experiencing in our homeland. The result has been less than gratifying: $142 million from all over the world. Is that the best 8 million Armenians can do when our young men are dying every day to protect our homeland? Below is one patriotic Armenian’s suggestion on how to increase our contributions to HAYASTAN and ARTSAKH.–Editor.
Dear Mr. Sinanyan and Representatives of the Armenian Fund,
I’m writing to you with a proposal of a way we can secure consistent and maximum funding to Armenia from the Diasporan communities.
Over the last month many Armenians have been donating online to Himnadram and other funds designated for Armenia. Some have wisely pointed out that if every Armenian donated even a small amount each month, the total of the funds received would significantly assist in Armenia’s ability to repair the damage that has been caused during this assault on our nation. Furthermore, the ongoing availability of funds would enable our country to develop and become the thriving nation we all want it to be.
The challenge is that only a minority of the entire pool of Diasporan Armenians are in fact donating, with a small group of Armenians carrying the weight of everyone else. The composition of the funds raised in the last month speak to the truth of this.
A solution to this is the following:
The High Commission of Armenia, in conjunction with the Armenian Fund, can reach out to representatives of all the cities in the Diaspora and start a census of names of every Armenian older than 21 years of age. These names then go on a public database, visible online to all. When someone donates through Himnadram or another fund which will be partnered with the database, it will say how much they donated beside their name. The list will show everyone, and using (for lack of a better word) “public shaming” as a tool, we will motivate all those who chant they love Armenia but don’t donate to also participate in the fundraising initiatives. Too many Armenians do not support and hide under the auspices of anonymity. When people know that there is going to be a big ZERO beside their name, the embarrassment alone should motivate them to donate. Many will donate more than they otherwise would because they now know people in the community are seeing them. Those who donate through another means can also send receipts so that their donation can be updated too.
Is this something you would like to pursue? If so, please let me know as I would love to assist in any way I can to help with this. I do know getting this set up would take a lot of work, but it is something which we can tremendously benefit from in the long-term.
Thank you and please let me know if you would like to discuss this further.
Photo republished from a “Eurasia” article.