THE RVVZ FOUNDATION WAS ESTABLISHED IN 2007 BY WELL-KNOWN ENTREPRENEUR AND PHILANTHROPIST RUBEN VARDANYAN AND HIS WIFE, VERONIKA ZONABEND
The Foundation has three priority areas: Global Education, Territory Development and Philanthropy Infrastructure with a focus on Russia, Armenia and post-Soviet countries.
All of the Foundation’s projects are closely interrelated, creating a synergy from the combined initiatives. The selection and implementation of the Foundation's projects are guided by the following core principles: integrative systemic approach; long-termism; self-sustainability, replicability and social entrepreneurship; multiplier effect; local community engagement; flexible partnerships with various international stakeholders; magnitude of impact and emblematic character; leading practices applied to create local benchmarks.
THE FOUNDATION HAS INITIATED AND ACCOMPLISHED A NUMBER OF CHARITY AND EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS, BOTH LOCALLY AND GLOBALLY
Among them are the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO in Russia, UWC Dilijan College and the Dilijan City Development Project, the Tatev Revival Project (including the world’s longest aerial cableway) in Armenia, the St. George Cathedral restoration in Georgia, and the 100 LIVES initiative featuring the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity.