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Martin and Mirash Ivanaj Foundation

Advancing Education & Knowledge for the future of Albanian Youth

aka The Martin and Mirash Ivanaj Foundation   |   Staten Island, NY   |  https://www.ivanaj-foundations.org

Mission

Our work is focused on advancing education and culture for Albanians within their country and abroad while keeping the highest transparency and accountability for our operations. Through our sister organization in Albania, we closely work in rural and suburban communities where there is the most need for help.

Notes from the nonprofit

Our work is focused on advancing education and culture for Albanians within their country and abroad while keeping the highest transparency and accountability for our operations. We rely strongly on donors to pursue our mission. So, support us in our mission by donating via: https://ivanaj-foundations.org/get-involved/donors/

Ruling year info

1995

President & Treasurer

Drita A. Ivanaj CSP

Main address

The Martin and Mirash Ivanaj Foundation PO Box 50260

Staten Island, NY 10305-0260 USA

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Formerly known as

The Martin and Mirash Ivanaj Foundation

EIN

13-3810233

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Our programs

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Young entrepreneurs’ endorsement

Background: As time goes by, the world faces new challenges that need new solutions. Young people bring innovative ideas but the Balkans’ youth need a new vision on doing business, away from the influence of old mentality. Through the program we nurture and support them to develop their innovative ideas and turn them into businesses.

Objective: Support young adults in the Balkans to develop and start a successful business that will bring a positive social impact on the society they live in.

Activities: Open calls are available to young adults throughout the year through an application form. The selection is conducted by a board of professionals who support the Foundation pro bono. We follow-up with everyone that applies and transparency is ensured throughout the entire process.

Results: Young adults in the Balkans will be nurtured and supported to start a new business that, first, stands away from the old mentality and second, brings innovative solutions to new global challenges.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Students
Self-employed people
Unemployed people

Background: The Foundations’ Founder, Ms. Drita Ivanaj, has gathered a vast amount of historical material belonging to her family, which is available in our organizations’ database. Some of these materials date to approximately a century ago. To this, additional material of the same type was added over the years, thanks also to the contribution of personal writings by different authors, as well as supplementary material donated to the Ivanaj Foundations by other collectors. All these materials are a heritage of the Albanian culture, language, and history.

Objective: Spread, share, and transmit culture and history, as well as pass them along to generations to come, by making these materials available to the public.

Activities: We are half-way through the implementation of this initiative. Materials have been gathered. At this time, professional expertise in the field of translation, editing, proofreading, formatting, and design is needed.

Results: Outstanding cultural and historical books will be published and shared. They will contain the proper acknowledgment to each contributor.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Academics

Background: Class warfare and communist persecution in Albania acted upon all social classes. They were very harsh, especially among intellectuals who were educated abroad and had a Western culture. The fear of the National Socialism regime from democratic intellectuals who may think differently from official dogmas and pursue their ideal resulted in their persecution, arrests, internments, tortures, and shootings.

Objective: Analyze and remember the persecution of Albanian intellectuals during National Socialism.

Activities: We will engage a group of 15 students from the Faculty of History, Albanian language, Law, Journalism, etc., which will research the following topics: intellectuals persecuted during communism, buildings occupied, eyewitnesses, Albanian public institutions' documents/ reports, public/ private archives, etc. We aim to involve young people in the process to first, engage them in research, and second, help them master their profession. Face to face meetings, interviews, discussions will be held between young people and still living persecuted intellectuals. Young researchers engaged will access to private/confidential information on this topic already gathered by the Ivanaj Foundations during its years of operation. These materials and all memories gathered from persecuted people will be gathered in a book, which will be published in Albanian and English.

Results:
R1: The persecution of Albanian intellectuals will be analyzed and commemorated.
R2: Different generations will be involved in the process of remembrance and passing along fragments of history.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Academics
Victims and oppressed people

Background: This program’s objective is to respond to expressed desires and suggestions received by us from some Albanian-American parents. Their desire is to help their children born abroad to improve their native language, and know more about the historical/touristic sites, Albania’s great food, and beautiful nature, from the mountains to the sea.

Objective: To increase cultural exchanges for children of Albanian origin, born abroad to Albanian life.

Activities: The program will be conducted during the summer. A group of young adults will travel to Albania for two weeks, during which time they would be able to attend Albanian language courses and travel around the country. Through this program, we can make these young Albanian-Americans more aware of their original county’s traditions, history, and culinary variety as well as the people and the Albanian language.

Results:
R1: Increased cultural exchanges for young adults of Albanian origin.

Population(s) Served
Students
Families
Young adults
Adolescents
Cross-border families

Background: The Albanian ‘brain drain’ is loss of human capital and of a skilled workforce is not only affecting the fields of engineering, medicine, science, environment, etc., but it creates a loss of potential entrepreneurs, business ventures, tax revenue, representation of young votes, and eventually even fewer retirement benefits for the elderly.

Objective:
O1. Create a partnership between Business Managers to increase employment of Albanian Young adults.
O2. To give Albanian Youth vision and hope for its future within the country.

Activities: During the first phase, the Foundation in Tirana will create an environment that will allow the meetup of business with each other, and young professionals, providing a longer-term positive and helpful effect in the economical and human resources fields.

Results:
R1. The partnership between Business Managers in Albania has been established.
R2. Hope and vision have been provided to young Albanians for their future within the country.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Students
Unemployed people

Where we work

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Martin and Mirash Ivanaj Foundation

Board of directors
as of 08/04/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Drita Ivanaj

Certified Systems Professional (ret.)


Board co-chair

Altin Leka

Perrigo Pharmaceuticals

Altin Leka

Perrigo Pharmaceutical

Pamira Nikolli

ABA Construction - NYC

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/31/2021

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Leadership

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

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