COAF Entrepreneurship Training and Practice for Youth


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Children of Armenia Fund

An investment professional with a career that spans 25 years, Ralph Vartanian currently serves as a vice president and wealth advisor at UBS Financial Services in Boca Raton, Florida. Outside of the professional environment, Ralph Vartanian supports multiple charities, including the Children of Armenia Fund (COAF).

COAF is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization that runs a number of educational, medical, and community outreach projects in the country of Armenia. The organization also fosters economic development through initiatives such as its Entrepreneurship Training and Practice for Youth program.

The goal of Entrepreneurship Training and Practice for Youth is to introduce young people to fundamental principles of local economic development while building leadership skills and fostering civic commitment. The program begins with two weeks of training in business and market research. Students then break into teams to develop program proposals for individual communities in participating villages. Past program proposals have ranged from tree-planting projects and school improvement initiatives to the creation of public parks and libraries.


Komen and Heron Therapeutics Team Up in Fundraising Effort

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Komen and Heron Therapeutics

Ralph Vartanian serves as vice president of wealth management for UBS Financial Services in Boca Raton, Florida, where he oversees the Vartanian Group within the firm, monitoring and reviewing fixed income portfolios for clients. Outside of his professional commitments, Ralph Vartanian supports various nonprofits, including Susan G. Komen.

Susan G. Komen recently announced a partnership with Heron Therapeutics to increase awareness of the need for new supportive care treatments in the fight against breast cancer. The importance of such an initiative is paramount, as supportive care is a vital component of helping manage side effects so that women can complete all of their chemotherapy visits.

Nausea and vomiting resulting from chemotherapy treatment are some of the most difficult side effects for women to endure. The need to develop supportive care options to help manage these symptoms is a high priority among cancer physicians, given the lack of effective treatments currently available.

To that end, Komen and Heron launched a fundraising effort, dubbed the Herron Matching Program, that matched all funds dollar for dollar that were donated during Komen’s year-end giving campaign. Along with another partner, Heron also contributed $250,000 to the Komen organization.