President's Message

Why we help

On behalf of the founding board members, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Cultural Impact Foundation, Inc. We are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization that was formed in 2017. Our mission is to commission and support unique cultural projects that can improve our understanding of historical events by revealing acts of human kindness and heroism in the face of adversity.


History books are filled with descriptions, timelines, and compilations of events. They describe what happened to tribes, ethnic groups, countries, and even civilizations. However, buried in the pages of history are untold stories of heroes and heroines who emerged out of the ashes of adversity and calamity to exhibit selfless acts of kindness and sacrifice to help their fellow man. Discovering the exploits and contributions of these heroes and heroines has been left to a small group of talented individuals who, through their art, attempt to bring to life the personal stories of these obscure people in history. Were it not for these artists, we would never know the personal stories of sacrifice and heroism of those who overcame unimaginable adversity to not only survive these events, but to build lives of incredible accomplishment.


Cultural Impact Foundation, Inc. identifies unique cultural projects that can open the pages of history in a way few could imagine. It then commissions the production and completion of these projects from among a small group of talented artists, historians, and filmmakers. Once completed, these cultural projects will educate, entertain, and present unique perspectives on historical events. In addition, these works can also help to recover and preserve the cultural and intellectual heritage of people and nations, some of which survive today and others that have evaporated into the thin air of history. Finally, we hope the works we commission will help equip the youth, who are our future leaders, to understand and then pass on the real stories of history.


The founders and board of directors of Cultural Impact Foundation have all witnessed the works of Bared Maronian, including his two landmark and award-winning documentaries, Orphans of the Genocide and Women of 1915. These works of art had a profound impact on all of us. This is why we all share the belief that Mr. Maronian, and other artists like him, can continue to reveal to us the unique and fascinating stories of those who lived and shaped history through their acts of human kindness and heroism.


Your financial support is critical to realizing our mission. The stories of history are waiting to be told. Many of these stories need to be told or we, as humans, are condemned to repeat the offenses of the past. These projects simply need financial support for the artists who will bring these stories to light.


To donate to Cultural Impact Foundation Inc., please Click Here


You can also reach us by e-mail at culturalimpactfoundation@gmail.com or by calling 727-415-6312.


Sincerely,


Chris Sassouni, DMD

Recent Projects

May 8, 2014

Bloodless – Youth Forging Democracy

The documentary film captures a timeline of the unprecedented peaceful people’s revolution of May 2018 in Armenia -- a civil disobedience that overthrew an incumbent corrupt, oligarchic government and appointed a new “people’s choice” Prime Minister.
May 7, 2014

Titanic Love – (Love On A Bridge)

More than a century ago, innocent Christian Armenians who were living in the Ottoman Empire during the late 1800s began to flee persecution and massacres during the reign of Sultan Abdul Hamid II. These became known as the Hamidian Massacres and took place between 1894 and 1896. It is estimated that between 80,000 to as many as 300,000 mostly Christian Armenians lost their lives
May 6, 2014

Project #3

Armenia’s civil disobedient, violent free, revolution is an inspiration to other small countries gripped with corrupt oligarchs. Now as a country in transition, Armenia is slowly reversing decades long destructions of its socio-economic, political, and veracity of the nation as its populist leader forges ahead.
 

Cultural Impact Foundation, Inc. identifies unique cultural projects that can open the pages of history in a way few could imagine. It then commissions the production and completion of these projects from among a small group of talented artists, historians, and filmmakers.

About our foundation

Why we help

Humans are endowed with innate creative abilities; we have formed civilizations and societies, framed laws, built architectural marvels and created cultural masterpieces. It is our creative abilities that have allowed us to produce magnificent cultural and scientific achievements for thousands of years.

Our history

The Armenian Genocide (1915-1923) was the twenty-first century’s first and most documented genocide. In fact, the word “genocide” was coined specifically to describe the planned extermination of the Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Turks. Yet, this genocide has largely escaped recognition...

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