Established in Cairo in 1906 by a group of Armenian philanthropists under the leadership of Boghos Nubar, the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) is the largest non-profit Armenian philanthropic organisation in the world. The primary objective of its founders was to create a global secular institution that would provide material help to Armenians throughout the world and improve the social and economic condition of the Armenian nation.
Today, the AGBU preserves and promotes the Armenian identity and heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian programmes, annually touching the lives of some 400,000 Armenians around the world.
Headquartered in New York City, the AGBU currently has chapters in more than 20 countries. The Larnaca Chapter was founded in 1912 and is the oldest in Cyprus. The Nicosia Chapter was founded in 1913 and the Limassol Chapter in 1936. The Famagusta Chapter, which was set up in 1949, is no longer functioning due to the occupation of the town following the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974.