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5th Year Birthright Macedonia Program Kicks Off in Skopje

5th Year Birthright Macedonia Program Kicks Off in Skopje

UMD is thrilled to announce our 5th year class of the Birthright Macedonia program, in partnership with our local partner – the Macedonian Center for International Cooperation – that kicked off on Friday, June 28, 2019, with an opening ceremony at Porta Makedonija (Macedonia Gate). Nine young Macedonians – Marija Anevska, Nicole Krings, Evan Nitchov, Luka Petrusevski, Anastasia Stojcev, Stefani…

Ohio Congressman Steve Chabot Joins Macedonia Caucus

Ohio Congressman Steve Chabot Joins Macedonia Caucus

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) is thrilled to announce that Congressman Steve Chabot (Republican-Ohio’s 1st Congressional District) has officially joined the bi-partisan Congressional Caucus on Macedonia and Macedonian-Americans. The Macedonia Caucus is dedicated to maintaining and strengthening a positive and mutually beneficial relationship between the United States and Macedonia. UMD is pleased to see the Caucus grow one more member…

Meet the 2019 UMD Summer Interns Class

Meet the 2019 UMD Summer Interns Class

UMD is pleased to introduce our five new Summer 2019 International Policy and Diplomacy Fellows – Taylor Clark, Nicole Fisher, Mathew Gutmann, Victoria Pollock, and Jacob Ramos – who will be interning at the UMD global headquarters in Washington, D.C. through mid-August. Since 2008, UMD has hosted over 90 undergraduate and graduate students interested in Macedonia, Southeast Europe, U.S. foreign…

UMD Categorically Rejects Claims Made by ‘Macedonian’ League

UMD Categorically Rejects Claims Made by ‘Macedonian’ League

It is truly telling of the toxic behavior that still festers in the shadow of the Prespa Agreement, especially when university students are caught in the crossfire. Greek nationalists, misguided and fervent, seem to be under the impression that the Prespa Agreement is a blanket guarantee against any grievance that Greek groups concoct over their continued denial of the Macedonian…

UMD: Vardar’s Victory Bolsters Macedonian Pride and Hope

UMD: Vardar’s Victory Bolsters Macedonian Pride and Hope

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) congratulates Macedonia’s Handball Club Vardar for winning the 2019 VELUX European Handball Federation Champions League trophy, beating Hungary’s Veszprém 27:24. Vardar entered the Sunday finals after eliminating Barcelona 29:27 on Saturday, despite being 7 goals behind at halftime. Thousands turned up in Macedonia Square in Skopje yesterday to watch the final game and celebrate victory…

UMD’s 5th Annual Macedonian Diaspora’s 40 Under 40 List Winners

UMD’s 5th Annual Macedonian Diaspora’s 40 Under 40 List Winners

For the past month, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) proudly announced the winners of its 5th Annual Macedonian Diaspora’s 40 under 40 List! With these Awards, UMD recognizes the talent, the accomplishments, the potential and the pride in their Macedonian heritage of these 40 honorees and all under the age of 40. Blaze Arizanov Sasho Bitove Zvonko Blazevski Yane Coceski…

Generation M Pushes for Reconnection with Ancestral Homeland

Generation M Pushes for Reconnection with Ancestral Homeland

Over the span of 3 months, Generation M’s team of young leaders, 4 of which who will be participating this year, and 5+ alumni held Birthright Macedonia Info Sessions in their respective cities in Australia, Canada, and the U.S. to spark interest and answer burning questions from participant hopefuls. The alumni showcased how this amazing experience has shaped them and…

New Tax Law Giving Strategies – United Macedonian Diaspora

The confusion caused by the new Tax and Jobs Act of 2017 brought about changes for taxpayers which prevented many supporters of UMD from making a charitable contribution to a cause they believed in and wanted to support. Two of the more important changes included the doubling of the standard deduction amount and the reduction or elimination of the mortgage…