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NEWS & GRANTS / SPRING - SUMMER / 2O13
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health & medicine 9%
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arts & culture 31%
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32% Education
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28% Social welfare
Neos Kosmos Theatre, photo by George Mestousis
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Contents
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4 GloBal allocatioN oF GraNtS
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6 mESSaGE From thE Board oF dirEctorS
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8 philoSophy OF rEcENt GraNtS
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10 architecture competition, SNFCC VisitorS Center
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14 2nd International Philanthropy Conference
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18 EducatioN
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22 hEalth & mEdiciNE
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26 artS & culturE
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30 Social wElFarE
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34 INITIATIVE aGaiNSt thE criSiS
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54 StavroS NiarchoS FouNdatioN cultural cENtEr – aN updatE
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56 thE FouNdatioN
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57 StaFF
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59 StavroS S. NiarchoS
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GLoBAL ALLocAtIon
oF GRAnts
From 1996 until today, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation has approved grant commitments of $1,365,000,000
(€1,036,000,000), through 2,470 grants to nonprofit organizations in 109 nations around the world.
Grants per program area:
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HEALTH & MEDICINE 9%
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ARTs & CULTURE 31%
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32% EDUCATION
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28% SOCIAL WELFARE
I World Map of Grants
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I MAP OF GRANTS IN GREECE
M essage
From the Board of directors
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As the crisis began to unfold in Greece in 2009, most people
of Greece’s architecture schools, was based on this very vision. We be-
FAILED TO REALIZE that its impact was going to be felt for
lieved that the competition would bring forward the good and creative
many years to come, especially for the most vulnerable
elements of the country, and would confirm that our optimism and
of the country’s citizens. At the same time, there were size-
vision in relation to the SNFCC was not misguided and misplaced. The
able expectations at every level of the society, domestic
quality of the 93 entries, and in particular of the winning design and
and international, that eventually three to four years
all 6 entries which received favorable mention, surpassed our expecta-
into the crisis one would start to notice the first visible
tions. As renowned SNFCC architect Renzo Piano, judge of the final 10
signs of improvement and change, and of a better fu-
entries, pointed out during the announcement of the winning design,
ture. Today, it’s obvious that this optimistic scenario was
the winning entries were of very high skill. The caliber of the designs, at
rather wishful thinking and that things have not played
a time when every sign points towards a deteriorating Greek educa-
out that way. With general unemployment at 28% and
tion system, is an indication that not everything is lost, and that hope
youth unemployment (ages 18-25) exceeding 50% the se-
and optimism about the younger generations are totally legitimate.
verity of the crisis has not diminished, and its impact and
Furthermore, they confirm at an early stage, our view of the SNFCC as a
disruptions continue to be as devastating. Optimism is
creative force, and a hub of optimism for a better future.
very hard to evoke in this environment, with issues such
aS child hunger Figuring prominently in the picture.
Is our hope for the future misplaced given the situation around us, and
are we ignoring the country’s realities? We are fully aware of the condi-
The Board’s earlier decision in 2007 to build the Stavros Niarchos
tions around us as a result of the crisis, and we are fully involved in try-
Foundation Cultural Center was in part motivated by optimism and
ing to assist in any way we can. The announcement of the €100,000,000
a strong belief in the younger generations and the country’s future.
initiative last year, in addition to our standard global grant-making
From the very beginning, our perception of the SNFCC was that of a
activities, is proof that we are at the same time both optimistic and
transformational project, which would bring into the foreground the
realistic about the current situation. As we were announcing the win-
country’s best and brightest, and engage the younger generations in
ners of the student’s competition for the design of the SNFCC visitor
creative and innovative ways. Continuing with the building of the SNFCC
center, we were also completing at the same time the 9th cycle of the
under the current socioeconomic landscape has led some people to
€100,000,000 initiative. We approved 12 new grants totaling €5,667,000
question that vision and the Center’s assumed notion of optimism.
($7,396,000), as part of the three year-long effort.
Despite all that, we continue to abide by that vision, more so than
before. Our decision to announce a competition for the design of the
Since the beginning of the initiative we have approved 170 grants to
SNFCC’s temporary visitors center, open to all undergraduate students
multiple non-profit organizations around the country, focusing on
social welfare support and the most vulnerable populations. Including
the 12 new grants, the Foundation has committed a total of €58,000,000
($75,000,000) in support of a wide variety of programs.
In essence, and viewed under the prism of Greece’s current reality, the
SNFCC and the €100,000,000 do not stand at opposite ends. They both
intend to provide hope, optimism and a better future for the country.
The same applies to the Foundation’s global grant-making activities,
which continue unabated. They are motivated by our wish to provide
relief, hope and optimism to those among our fellow human beings
who need it the most.
The Directors
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Ph ilosop h y
OF recent Grants
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IT HAS BEEN ALMOST A YEAR AND A HALF SINCE THE LAUNCH
OF THE FOUNDATION’S INITIATIVE TO COMMIT €100 MILLION,
IN ADDITION TO ITS STANDARD GRANTMAKING ACTIVITY
GLOBALLY, TO HELP ALLEVIATE THE EFFECTS OF THE CRISIS IN
GREECE. WE HAVE LEARNED MANY LESSONS. IT IS CLEAR THAT
THE CRISIS HAS AN IMPACT ON THE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVING OUR GRANTS, MANY OF WHICH ARE NOW
FIGHTING FOR SURVIVAL. BUT, WE ALSO REMAIN OPTIMISTIC
IN AN OVERALL PESSIMISTIC ENVIRONMENT, BECAUSE THERE
ARE MANY GRANTEES WHO, DESPITE CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES, HAVE CHOSEN TO GO BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY.
OUR ROLE AS A PHILANTHROPIC INSTITUTION IS TO DO THE
BEST TO HELP those fighting to survive and those going beyond the call of duty, WHILE, AT THE SAME TIME
CONTINUE WITH OUR GLOBAL ACTIONS.
and to support new parents, assisting them in developmental issues
Children’s needs and the organizations dedicated to providing for them
Greek regions to attend English and IT lessons held at a pioneering
have come to the forefront of the Foundation’s actions. In crisis-stricken
school in Chalkida.
(Yale Medical School – Minding The Baby), or through programs to promote reading among school children in Kenya (Book Aid International),
and to provide access to education to children from low income families
(De La Salle Academy, New York). Following the same principle, we also
support a number of initiatives that contain the element of mentorship,
such as the program implemented in the US by Big Brothers Big Sisters.
At the same time, we continue our efforts to promote education, by supporting, organizations such as, the Partners for Change program, at the
Colin Powell Center for Leadership and Service, at City University in New
York, enhancing students’ leadership potential, as well as a program at
Columbia University, which makes scientific issues related to the study of
the human brain accessible to the general public. Supporting education
has also motivated our funding of smaller scale but equally important
initiatives, such as Tele-Class, a program enabling children at remote
Greece, our grants to Cerebral Palsy Greece, the Hellenic Society for Disabled People (ELEPAP) of Ioannina, the Rehabilitation Center for Disabled
Continuing with the Foundation’s emphasis on promoting Hellenism,
Children of Attica (KAAPAA), and the Zanneio Child Care Institution are
we are supporting programs at, the Newton Public Schools, in Mas-
representative examples of the Foundation’s support, which is expressed
sachusetts, the Center for Byzantine, Modern Greek and Cypriot Studies
either through general facilities’ upgrades (construction, renovation) and
in Grenada, together with an educational program on the Greek legacy
the purchase of specialized equipment, or through operational support,
of Mathematical Science at The Royal Institution in Great Britain, and a
allowing organizations to continue their work.
scholarship program for Greek postgraduate (MA) and doctoral (PhD)
The emphasis that the Foundation places on the protection of children
students, in collaboration with the Courtauld Institute of Art, in London.
has a global reach. The Foundation provides assistance in this area either
The crisis has had a severe impact on Greece’s health care sector. The
through programs to fight malnutrition (United States Fund for UNICEF),
Foundation has provided assistance through grants aiming to secure
access to quality healthcare for everyone, and to support research. Our
to the Athens State Orchestra. The grant supports a series of concerts
contribution to the work of Doctors of the World, in particular their open
in special schools and non-profit organizations in Athens and across
clinic in the city of Patra, as well as our grant to the Neonatal Clinic and
Greece, aiming to educate promising musicians.
the Microsurgery Lab at the University of Ioannina, are examples of the
Foundation’s grant-making philosophy.
The organization BIOS has undertaken a pioneering and, given the crisis,
bold project: to convert the old building of Romantzo magazine, located
In addition, and despite the Foundation’s extensive past support to orga-
in an underprivileged neighborhood in the center of Athens, into a
nizations for the visually impaired globally, this year’s support in this area
multifunctional venue of activity and creativity. The SNF expressed its ap-
has become more structured and systematic, through a special program
proval of this project by offering its support. In addition, this year we are
based on a Foundation initiative. Specifically, through the Foundation’s
funding European Music Day, in Athens, as part of our efforts to promote
efforts, three leading Greek organizations for the visually impaired are col-
music and the arts, in view and anticipation of the completion of the
laborating to educate the blind on orientation, mobility and daily living
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.
skills. Similarly, in the United Kingdom, we are working with SeeAbility to
expand their team of specialized staff for the blind and disabled.
These are some of the many and diverse activities, in Greece and all
over the world, all of them individually and collectively unique. What
Providing accessibility is, once again, a priority throughout the Founda-
all of these initiatives by countless non profit organizations indicate,
tion’s programmatic activities. We support accessibility in education but
and what we, on our part, would like to highlight, is that we need more
also in health care (Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention,
partners to make the commitment to help, each according to their own
Health Leads) and in the arts. Our grants to the Metropolitan Museum
abilities, so that there can come a day when we can speak of true social
of Art and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Benaki
solidarity and of a healthy social welfare society.
Museum in Athens, the National Dance Institute and the Theatre Development Fund, in New York, provide the general public, and especially
people with disabilities, with the opportunity to partake actively and
equally in the holistic experience of the Arts. Specifically, our support
for the Benaki Museum – one of Greece’s landmark cultural institutions,
severely impacted by the crisis – aims at covering operational expenses,
as well as providing free access to all four of its branches once a week for
a year, and constitutes an example of our approach towards accessibility. The concept of accessibility in the arts has also motivated our grant
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architecture competition,
SNFCC V isitorS Center
On March 28, 2013, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation
site and learn more about the SNFCC, while also serving as a venue for
Cultural Center S.A. (SNFCC) announced the results
exhibitions and other events, accessible to the wider public.
of the National Architectural Competition for the
design of the VisitorS Center, which will open in the
summer of 2013 at the construction site of the
SNFCC. The winning design was selected by Renzo
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The competition was funded and organized by the SNFCC S.A., as part
of its effort to provide comprehensive information and raise public
awareness of the Cultural Center, currently under construction.
Piano, the SNFCC’s architect, from among the compe-
In a live video conference, the SNFCC’s architect, Renzo Piano, who
tition’s top 10 shortlisted proposals.
was instrumental in the completion of the competition, announced
The competition, which was announced in January, was open to all
the winners of three prizes and three honorable mentions.
undergraduate students of architecture enrolled at the Faculties of
The winning entry is characterized by the purity and simplicity of its
Architecture and corresponding Departments in Greek Polytechnic
form, and places particular emphasis on the ergonomic and practical
Schools and Universities.
design of the Visitors Center as a light and recyclable construction site
The winning entry was put forward by the student team consisting
of Agis-Panagiotis Mourelatos (Faculty of Architecture, University of
Patra) and Spyridon Giotakis (Faculty of Architecture-Mechanical En-
structure. The layout of its interior is particularly flexible, allowing it to
be used for multiple purposes, which can also be extended to the
surrounding outdoor area (Esplanade).
gineering, National Technical University of Athens). The team’s proposal
In addition, particular attention was paid to the orientation, position
will be implemented immediately by the SNFCC.
and appearance of the future Visitors Center. Specifically, the structure’s
Overall, six architectural proposals, out of a total of 93 entries
submitted by students were selected to receive awards.
The construction of the Visitors Center of the SNFCC construction site is
expected to commence immediately, with a view of welcoming its first
transparency will allow visitors’ direct contact with the construction site
and the SNFCC’s construction and development works, thus reinforcing
its role as an accessible and user-friendly center.
The winning team received a cash award of €18,000.
visitors in July 2013. The Visitors Center will remain in operation until the
The remaining winners of the Visitors Center competition are as follows:
scheduled completion of the SNFCC, and will have multiple functions.
The second prize, with a cash award of €13,200, goes to:
It will provide visitors with the opportunity to see the construction
Xeni Stombou, Valerian-Antonios Portokalis, Ioannis-Makarios Koufopoulos
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1st place entry winners: Agis-Panagiotis Mourelatos and Spyridon Giotakis, photos by Yiorgis Yerolymbos
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1st place entry by Agis-Panagiotis Mourelatos and Spyridon Giotakis
Renzo Piano announces the results of the architecture competition for the design of the SNFCC Visitors Center, photos by Yiorgis Yerolymbos
The third prize, with a cash award of €8,800, goes to:
Ilias Oikonomakis, Aggelos Siambakoulis
Honorable Mentions, with a cash award of €3,000,
go to the following teams:
Alexios-Georgios Tsakalakis-Karkas, Vasileios Haritatos, Konstantinos Tzioras
Anastasios Theodorakakis, Marios Papadakis, Konstantinos Nikolakopoulos
Georgios Papamatthaiakis, Aliki Karanikola, Theodoros Koutros
2nd place entry by Xeni Stombou, Valerian-Antonios Portokalis, Ioannis-Makarios Koufopoulos
3rd place entry by Ilias Oikonomakis, Aggelos Siambakoulis
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2ND International
Phil anthropy Conference
The second annual international conference on
Niarchos Foundation International Conference on Philanthropy aims
philanthropy will take place in Athens, on June 27-
to discuss social welfare society as an alternative form of social welfare
28, 2013. The conference is organized by the Stavros
governance, focusing on the role of philanthropy within this model.
Niarchos Foundation in collaboration with the
In addition to keynote addresses, the conference will include a number
European Foundation Centre (EFC). The conference’s
philanthropy’s role in achieving that and the importance of collabo-
Welfare Society .
ration, as well as break out sessions on accessible health care and
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines social welfare as “organized
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of panels on the significance of establishing a social welfare society,
topic is The Role of Philanthropy within a Social
public or private social services for the assistance of disadvantaged
groups”. Traditionally, the state has played a key role in providing social
services to citizens and the concept of the social welfare state has
dominated since the emergence of the first modern welfare programs
in the middle of the 19th century in Germany. Despite the fact that
both the private and the third/philanthropic sector have played an
important role in offering a variety of social services, in the collective
unconscious it is the state that carries the main responsibility for the
public’s welfare. However, over the last few decades, globalization and
rapid technological advances are challenging the classical view of
social welfare, emphasizing the need for new models to emerge.
The Swedish economist, Anders Åslund, has argued for an alternative
model, one in which we move from a social welfare state to a social
welfare society. If, in the classical form of social welfare, the main provider of social services is the state, in a social welfare society all principals – state, market, and philanthropy – collaborate to pursue and offer
pragmatic and effective public services. The second annual Stavros
education, access to food, housing and employment, disability and
accessibility, capacity building, social entrepreneurship, microfinance,
and community engagement and volunteering.
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Stavros Niarchos Foundation first Annual International Conference on Philanthropy, Athens, 2012, photo by Marilena Katsini
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GRANTS
PER PROGRAM AREA
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Future Library, Greece, photo by Konstantinos Tsakalidis
ED UC ATION
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The Stavros Niarchos Foundation remains committed
aims to improve children’s access to high-quality reading and learn-
to the idea that education can help solve some of the
ing support materials in selected public libraries. It is estimated that
greatest problems facing the world today. Whether
75,000 children, who would otherwise go without, will benefit from
through scholarships to deserving students from a
this project.
myriad of countries and backgrounds, or delivering
educational resources to remote and underserved
populations, the Foundation understands how an
education can shape lives.
It is well known that a thirst for knowledge begins at a young age,
and in that vein the Foundation supports the Discover Children’s Story
Centre. Discover, based in London, is unique in its program of creating original stories and hands-on activities. At Discover children can
The Spring grant cycle has 28 grants in the area of education, to organi-
expand their creativity and experience the arts, an important aspect of
zations in Greece, the United Kingdom, Spain, France, the Netherlands,
a well-rounded education.
Canada and the United States. One of the most prevalent themes in the
education area is support for organizations and groups which target
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Other grants in the area of education include continuing support for
the neediest populations. Book Aid International is a shining example
deserving students in a variety of scholarships, research, expanding
of that with the books and e-learning pilot project with the Kenya
educational programs for traditional academic institutions, and preser-
National Library Service. With the Foundation’s support this initiative
vation of cultural artifacts and landmarks.
Apostoliki Diakonia
of the Church of Greece Athens, Greece
Columbia University New York, NY, USA
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To support educational programs for the study of Greek language
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Baumstrasse Athens, Greece
For the operation of a Summer School on Ancient Drama
in the city of Elefsis
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To establish the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Education Outreach Fund
at the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute
Committee for Hispanic Children and Families
New York, NY, USA
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To support Youth Development programs
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Book Aid International London, United Kingdom
De La Salle Academy New York, NY, USA
For the books and e-learning pilot project with the Kenya National
Library Service
To support the High School and College Guidance Counseling Program
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Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute rendering
Thessaloniki Science Center and Technology Museum
International
GREECE
Columbia University
NEW YORK
Thessaloniki Science Center
and Technology Museum
The grant supports the establishment of the Stavros Niarchos
THESSALONIKI
Foundation Education Outreach Fund at the Mortimer B. Zuckerman
The grant supports the design and the development of a traveling
Mind Brain Behavior Institute. The Fund will support programming,
including public lectures and K-12 teacher resources, intended to shed
light on key issues in brain science. Columbia University was founded
in 1754. It is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New
York and the fifth oldest in the United States, and has approximately
28,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
exhibition on Ancient Greek Technology, including the preparation of
all related educational programs and material. The traveling exhibition
is based on the Museum’s permanent exhibition on Ancient Greek
Science & Technology. The Thessaloniki Science Center and Technology
Museum aims to collect, preserve, document, and present Greece’s
technological and industrial heritage. The Center has become a leading
destination in the field of science, culture, and technology in Southeastern Europe.
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Discover London, United Kingdom
Mission Enfance Monaco, Principality of Monaco
To support the Ten Good Reasons program
For the creation of a training center for nursery assistants
in Burkina Faso
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Edible Schoolyard NYC New York, NY, USA
To support professional development for teachers throughout
New York City
Environmental and Cultural Park of Paros
Municipal S.A. Paros Island, Greece
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For the modification of a traditional monastery building
into a contemporary museum space
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Europa Nostra The Hague, Netherlands
Municipal Organization for Education,
Civil Protection & Solidarity of Chalkida
Chalkida, Greece
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To support the Tele Class program
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Society for the Protection of Prespa Prespa, Greece
For the restoration of a traditional watermill and its conversion
into an educational space
For the organization of Europa Nostra’s 50th Anniversary Congress
in Athens
The Centre of Byzantine, Modern Greek
and Cypriot Studies of Granada Granada, Spain
Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons
Southampton, NY, USA
To support the Centre’s research programs and operations
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To launch the Greek, Romanian and Slavic language
and culture programs
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Hellenic Olympic Committee Athens, Greece
To support an educational-athletic program for elementary schools
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Hellenic Police - Cyber Crime Unit Athens, Greece
To support the participation of police officers in specialized seminars
and post-graduate degrees
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The City College of New York - Colin L. Powell Center
for Leadership and Service New York, NY, USA
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To support the Partners for Change program and the Colin L. Powell
School for Civic and Global Leadership
The Royal Institution of Great Britain
London, United Kingdom
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To support a multifaceted educational program on the Greek legacy
of mathematics
Peter G. Peterson Institute
for International Economics Washington, D.C., USA
Thessaloniki Science Center
and Technology Museum Thessaloniki, Greece
To support the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Lecture Series
For the design and production of a traveling exhibition on Ancient
Greek Technology
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Peter G. Peterson Institute
for International Economics Washington, D.C., USA
To support the Fred Bergsten Chair
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Playworks Education Energized Oakland, CA, USA
To support Playworks’ national expansion throughout the United States
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Newton Public Schools Newton, MA, USA
To support The Examined Life, Greek Studies in Schools Program
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Pyrna Athens, Greece
To support the program Books on Wheels
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McGill University Montreal, Canada
To establish the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Fellowships
for Excellence in Graduate Education
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WWF GREECE Athens, Greece
For the design and implementation of an environmental educational
program for children
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York University Toronto, Canada
To establish the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Scholarship
and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Visiting Scholar Award
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Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention, New York, photo by Richard Dewitt
he ALt h & Me d IcI ne
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The Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s Spring 2013
grants in the area of Health & Medicine cover a broad
spectrum of organizations committed to improving
health around the world. The Foundation wishes to
ease the suffering of those in need of care, and it is
in that spirit IN which these grants were made.
& Memory organization helps to further that goal. Music & Memory
connects nursing home residents with music customized for them
which greatly improves their quality of life and that of their caregivers.
Other grants in the area of health and medicine include support for the
Doctors of the World medical clinic in Patra, Greece, support for clinic
staff by Health Leads advocates in New York, funding for one-on-one
Le Petit Monde is an organization which, since 1997, has aimed to
support for those undergoing cancer care at the Ralph Lauren Center,
improve the care and quality of life for hospitalized children. The Foun-
and equipment and renovation for the neonatal department of the
dation supports its mission with a grant to purchase child-friendly MRI
University Hospital of Ioannina along with the Microsurgery Lab.
mock scanners. Young children are often fearful of medical procedures,
including MRIs, and with help from the Foundation young patients will
be able to better prepare for MRI scans.
Through the seven Spring 2013 grants in the area of health and
medicine to organizations in France, the United States, and Greece,
the Foundation strives to support providers and caregivers helping
The Foundation aims to help people of all ages, and a grant to the Music
those in need.
Breast Cancer Research Foundation
New York, NY, USA
Music & Memory New York, NY, USA
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General operating support
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nice
Nice, France
To support cultural programs in hospitals
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To facilitate widespread adoption of the Music & Memory personalized
music program via their grant match program
Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care
and Prevention New York, NY, USA
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To support the Clinical Nurse Navigator Program
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Health Leads Boston, MA, usA
University HOSPITAL of Ioannina Ioannina, Greece
To support long-term sustainability in the New York region
The grant supports the purchase of equipment and medical supplies
for the Medical School’s Microsurgery Laboratory’s advanced training
program
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Le Petit Monde Bron, France
For four child-friendly MRI mock scanners / MRI game for pediatric
health services in France
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Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention, photo by Richard Dewitt
Doctors of the World Greece
International
GREECE
NEW YORK
ATHENS
Ralph Lauren Center for
Cancer Care and Prevention
Doctors of the World
GREECE
The grant supports the Center’s clinical nurse navigator program.
The grant supports part of the Open Clinic’s operating expenses in
Clinical nurse navigators will provide patient support and clinical
Patra. Doctors of the World Greece was founded in 1990 as an affiliate
oversight during the diagnosis, treatment and recovery periods.
of the international network of Médecins du Monde, which consists of
The Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention was founded
fourteen affiliates worldwide. Although it is part of an international
in 2003 as a Certified Diagnostic and Treatment Center in partner-
organization, the Greek affiliate maintains its administrative and
ship with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and North General
financial independence.
Hospital. It provides prevention, diagnosis and treatment services to
disadvantaged East Harlem and greater New York residents.
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Center for the Study of Traditional Pottery, Athens, photo by George Mestousis
artS & culturE
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In its recent round of grants in the area of Arts
& Culture, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation has
SUPPORTED 20 organizations throughout France,
Greece, TURKeY, the United States and THE United
Kingdom. The grants showcase the Foundation’s
continued support of organizations that enable
accessibility to the arts, and exemplify a strong spirit
of renewal, creation and innovation.
ing through the latest audiovisual technology. These projects reflect a
Beginning with the restoration of the Romantzo magazine historical
Educational programming plays a fundamental part in this equation
building, located in the heart of Athens where the first artistic incubator
and the Foundation is helping by not only directly funding accessibili-
will be launched to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Fund for Innova-
ty-related educational programs but also providing scholarship support
tion program, which will provide visitors with unique and unexpected
for highly qualified students in finacial need, who are pursuing an MA
ways to interact with its collections to the creation of a new museum
or PHD in art history or conservation, to attend the prestigious Courtauld
in Newmarket, UK that will tell the history of thoroughbred horserac-
Institute of Art.
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pioneering approach and determination to draw and build new audiences, while simultaneously creating dynamic spaces for inspiration.
Ensuring accessibility to the arts is a perpetual goal for the Foundation
as reflected in the diversity of the grants awarded to organizations that
are developing devices to aid patrons with disabilities; bringing arts
programming directly to institutions and schools for children with special needs, and spearheading their own national accessibility initiatives.
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Art Students League of New York New York, NY, USA
Eglise Orthodoxe Grecque de Nice Nice, France
To support the Models to Monuments Program
For the exterior renovation project of the Greek Orthodox Church
in Nice and overall premises
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Athens State Orchestra Athens, Greece
To support the educational programs of the Orchestra
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Bios - Exploring Urban Culture Athens, Greece
For the completion of the organization’s new premises serving as a consulting space for new entrepreneurs from the creative industries
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Design Museum London, United Kingdom
For the educational elements of the permanent collection gallery
at the New Design Museum
Federation of Hellenic Societies
of Greater New York New York, NY, USA
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To support the Annual Greek Independence Day Parade in New York City
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Home of Horseracing Trust Newmarket, United Kingdom
For the creation of the Home of Horseracing National Heritage Center
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Jazz at Lincoln Center New York, NY, USA
For the 25th Anniversary Concert and Gala
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Courtauld Institute of Art, photo by Ralph Hodgson
National Gallery expansion and renovation rendering
International
GREECE
LONDON
ATHENS
Courtauld Institute of Art
National Gallery
The grant supports a scholarship program for qualified MA and PhD
The grant supports construction works for the expansion and renova-
students in the history of art or art conservation. The program will
tion of the National Gallery, including the addition of a new floor in
benefit six to seven students each year, and emphasis will be placed on
Building B, which will add new gallery space and a café/restaurant;
attracting Greek students. The Courtauld Institute of Art was founded
the addition of a glass façade to the building’s front side, which will
in 1932. It is one of Britain’s leading research and teaching centers for
allow for a series of staircases connecting all floors; and other interior
art history, conservation and curatorship, with a strong international
renovations in Building B. The expansion will add 11,040 m² to the
reputation.
existing 9,720 m², more than doubling the museum’s existing space.
The National Gallery was founded in 1900. Its collections include more
than 16,000 paintings, sculptures, engravings and other items, covering
the post-Byzantine to the contemporary era. The National Gallery also
owns a significant collection of Western European paintings.
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M.E.S.O. Athens, Greece
For the organization of the European Music Day 2013 in Greece
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Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, NY, USA
To support Met Museum Presents: The Innovation Fund
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Museum of Modern Art New York, NY, USA
To support Education and Access Programs
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National Dance Institute New York, NY, USA
To support programs and classes for students with special needs
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National Gallery Athens, Greece
To support construction works for the expansion and renovation
of the National Gallery
Queen Elizabeth II September 11th Garden
New York, NY, USA
For the 2013 Gala Dinner honoring Dennis Weatherstone
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Rahmi M. Koç Foundation for Museology
and Culture Istanbul, Turkey
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For the partial funding of the restoration of the Taxiarches Orthodox
church located on the island of Cunda in the area of Ayvalik, Turkey
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The Architectural League OF NY New York, NY, USA
To support the Architectural League’s dinner honoring Renzo Piano
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The Courtauld Institute of Art London, United Kingdom
To support scholarships for MA and PhD students
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The Manchester Museum Manchester, United Kingdom
For Stage 2 Development of the Haptic Interactive Device
as an aid for visitors with disabilities
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Theatre Development Fund New York, NY, USA
To support the National Theatre Accessibility Programs
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The Old Vic Theatre Trust London, United Kingdom
For London’s Community Theatre Company to build the city’s largest
inclusive theatre company
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S ocia l wE l Far E
S pri N G — S U M M E R 2 013
Supporting and improving the lives of women and
children, especially children with disabilities is
a recurring theme and thrust of the latest grants in
this program area. The Foundation SUPPORTED 17
organizations in five countries.
The Foundation’s overall support reflects a holistic focus on the devel-
malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. Micronutrient malnutrition is among the world’s most serious yet least addressed health
problem affecting millions of children around the world. Guaranteeing
water quality is 1001 Fontaines Pour Demain’s mission. In Malagasy, the
organization will implement a sustainable water production and purification process that proved successful in Cambodia and will benefit
75,000 villagers and primary schools in 18 target communities.
opment and well being of children—addressing issues spanning their
lifetime, from birth to young adulthood. The assortment of services
Sustainability is a key attribute among the Spring 2013 grant recipients
provided by some of the grant recipients range from delivering packages
in Greece. The economic downturn in Greece has taken a toll on many
that cover basic dietary and hygienic needs of children under the age
institutions. State funding has been drastically reduced, and demand
of 15 months in France to testing storytelling techniques for improving
for services has increased exponentially. The organizations that have
early literacy skills in children with learning disabilities in the United
Kingdom to offering social youth inclusion programming to beat bullying for young people aged 18-25 in Spain.
weathered one of the worst financial crises in Greek history have done
so by doing more with less and developing a plan of sustainability for
the future. The Foundation recognizes and supports these efforts and
in doing so institutions such as the Rehabilitation Center for Disabled
Ensuring basic nutrients and water for children are primary objectives
Children of Voula and Zanneio Child Care Institution and Education will
for the Foundation as evident in their selection of organizations that
be able to welcome and assist more orphans and children with special
also have the potential to help millions: UNICEF is helping to fight child
needs.
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1001 fontaines pour demain Caluire et Cuire, France
Association of Greek Frogmen Athens, Greece
For support to provide access to safe drinking water to 75,000
Malagasy villagers
For the purchase of diving equipment
ADSEA 06 - Institut Medico Educatif Le Moulin
Nice, France
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For the purchase of equipment
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Association Paris Tout P’tits Paris, France
To support the food aid distribution activities
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Big Brothers Big Sisters OF AMERICA Philadelphia, PA, USA
To support the Military Mentoring Program
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Innocence en Danger
Lighthouse for the Blind in Greece, photo by Oikonomou
International
GREECE
Innocence en Danger
PARIS
Program Support for
Visually Impaired People
The grant supports the development of the organization’s activities in
ATHENS
France, in order to improve the coordination and follow up of various
The Program Support for Visually impaired People is a Stavros
programs, to expand public awareness efforts and to improve reaching out to children to inform them about their rights and the dangers
of the Internet. The Innocence en Danger network has been created to
support sexually abused children. The network addresses the sexual
exploitation of children, as well as issues of internet child pornography.
Its core activities are victim support, awareness raising, mobilization
and lobbying to improve legislation to protect children.
Niarchos Foundation initiative, targeting visually impaired individuals of all ages throughout Greece. The Program aims to promote
independent living for this population in a holistic way, by supporting
services - provided by three organizations - along two dimensions. The
first involves the training of visually impaired individuals on orientation,
mobility and daily living skills, while the second focuses on the social
and psychological support of visually impaired people and their families. The three organizations providing these services are: the Center for
Education and Rehabilitation for the Blind, the Panhellenic Association
of the Blind and the Lighthouse for the Blind in Greece.
Charity Concert Initiative of Alma Bank
New York, NY, USA
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For a concert to support two children’s charities in Greece
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Frenz for a Cause New York, NY, USA
To support the organization’s charitable giving
Fund for the City of New York (FOR S.W.A.N.)
New York, NY, USA
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To support Service Women’s Action Network’s Legal
and Social Service Referral Helpline
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Fundacion esplai Barcelona, Spain
To support the European expansion of the Trescajove Program
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Hellenic Federation of New Jersey Cherry Hill, NJ, USA
To support a charity concert
Hellenic Society for the Protection
and Rehabilitation of Disabled Children
of Ioannina Ioannina, Greece
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The grant supports renovation works
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Innocence en Danger Paris, France
To support the development of their child protection-related
activities in France
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Mencap London, United Kingdom
To support the Bags of Ability Project
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SeeAbility Epsom, United Kingdom
For the expansion of their Specialist Services Team over three years
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United States Fund for UNICEF New York, NY, USA
To support the micronutrient deficiencies programs
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Regional Plan Association New York, NY, USA
To support the Global Lab on Metropolitan Strategic Planning
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Yale University New Haven, CT, USA
To support the Minding the Baby program
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Boroume, Athens, photo by George Mestousis
INIT IATIVE
AGAI nst t h e c R Is Is
In the last six months, since the previous Board
of Directors meeting in October 2012, the Stavros
Niarchos Foundation has continued its efforts
to provide assistance against the adverse consequences of the deepening socio-economic crisis.
In GREECE, t he Foundation approved 33 new
grants totaling €13,957,000 ($18,394,000), as part of
its three year-long special initiative of €100,000,000
($130,000,000) motivated by the extraordinary crisis.
Since the beginning of the initiative in January 2012, the Foundation
has approved 170 grants to a variety of non-profit organizations
around the country, focusing on social welfare support and the most
vulnerable individuals. Including the 33 most recent grants, the
Foundation has committed a total of €58,000,000 ($75,000,000) to
fund a wide variety of programs.
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Agapis Melathron, Agios Charalambos
Saint Anna
AGAPIS MELATHRON
AGIOS CHARALAMBOS
SAINT ANNA
AIGIO
ATHENS
The grant supports salaries of specialized staff. Saint Anna was founded
The grant supports general operating expenses of the Saint
in 1972, with the purpose to provide, shelter, education and support to
Charalambos Home of the Elderly. The Home is a social welfare
24 orphaned, abandoned or abused girls, ages 3-18.
philanthropic organization, which operates under the auspices of the
Holy Metropolitan Church of Kalavryta and Aigialeia. It was founded
in 1994, and aims to provide free shelter, food and medical services
to seniors unable to look after themselves. The Home’s capacity
is 52 seniors.
Saint Loukas - Orphanage for Girls
Municipality of Thessaloniki - Arsis
SAINT LOUKAS –
ORPHANAGE FOR GIRLS
Municipality of Thessaloniki
- Arsis
The grant supports general operating expenses. The organization
The grant supports the development of an overnight homeless shelter
provides shelter and support to girls, ages 6-20.
for eighty people in Thessaloniki. The shelter will also offer emergency
LAMIA
THESSALONIKI
medical assistance, social services and psychological support. The creation of the shelter is the result of a close collaboration between Arsis
and the Municipality of Thessaloniki, which has donated the space
and will cover all operational expenses. Arsis was founded in 1992 and
specializes in providing social and human rights support to young
people. The organization has been effective in combating child trafficking through comprehensive programs in collaboration with national
and EU agencies.
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Artos-Drasi
Zosimades Home of the Elderly
ARTOS-DRASI
ZÔSIMADES
HOME OF THE ELDERLY
Attica
The grant supports the extension and expansion of the food aid
Ioannina
program. As an extension of the initial program it includes food
The grant supports general operating expenses. The nursing home
support for over 3,500 individuals daily, and the distribution of over
100,000 meals. The program also includes an educational and training
component for over 250 unskilled young adults in the impoverished
area of Aspropyrgos. Artos-Drasi was founded in 1998, with the aim to
support poor families, primarily through the provision of food.
houses 40 seniors, and also operates a Clinic for Chronic Diseases,
providing care to 86 people, the Open Center for the Protection
of Seniors, and the program Help at Home.
Doctors of the World Greece
Desmos
DOCTORS OF THE WORLD
GREECE
Desmos
PATRAS
ATHENS
The grant supports general operating expenses, including renting a
The grant supports part of the Open Clinic’s operating expenses in
storage space, hiring one staff member, and the creation of an online
Patra. Doctors of the World Greece was founded in 1990 as an affiliate
portal. Desmos was founded by a group of young women, aiming to
of the international network of Médecins du Monde, which consists of
match need and surplus in an effective way. Besides food aid, the orga-
fourteen affiliates worldwide. Although it is part of an international or-
nization also provides other essential goods and services, from clothes,
ganization, the Greek affiliate maintains its administrative and financial
furniture and toys to web design and legal services. Desmos is actively
independence.
involved in all the stages of the process, from research and networking
to pick up, handling and storage, and delivery.
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Ambelakia Elementary School
NGO Diogenis, photo by George Mestousis
AMBELAKIA
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
NGO Diogenis
ATHENS
Salamina
The grant supports the publishing and distribution of the only street
The grant supports the purchase of five air-conditioning units and
newspaper in Greece. Homeless and unemployed individuals, register-
the repair of existing equipment. The school is one of ten elementary
schools on the island of Salamina. It has eighteen teachers and two
hundred and twenty students, grades K-6.
ing with the program, will sell Schedia in selected spots throughout
Athens. Each seller will earn a 50% profit from each copy sold.
Diogenis is an NGO founded in 2010 with the purpose of assisting the
homeless and other vulnerable populations. It has two main activities:
the publishing of the street paper Schedia, and the organization of
the campaign Goal to Poverty, through the creation of the National
Homeless Soccer Team and its participation in the Homeless World Cup.
National Emergency Center (E.K.A.V.)
Cerebral Palsy Greece
National Emergency Center
(E.K.A.V.)*
CEREBRAL PALSY GREECE
ATHENS
ATHENS
The grant supports the operating expenses of a short-term guesthouse.
The grant supports the purchase of five fully equipped ambulances
Cerebral Palsy Greece was founded in 1972, with the purpose of
and five rapid response vehicles. The mission of the National
Emergency Center (E.K.A.V.) is to provide pre-hospital care to citizens
and the immediate transfer of patients to hospitals and medical centers.
E.K.A.V. consists of 12 centers located in the country’s largest cities, including among others Athens, Thessaloniki, Patra, Heraklion and Larissa.
*This grant takes place in collaboration with the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation
supporting people suffering from cerebral palsy. The organization is a
leader in the area of disability in Greece, and offers a daily range of free
services to over two hundred and forty individuals of all ages.
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Pammakaristos Child and Family Foundation
Neos Kosmos Theatre, photo by George Mestousis
PAMMAKARISTOS
CHILD AND FAMILY FOUNDATION
Neos Kosmos Theatre
Athens
Athens
The grant supports a program of theatrical performances for children
The grant supports general operating expenses. The Pammakaristos
in hospitals and other institutions. The theatre was founded in 1997
Foundation was founded in 1953. It provides a broad range of support
services for children and young adults (ages 3-30) with developmental
disorders, as well as for their families. The Foundation is considered
a pioneer in the fields of autism and mental disability in Greece and
provides specialized education, vocational training, and various therapeutic interventions for young people, including those with the most
severe cases of these disorders.
and includes three stages of 240 seats each. The organization focuses
on providing support to young directors, unemployed actors and
immigrant artists residing in Greece. In 2002, the organization
established an innovative program, creating a mobile theatre group
to perform plays for children in hospitals, special schools and other
institutions.
Holy Metropolis of Lampê, Syvritos and Sfakia
Holy Metropolitan Church of Piraeus, photo by George Mestousis
HOLY METROPOLIS OF LAMPÊ,
SYVRITOS AND SFAKIA
Holy Metropolitan Church
of Piraeus
The grant supports a food aid program for one hundred and fifty
The grant supports kitchen renovation works at eight churches, for
individuals. The parishes of the Holy Metropolis of Lampê, Syvritos and
the purpose of improving their food aid programs for the destitute.
Sfakia include the provinces of Agios Vasilios, Amari and Sfakia and
The Holy Metropolitan Church of Piraeus oversees the operation of 30
cover an area of approximately 12,000 inhabitants.
churches in the vicinity of Piraeus. The Metropolis, through the
Spili
Piraeus
parishes, operates over seventeen food pantries, which offer critical
food aid and support to vulnerable populations.
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Karditsa Center for the Rehabilitation and Recovery of Disabled Children
Voula Children’s Rehabilitation and Recovery Center
KARDITSA CENTER FOR THE
REHABILITATION AND RECOVERY
OF DISABLED CHILDREN*
VOULA CHILDREN’S
REHABILITATION
AND RECOVERY CENTER
The grant supports renovation works and the purchase of a specially
The grant supports the complete renovation and conversion of three
equipped bus. The Center was founded in 1966 with the purpose of
buildings into dormitories, the upgrading of the heating system and
providing housing and care to abandoned children and adults with
the installation of photovoltaic panels. The Center was founded in 1950.
multiple and severe disabilities. The Center’s programs aim to enable
It has a capacity of four hundred beds and an independent cerebral
people with disabilities to reintegrate into society, with the ultimate
palsy unit. Currently, it provides care to 162 adults and children with
goal of living independently.
severe mental retardation or other physical disabilities, most of whom
Karditsa
ATHENS
have been abandoned by their families.
*This grant takes place in collaboration with the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation
Kilkis Center for Social Support
Child Protection Center of Heraklion
KILKIS CENTER
FOR SOCIAL SUPPORT
Child Protection Center
of HeraklioN
The grant supports extensive renovation works. The Center is one of
The grant supports a part-time psychologist. The Child Protection
the largest organizations providing support to people with disabilities
Center of Heraklion was founded in 1922. The Center houses only
in Northern Greece and offers daily workshops and therapy sessions to
destitute girls deprived of family care, providing them with permanent
60 children and adults.
shelter, food, clothing, medical care, education and vocational
KILKIS
HEraklioN
rehabilitation.
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Child Protection Center of Lasithi
Konstantopouleio Nursing Home and Center for Chronic Diseases - Elderly Care Unit
Child Protection Center
of Lasithi
KÔNSTANTOPOULEIO
NURSING HOME AND CENTER
FOR CHRONIC DISEASES
– ELDERLY CARE UNIT
Neapoli
The grant supports one staff psychologist. The Child Protection Center
of Lasithi was founded in 1947 as a Housekeeping School, and in 2012
was renamed Child Protection Center of Lasithi. The Center’s aim is
to provide permanent housing, education, social and medical care,
and psychological and legal support solely to unprotected and
neglected boys.
Patra
The grant supports general operating expenses. Currently, the Nursing
Home houses and provides care to 103 destitute seniors.
Benaki Museum
Organization Earth, photo by George Mestousis
BENAKI MUSEUM
Organization Earth
The grant supports general operating expenses and provides free
The grant supports the implementation of a series of agriculture-related
access for the public to the Museum’s four buildings/branches, one
seminars for the unemployed. Organization Earth was founded in 2010
day a week for one year. The Benaki Museum is Greece’s oldest private
and operates a model environmental education center, the Center of
museum with extensive collections, covering a wide range of areas and
the Earth, in Ilion, Western Attica. The organization’s mission is the dis-
genres, and offering an extensive array of public activities.
semination of Environmental Social Intelligence – ESI, namely providing
Athens
AtTICA
information and educating the public, and raising awareness in relation
to contemporary environmental issues and the ways in which engaged
citizens can contribute to protect the environment and to upgrade
their living standards.
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Hellenic Sports Club for People with Physical Disabilities
Johns Hopkins University
HELLENIC SPORTS CLUB FOR
PEOPLE WITH PHYSICAL
DISABILITIES (P.A.S.K.A.)
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
ATHENS
The grant supports general operating expenses and the purchase of
equipment. The organization was founded in 1987, and it is the first
athletic association for people with disabilities in Greece. Its main
purpose and philosophy is the establishment of permanent sports
infrastructure and facilities for people with physical disabilities.
The organization offers numerous programs and activities, which
also supports amateur and professional athletes with disabilities.
Baltimore, USA
The grant supports the establishment of the Center for Talented Youth
(CTY) in Greece. The Center for Talented Youth identifies and nurtures
academically gifted pre-university students. The Center was founded
in 1979 and thousands of students from around the world participate
in its programs every year. Johns Hopkins University was founded in
1876 and it is one of the world’s best teaching and research academic
institutions.
Praksis
Center for Education and Rehabilitation for the Blind
Praksis
PROGRAM SUPPORT
FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE
Attica and PIRAEUS
The grant supports the extension and expansion of the Social Housing
ATHENS
program and the Day Centers program for the homeless. The Social
The Program Support for Visually Impaired People is a Stavros
Housing program aims to prevent homelessness and support impoverished families. It has the capacity to assist, at any given moment, five
hundred and twenty families in danger of becoming homeless, aiming
to provide them with financial and housing security. The Day Centers
for the homeless in Athens and Piraeus offer relief and assistance to
homeless individuals and other populations needing support.
Praksis develops and implements various humanitarian and health
care services. Its programs have carried on the work of the Greek arm
of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF, Doctors Without Borders) since 2004.
Niarchos Foundation initiative, targeting visually impaired individuals
of all ages throughout Greece. The program aims to promote independent living for this population in a holistic way, by supporting
services - provided by three organizations - along two dimensions. The
first involves the training of visually impaired individuals on orientation,
mobility and daily living skills, while the second focuses on the social
and psychological support of visually impaired people and their families.
The three organizations providing these services are: the Center for
Education and Rehabilitation for the Blind, the Panhellenic Association
of the Blind and the Lighthouse for the Blind in Greece.
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Trial Court of Athens
ARGO - Alternative Treatment Program for Dependent Individuals
TRIAL COURT OF ATHENS
ARGO – ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT
PROGRAM FOR DEPENDENT
INDIVIDUALS
AtHENS
The grant supports the purchase of computers. The Trial Court of Athens
serves as the first level court for all legal cases involving disputes.
THESSALONIKI
The grant supports the purchase of equipment to enhance ARGO’s
open community and social reintegration programs. ARGO, which
was created in 1998, is an alternative treatment program. Its services
include a guidance center, addiction rehabilitation support, a treatment center, a social reintegration program, a temporary hostel, and
a team focusing on primary prevention and raising awareness.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Greece
United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees,
GREECE
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University Hospital
of Ioannina
Ioannina
Athens
The grant supports renovation works and the purchase of equipment
The grant supports educational programs, aiming to prevent racial
for the Neonatal Department. The department provides care for
discrimination and strengthening tolerance, respect, peace, and democratic dialogue. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees in Greece is in operation since 1952. It collaborates with state
agencies, NGOs and other organizations to protect refugees, asylum
seekers and other individuals protected under the UNHCR.
approximately 550 preterm and full term newborns annually through
an Intensive Care Unit with 18 beds and a High Dependency Unit of 12
beds. The University Hospital of Ioannina was founded in 1990.
It includes 28 clinics and departments and 17 laboratories, and has
a total capacity of 882 beds.
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Zanneio Child Care & Education Institution
Zanneio Child Care
& Education Institution
AtHENS
The grant supports annual operating expenses. Zanneio was founded
in 1874 for the purpose of providing accommodation, care and education to orphans. Since 1984, the organization operates a complex
which includes a boarding house, an elementary school, a library, a
theater, a multipurpose hall, an infirmary and modern sports facilities.
Zanneio provides assistance and care to children lacking parental support, ages 6-18.
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stAVRos n I A Rc h os
FoundAt Ion
cuLtuRA L centeR
a N up dat E
Following the commencement of construction
works in the autumn of 2012, the development of
the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
(SNFCC) is progressing smoothly and in accordance
with the project’s original schedule.
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On September 28th, 2012, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation announced
tures of its construction, mean that the site attracts organized visits by
students from Greek and international universities. The SNFCC Visitors
Center, whose construction is due to begin in the immediate future,
following the recent completion of the national competition for its
design among Greek architecture students, is a direct response to the
public’s desire to stay informed on the project’s development.
that it had commissioned the joint venture of the Italian firm Impregilo
In the interest of keeping all parties informed, and in view of the prepa-
and the Greek firm TERNA to undertake the construction of the SNFCC.
rations for the project’s completion and delivery to the Greek State, the
Construction works at the site began in October, with adherence to
Foundation is also holding meetings with the management and the
strict criteria of quality, safety and environmental regulations.
staff of the two organizations that will reside, in 2015, at the SNFCC: the
So far, the site’s infrastructures (e.g. entrance gates, internal roads, offices, storage & working spaces) have been completed, and the works
to excavate and lay the foundations for the buildings of the Greek
National Opera, the National Library, the parking building and the hill
are also nearing completion. More than 400 people work at the site
every day, and that number is growing daily. In addition, and alongside
the construction works, the Archaeological Service has been conducting research at the construction site for the past year. Excavations
have brought to light findings indicating the existence of an ancient
cemetery in the area. In particular, over ninety burial sites have been
discovered so far, most of them dating to the Post-Geometric period.
The size and significance of the project, combined with the unique fea-
National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera.
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The SNFCC construction site, photos by Yiorgis Yerolymbos
t he SNFoun dAtI on
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The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (www.SNF.org)
is one of the world’s leading international philanthropic organizations, making grants in the areas
of arts and culture, education, health and medicine,
and social welfare. The Foundation funds organizations and projects that exhibit strong leadership and
sound management and are expected to achieve a
broad, lasting and positive social impact. The Foundation also seeks actively to support projects that
facilitate the formation of public-private partnerships
as effective means for serving public welfare.
even more so under the current socio-economic conditions. It remains
From 1996 until today, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation has approved
Vassilis Kaskarelis, Senior Advisor
a testament and a commitment to the country’s future, at a critical
historical juncture. It is also an engine of short- to mid-term economic
stimulus, which is essential under the current circumstances.
boarD oF DireCtors
Andreas Dracopoulos, Co-President
Philip Niarchos, Co-President
Spyros Niarchos, Co-President
George Agouridis
Heini Murer
grant commitments of $1.36 billion / €1.03 billion, through 2,470 grants
to nonprofit organizations in 109 nations around the world. Excluding
Sir Dennis Weatherstone was the Foundation’s chairman from April
the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), the Foun-
1996, until his passing away in June, 2008; the Board wishes to warmly
dation’s funding is equally divided between grants in Greece and
thank him for his leadership and guidance.
international ones.
The Foundation, concerned with the continuing socio-economic crisis
in Greece, announced in January 2012 a new grant initiative of $130
million (€100 million) over three years to help ease the adverse effects
of the deepening crisis. Since then, and as part of the initiative, the SNF
has committed grants totaling $75 million (€58 million) in support of
numerous not-for-profit organizations around the country.
The Foundation’s largest single gift ($796 million / €566 million) is the
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), in Athens. Construction works at the site have already begun. The Stavros Niarchos
Foundation firmly believes that the project is of national importance,
The Directors also wish to recognize the contributions of the late
Constantine Niarchos.
exeCutive maNaGemeNt
George Agouridis, Chief Legal Counsel
Vassilis Kaskarelis
Christina Lambropoulou, Chief Financial Officer
E. Frederick Petty, Co-Chief Investment Officer
Vasili Tsamis, Chief Operating Officer / Co-Chief Investment Officer
stAFF
stavros NiarCHos
FouNDatioN
atHeNs, GreeCe
Management
George Agouridis,
Chief Legal Counsel
Panos Vazaios
Lenia Vlavianou
sNF usa, iNC. New York
Myrto Xanthopoulou
Head Program Officer, Social
Welfare and Health & Medicine
Andreas Dracopoulos
public Affairs
Elly Andriopoulou,
Co-Chief Operating Officer
Lenia Vlavianou
Vassilis Kaskarelis
Dimitra Chatzivasiliou,
Deputy Chief Financial Officer
Christina Lambropoulou,
Chief Financial Officer
John Zervakis,
Co-Chief Operating Officer
technical support
Accounting
Lily Milioni
Pavlos Pezaros
It/Web development
Thanassis Politis
Theodore Maravelias,
Department Head
Emmanouil Vazaios,
Co-Chief I.T. Officer
Christos Katharios
Asimina Koutroumpousi
George Michalakopoulos
Administration support
programs
Eleni Agouridi
Rosalyn Benjamin
Constantina Emmanouil
Ioanna Kiosse
Anna Maria Kosmoglou
Eva Polyzogopoulou
Head Program Officer,
Education and Arts & Culture
Aristi Stathakopoulou
Emmanouil Vazaios
Constantina Tsakiri
Office Support
Panayiotis Kranias
Panayiotis Pastrikos
Athanassia Sideri
Management
Kathryn Louloudis,
Chief Operating Officer
Vasili Tsamis,
Chief Financial Officer
Investment team
John Czvekus
E. Frederick Petty
programs
Andrea Berman,
Chief Programs Officer
Amalia Delicari
Alexandros Dracopoulos
Argero Siklas
Stelios Vasilakis,
Senior Program Officer
for Strategy & Initiatives
FsN s.a.m. moNte Carlo,
moNaCo
Management
Bernard Guilbaud,
Chief Operating Officer
Fabrice Gisbert,
Investment Officer
OPERATIONS
Denis Salaun
programs
Charis Desinioti
Jeannette Giorsetti
Sandra Tosello
Accounting
Fabien Martinez
It
Stephane Gastaud
Bernard Guilbaud,
Co-Chief I.T. Officer
public Affairs
Investment team
Stelios Vasilakis
Fabrice Gisbert
It
Frank Pepe
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stAVRos s. nI A Rc h os
Stavros Spyros Niarchos was born in athens on July
3, 1909. he studied law at the university of athens and
in 1929 began working in his family’s grain business.
recognizing the substantial freight fees in importing
wheat, Niarchos surmised that the company could
save money by owning the ships. consequently, he
bought his first freighter at the beginning of
world war ii.
evidence today of the importance of private investment and initiative
Niarchos served in the Greek Navy during World War II, and he partici-
was recognized as one of the most innovative and successful business-
pated in the allied operations in Normandy. While he was serving in
men of the twentieth century. Stavros Niarchos was awarded, among
the Greek Navy, the Allied Forces leased his first vessel. The ship was
other distinguished service medals, the Commander of the Order of
destroyed in battle, and Niarchos used the insurance funds as initial
the Phoenix in 1977, the Royal Order of King George I, and the Royal
capital to expand his fleet after the war. The fleet grew significantly
House order of SS George and Constantine.
as a result of successful investments in liberty ships and tankers. Thus
began the emergence of Stavros Niarchos as a significant figure in the
world of international commerce. For many years, he owned the largest
private fleet in the world with more than 80 tankers, as well as other
vessels. In addition, during his era, Stavros Niarchos was the Greek shipowner with the largest number of ships made (over 110 ships). He was
also one of the businessmen whose activity influenced decisively the
crucial area of oil transportation.
In 1956, Niarchos agreed to build and operate the Hellenic Shipyards,
the first such private investment in Greece, which rapidly became the
largest mediterranean shipyard. During the period from 1968 to 1985,
the Hellenic Shipyards constructed an impressive number of ships, at a
time when most European shipyards were declining. In 1985, the shipyard was placed under state control. Its establishment, however, is still
in the economic life of the country.
Stavros Niarchos understood the importance of globalization before
the use of the term became prevalent. Although his business operations began in Greece, his accomplishments were notable worldwide.
He was renowned for his shipping business, but Niarchos’s diversified
financial activities were at the core of global industry from the time he
formed the Niarchos Group in 1939 until his death in April of 1996. He
Niarchos’s legacy continues into the twenty-first century with the
establishment of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Working in Greece
and internationally, the Foundation began its grant-making efforts in
1996. The Foundation derives its mission from Niarchos’s commitment
to Greece and Hellenism, as well as his keen instincts and interests in
support of causes in the fields of education, social welfare, health &
medicine and arts & culture.
By designating a significant part of his estate to establish the Stavros
Niarchos Foundation, Stavros Niarchos created an enduring vehicle to
enriching the lives of future generations around the world.
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