Leadership 100, an endowment fund of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, has dedicated over $7 million in grants for this upcoming year, as well as renewals of some multi-year grants.
The 31 grants totaling $7,094,900 were approved at the 31st Annual Leadership 100 Conference, which took place in Naples, Florida in early February.
Leadership 100 was created in 1984 under the guidance of Archbishop Iakovos as an endowment fund of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese to provide an opportunity for Greek Orthodox leaders to support the life-sustaining ministries of the Church.
Since its inception, Leadership 100 has distributed more than $70 million in grants that have ranged from providing scholarship funds for individuals studying for the priesthood at Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology to supporting a variety of National Ministries.
It has also provided humanitarian assistance during national and international crises.
Today, with almost 2,000 members, Leadership 100 is a philanthropic driving force within the Church, the Greek American Community, and in the nation and the world that aims to transform institutions and lives.
Leadership 100 approves over $7 million in grants
The grants approved at the conference were recommended to the Executive Committee of Leadership 100 by the Grant Committee, which is chaired by Justin Bozonelis.
There were 19 new grants totaling $4,767,000 with $2,482,250 to be distributed in 2022, while the other 12 grants that were approved are installments of multi-year grants totaled $2,327,900 with $1,977,900 to be distributed in 2022.
The 19 new grants are the following:
St. Michael’s Home Expansion Grant – $2,000,000 over four years ($500,000 per year). Office of Ionian Village: Open IV Grant – $500,000, with $200,000 to be allocated in 2022 and $300,000 in 2023. Small Parish Program Grant – $440,000 over three years for four newly selected parishes. Each parish receives $50,000 for the first year, $35,000 in the second and $25,000 in the third. GOARCH Centennial Committee: Clergy Laity Congress History of the Archdiocese Exhibit Grant – $300,000. Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries: Metropolis Camping Ministries Grant – $270,000, with $30,000 to support each of the eight Metropolis camps as well as one for the Direct Archdiocesan District. National YAL Conference: GOARCH Centennial Grant – $180,000.
Department of Information Technology: Digital Experience Platform Pilot Program Grant – $175,000, with $85,000 to be allocated in 2022 and $90,000 in 2023. Archdiocesan Cathedral of Holy Trinity: Post Covid-19 Resilient Live Streaming and Safety Pilot Program for Parishes Grant – $174,000. Department of Stewardship, Outreach & Evangelism: OMS Parish Plan for Excellence Grant – $149,500, with $74,750 to be allocated in 2022 and 2023. Chancellor’s Office: Young Adult Summer Internship Program Grant – $120,000, with $40,000 to be allocated in 2022 and $80,000 in 2023. Office of Ionian Village: IV Next 2022 Grant – $100,000.
Department of Information Technology: Ministry Intelligence Grant – $75,500. Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations: Survey Orthodox Mission In America Grant – $75,000. Hellenic College Holy Cross School of Theology: HCHC Covid-19 Mitigation Costs Grant – Up to $50,000. Department of Stewardship, Outreach & Evangelism: Home Mission Parish Program Grant – $43,500.
Department of Youth Safety Compliance: Youth Safety Awareness Grant – $40,000. Department of Communications: Digital Asset Management Grant – $35,000. Clergy Family Initiative: Presvytera Peer Learning Groups (CPLG) Grant – $22,000. Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry: Church History Class for Parish Jail Ministries Grant – $17,500.
The 12 prior year grants are the following:
Hellenic College/Holy Cross Scholarship Program – $1,000,000. Archdiocese Clergy Pension – $250,000. Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries: Effective Christian Ministry Training Grant – $235,000. Greek Fires Relief Fund Matching Grant – $200,000. St. Paul’s Autism Research and Training Academy: SPARTA Greece Grant – $80,000.
Network of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Pastoral Care: Fifth Annual International Conference of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Health Care – $55,000. Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations: Orthodox Christianity and Mental Health Grant – $50,000. Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University: Affirming an Orthodox Christian Theology of Human Rights Grant – $50,000.
Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries: Youth Safety Education Grant – $30.000. Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations: Translation and Publication of “Dialogues Avec le Patriarche Athénagoras” Grant – $7,500. National Sisterhood of Presvyteres: Clergy & Presvyteres Congress Workshops/Dinners – $15,000 Retired Clergy in Need Program – $5,400.