Philanthropy and volunteerism have been the pillars of strength for AHEPA. From natural disaster relief to raising funds for the elimination of life-threatening diseases to making significant contributions to our local neighborhoods, AHEPA is at the forefront of charitable giving.
AHEPA's support of the restoration of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island; in the Halls of St. Basil Academy; in the care packages we sent to our troops in cooperation with the USO; and in the building of healthcare facilities in Greece are all indicative of the philanthropic aspect of the Order of AHEPA. The millions of dollars in medical containers shipped during Greece’s recent financial trouble; the $300 million raised in US war bond sales during WWII; the $250,000 in food sent to Greece in 2012; the millions of dollars awarded annually to education and so much more have all been made possible by donations from our members and friends. Even so, this only scratches the surface of the numerous philanthropic works of the association. In addition to projects done on a national level, countless charitable projects are undertaken every year by the AHEPA's chapters and districts. Please select the AHEPA Charitable Program to donate. Thank you for your generous contribution:
The AHEPA Charitable Foundation is part of the AHEPA Foundation, Inc. -- a 501(c)(3) entity of the AHEPA which was created to accept 100 percent tax deductible donations for charitable projects. The AHEPA Foundation, Inc. is accepting donations to help with humanitarian relief efforts, national projects, and more. The Charitable Fund also collects monies for use by our Emergency Fund, and all of AHEPA's Philanthropic endeavors. Thank you for your generous contribution. Please click to donate: AHEPA Charitable Foundation
The athlete has a very special place in Greek history and culture and, with AHEPA, so it remains. AHEPA Athletics plays a significant role in our fraternity’s on going mission to promote excellence. A variety of athletic events are conducting across the AHEPA domain. Golf Tournaments both on the local and national level are attended by thousands of members and guests. The annual Dr. Monthe Kofos Tournament brings golfers from all over the world to compete. Let’s not forget to mention our bowling leagues and championships, basketball, softball and many other athletic competitive events…even a TAVLI tournament now again!
The Order has always taken enormous pride in the achievements of the Greek American athlete, going back to the heyday of world class wrestler Jim Londos. AHEPA’s Harry Agganis Award was established in 1955, in memory of the great all-American who died in his prime. Agganis honorees have included: in football, Detroit Lion Alex Karras; in basketball, Boston Celtic Lou Tsiropoulos; and in baseball, Baltimore Oriole Milt Pappas, among recent recipients are Olympic diver Greg Louganis and University of Georgia football coach and All-American Mike Castronis. AHEPA also recognizes outstanding professional and amateur women in athletics.
Annually the AHEPA Athletics Committee awards thousands of dollars in scholarships at the AHEPA Convention. Please click to donate: AHEPA Athletics
In 1990, members of the Coral Gables Chapter No. 490 were asked to donate a small test tube of blood to see if they would match the son of one of the members who was in need of a bone marrow transplant. It quickly became obvious that an even greater need existed and the AHEPA Bone Marrow Donor Registry was incorporated. The AHEPA Bone Marrow Donor Registry educates and recruits new potential bone marrow donors. It also coordinates the entire search process both nationally and internationally for patients in need of an unrelated donor. Please click to donate: AHEPA Bone Marrow
Cooley's Anemia, also known as Thalassemia, is a fatal genetic blood disorder which affects people of Mediterranean descent. Today, in order to survive, children must receive blood transfusions every two weeks and receive painful drug injections via an infusion pump every night of their lives. For decades the AHEPA Cooley's Anemia Foundation has been working on a three-pronged attack to fight this fatal disorder. Funds have been raised to conduct screenings, to print and distribute educational materials and to support the research of leading hematologists and geneticists in the country. Please help us save these children!
Please click to donate: AHEPA Cooley's Anemia Foundation
The AHEPA National Educational Foundation offers college scholarships to a wide variety of students, including traditional and non-traditional students; seminarians, including those entering Holy Cross Greek School of Theology; and high school seniors, college and post-graduate students who are looking to become tomorrow's leaders. Donations also go to preserve Hellenic or Classical Studies programs at the University level, and to fund educational programs such as "Journey to Greece" and Washington Internships have been sponsored by the Foundation. Please click to donate: AHEPA Educational Foundation
• U.S. War Bond Drive, World War II, AHEPA raised over $400 million.
• Late 1940s saw seven AHEPA Health Centers become operable, including the AHEPA Wing of the Evangelismos Hospital. In 1951, AHEPA Hospital at Thessaloniki dedicated.
• Completed AHEPA Hall for Boys, St. Basil Academy, with $92,000 raised in late 1950.
• AHEPA School Building, St. Basil Academy, completed in 1962, $245,000 donated.
• In 1970, the AHEPA Athletic Program takes form. AHEPA Athletics include: softball, golf, bowling, basketball, with regional and national tournaments held annually. Each year, at the Supreme Convention, inductions are made into the AHEPA Hellenic Athletic Hall of Fame.
• In the mid 1970s the AHEPA National Educational Foundation is formed. Over $3 million endowed at the local, district and national levels.
• AHEPA Cooley’s Anemia Foundation established in the late 1970s to issue grants to medical researchers and doctors to discover a cure for this disease. The foundation issued grants in the amount of $90,000 in 1997. In 2005, $50,000 was contributed to Children’s Memorial Hospital of Chicago to help purchase the latest in medical technology. In 2011, $50,000 donated towards research.
• Dedication of three more AHEPA Hall for Boys, St. Basil Academy, 1981, $1.5 million donated.
• AHEPA National Housing Corporation formed in 1983 to pursue housing projects from HUD. Today, HUD commitment to AHEPA National Housing Corporation has accumulated to over $500 million. Over 90 AHEPA Section 202 HUD projects, in 29 states and 41 cities for low-income senior citizens are completed or are in development.
• Over $400,000 donated from 1986 to 1991 for Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Restoration, earning special recognition by the United States Department of the Interior.
• AHEPA Bone Marrow Registry established in late 1980s to help find donors for the bone marrow transplants.
• $775,000 raised for Tribute, a sculpture dedicated June 1996 in Atlanta’s Olympic Centennial Park as a gift from Greek-Americans on the occasion of the Centennial Anniversary of the Olympic Games.
• AHEPA Hellenic Float was accepted into the 1999 Tournament of Roses Parade and the message of Hellenism was conveyed to 325 million who viewed it in over 110 countries. The float won the coveted Queen’s Trophy for most effective use of roses. The float returned in 2000 to win the Queen’s Trophy again.
• The AHEPA family raised $220,000 for victims of the Athens earthquake, September 7, 1999.
• The AHEPA family raised $110,000 for the Marshall Statue dedicated October 2000 on the grounds of the U.S. Embassy in Athens in memoriam to George C. Marshall, architect of the Marshall Plan.
• Over $150,000 was raised for National Tragedy Relief following the terrorist attacks of September 11.
• AHEPA partnered with the United Services Organization (USO) and raised $10,000 for “Operation-USO Care Package” Program.
• AHEPA Family responds to the Katrina disaster of 2005 with donations and support. This catastrophe created the AHEPA Emergency Response Team which is activated in time of need.
• In 2007-08, AHEPA transported 270 Care Packages totaling $250,000 worth of goods, and raised an additional $250,000 in financial assistance for Greece’s Wildfires Victims.
• In 2010, AHEPA donated $10,000 to the Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue Team – Virginia Task Force 1 – an international and domestic disaster response unit credited for saving 16 lives in Haiti’s earthquake.
• 2012, over $150,000 raised for Greek aid towards purchase of food for the needy.
• October 2012 AHEPA mobilized after Suprerstorm Sandy with donations in excess of $200,000 in food, water and building materials, thousands of man hours donated.
• Aid to Greece, since 2011 AHEPA raised and donated over $500,000 in food and materials for those in need in Greece and Cyprus.
• Shipped over $11million worth of medical supplies to hospitals in Greece since 2011.
• 2014 Committed to raising a minimum of $500,000 for the National Project of Rebuilding St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, the only Church destroyed on 9/11.