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“Points of support” programme reaches out to help vulnerable groups in Greece

The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation was established in 2005 to provide funding and support for various initiatives, not only Greece but across the world. The Foundation was created to honour the late John S. Latsis and carry on his lasting legacy of philanthropy and charity work. Today, the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation is run by a number of family members, one of whom is his son Spiro Latsis. For the last ten years, they have channelled their efforts into helping to give aid and funding into a number of fields and to those who need it most. Some of these areas include social welfare and education. But one particular example of the Foundations charitable work is their “Points of Support Programme”, where they call upon non-profit organisations, like themselves, who are active in social welfare to help maximise the social impact in the field of NGOs.

In their latest philanthropic bid to help people, the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation have paired up with two charities, TIMA Charitable Foundation and Hellenic Hope Charity, to provide grants to projects in Greece who want to help deserving people.

The aim of “Points of Support”

The aim of the “Points of Support” initiative, which was first announced in July 2015, is to reach out to non-profit organisations and volunteers in the social welfare field that want to support vulnerable groups. A grant of up to €5,000 for a period of one year will be awarded to successful projects who aim to help people in Greece who are in need of aid. Projects must be innovative and aim to make an impact in the field of NGOs.

The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation is working with two other charities, sharing their compassion to help others benefit from the work they do. “Points of Support” will specifically fund organisations that are supporting the particularly vulnerable, facing conditions of disease, hunger, deprivation and disability. They seek to remain in sync with and respond to current social needs.

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The partnership

One of the partners in this new initiative is the TIMA Charitable Foundation, who hand grants out to NGOs in Greece. Established in 2011, the Foundation awards grants to non-profit organisations in the fields of health care, social welfare and various other groups who have shown management skills and have achieved long-lasting results. Their work closely resembles the work of the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation as both help similar fields of work.

Hellenic Hope is a UK charity, with an objective to help children within Greece who are in need of aid by giving out food, medication and also support. They are also hoping more people will help assist people in Greece who desperately need aid, whilst promoting awareness of the impact that the current economic crisis is having upon them.

Evaluation criteria

When evaluating projects that have been put forward, The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, TIMA Charitable Foundation and Hellenic Hope Charity use a specific framework to assess potential candidates. They investigate whether the idea submitted to them is effective and sustainable for the people who they want to help. They also decide on whether it would make a lasting and credible impact on the people in need.

Other factors that will be taken into consideration include the size of the organisations who apply to the Points of Support scheme, as the smaller the amount of people within the organisation the higher it will be prioritised.

Applying for grants

It has been clarified that each organisation hoping to enter into the Points of Support programme has the potential to submit up to two applications for the implementation of different projects. Online applications must be submitted individually rather than being sent in one application. Once the application is sent, candidates will subsequently be informed about whether they are successful in getting to the next stage, where an interview will take place. All applicants will be informed about the final decision via email.

The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation

The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation takes a lot of time and care when deciding on whom to support, taking the time to research which projects they want to invest in and whom they feel will benefit most from their funding. For example, the Foundation helped to assist students from John Latsis’ home region obtain scholarships. Funding is provided to support initiatives from a wide range of areas, including healthcare, scientific, environmental and cultural projects.

Check out our previous post about Nikoleta flying over the bar to gain third place for Greece.

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Nikoleta flies over the bar to gain third place for Greece

Pole-vaulter Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou flew over the bar at the 15th IAAF World Championships in Beijing to take the bronze position, achieving an impressive height of 4.80m. This year alone, the athlete has managed to set 5 Greek records in the pole vault event, raising the bar to 4.83 meters, more than any other athlete from her country has achieved. Having won Greece their first medal since 2007, Nikoleta’s bronze medal means the country now has now won 21 medals at the World Athletics Championships. Nikoleta is also the first athlete from Greece to win the pole vault event at IAAF Diamond League in 2015. Her first success was in 2009 when she won the gold medal at the Mediterranean Games. Her hard work and perseverance means she has the potential to succeed as she, and the rest of Greece prepare for the next Olympic games.

The “Adopt an Athlete” Programme

Not only has Nikoleta won a medal at the World Championships, she has also been chosen to be a part of the “Adopt an Athlete on the way to Rio 2016” campaign. The new initiative was set up by the Hellenic Olympic Committee to help support athletes whilst they qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games and from this year the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation will be taking part; an announcement that Spiro Latsis and the other members of the Supervisory Board were pleased to make. Companies and institutions collaborate with people who want to help and support Greek athletes on their journey to Rio 2016. Founded in 1894, The Hellenic Olympic Committee is considered one of the oldest National Olympic Committees in the world and is also the governing body for the whole of Greece. The “Adopt an Athlete on the Way to Rio 2016” programme was started in 2015 by the President of The Hellenic Olympic Committee, Spyros Capralos. He held a conference to promote his idea and it attracted a lot of attention from potential companies, banks and institutions from across Greece. Twenty-eight sponsors, one of which is the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, agreed to help support 55 athletes just like Nikoleta, from 13 sports included in the Games.

The mission of the committee is to oversee development of athletes and to also help to promote their hard work and success. They also safeguard fair play in the athletic world. Their sole responsibility is to select the final athletes from Greece who will participate in the Olympic and Mediterranean Games.

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The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation

From the beginning of the year, the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation decided to take part in the “Adopt an Athlete on the Way to Rio 2016” initiative and chose to help two athletes, one of them being Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou. Established in 2005, the help and recognition from a number of institutions across Greece means that athletes like Nikoleta can build up a strong network of support and unite both Greece’s athletes and supporters on their journey to the Olympics.

The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation help to plan and also participate in certain programmes like “Adopt an Athlete” and also help to manage and contribute to funding them as well. The Foundation was established by Henrietta, Marianna, Margarita and Spiro Latsis to help continue the legacy of the foundation’s namesake. Spiro Latsis and his family make up the board that oversees operations across the country and across the globe. One of their many jobs is to choose worthy people and projects to receive aid, help with funding and support through times of need. They assess each situation accordingly and then will fund the programmes on the merits of each case. The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation ensures that they support people who require it the most.

Other Initiatives

This is not the first time the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation has co-operated and liaised with other organisations to promote the importance of sports within the Greek culture. In 2013, they collaborated with the General Secretariat for Culture to support a symposium on the subject. This particular governmental body helps preserve Greece’s cultural heritage, including both art and sports. The event entitled “The meaning and importance of competition (agon) in life and culture” took place in Ancient Olympia, on April 20th 2013. Amongst the speakers were poet and Paris VIII professor of Philosophy Michel Deguy and poet and professor of philology Xavier Borders. The symposium gave delegates a chance to discuss issues surrounding competition and its role in society.

Another initiative which the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation supported in helping to promote their country’s sporting history was the “Olympia: Myth, Cult, Games” exhibition in Berlin. Organised by the Greek Foundation for Culture and the German Archaeological Institute, its purpose was to present ancient Olympia and its relevance to both the ancient and modern Olympic Games. The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation supported the initiative as it aims to promote one of the most significant archaeological areas in Greece and to also promote the most famous ad historical Games in the world.

Why not check our post about the success of The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation organising ‘The 16th Trento Summer School‘?