HISTORY & MISSION

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) is one of the world’s leading private, international philanthropic organizations, making grants to nonprofit organizations in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and sports, and social welfare. SNF funds organizations and projects worldwide that aim to achieve a broad, lasting, and positive impact for society at large, and exhibit strong leadership and sound management. The Foundation also supports projects that facilitate the formation of public-private partnerships as an effective means for serving public welfare.

Since 1996, the Foundation has committed more than $3.1 billion through over 4,700 grants to nonprofit organizations, in 132 nations around the world.

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SNF regularly makes grants around the world.

Some of the Foundation’s international landmark gifts include the following:

In 2016, SNF announced the commitment of $150 million to establish the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore, Maryland, a multidisciplinary center that explores and promotes civil discourse and civic engagement worldwide. The SNF Agora Institute holds a range of public events including talks and seminars and an international event as part of the Foundation’s SNF Nostos and SNF Conference.

SNF’s grant to JHU follows a landmark grant of $75 million to The Rockefeller University, a world-renowned academic and medical research institution in New York, to create a new and expanded university campus, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation-David Rockefeller River Campus (SNF-DR), which opened in May 2019.

In keeping with the Foundation’s long-standing and extensive commitment to libraries worldwide, SNF also made a transformational grant of $55 million for the complete renovation of New York Public Library’s Mid-Manhattan Central Circulating Branch and the creation of an endowment in support of its public programs. The library re-opened in July 2020 as the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL).

In April 2020, building on the Foundation’s longstanding focus on health and commitment to supporting organizations that serve the most vulnerable populations, SNF announced a $100 million global initiative to help alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Greece, some of SNF’s landmark grants include:

Major grant initiatives totaling approximately $380 million, Grants Against the Greek Crisis and Recharging the Youth, responded to urgent local needs by providing relief against the severe effects of the country’s socioeconomic crisis beginning in 2012.

In September 2017, SNF announced a new grant initiative to expand its support of the health sector in Greece, with a budget expected to exceed $400 million. Since 1996, SNF has already provided grants of more than $145 million for the support of health programs in Greece. As part of the new Health Initiative, SNF will fully fund major infrastructure projects throughout the country, all designed by the renowned architectural firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW). This initiative also aims at enhancing the National Center for Emergency Care’s (EKAV) air ambulance services and includes the procurement of new medical equipment and the implementation of education-related programs. On March 21, 2018, SNF signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Greek State regarding the implementation of the grant initiative.

SNF’s largest single grant to date is the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), in Athens, Greece. The project’s total cost exceeded $860 million. The SNFCC was also designed by Renzo Piano and the RPBW and includes the new homes of the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera, as well as the Stavros Niarchos Park. The Foundation delivered the SNFCC to Greek society on February 23, 2017. Following the handover, SNF announced its commitment to continue supporting the SNFCC for five years, through grants of $53 million that support the implementation of public programming and help cover a portion of the SNFCC’s operational costs. All events funded with SNF’s support are free to the public.

Every year, SNF organizes the SNF Nostos  and the SNF Conference, which take place at the SNFCC. In addition, SNF has launched the monthly series of events entitled DIALOGUES in an effort to strengthen public discourse by presenting—live and online—individuals who inspire with their work.

SNF is honored to have received recognition for its work from a number of organizations. Read more about awards and honors.

SNF does not engage in any business activity in Greece or abroad, and it is audited by Deloitte. SNF, in collaboration with its auditors, Deloitte, periodically performs sample grantee audits in relation to the financial management of the Foundation’s grants.