Initiative Against the Greek Crisis (1st Program: 2012-2015, 2nd Program: 2015-2016)

Out Here: a documentary film presenting the impact of the first ‘Initiative Against the Greek Crisis’ (2012-2015)

Responding to the severe consequences of a prolonged socioeconomic crisis, in 2012 SNF initiated an emergency grant initiative to nonprofit organizations in Greece, above and beyond the Foundation’s usual grantmaking. The aim was assist in mitigating the worst effects of the crisis by helping the organizations that help those most in need.

During the first phase of the initiative, beginning in 2012, 220 grants totaling $130 million helped ensure the sustainability of hundreds of Greek nonprofit organizations and the vital social programs they offer. See the stories of people living through the crisis through Out Here, a short documentary commissioned by SNF; watch a press conference on the first year of phase one; read a brochure on the first phase of the initiative; and read a summary or the full text of the impact assessment conducted by Deloitte.

Building on the impacts of the first phase of the initiative, a second phase intensified efforts, allocating an additional $112 million in grants beginning in June 2015.

Grants in both phases of the initiative went to support a wide variety of organizations, but particular areas of focus included healthcare, food, and housing. In the area of healthcare, SNF grants went to strengthening radiotherapy capabilities in public hospitals, emergency response infrastructure, and access to care in remote parts of Greece. In food, SNF helped provide healthy meals to kids in public schools and nutrition education to families. And in housing, SNF supported day centers for the homeless in Athens and Thessaloniki and helped housing-insecure families avoid homelessness.