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Past Initiatives

More than a year has passed since major fires in northern Evia destroyed thousands of acres of forest. Along with the natural wealth of the forest, which acted as a green lung for the region, an inexhaustible toll of losses was taken by fire: houses, animals, and crops burned too. In an area where the forest is inextricably linked to all aspects of inhabitants’ lives, the economic and psychological effects have been profound.
Responding to the severe and unprecedented challenges posed around the globe by COVID-19, a $100 million global initiative by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) aims to help address the impacts of the pandemic.
SNF established an emergency grant initiative, Grants Against the Greek Crisis, to assist in mitigating the worst effects of the socioeconomic crisis by supporting nonprofit organizations directly serving those most in need.
In August 2013, official statistics showed that unemployment for young people in Greece had reached an alarming rate, exceeding 60%. That October, SNF’s Board of Directors issued a call to action to help create new opportunities for Greece’s younger generations, committing $136 million through a long-term grant initiative, Recharging the Youth.
This new grant program complements the first “Initiative Against the Greek Crisis”.
On April 18, 2012 the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) announced that it acquired Bréal’s Silver Cup, the first Marathon Winner’s Cup presented to Spyros Louis at the inaugural Modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896, in an auction held at Christie’s, where it was being offered for sale for the first time by the runner’s grandson.