Grant Commitments Near $3 Million
The Leadership 100 Executive Committee approved additional grants of more than $1 million at its meeting, February 13, 2008, during the 17th Annual Conference in Palm Desert, California, increasing total grants for 2008 to $2.9 million. New grants, recommended by the Grant Committee Chairman, John Sitilides, were made primarily to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, including the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries ($150,000), Office of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations ($250,000 over two years), Department of Outreach and Evangelism for Home Mission Parishes ($105,000), Saint Basil Academy for “The Archpastorate of Archbishop Michael” ($69,300), Center for Family Care (conditional grant of $175,000), the National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians ($80,000) and Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology “Leadership 100 Scholarship Fund” ($285,000) and Office of Vocation and Ministry ($50,000 a year for five years).
Continuing grants for 2008 included $1 million for the scholarship fund, $250,000 for a technology infrastructure at the school, $100,000 for a Family Wellness Center in the Metropolis of San Franciso, and more than $400,000 to departments of the Archdiocese.
Charles A. Kroll, Chief Financial Officer of Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology, expressed gratitude to Leadership 100 for the initial 10-year $10 million commitment to the scholarship program and the additional monies granted in 2008. In a comprehensive report, he demonstrated that the rise in vocations to the priesthood and ordinations was largely due to the program. However he expressed concern that the school would face a crisis in providing future support without an extension of the Leadership 100 program, which he proposed should be matched by greater local and Metropolis support.
Leadership 100 is the largest Greek American membership and charitable organization in the United States, holding more than $84 million in assets. It has distributed more than $25 million in grants advancing Orthodoxy and Hellenism since its inception in 1984.
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