Grants Reach Record Level

Charles H. Cotros, Chairman of Leadership 100, presents $270,000 check to His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios to enable youth in need to attend Church summer camps in 2012.

The Executive Committee approved new grants for 2012 totaling $686,250. With the action, grant distributions for 2012 will total $1,742,850, and grant distributionssince the inception of Leadership 100 will reach $33,025,686, a record level.

The new grants included:
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries Camping Ministry program-for $270,000 ($30,000 per Metropolis and the Direct Archdiocesan District)  for the sole purpose of enabling Greek Orthodox youth who do not have the financial means to participate in a summer camp program and share in Christian fellowship with other campers, a continuation of an initiative by Constantine G. Caras, then Chairman of Leadership 100, in 2011, which enabled more than 2,000 young people to attend camp programs in their respective Metropolises and the Direct Archdiocesan District.
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Religious Education “Living Our Orthodox Faith – The New Series” – for $81,750 to publish and update Grade 5 pupil textbook and teacher guide “God Calls Us”, completing the revision of the elementary “Living Our Orthodox Faith” textbook series.
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Internet Ministries “Bulletin Builder Version 2.0” – for $95,000 to assist in completing a full rewrite and redesign of the entire Bulletin Builder system. In 2004, Leadership 100 funded the launch of this successful project. Today, one third of GOA parishes utilize Bulletin Builder to create their weekly bulletins.
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Center for Family Care: “Renewal of Family Ministry Grant” – for $100,000 to provide assistance for ongoing development and evaluation of the Center’s direction and materials, including a study of Orthodox Christian families and the production and dissemination of Family Ministry publications.
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Stewardship, Outreach and Evangelism “Planned Giving Resources for our Parishes” – for $21,500to provide a complete set of resources, such as printing, mailing and promotional materials, to the parishes of the GOA with the goal of assisting parish members in their estate planning while encouraging them to remember the Church in their plans.
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Stewardship, Outreach and Evangelism: “Orthodox Natural Church Development” –for $18,000 to provide guidance to parishes that implement the Natural Church Development System, designed to assist parishes to promote church growth by objectively evaluating, assessing and measuring church health in an organized and methodical way.
The Metropolis of Boston: “Emerging Leaders Ministry” - for $100,000 to establish a Contemporary Professional Ministry Program to engage professionals in the Church and in Athletic, Social, Cultural, Professional, Education and Spiritual activities with their peers, motivate their greater contribution of talents and resources, and create settings for social, educational and spiritual interaction, innovatively, practically and meritoriously, with promise for national application.
Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology will receive the second $500,000 installment on the one million dollar annual support for seminarian scholarships and the fourth installment of $50,000 on a $250,000 grant for Vocation Ministry during 2012.
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