In 1984, under the guidance of Archbishop Iakovos, Leadership 100 was created as an endowment fund of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese through which Greek Orthodox leaders were asked to commit themselves to maintain the life-sustaining ministries of the Church.
Today, The Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund, Incorporated, named in recognition of Archbishop Iakovos’ vision, is a 501(c) 3 endowment fund corporation that supports the National Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in advancement of Orthodoxy and Hellenism. Members pledge $100,000, which is paid over a period of 10 years or less. Since its inception in 1984, Leadership 100 has distributed more than $46 million in grants.
Leadership 100 grants range from providing scholarship funds for individuals studying for the priesthood at Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology, to supporting a variety of National Ministries that include Religious and Greek Education, Youth, Young Adult, Family and Marriage services, Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Internet Ministries and Home Mission, as well as humanitarian assistance during national and international crises.
The Leadership 100 Executive Committee approves grants submitted by the Grant Committee after consultation with the Archbishop. The principal of the Endowment Fund remains permanently restricted and inviolate.
Leadership 100 continues to be a driving force to seed and nurture new programs that promote Orthodoxy and Hellenism.