About Us

From Gregory C. Pappas, Founder & President

Welcome to the Greek America Foundation’s website! After a powerful decade of service as a Chicago-based organization, we have relocated and have been reincorporated in New York City since 2016. But despite our geographic location, we continue to serve the entire nation and beyond — with activities and impact in Canada, Greece and elsewhere. 

I founded the Greek America Foundation because I felt it was time to get beyond the baklava. It was time to stop breaking plates, and to start breaking stereotypes. To me, Greek heritage and ideals went beyond the “food, faith and family” that we all grew up to espouse and celebrate. No, there was more. Much more. So I created an organization with a firm mission to emphasize ideals like philotimo, philanthropy, the pursuit of excellence and innovation — all core components of the Greek existence. 

The end result — an international movement that has been supported and embraced by thousands, with a core mission: to impact people’s lives.

Support Our Volunteer Programs in Greece

Our Greek America Corps program offers young North Americans life-changing volunteer experiences while providing critical humanitarian support to our non-profit partners in Greece. We ran three three-week programs during summer 2021 — two in Athens and one on the island of Chios Interested in making a donation to support this program? Click below.

Shop Our Store on Teespring

Our online store features various Greek America Foundation-themed memorabilia including t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, tote bags and more. All products are made to order with all proceeds directly benefitting our philanthropic and charitable endeavors


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“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”

– Pericles