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.

Applications Open to Volunteer in Greece!

We are now accepting applications for more than 40 spots in our Greek America Corps summer 2021 volunteer programs in Greece.

The 2021 season consists of four separate programs – two in Athensone on the island of Chios and one on the island of Karpathos — each of which lasts for three weeks.

Watch Our #ElladaSagapo Video Featuring Glykeria

With this project called #ElladaSagapo (Greece, I love you), we aimed to create the world’s largest crowd-sourced photo gallery of the country we love so much, filled with memories of past and present.

The video features a newly remixed traditional Greek song by Glykeria (Credits), launched on the first day of summer, June 21, 2020.

Nearly 200 generous donors from throughout the world made photo contributions which appear in the video, as well as in a permanent photo gallery on this website.


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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