Partnerships and Beneficiaries
The Elios Charitable Foundation has been fortunate to partner with and sponsor several outstanding organizations and programs,
including the following:
Cappella Romana San Francisco Concert Series
The Foundation supported the 2019-2020 San Francisco concert series by Cappella Romana featuring performances of Mary and The Cross, Hymns of Kassiane, and From Constantinople to California. Cappella Romana is a professional vocal ensemble that performs early and contemporary sacred classical music in the Christian traditions of East and West. The ensemble is known especially for its presentations and recordings of medieval Byzantine chant, Greek and Russian Orthodox choral works, and other sacred music that expresses the historic traditions of a unified Christian inheritance.
Center for Modern Greek Studies at San Francisco State University
With a grant of $25,000, the Foundation provided support to the Center for Modern Greek Studies to support the mission of promoting modern Greek language, literature, history, and culture and for visiting professors to teach two courses per semester and to lead a lecture series on topics relevant to the Hellenic American community.
Center for Tebtunis Papyri (CTP) at the University of California, Berkeley
The Foundation partnered with CTP (a research project supported by the Bancroft Library) to sponsor a papyrology fellow to preserve, reconstruct, decipher and translate the Greek language portion of papyri found in Tebtunis, Egypt. The 1899-1900 expedition to Tebtunis was funded for the University of California by Mrs. Phoebe Apperson Hearst and its papyri form the largest collection of papyrus texts in the Americas. Follow the blog Greek in Tebtunis here.
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF)
With grants totaling more than $167,000, the Foundation has sponsored two pieces of ancient Greek art, Araballos in the Shape of a Hippalektryon and a Cycladic Figure, and was a founding member of the Ancient Art Council. The Foundation has supported the FAMSF’s Museum Ambassadors program and continues to be a major funder of the Get Smart with Art program. The Ancient Art Council believes in perpetuating, safeguarding, and understanding ancient art and culture in the Mediterranean basin.
Hellenic Heritage Institute (HHI)
The Foundation sponsored the HHI’s annual Greek Music, Food and Wine Festival in San Jose and its School Educational Programs which provided hands-on activities focused on social studies curriculum, such as history, language, the Olympic Games, etc.
The Hellenic Journal (HJ)
As one of the primary sources of Greek community and ethnic news in the western United States, The Hellenic Journal is supported by the Foundation.
Hellenic Research Fellowship Program at California State University, Sacramento
The Foundation continues to fund the Library Research Fellowship Program to support the use of the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection by fellows for scholarly research in Hellenic studies while in residence at California State University, Sacramento.
Heritage Greece partner: Each year, the Foundation partners with the National Hellenic Society to support the travel and education of ten Elios Scholars, who participate in the Heritage Greece program.
Kairos Music Academy, Berkeley/Oakland
The Foundation supported the Kairos Youth Choir Greek Choral Music Recording Project by underwriting the cost of recording a performance by the choir members of both existing and newly-written Greek music, bringing exposure to Greek language, culture, and tradition. The Foundation also has supported Karios’ participation in the International Festival of the Aegean in Syros, Greece. Kairos is a community treasure that provides a nurturing environment for musically interested children.
Los Angeles Greek Film Festival
The Foundation was proud to be a sponsor of the 2019 Los Angeles Greek Film Festival which was held June 3-9, 2019. You can learn more about the award winners and festival honorees here.
Loyola Marymount University’s Basil P. Caloyeras Center for Modern Greek Studies
Scholarships for students in the Modern Greek Studies program and faculty stipends were supported with funding from the Foundation.
Metropolis of San Francisco Folk Dance Programs
The Greek Orthodox Folk Dance and Choral Festival has received more than $200,000 from the Foundation over the past several years. The organization is dedicated to promoting, encouraging and perpetuating Greek heritage and culture among individuals, families and communities by expressing it through folk dance, folk art, music and language.
Modern Greek Studies Foundation
The Foundation continues its annual sponsorship of the San Francisco Greek Film Festival The Modern Greek Studies Foundation supports the study of modern Greek language and culture in academic settings and presents public programs reflecting and celebrating the importance and beauty of Hellenic culture. The Foundation sponsors the San Francisco Greek Film Festival and all its initiatives.
Nemea Center at the University of California, Berkeley
The Foundation made a significant grant to the Nemea Center to support its mission of teaching, research, and public service centered around the University of California excavations in Nemea, Greece.
PBS for the Documentary – The Greek Americans II: Passing the Torch
The Foundation was a major funder of the documentary, part of a series on the Greek American experience.
United Hellenic American Society (UHAS)
San Francisco’s annual Greek Parade and celebration of Greek Independence Day presented by UHAS was sponsored by the Foundation for several years.