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Leadership 100 Celebrates 30th Anniversary
Highlighting the Future of Church and Philanthropy in America
Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Excellence presented to the Seleni Institute. From left, Charles Cotros, Archbishop Demetrios, Seleni Founder Nitzia Logothetis with her husband George Logothetis, Co-Founder and Chairman and CEO of the Libra Group, Connie Cotros and Dr. Andrew Stephanopoulos, PHOTO: VASSILIOS KUKURINIS
The Executive Committee of The Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund approved $2,453,833.50 in new grants and prior commitments for 2014 (bringing the total of funds distributed by the organization since its inception to $38,004,511.50) at its 23rd Annual Conference held this past February at The Ritz-Carlton, in Naples, Florida. This year also marked the group’s 30th Anniversary. Some 400 members and their guests attended, according to Charles H. Cotros, the outgoing Chairman, who passed the torch of his office to George S. Tsandikos at the concluding gala event which featured a special message from Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who commended Leadership 100 for its 30 years of service the Church and acknowledged Archbishop Demetrios for his 15 years of ministry as Archbishop of America.
The conference highlighted the future of the Church and Philanthropy in America and the world with the presentation of the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Excellence to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, accepted by Vasili Tsamis, Chief Operating Officer, for worldwide innovative philanthropy; to the Seleni Institute, accepted by Nitzia Logothetis, Founder and Executive Chairwoman, for programs addressing women’s health; and to Greek Orthodox Telecommunications (GOTelecom), accepted by Nicholas J. Furris, Senior Producer/Director, for the 26-program series, “Discovering Orthodox Christianity, funded with a Leadership100 grant. The Conference also included a Personal dialogue, “A Vision for the Future”, with Archbishop Demetrios, conducted by Charles H. Cotros who proved a great host and perhaps could develop this into some kind of online TV show.
The new grants approved by the Executive Committeeincluded for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America: Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries Camping Ministries, $270,000; Office of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, $150,000; The Center for Family Care, $95,000 for Renewal of Family Ministry and $20,360 for Seminarian and Clergy Couple Care; Department of Religious education, $80,000; Department of Administration Ministry Updates, $57,042.50; and Orthodox Prison Ministry, $54,310. New grants for the Metropolises included Metropolis of Atlanta Family Life Ministry, $100,000. Other new grants included Fordham University Orthodox Christian Studies center, $33,000; The Ecumenical Patriarchate Youth and Young Adult Conference, $30,000; and St. Photios National Shrine, $8,100. Finally, prior grant commitments included Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology Scholarship Program $1,000,000 and Office of Vocation and Ministry, $30,800; Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Strategic Plan Project, $125,000, Office of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, $90,000, Center for Family Care Men’s Ministry Group, $13,750, and Department of Marriage and Family, $60,000; Metropolis of Boston Emerging Leaders Ministry, $100,000; International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) $96,071; The Ecumenical Patriarchate Pastoral Health Care Conference, $35,000; and Retired Clergy in Need, $5,400.
Peter Vlachos, Chairman of the Investment Committee, reported that in the year ended December 31, 2013 the Leadership 100 Endowment Fund rose 11.29% to $82,717,395 from previous year-end value of $75,448,411, while Paulette Poulos, Executive Director, reported to all three bodies that membership had increased to 935.