The grant-making activities of Bodossaki Foundation promote its vision of a society of equal opportunities and prospects for all, and reflect the Foundation’s four strategic priorities:
- Promoting education
- Enhancing healthcare
- Empowering Civil Society
- Protecting the environment
With its donations and initiatives, the Foundation is consistently supporting the education sector and works to ensure equal opportunities for young students and scientists and to promote excellence and scientific ethos as key values for our society.
The Foundation supports actions and takes initiatives aimed at creating equal opportunities for access to healthcare, upgrading the health services offered by public hospitals and supporting research in the field of health.
The Foundation’s grants have helped build complete hospitals and clinics and have offered medical equipment to most of our country’s public hospitals.
Empowering Civil Society
The Foundation’s goal is to contribute to the development of a strong and independent Civil Society and to help build the appropriate institutional framework for its functioning.
An active, healthy, dynamic Civil Society can complement the state, providing services in critical areas such as health and social welfare, assisting in dealing with emergencies, and contributing to the overall improvement in the daily lives of citizens, to the safeguarding of human rights and to the consolidation of democratic values.
In 2017, Bodossaki Foundation established Social Dynamo, with the objective of offering comprehensive support to Civil Society actors in Greece. This is a unique, one-of-a-kind collaborative hub for Civil Society capacity building, with a focus on learning, professional support and networking.
Regarding in particular the Foundation’s capacity building activities for Civil Society:
From 2013 to 2017, Bodossaki Foundation was Fund Operator of the EEA Grants’ Greek NGO Funding Programme “We are all Citizens”. With a budget of 7.3 million euros, the funding of Civil Society actors by the programme has supported the implementation of 76 projects throughout Greece, directly benefiting more than 245,000 citizens. For details about this programme, see here. Currently, Bodossaki Foundation is Fund Operator, jointly with SolidarityNow, of the €12m Active Citizens Fund programme, funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway as part of the European Economic Area (EEA) Financial Mechanism for the 2014-2021 period. The programme aims to develop the capacity of Civil Society and to strengthen its long-term sustainability.
Protecting the environment
Bodossaki Foundation was one of the first public benefit organisations in Greece to turn their attention to environmental protection.
Funding research on environmental issues, assisting in the implementation of large-scale environmental protection programmes and supporting environmental education programmes, are some of the ways in which the Foundation contributes to environmental protection and sustainable development.