Hellenic Hope started in summer 2012, in the course of a discussion among friends in London. We all felt deeply concerned with the impact of the economic crisis. We could see that the magnitude of the issue was about to overwhelm existing non-governmental organisations, structures and response mechanisms and we wanted to help in this moment of crisis whilst utilising our professional skills and our network.
The decision to support children was easy. To us, children are the most innocent victims, least able to respond to the crisis and as such, one of the most vulnerable segments of the population. It may sound cliché, but the truth is that they also represent the future of any country and so they are a precious resource.
At Hellenic Hope we want to safeguard children’s future by helping them with the basics, supporting their families and ensuring that they are given the emotional and educational tools to create a positive future for themselves.
We focus on supporting good organisations which are active within the Greece and which provide invaluable services & support to children at risk and their families. We do not discriminate on the basis of nationality, ethnicity, gender or religion.
We setup Hellenic Hope with a focus on raising funds – primarily abroad – and channelling them to selected, capable organisations in Greece.
Hellenic Hope is a UK charity and the UK is one of the three largest communities of Greeks outside Greece. Importantly, it’s an affluent and successful community, which remains close to the homeland.
If you are a UK taxpayer and you donate through Hellenic Hope, for every £1 you give us, we get up to an extra 25p from the UK tax authorities. This makes your money and its impact go further.
We also provide mechanisms to make donating online very easy, we give you the option to set up a standing order from a UK bank account and we ensure that 99.9% of the funds we raise go where they are needed most, to children in need.
We feel there are three main reasons to support us:
The non-governmental sector in Greece has never been particularly developed. Many of the organisations active on the ground depend on volunteers and governmental funding. With the crisis, governmental funds have dried up whilst demand for the NGOs’ services is at an all times high.
At Hellenic Hope we focus on supporting smaller, but very experienced, dedicated and capable non-governmental organisations to continue their invaluable work. Often, this means that they can focus on their work without worrying about survival. On other occasions, it means that they can extend their services e.g. provide a meal for the children they support.
We apply the values and principles we use in our professional capacities to the work we do at Hellenic Hope. We conduct extensive due diligence before we support a charity and only partner up with organisations which we feel share our values.
Also, we rarely hand over cash. Instead, we agree on what support charities need and set about finding the most cost efficient and effective solution in providing that support.
Once we start a co-operation, we are in regular contact with the organisation we support and ensure that we have close understanding of the impact of our work. Among other, we also conduct regular visits and inquire on the impact of our involvement, often adjusting the level or manner of the help we provide along the way to suit evolving needs.
We keep our administrative expenses to an absolutely minimum. We all work on a volunteering basis, source pro bono work (e.g. our website was a donation-in-kind from a Greek company) and use our extensive network to spread the word about Hellenic Hope.
Our expense to donations ratio is almost zero and we strive to keep it at the lowest possible level. This means that a good 99.9% of whatever you donate goes to those that need it.
Moreover, as a UK incorporated charity we are regulated by the UK Charities Commission and maintain transparent accounts that are accessible on demand.
At the moment, there are the original 9 founding members who are also Charity Trustees and another 3 members. All 12 of us volunteer our time and expertise every day to create a charity that makes a difference.
With backgrounds in law, finance, banking, technology, compliance and marketing, we apply the same principles, rigour and objectivity that we apply at our professions every day, whether this is in the selection process, the monitoring of programmes, the systems and process we develop or our fundraising efforts.
So far, we have focused on supporting charities within the Attica Region, which encompasses – among other – the cities of Athens and Piraeus. In the future, we intend on extending our reach beyond Attica.
There are many ways to donate online and you can either make a one off or an ongoing donation. Just click on the Donate button at the top of the page or go to www.hellenic-hope.org/donate.
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