Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy
Philoptochos Tradition of Love Tree
The Philoptochos Tradition of Love Tree provides an opportunity for individuals to honor or memorialize in perpetuity a beloved mother, Yiayia, or other loved one. The tree will grace a wall in the Center of Philanthropy and complement the Chapter Giving Tree. Prior donations made In Memory or In Honor of a loved one will be represented on the tree, in addition to new donations.
Three levels of giving will be represented:
- $5,000 and above Platinum leaf
- $2,500 - $4,999 Gold leaf
- $1,000 - $2,499 Bronze leaf
For more information, and to place your memorial donation, please download the flyer and form below.
Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy - Update
On November 27, 2017, Philoptochos celebrates the fifth anniversary of the purchase of the Center of Philanthropy. Since moving into the building, the Center has become the focal point for day-to-day operations, meetings, convention preparations, delivery of counseling services through our Social Services department, outreach services and the organizational center for the National Feed the Hungry program. As the National Director stated at our November 10, 2017 National Board meeting, 126 East 37th Street “has become a true center of philanthropy.”
At the time of purchase, the building was in excellent condition, and other than a coat of paint, it was move-in ready. Like all good stewards of property, we have commenced a well-planned maintenance and renovation program, always keeping in mind fiscal responsibility and mindful of our budgetary obligations to our membership. The Façade Restoration is now proceeding nicely and will result in a renewed exterior, consistent with the historical fabric of the neighborhood. Also included in the renovation work are replacement of the HVAC systems and expansion and reorganization of the interior space for greatest efficiency.
2016 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention Presentation
Click here to see the presentation on the history, residency, programs and future of the Center.
On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in a long standing tradition of the Greek Orthodox Church, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of
His Eminence presented an icon of the 20 Saints Anargyroi, including Saints Cosmas and Damianos, the patron saints of Philoptochos, to National President Maria Logus, who accepted the gift with great honor on behalf of the Philoptochos Society. She thanked His Eminence for his constant love, support and guidance for Philoptochos.
Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy: A Dream Come True
Click on the video for a virtual tour of our Philoptochos home.
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America inspired Philoptochos to secure a permanent Philoptochos home and in his opening message of the video, “A Dream Come True,” Archbishop Demetrios states, “We give thanks to God for celebrating a great event, the opening and inauguration of the Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy in Manhattan, New York, a place for Philoptochos to organize and direct their philanthropic work. This new center is a monument of achievement obtained by the people who believe nothing is impossible.”
The Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy is a reality because of the love, guidance and support of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, our respected Metropolitans, Spiritual Advisor His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela and former Spiritual Advisor His Grace Bishop Andonios of Phasiane, National Philoptochos President Aphrodite Skeadas, the dedicated National Board, the Metropolises, the Philoptochos staff, all the beloved Chapters nationwide, our cherished stewards and donors.
At the close of the video President Skeadas notes, “This modest new home will allow us to serve our current needs, expand our future services and leave a legacy for those who follow in our footsteps. It will be our joy to have you come and visit your new home, located at 126 East 37th Street, in New York City. Please continue to support and preserve the seeds planted eighty-three years ago when Philoptochos was founded as we continue to be a source of illumination, offering hope and enlightenment for the battered, the lonely, the disabled, the hungry and those in need of uplifting.”
Thank you to everyone who made the dream come true!
Historic Opening - The Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy - A New Era of Giving
New York, NY - Several hundred Philoptochos members, supporters and friends from across the United States joined His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America and President Aphrodite Skeadas on March 1, 2014 at the Ribbon Cutting and Blessing of the Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy at 126 East 37th Street in New York City.
Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy Open House
Friday, November 1, 2013 - Divine Liturgy was held at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, officiated by His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela in celebration of the Feast Day of Sts. Cosmas and Damianos, Patron Saints of Philoptochos. This beautiful service was followed by an Open House at the Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy. Generations of Philoptochos stewards and friends were present for the Open House and many exclaimed how proud they were of the accomplishment and how beautiful the space was. New programs and an expansion of existing programs and services are slated for the Center.
Agiasmo Service at the Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy
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Monday, September 9, 2013 His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America joined His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela, National President Aphrodite Skeadas, National Board members, friends and employees of the National Philoptochos office for an Agiasmo Service at the Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy. The Agiasmo Service is a long standing tradition of seeking God’s blessing before embarking on a new task or upon entering a new home.
The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society Moves To New Home The Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy
New York, NY – With the blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, National Philoptochos President Aphrodite Skeadas is pleased to announce that the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society has moved into its new home, the Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy at 126 East 37th Street, New York, New York, 10016.
National Philoptochos Society Achieves Historic Milestone A Permanent Home at 126 East 37th Street
New York, NY – With the blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, the support of the members of the Holy Eparchial Synod, National Philoptochos Board, Philoptochos Chapters, and individuals nationwide, the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society purchased its permanent home, the Philoptochos Center of Philanthropy at 126 East 37th Street in New York City on Tuesday, November 27, 2012. This historic event culminates three years of planning and fundraising to ensure that Philoptochos, the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, secures its legacy for future generations, and allows Philoptochos to continue and expand efforts to help those in need. National Philoptochos President Aphrodite Skeadas stated, “This is a significant day in the history of our venerable 81 year old Society because the charge of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios ‘to see National Philoptochos in its own home, ready and available to serve the community for generations to come’ has come to fruition.”
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Philoptochos Chapter Giving Tree
The Chapter Giving Tree will greet all who enter the new Philoptochos home. Every Chapter’s name will be permanently displayed at the Center; Every Chapter will be proudly represented on the tree; Every Chapter’s donation will be exactly the same: $1000 per leaf. The Mary Jaharis Challenge Gift will match every $1,000 Leaf with another $1,000 up to a total of $500,000. The Chapter Leaves and the munificent Mary Jaharis Challenge Gift will generate the $1,000,000 needed to compete our purchase.
Chapter Giving Tree Forms