"The mother of


and crime is



"Be kind, for

everyone you

meet is fighting a

hard battle."


"Tι είναι το πιο συνηθισμένο;

Η ελπίδα. Ακόμα

και αν όλα έχουν

χαθεί, αυτή μένει."

Θαλής ο Μιλήσιος

"In giving advice,

seek to help, not

please your friend."


"The secret of change

is to focus all of

your energy, not on

fighting the old, but

on building the new."


"Είναι δυνατόν ο

πλούτος να κάνει

έναν άνθρωπο



"Paying for public

events was the way

that the rich should

serve the state"


"A state of being

productive of benefit

to humans."

The Platonic Academy's
philosophical dictionary



President and CEO Epaminondas Farmakis in his recent op-ed on Huffington Post Impact:

A new Committee has been established by the Prime Minister in order to draft the new legal framework for NGOs operating in Greece.

President of elpis discusses the current situation of philanthropy, in view of the latest revelations of corruption & fraud committed by a few

Why engage in Philanthropy

The original meaning of the word philanthropy
Westerners owe the word philanthropy to the Greeks, who, since the fifth century BC ceaselessly elaborated on their idea of philanthropia. Etymologically, philanthropy means ‘the love of humanity’ and is generally believed to have been coined 2,500 years ago by its use in the myth Prometheus Bound.

In this mythic tale we are told how the primitive creatures that were created to be human at first had no knowledge, skills, or culture of any kind and so they lived in caves, in the dark, in constant fear for their lives.

Zeus, the tyrannical king of the gods, decided to destroy them, but Prometheus, a Titan whose name meant forethought, out of his ‘philanthropos tropos’ or ‘humanity-loving character’ gave them two empowering, life-enhancing, gifts: fire, which symbolises all knowledge, skills, technology, arts, and science, and ‘blind hope’ or ‘optimism’.

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