Browsing: philanthropy

Source: Oinos Educational Consulting by Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” Billy Graham Courage is contagious. When coupled with compassion and selfless love, courage is a powerful contagion that distinguishes the authentic philanthropist whose generosity is based on the gravity of societal privation, and not from those who seek to support the most attractive causes du’ jour. The recent death of the American actor Kirk Douglas, at the age of 103, provides a wonderful opportunity to pay tribute to such philanthropists who, like the famed…

Source: OINOS Educational Consulting by Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “There is a lad here, with five barley loaves, and two small fishes. But what are they among so many?” John 6:9 Who will be the next generation of philanthropists? Where will they come from? Will they emerge on their own, or will they be mentored into existence by charitable-minded parents? Like other aspects of human literacy, religious, nonprofit, and educational organizations have an obligation to help surface the next generation of philanthropists by providing strategic opportunities of philanthro-paideia that will nurture the language of altruism in the young. The ancient…

Source: OINOS Educational Consulting By Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “By doing good with his money, a man, as it were, stamps the image of God upon it, and makes it pass, current for the merchandise of heaven.” ~ John Rutledge The rare British Guiana 1c magenta is considered the most valuable stamp in the world. Cut in the shape of an octagon, the stamp is the only one of its kind known to exist. Issued in limited numbers in 1856, the rare impress was discovered in 1873 by a 12-year-old Scottish schoolboy among his uncle’s letters. Since its initial rescue, the…

Source: OINOS Educational Consulting By Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP Money is like manure; it’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around encouraging young things to grow.” – Thornton Wilder The Matchmaker is a four-act comedy written by playwright Thornton Wilder in 1955. Due to its success on Broadway, the high-society satire was adapted in 1964 as the highly acclaimed musical, Hello, Dolly! The Matchmaker’s fundamental comic storyline centers on a wealthy widower, Horace Vandergelder, who enlists the services of marriage-broker, Dolly Gallagher Levi, to find a new wife. Amusing pandemonium ensues when Dolly, herself a widow, decides she wants the tight-fisted millionaire for herself. Like…

Source: OINOS Educational Consulting By Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “If you think a gift is completed when the check clears, you’re a tax collector, not a fundraiser. If you think the gift is completed when the receipt is sent, you’re an accountant. If you think the gift is completed when the donor sees what their gift has done, you’re a transformational fund­raiser.” ~ Sister Georgette Lemuth, President of the National Catholic Development Conference The much-anticipated royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took place in the elegant Windsor Castle sanctuary of Saint George on Saturday, May 19th.  According to…

Source: The National Herald By Theodore Kalmoukos BOSTON, MA – An effort started some six years ago by Dr. Maria Koulmanda, a prominent physician, researcher, and professor at Harvard Medical School in the fields of children’s diabetes and transplantation, has developed into an officially-recognized nonprofit organization. “Agape and Elpida,” which stands for “Love and Hope” 501 (c) (3) is the new philanthropic organization in Boston which gives “love and hope” to the heroes of this country, the U.S. Homeless Veterans of the Boston area. Its founding members besides Dr. Koulmanda are Themis Karpouzis and Angeliki Kalmoukos. Koulmanda and some friends…

Source: The National Herald To the Editor: I have been following the news about Hurricane Sandy and all the people who have been suffering from damage from the storm. My family and I made a donation through the Red Cross, and I am happy that Greek-American groups like the Philoptochos and AHEPA have been helping, but I’m afraid that our community has not stepped up to the degree that it could or should. Maybe none of our societies and institutions are organized to react quickly, and maybe the Church and the above groups will make an impact over time, but…