The mission of the AHEPA is to promote the Australasian Hellenic ideals of education, philanthropy, civic responsibility, family, and individual excellence.
An important component of AHEPA’s mission is to create awareness of the principles of Hellenism in society. These principles include a commitment to humanity, freedom, and democracy. The preservation and promotion of these ideals are areas to which AHEPA has been and always will be deeply committed.
AHEPA educates the community on these matters through symposia, forums, and conferences.
AHEPA’s commitment to education has been well documented throughout its history. Over $4 million is endowed at the local, district, and national levels towards the use of scholarships, and a half-million dollars is awarded annually. Thousands of young men and women have benefited as recipients of AHEPA scholarships at these various levels. The most famous recipient, perhaps, is ABC News’ host of This Week, George Stephanopoulos.
The scholarship program at the national level is administered by the AHEPA National Educational Foundation. It offers scholarships to a wide variety of students. Recipients are: traditional and non-traditional students; seminarians, including those entering Holy Cross Greek School of Theology; and high school seniors, college students, and post-graduate students who are looking to become tomorrow’s leaders.
The preservation of Hellenic or classical studies programs on college campuses is an important issue for the AHEPA Educational Foundation. A subcommittee of the Foundation, the Hellenic Cultural Commision, actively works to support the study of the Classics at universities.
Philanthropy and volunteerism have been pillars of strength for AHEPA. From natural disaster relief to raising funds for the elimination of life-threatening diseases to making significant contributions to our local neighbourhoods, AHEPA is at the forefront of charitable giving.
AHEPA’s philanthropic deeds are evident in the numerous philanthropic works of the association. In addition, countless charitable projects are undertaken every year by AHEPA’s chapters and districts.
Our grassroots have a strong voice. With chapters in every major metropolitan city and in rural areas of North America, AHEPA communicates the positions of the Greek-American community to elected representatives at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as to our diplomatic leaders. These issues pertain to Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey; however, our constituents are also interested in domestic policy areas affecting the philanthropic, civic, and community service-based programs in which they are involved. These positions are based upon our American heritage and ideals, with the best interests of the United States in mind.
AHEPA educates its constituents about these issues through seminars and conferences, providing expert panellists from the U.S. government, prominent Washington, DC, think-tank organisations, and the business world.
Furthermore, AHEPA keeps a watchful eye on Congress with its Congressional Scorecard, a tool that evaluates each member of Congress on Greek-American issues.
Family and Individual Excellence
What makes AHEPA unique from other organisations is the creation of the AHEPA family. Together with three affiliated organisations, the AHEPA Family works as a unit towards the fulfilment of a common mission. Combined, the four organisations have contributed well over a billion dollars to national projects throughout their history.
our core values
The beliefs we hold and our guiding principles