Three years ago a small group of supporters took a chance on the Athens Partnership—and the idea that this new vehicle could be a catalyst to spark innovation, collaboration, and investment in Athens. In this short period of time, we’ve launched 14 major cross-sector initiatives with the Municipality of Athens, invested over €12 million in grants and contributions, and impacted the lives of over 100,000 Athenians.
Today we are not just an idea but a team of people, both seasoned and committed to strengthening Athens and the country—From reimagining public learning spaces to digitizing social services citywide. We have created a network of more than 30 government agencies, 400 NGOs and citizen groups, and private partners working together on programs such as Open Schools and the Athens Coordination Center for Migrant and Refugee issues. By bringing together these collective forces, we are targeting needs, leveraging and sharing valuable public resources and directing investments where they are needed most.
The world is taking notice. This fall Athens was awarded the 2018 European Capital of Innovation distinction by the European Commission. This prestigious honor was received after consideration of the city’s bid that highlighted many Athens Partnership projects.
Your role in all this is everything.
This is a crucial time in the growth of the Athens Partnership and the reach of our public programs. Can we count on your support?
On behalf of the Athens Partnership, I cannot thank you enough for your belief and commitment—your support is strengthening a city, a country and the citizens of Greece. As we reflect on the amazing outcomes over the last three years, we have much to be thankful for and are encouraged by the possibilities ahead with your partnership.
Happy holidays to you and yours,