The Welfare Foundation for Social and Cultural Affairs (KIKPE) was founded in Athens in 1988.
Its aims are:
- to engage in social welfare activities, particularly in areas hard hit by the economic crisis, and to support agencies involved with the care of disadvataged population groups
- to support long-term actions in the sector of education and training, in the widest sense, in collaboration with similar agencies and foundations wherever possible
- to valorize at best the collections and archives in the Foundation’s possession, and to present these to the public in Greece and abroad
The Foundation is managed by a three-member Board, which selects specialist external collaborators to whom it entrusts the realization of each project.
Some of KIKPE’s activities and interventions are mentioned indicatively:
During the years 2011-2012, KIKPE continued its support of The Archdiocese of Athens in organizing the provision of meals in areas of Attica heavily affected by the economic crisis, as well as of the Municipality of Athens in implementing similar programmes. For the same purpose it also supported other agencies, such as the non-profit association Prolepsis, in providing school meals in Attica. In the framework of social solidarity KIKPE additionally supports the Therapy Centre for Dependent Individuals (ΚΕTHΕΑ) by funding the training of personnel in specific therapeutic communities. The funding of postgraduate students through the Nikos and Lydia Trichas Foundation for Education and European Culture is a further social solidarity action of KIKPE.
Since 2012 KIKPE has been participating in the five-year programme of the not-profit organization Future Library, which is sponsored by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, regarding the supply of one hundred and seventeen libraries all over Greece. The Foundation’s participation consists in supplementing selected libraries in the provinces with old and new editions. In addition, it receives donations of books from private individuals, which it distributes to libraries (public, municipal, institutional, etc.) and cultural agencies in Attica and rural regions of Greece.
In the sector of education, KIKPE organizes cycles of lectures on subjects of diachronic and current interest, in collaboration with the Athens Concert Hall (Megaron Plus Programme). These lectures are published in booklets that are distributed gratis to the audience. KIKPE sponsors the publication of the proceedings of international conferences, mainly on disciplines in the Humanities, held in Greece. It also supports the annual cycle of courses of the “University of SPEL” (The Book Archway's Educational Cycle), established by the “Society for the Promotion of Education and Learning” (SPEL).
Lastly, KIKPE’s collection of ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine bronze coins, and its collection of Greek banknotes spanning the period from 1822 to 2002, when the euro was introduced, as well as the personal archive and artistic oeuvre of the Greek diaspora painter and writer Vassilis Photiades, are all accessible to researchers. Progressively, this material will be presented to the general public, through exhibitions, catalogues and publications.
In addition to the aforementioned activities, KIKPE over the past years has made significant contributions to actions pertaining to culture, social welfare and national interest.