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One of the world’s leading private philanthropic organizations, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the arts and culture, education, health and sports, and social welfare. Since 1996, the SNF has committed more than €2.6 billion through more than 4,300 grants to nonprofit organizations in 124 countries around the world.

The SNF supports organizations and programs worldwide expected to have a significant, lasting positive impact for society at large and exhibit strong leadership and good governance. The Foundation also supports programs that facilitate the formation of public and private partnerships as an effective means for serving public welfare. 

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) is an environmentally sustainable public space for expression, culture, and recreation, envisioned and made a reality by the Foundation through a grant initiative totaling $750 million. The project was delivered by the SNF to the Greek state on 23 February 2017. After delivering the SNFCC to the Greek State, the SNF announced its commitment to continue supporting it; furthermore, it continues funding the organizations residing in its premises: the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera. From the conception of the idea through 2026, SNF will have given a total of €641 million ($773 million) to the SNFCC.

In addition to being the visionary, creator, and donor of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) is also an invaluable collaborator across multiple activities, as well as an events organizer at the SNFCC premises.

Also, the SNF continued supporting the SNFCC Membership Program during 2017. The Membership Program was inaugurated in June 2016, when 42,000 Members were registered with the subscription fees being covered through an SNF exclusive grant. Finally, through its Recharging the Youth initiative, the SNF offers to young people aged 18-35 paid internship positions at the SNFCC, and at its combined activities with the Greek National Opera and the National Library of Greece.







A return to our favorite summers

SNF Nostos (previously known as Summer Nostos Festival) is an international, multidimensional festival bursting with avant-garde art, scintillating conversation, daring ideas, irresistible music, moving dance, delightful performances, participatory entertainment, and lively sports activities for visitors of all ages.

SNF Nostos combines a fresh lineup of beloved Greek and international artists with annual signature events: the SNF Nostos Conference featuring luminaries from diverse spheres, the evening SNF Nostos RUN, and the SNF DIALOGUES in collaboration with the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

Every summer, SNF Nostos invites us all to get together at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC). The SNFCC, an open public space that thousands of people have made their own, is the perfect meeting spot to share experiences and create new memories that will have us looking forward to next year’s SNF Nostos as soon as this year’s has ended.

SNF Nostos is organized and made possible through the exclusive support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).



For the past nine years, the SNF Nostos Conference has brought together some of the world's most insightful thinkers, leaders, artists, iconoclasts, and visionaries to explore critical questions related to the future of humanity and society. Presented as a gift to the public by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), the Conference seeks to explore and deepen our collective understanding of fundamental issues while strengthening habits of civil discourse.

Since 2016, the Conference has convened at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) in Athens, Greece. The SNFCC, the Foundation's largest single grant to date, is an ambitious project to create truly public space that every member of society can make their own. 



The SNF Dialogues, an initiative of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), are a series of monthly discussions whose goal is to foster the exchange of ideas, inspire a new way of thinking and acting, and encourage and elevate public discourse across geographic boundaries.

The Dialogues convene on the last Wednesday of each month to bring to light timely questions and developments, share informed reflections and concerns, highlight new data and angles, and present fascinating people, projects, and ideas.

The events follow a flexible format adapted to the theme of each event, including panel discussions, one-on-one conversations, presentations, and more. The SNF DIALOGUES are free and open to the public with advance online registration. Events are broadcast live on the Dialogues website,, where video is also available afterward.

The Dialogues are now part of iMEdD’s (the incubator for Media Education and Development) Inside the Box pillar and are enriched by the nonprofit’s journalistic expertise. The mission of Inside the Box is to share ideas, know-how, and best practices, as well as to provide strategic guidance and implement projects related to SNF’s work.

The Dialogues are curated and moderated by Anna-Kynthia Bousdoukou.



The SNF RUN races are organized and funded exclusively by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, under the supervision of the Regeneration & Progress NGO, in collaboration with the SNFCC, and the Hellenic Olympic Committee. The SNF RUN is not competitive but focuses on rewarding participation and effort and reinforcing sports culture.