The Program in Modern Greek Studies at UIUC has received a commitment in 2015 for a $60,000 gift from the Onassis Foundation for three academic years, 2015-18 ($20,000 per academic year). This gift inaugurates a collaboration between MGS and the Onassis Foundation. The collaboration also includes sponsorship of visiting scholars in Hellenic Studies to UIUC.
The mission of the Foundation is to support, organize and run activities in the areas of culture, education and social solidarity. Established in 1975, the Foundation has achieved the following:
In 1999 the affiliate Onassis Foundation (USA) Inc. was established in New York City in order to disseminate Hellenic civilization and culture throughout North and South America and Canada.
The Onassis Cultural Center in Athens, Greece, was inaugurated in December 2010, with the mission of promoting modern cultural expression, supporting new Greek artists and investing behind education and lifelong learning.