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THI Australia grant to boost Desmos Direct Greece crisis relief programs

"By helping to build capacity in dynamic young organisations, The Hellenic Initiative is playing a significant role in boosting the charity sector in Greece"

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(L-R) Mrs Theodora Mitarou, her husband and president of THI Australia Mr Nikos Mitaros and Mrs Annie Skourletis from Desmos Direct.

06 February 2017

Greece's innovative online donation platform, Desmos Direct, will undergo a major upgrade following a grant from The Hellenic Initiative (THI) Australia.
Since it was established in 2012, Desmos has supported 700 social welfare organisations thanks to the donations of 260 companies and thousands of individuals, assisting more than 330,000 beneficiaries, and distributing goods and services valued at more than $4 million.
The award-winning online giving tool Desmos Direct makes it easy and efficient to donate goods and services by automatically matching donations with the needs of welfare organisations that are assisting people in need throughout Greece.

Through its online database of NGO needs in real time, donors and recipients can transact directly with maximum transparency, offering food, clothing, furniture, school equipment, medical supplies and other goods and services.

"We are pleased to be continuing our partnership with Desmos in 2016-17 as part of our crisis relief program, with a grant of $17,400 for Desmos Direct," announced THI Australia president Nick Pappas.

"Desmos Direct has become a valuable donation service that has been steadily embraced by donors and welfare organisations dealing with the impact of the economic crisis in Greece."

In 2015-16, THI Australia provided a $20,000 grant to support the Desmos Direct program, which exceeded goals by distributing goods valued at more than $681,000 through more than 2,000 online donations.

With the benefit of the upgrade and technical support provided by THI Australia's grant, Desmos Direct is expecting to increase the number of users and online donations by more than 30 per cent in 2017, providing an additional $150,000 in donated goods.

"By helping to build capacity in dynamic young organisations, The Hellenic Initiative is playing a significant role in boosting the charity sector in Greece, which is struggling to cope with the ongoing social impact of the economic crisis and the influx of refugees," Mr Pappas added.

Through its offices in Athens and Thessaloniki, Desmos also designs and implements targeted nationwide programs such as Desmos Gives Warmth, which provides heating fuel to schools and welfare institutions, Desmos for Schools, which provides equipment and materials for schools in remote areas of Greece, and 'I Care & Act' which promotes volunteering and civic engagement.

For further information go to www.desmos.org and www.TheHellenicInitiative.org

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