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Charity Ministry Annual Report January 2016

By Philip Stamatakos

The parish contributed about $44,773 to charities in 2015. Charitable giving is funded through monthly collections taken one Sunday each month during the Divine Liturgy and through funds from the cell towers. The parish's charitable contributions, which are entirely a function of the good will and generosity of our parishioners, have assisted a variety of Orthodox Christian missions and causes at home and around the globe. The parish council believes that the combination of repeatedly giving to charities that are effective in doing good, Christian works, and giving in an "ad hoc" manner as needs arise, provides both the parish and the recipient organization with a number of benefits. Repeat giving permits the parish to become more closely identified with an organization and its objectives and allows the recipient organization to rely upon a relatively consistent level of annual giving; giving to newly identified organizations permits the parish to address immediate needs. The aggregate amount of our charitable giving for the last five years is set forth below:

Year Amount
2015 $44,773
2014 $17,000
2013 $17,055
2012 $12,643
2011 $22,113

From 2011-2014, the parish gave an average of $17,203 per year to charities, so charitable giving of $44,773 in 2015 was more than double amounts given by the parish in the past. Below is a complete list of charitable giving by the parish in 2015. Italicized charities were charities of the month. Non-italicized charities were other causes to which the parish gave.

Month Charity Amount ($)

January Saint Luke mission trips 553

February Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) 1,412
Special clergy assistance 500
Hogar Orphanage 340

March Father Baker’s family 2,014
Maria Pitouras’ burial 4,725

April International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) 2,140

May Support a Mission Priest (SAMP) 2,770 June Ancient Faith Radio 1,306
Saints Constantine and Helen Church 1,000

July Illinois Orthodox seminarian 4,152
Saint Luke mission trips 7,605

August Journey Pregnancy & Life Hub 938
911 memorial 356

September Orthodox Christian Fellowship 820
Father Byron memorial 500

October Ukrainian orphanage 7,000

November Mary and Martha House 1,108
PADS 500 December Coptic Orphans 2,312
Mission trip to Mexico 1,722
Bishop’s appeal for motorcycles to Africa 1,000
Total: 44,773

If you have suggestions for monthly charities, please contact the Assistant Lay Chair.