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The American College of Greece

Not to be served, but to serve.

Boston, MA   |  www.acg.edu

Mission

The American College of Greece’s (ACG) mission is to add distinctive and sustainable value to our students, Greece, American education, Hellenic heritage, and the global community through transformative teaching, scholarship and service. Founded 150 years ago by American women to serve refugee girls, ACG has evolved into the oldest and largest American-accredited nonsectarian, nonprofit educational institution in Europe. Today, ACG remains grounded in its founders’ commitment to service and equitable, inclusive education, enrolling more than 7,000 students in its comprehensive pre-K – graduate-level system, providing financial assistance to the majority of students and investing in refugee student scholarships.

Notes from the nonprofit

As an educational institution The American College of Greece is unique—not just in Europe, but the world over—and uniquely positioned for impact. ACG is the oldest and largest, comprehensive, American-accredited school in Europe. ACG’s distinctive educational model allows the institution to steward a learner all the way through their educational lifecycle, from preschool through graduate school. ACG is among the only nonprofit educational institutions in Greece. As a U.S.-based academic institution, ACG is proud to serve as a bridge between Greece and the United States, bringing the best of both countries and cultures to the students, communities and constituencies it serves.  Over the last decade, despite operating in the Greek economic crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic, ACG has achieved impressive institutional growth and significantly expanded our individual, economic, cultural, and social impact.

Ruling year info

1964

Principal Officer

David G. Horner

Main address

31 State St., Fourth Floor 2nd Floor

Boston, MA 02109 USA

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EIN

04-2306054

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Pre-K, secondary, university education, graduate education

Founded 150 years ago by American women, ACG has evolved into the oldest and largest American-accredited nonsectarian, nonprofit co-educational institution in Europe. Today, ACG remains grounded in its founders’ commitment to service and equitable, inclusive education, enrolling more than 7,000 students in its comprehensive pre-K – graduate-level system, providing financial assistance to the majority of students, and investing in refugee student scholarships. Undergraduate and graduate studies are housed at the 64-acre main campus on Mt. Hymettus overlooking Athens. A new campus in nearby Spata serves pre-K and elementary, and Alba Graduate School of Business is located in downtown Athens. 

In Greece, ACG’s difference is providing a comprehensive education rooted in the American values of innovation, equity, and meritocracy that links students to the regional marketplace and global opportunities.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Awards

STARS Gold Rating 2021

AASHE

Affiliations & memberships

Junior Achievement Worldwide 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants in study abroad and exchange programs

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Pre-K, secondary, university education, graduate education

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Increasing

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

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Pre-K, secondary, university education, graduate education

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Output - describing our activities and reach

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Increasing

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

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Pre-K, secondary, university education, graduate education

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Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of academic scholarships awarded

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Pre-K, secondary, university education, graduate education

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Output - describing our activities and reach

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Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Moving toward its 150th year in 2025, ACG continues to build on the school’s historic mission: To add distinctive and sustainable value to its students, Greece, American education, Hellenic heritage, and the global community through transformative teaching, scholarship and service.

ACG aims to continue its tradition of academic excellence while making substantial, tangible contributions to the economic and social fabric of Greece and the cultural continuity of the Greek diaspora.

ACG's top four goals strategic goals through 2025:
1. Achieve high standards of performance across all educational programs and make a material diffrence in Greece's economy and public health.
2. Cultivate high performance, sustainable organizational culture based on transparency, mutual support, collegiality and continuous improvement.
3. Establish ACG's educational leadership position; build a culture of constituency engagement and philanthropy.
4. Assure a comprehensive, sustainable financial and infrastructure model.

Priorities for the future include: 
1. Develop the two main campuses, two education and research centers in Athens, and the new ACG Innovation Hub @ Demokritos (Greece’s National Centre of Scientific Research, adjacent to our Aghia Paraskevi campus). 
2. Develop The Institute for Hellenic Culture and the Liberal Arts, the Institute for Hellenic Growth and Prosperity, the Institute of Public Health, and the Institute of Global Affairs and their affiliated centers of excellence as pillars of ACG’s expanded, comprehensive curriculum and economic, cultural and social impact initiatives.  
3. Grow total enrollment to 10,000 in both traditional, face-to-face and online formats. 
4. Expand community outreach, professional and Executive Education programs.  
5. Support faculty research and development. 
6. Enhance support for student financial aid. 

Strategies to advance Goal 1: Enhance ACG's educational experience; diversify and strengthen enrollment - qualitatively and quantitatively; triangulate initiatives to boost Greece's economy, improve public health and promote civic engagement.
Strategies to advance Goal 2: Establish collegial governance rooted in a highly functioning board of trustees, faculty and staff; assure externally competitive and internally equitable compensation.
Strategies to advance Goal 3: Invest in targeted marketing and communications, advancement (e.g. alumni engagement, fundraising) and public affairs initiatives.
Strategies to advance Goal 4: Strengthen financial management; diversify revenue sources; develop and expand physical and technological resources; implement comprehensive sustainability intiative.

ACG's capabilities include:
1. 7,100 enrolled students from 70 countries
2. 600 faculty
3. 62,000 global alumni
4. $300M endowment/reserves fund
5. Three educational divisions
6. Deree, Europe’s largest U.S.-accredited college
7. Alba, Greece’s premier independent graduate business school
8. Pierce, Greece’s leading independent PK – 12 school

Over the last decade, despite operating in the Greek economic crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic, ACG has achieved impressive institutional growth and significantly expanded our individual, economic, cultural, and social impact.

In just ten years, ACG has:
1. Increased total enrollment by 93%, from 3,688 to 7,100
2. Added 40 new undergraduate and graduate degree programs
3. Launched the Pierce International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and P-K-Grade Six Elementary School
4. Acquired and developed a new, 27 acre East Campus
5. Increased the percentage of financial aid recipients from 23% to 56% of the student body
6. Organized and licensed the ACG – Research Center to support faculty research and participation in EU funding projects

Partnering with organizations across Greece and the U.S., including National Hellenic Society, The Hellenic Initiative, the Behrakis Foundation, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, SEV (Hellenic Federation of Enterprises), the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, the U.S. Embassy in Athens, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), ACG has:

1. Exposed 500 Greek American students to their roots through Heritage Greece
2. Helped launch 27 Greek startups
3. Educated over 50,000 Greek youth about the dangers of smoking, Greece now leads the EU in smoking reduction
4. Supported 200 refugees in educational programs at Pierce, Deree and Alba
5. Established a model program at Pierce to support European Jewish communities devastated by the Holocaust

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Founded 150 years ago, ACG has evolved into the oldest and largest American-accredited nonsectarian, nonprofit educational institution in Europe. ACG remains grounded in its founders’ commitment to equitable education, enrolling more than 7,000 students in its comprehensive pre-K – graduate-level system, providing financial assistance to the majority of students and investing in refugee students. In Greece, ACG’s difference is providing a comprehensive education rooted in the American values of innovation, equity, and meritocracy that links students to the marketplace and global opportunities. ACG’s value proposition for the 1,000 from the U.S. and more than 70 other countries studying abroad at ACG each year is a high-quality, American-accredited education at an affordable price.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The phone calls began pouring into The American College of Greece last spring. Ukrainian college students, lives fractured by the Russian invasion of their country, were suddenly refugees in Greece desperately seeking a path back to education. The college, with a 150-year history of educating refugees and a well-established refugee student scholarship program in place, quickly responded. Through a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Embassy Athens and a matching financial contribution from The American College of Greece, more than 40 refugee, migrant and displaced students, including 20 Ukrainians, will receive tuition scholarships at The American College of Greece over the coming year.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Asking for and sharing feedback with the ACG community builds trust and increases transparency. It's a key tactic in ACG's strategic goals to build a high-performance culture institution-wide and to engage our constituents including students, alumni, parents, partners and the broader community.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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The American College of Greece

Board of directors
as of 02/06/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ambassador Dan Bennett Smith

U.S. Department of State

Term: 2022 - 2025

Alexandros Aldous

Chef's Warehouse

William Antholis

University of Virginia

Michael Bapis

Rockefeller Capital Management

Drake Behrakis

Marwick Associates

Spiros Bouas

Lite-Cap Private Equity

George Diploma

Shearman and Sterling

John Chachas

Methuselah Advisors

Alma DeMetropolis

J.P. Morgan

Susan Fuhrman

Columbia University

Matt Glendinning

Moses Brown School

Dena Tsamitis

Carnegie Mellon University

Martha Kanter

New York University

Hariclia Karis

Kirkland and Ellis

Nikos Koumettis

The Coca-Cola Company

Lee Ann Leahy

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Angelo Manioudakis

Two Lantern Investment Partners

Dan Miller

The Urban School of San Francisco

Helena Mitchell

Georgia Institute of Technology

Lisa O'Donnell

BlackRock Inc.

Milton Sipp

Riverdale Country School

Daniel Smith

U.S. State Department

Lena Triantogiannis

Egon Zehnder

Deborah Wince-Smith

Council on Competitiveness

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/5/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/05/2023

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.