The Greek Children’s Fund (GCF) was established in 1983 by Stanley Matthews, a Greek-American businessman. GCF’s mission is to provide financial assistance towards the daily, non-medical needs of children of Hellenic descent and their families, who suffer from life threatening illnesses. These children are treated in the United States, primarily in the New York tri-state area. Throughout its history, GCF has assisted adult patients as well. However, its primary mission has been focused on children. GCF is an all-volunteer run organization that raises funds through events such as dinner-dances, telethons, concerts and partnerships with other community groups, organizations and businesses.
To fulfill its mission, GCF created long-standing partnerships with a few of the most prestigious medical institutions in the United States. GCF had a 25-year partnership with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and currently has affiliations with Schneider Children’s Hospital (SCH) in New Hyde Park, NY; All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL; and The Joseph Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, NJ. At SCH, in addition to non-medical financial assistance, GCF currently provides the Greek-American community with professional bilingual/bicultural social services through a part-time social worker/program coordinator.