The "Public Benefit Foundation Michail N. Stassinopoulos - VIOHALCO' was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Athens.
The Foundation’s vision is the cultural development of the people of Tegea, the promotion of the area’s ancient civilization and the encouragement of local tradition. Towards this end, the Foundation has financed archaeological excavations in Tegea and the greater area of Arcadia, and sponsors the Archaeological Museum of Tripolis.
The Foundation contributes in the operating costs of the Primary Schools of Stadio and Rizes, the Junior High and High School of Alea, with the purchase of up-to-date equipment and the transformation of their athletic grounds. It organizes educational programs and excursions, offers computer lessons, and finances children of the primary schools of Tegea at the Attico Conservatory of Tripolis.
The Foundation houses and sponsors the “Tegea” Dance Society, performing in Greece and abroad, in an effort to promote and advance Greek folk dance and music. The Dance Society has created classes for children, teenagers, and adults.
A choir for adults has also been established in 2008.
The Foundation instituted scholarships for 3rd year Business Administration students of the School of Economics at the Athens University.
Finally, the Foundation encourages and supports the active participation of the people of Tegea in the organization of cultural events, organizes excursions for adults and supports cultural and athletic associations in the area of Tegea.
More specifically, in 2017:
- We have equipped all Tegea schools with computers and robotics systems.
- We continued to support financially the educational program "I learn to not smoke - HEART II" that takes place in the Peloponnese Region under the supervision of Professor Panayiotis Behrakis.
- We supported the theatrical performance "Thucydides Dramatic: The Theater of War 2" of the Educational and Research Center of Hellenic Culture presented at the theater of Ancient Messini.
- We supported the theatrical adaptation of Dr. Dimitris Samaras' book "My Smart Spoon" presented at the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center celebrating World Heart Day 2017.