Since 1929, the Daughters of Penelope has initiated thousands of members into our 250 chapters worldwide. With chapters in the United States, Canada, Australia, Austria, Greece, England, France, Germany, and Belgium, our mission and outreach is constantly growing.
Founded in San Francisco in 1929, the Daughters of Penelope is the first women’s organization of its kind established in the United States. The Daughters of Penelope is an international women’s organization leading in philanthropic, educational, and civic activities through community service and volunteerism.
Philanthropy and Volunteerism have been pillars for the Daughters of Penelope over its many years of existence. From natural disaster relief, to raising funds to eliminate life threatening diseases, to making significant contributions to our local municipalities, the Daughters of Penelope is at the forefront of charitable giving. Yet, this only scratches the surface of the numerous philanthropic works of the organization. Countless philanthropic projects are also undertaken by Daughters of Penelope chapters and districts and eventually become national projects. Examples include the University of Miami Cancer Center in Miami, Florida, Penelope House Domestic Violence Shelter in Mobile, Alabama, Penelope’s Place Domestic Violence Shelter in Brockton, Massachusetts, Penelopean Day Care Center in Athens, Greece, WIN Hellas Domestic Violence Hotline in Athens, Greece, Melissa’s Orphanage in Thessaloniki, Greece, Alzheimer's Foundation, Autism Research Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Diabetes Association, Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation, Limbitless, and many more.
The Daughters of Penelope’s commitment to education has also been well documented throughout its history and also recognizes female athletes at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels with scholarships, accolades and in some cases, induction into our Athletic Hall of Fame.
In addition, through our members, the Daughters of Penelope communicates to elected representatives at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as diplomatic leaders, the positions of the Greek-American community on issues of concern to it.
It is also our civic responsibility to provide affordable housing to senior citizens. The AHEPA Housing Corporation has been awarded over $400 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The total number of senior housing complexes stands at 91, with 4,753 units complete, and more in development.
Thank you for supporting the Daughters of Penelope and our charitable efforts and programs!