Welcome to the Ithacan Philanthropic Society (IPS).
We are a Greek community organisation established in Melbourne in 1916 by early immigrants from the beautiful island of Ithaca, Greece, the home of the legendary Odysseus. Our purpose is to continue with the intention of our founding fathers: to offer philanthropic support to our community in Melbourne and our ancestoral home of Ithaca but also to engage our Society members through social and educational pursuits.
Over the years, our society has made a significant contribution to the development of broader Greek community life in Melbourne and to the successful establishment of a multicultural Victoria.
Today, after 100 years, we are immensely proud of the fact that we are still a flourishing society. In 2016 we celebrated our centenary year with a series of well attended and successful events which included an Art Exhibition featuring the works of Ithacan artists, the launch of our centenary publication 'The Ithacans' detailing our rich history in image and writing, a wonderul celebartation ball at the Melbourne's iconic MCG, and finally an exhibition at Melbourne's Immigration Museum.
We were heartened by the response to our centenary events and we look to the future with optimism.