Order of Beneficence
Τάγμα της Ευποιΐας
Grand Cross and Star of the Order of Beneficence
Awarded by the President of the Hellenic Republic
TypeOrder
MottoΕΥΠΟΙΪΑ
EligibilityOnly for women
Awarded forDistinguished services to Greece and in the public sphere
StatusCurrently constituted
GradesGrand Cross, Grand Commander, Commander, Gold Cross, Silver Cross
Precedence
Next (higher)Order of the Phoenix
Next (lower)-

Ribbon bar of the Order of Beneficence

The Order of Beneficence (Greek: Τάγμα της Ευποιΐας) is an order of Greece that was established in 1948.

It is conferred by the Greek government as a moral reward for women especially, Greek and foreign, for the good services they have rendered to the Fatherland in the field of charity as well as for their performance in the arts and letters. The fact that the order is awarded to women does not mean that the other Greek decorations are awarded exclusively to men.

Grades

The Order has five classes:

Ribbon bars
Grand Cross
Grand Commander
Commander
Gold Cross
Silver Cross

Insignia

The badge of the Order is a five tipped blue-enamelled flower, in silver for the Silver Cross class, in gold for the higher classes. The overall design is clearly derived from the then-recently abolished British Order of the Indian Empire. The obverse central disc bears a portrait of the Theotokos with the Divine Child in Her arms with the legend "ΕΥΠΟΙΙΑ" («Beneficence») on a white enamel ring. The reverse side bears the emblem of the Hellenic Republic.

The star of the Order is a silver eight-pointed star with straight rays, with the same central disc as the obverse of the badge, while the reverse side also bears the emblem of the Hellenic Republic.

The ribbon of the Order is orange with blue edges.

See also

Further reading

Greek orders timeline
Orders by precedence 1832-
1909
1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970-present
Order of the Redeemer . Rep.
Order of Honour Rep.
Order of Saints George and Constantine . . . Dynastic
Order of Saints Olga and Sophia . . . Dynastic
Order of George I . . . . Dynastic
Order of the Phoenix . Rep.
Order of Beneficence . Rep.
Years
Regime Monarchy Republic Mon. Rep. Monarchy Rep.
1832-
1909
1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970-present