With so many undergraduates joining fraternities and sororities, one thing is for sure: that’s a lot of bodies. And, a lot of potential to do good. Hence, most chapters across campuses have their mission rooted in some kind of philanthropic effort. Each year, chapters devote time and attention to planning a fundraiser to raise money for their philanthropy.
Here’s our list of the top five philanthropy events this spring.
Kappa Kappa Gamma’s “Reading is Fundamental”
KKG’s nationally choose to promote literacy through their Reading Is Fundamental philanthropy, an organization that supports literacy amongst underprivileged youth. Throughout local communities across the US, Kappa Kappa Gamma sister hold Reading Is Key events, where the sisters read to youth at various locations in the community and let youth go home with a book from the event. Oftentimes the events are paired with book drives that further raise funds for the nonprofit.
Zeta Tau Alpha’s Breast Cancer Awareness Week
The Zeta sisters host annual breast cancer awareness weeks, usually beginning in October and sometimes stretching through the spring semester, raising awareness around the impacts of breast cancer. The week is filled with fundraisers, events, and other creative and interactive ways that educate those who may not be aware of the issues surrounding breast cancer. Called Think Pink week, the money raised goes to organizations like Bright Pink, Susan G. Kolman Foundation, American Cancer Society, and other cancer nonprofits.
Phi Mu & Children’s Miracle Network
Celebrating over 30 years of supporting the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Phi Mu has raised over $14 million dollars nationally towards the cause. Contributions come from chapters across the US’ events like Dance Marathon, the Disney Princess Half Marathon, and taking a cupcake to the face in For The Kids. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals change the lives of kids diagnosed with illnesses and their families. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals are actually just one of many local children’s hospitals that sorority has supported since 1986, and is one of its longest standing partners.
Sigma Chi - Sigma Freeze
In Central Michigan, Sigma Chi’s will be hosting their fifth annual Sigma Freeze this weekend, on Feb. 1 and Feb. 2. Perfect timing when parts of the US are hitting record low temperatures, we say. The event includes a broomball tournament between all sororities at Central Michigan, and three hockey games at the local arena. All funds raised from the event go to the Huntsman Cancer Institute, a cancer research facility on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. The Institute is the recipient of funds raised by Sigma Chi throughout the year, including their Derby Days event held every fall.
Chi Omega & James Eunice Charity Foundation
Valdosta State University’s Chi Omega sisters hold the James Eunice Foundation close to heart, as the foundation honors and commemorates a nearby high school senior who drowned at a nearby pond while duck hunting in 2011. Through multiple events throughout the year, Chi O’s get directly involved with the community to support the foundation. One of those is the TCT7 Mile Swim, where participants choose to swim either one, three-and-a-half or seven miles of length in the pond. At least a dozen of the sisters participate in the race itself, and all the funds raised go right back to the community -- often almost as much as $150,000.