The Delta Gamma Foundation fosters lifetime enrichment for members, promotes Service for Sight and partners with the Fraternity to ensure the future of our sisterhood. Our dedicated members and friends make this mission possible through philanthropy, service and generous gifts to the Foundation.
Two Organizations, One Delta Gamma:
We are one Delta Gamma, but in accordance with Internal Revenue Code, the Foundation and Fraternity are two separate organizations. In 1951, the Delta Gamma Foundation was formed as a complement to the Fraternity, creating a vehicle for members to promote the educational interests and social responsibility referenced in Article II of the Fraternity Constitution. Each entity offers unique opportunities for our members to “Do Good.” To see how we are living out this motto, view our most recent annual report.
The Foundation is governed by the Delta Gamma Foundation Constitution and Articles of Incorporation, the Convention and the Foundation Board of Trustees.
The Foundation fulfills its mission through three signature programs:
Our philanthropy, Service for Sight, supports the four schools founded by Delta Gammas for the visually impaired and other North American organizations that promote sight preservation and conservation. With the addition of Service for Sight: Joining Forces, support to blind or visually impaired military veterans is also provided. This philanthropy has been at the heart of the Delta Gamma mission since 1936 when a member who was blind, Ruth Billow, Eta-Akron, petitioned to adopt “Aid to the Blind” as our official philanthropy.
To help Delta Gamma create cutting edge programming to develop members’ leadership skills, teach them social responsibility and foster personal growth, the Foundation provides annual grants to the Fraternity. These programs provide funding for the Collegiate Development Consultant (CDC) program, Lewis Institute, Leveraging Leaders, Alcohol Skills Training Program (ASTP), the Mock Trial program, the PRO Program, Hope Serving and more.
Endowments and annual gifts allow the Foundation to provide collegiate scholarship and graduate fellowships to members, as well as providing financial assistance to members in crisis through Anchor Grants and to collegians through Sisters Helping Sisters: A Need-Based Scholarship Program. For more information on the opportunities available to our members, please visit our applications page.