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 which support our three key areas of support: Individual Member Support, Training and Programming, and Service for Sight.
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 Impact Report and 990 Report.
The Foundation is governed by the Delta Gamma Foundation Constitution and Articles of Incorporation. Six elected members, and three ex-officio members who serve concurrently while in the Fraternity Council positions of Fraternity President, Council Trustee: Fraternity Programming, and Fraternity Treasurer, lead the Delta Gamma Foundation to ensure the fulfillment of its philanthropic mission. The Foundation has a body of voting members who participate in an Annual Meeting to determine both the leadership and direction of the Foundation.
The Foundation’s mission stays at the forefront of all we do, and “Mission Moments” are one way to stay connected to that mission. Mission Moments are stories, quotes, videos and pictures from a sister or Service for Sight organization, explaining how the Foundation and donors like you have impacted their lives. These Mission Moments are heartwarming, but they also keep the Foundation focused on the why behind our work. We invite you to read the following stories to learn more about how donors’ gifts help fulfill the Foundation’s mission and focus on its three key areas of support: Individual Member Support, Training and Programming, and Service for Sight.
“I am thankful that Delta Gamma supports its members in many ways. One of those is the Sisters Helping Sisters: Need-Based Scholarship. I was encouraged to apply as it was a great opportunity to alleviate the financial burden my college education has placed on me and my family. I have taken out loans for my education and it is not a great feeling knowing I will have massive debt weighing on me. At times I felt discouraged to be in this position, but this scholarship re-ignited my spark to believe in myself and also to lean on Delta Gamma in times of need.”
–Sierra B., Alpha Nu-USC, Sisters Helping Sisters: Need-Based Scholarship recipient
“Receiving a Delta Gamma Merit-Based Graduate Fellowship will impact my life in various ways. It brings financial relief as I fund my education myself while also balancing my work and internships. It also brings peace because I can focus further on my studies with the reduced financial pressure for the upcoming semester. Most importantly, it brings me incredible honor because I know that others believe in me and my ability, and my vision to Do Good for my community as I work to make an impact in Tulsa’s mental health access.”
–Linzie Hopkins., Gamma Beta-Tulsa, Sisters Helping Sisters: Graduate Fellowship recipient
For over 75 years, Collegiate Development Consultants (CDCs) have been an integral part in the growth and development of the Do Good Sisterhood. In recognition of the character and quality of CDCs, two awards are given each year, The Stuart Consultant: Alexie (Lexi) Rendon, Gamma Xi-Texas Tech and the Baynard Consultant: Ella Brown, Epsilon Phi-Loyola.
First held in 2014, Lewis Institute provides members a structure for self-discovery, helping them identify their unique and authentic leadership style. Participants also learned successful approaches to conflict resolution, and develop an action plan to create positive change, both in their own lives and in their chapters.
Southeastern Guide Dogs reaches a variety of people in need and offers guide dogs to adults and teens with vision loss, as well as service dogs to veterans with PTSD and other disabilities like all at no charge to the recipient. They also provide skilled companion dogs, facility therapy dogs and Gold Star Family Dogs to individuals and families facing emotional hardships, such as depression or the loss of a loved one in the military.
“I trust my life with this dog. She keeps me from falling into holes, running into tree limbs, and so much more. She has literally saved my life twice. It’s amazing the work they do. And the dogs just seem to know who needs them.”
–Ed Burton, U.S. Navy veteran (pictured with guide dog, Sully)
Advocating for equal access to outdoor recreation is core to the Adaptive Sports Center (ASC) mission. Since its inception, ASC has offered adaptive adventures at a reduced rate.
“I love the Adaptive Sports Center because of the people. They’re more than friends to me, they’re family. I come out here and they embrace me. They make me feel like I’m important. I have value. I have purpose. Just being here sparks up my life. The people who do the programs, the people who support the programs, the participants, the caregivers, it takes us all to just join in and change this world and make it a wonderful place for us to live.”
–Lonnie Bedwell, ASC participant