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Planting Seeds of Sisterhood

As long as Delta Gammas have been coming together, we have been focused on our motto to do good. In fact, our founders chose our motto “do good”, and our Greek letters Delta Gamma followed to signify our constant focus.

Although our motto has remained timeless and unchanged, our mission to do good has expanded over time. The Delta Gamma Foundation has been at the heart of this mission, looking for new ways to engage our collective sisterhood as we have grown. With Individual Member Support, Training and Programming, and Service for Sight as our three areas of focus, Delta Gamma remains an unstoppable force for good, not only focusing our efforts on each other but our wider communities.

One of the most exciting ways we come together is at our biennial Convention or Officer Training Seminar. If you have had the pleasure of gathering with your sisters at either of these events, you may have noticed the buzz around the Foundation’s giving area. The colors and logo may change, but the intention remains just as heartfelt – to make a tremendous impact, one sister at a time. From the early days of the Giving Tree, which grew into an entire Garden of Giving, and then transitioned to a highly spirited Regional Race competition between regions, our sisters show up time and time again through their overwhelming care and generosity.

The cream-colored rose, first adopted in 1885 as the Fraternity flower, is as timeless as our do good motto, making it the perfect representation of the Foundation’s newest giving opportunity, Cream Rose Tribute Giving.  The chance to honor someone special with a virtual cream rose while making your Foundation gift creates a meaningful connection not only to one another but to our rich history. This treasured touch of friendship and affection is the perfect way to celebrate 150 years of steadfast sisterhood.

Cream Rose Tribute Giving, although new this year, continues this same important work of doing good while focusing on our future needs.  Through the Foundation and Fraternity’s comprehensive campaign, Anchoring the Future: The Campaign for Delta Gamma, your Cream Rose Tribute Gift can ensure that the life-changing member experience you had remains available for our sisters for generations to come.

Sandy S. Kuespert, Gamma Theta-Florida, recently honored a sister with whom she has a special bond through a shared love of finance. As the Fraternity accountant at Executive Offices for 27 years, Eleanor Wagner Cary, Alpha Rho-Ohio Wesleyan, hired Sandy onto the finance team at Executive Offices prior to promoting her to fill her own role as accountant in 2004. Sandy, who still serves in this role, honored Eleanor’s memory after her recent passing with a Cream Rose Tribute gift. Sandy recalls Eleanor fondly: “Eleanor demonstrated all of the qualities of a Delta Gamma each day. She provided leadership, support and was a wonderful guide on how to do good in everyday tasks. She saw Delta Gamma as a way of life and a vision of the future for women in leadership. “

Eleanor even sponsored Sandy to become an alumna initiate member of Delta Gamma, sharing an even deeper bond.

As Delta Gammas, we strive to extend kindness and gratitude to all, but especially our sisters with whom we have shared meaningful connections. Taking time to share gratitude for a sister’s influence in your life is one of the most thoughtful expressions of sisterhood.

“Sharing is caring, so a gift to the Foundation in honor or memory of a beloved sister says volumes about how we are connected to do good together. Partnering with the Foundation to impact lives provides enrichment for me and for others.”  Sandy said when asked why she felt compelled to make a tribute gift.

We hope that you also feel connected to our do good spirit with those who recognize that the pursuit of doing good is never done and that together we can accomplish unimaginable possibilities.


You can recognize the sister you thought of most when you read this story with a Cream Rose Tribute Gift. Each Cream Rose Tribute Honoree will receive a personalized tribute message from you and their name will be added to our virtual rose garden.

Questions about Cream Rose Tribute Giving? Email Samantha Mogab, Foundation Annual Giving Manager, at