Congratulations to our 2020 Excellence in Philanthropy Award Winners

by Sarah Rayman in Focus on Philanthropy

Earlier this year, Alpha Phis traveled to Los Angeles and Washington D.C. for Alpha Phi’s Leadership Conferences, where Alpha Phi Foundation recognized the 2020 Excellence in Philanthropy Award Winners. These awards recognized chapters and their philanthropic efforts during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Thank you to our 2020 Excellence in Philanthropy award winners for their spirit of philanthropy and commitment to Alpha Phi! Please join us in celebrating their achievements:

Innovation Award

This award recognizes a chapter in each quadrant whose event demonstrated creative fundraising and innovative event planning.

Omega (Texas)

This year we celebrated Nu (Nebraska) with Super Bowl, a bowling philanthropy, and Delta Gamma (Northern Colorado) with their PHI-SPN, their philanthropy week. These chapters exemplified innovation in their events through creative marketing and merchandise, as creative naming, and by making strategic changes to the event from year to year.

Our East and South Quadrant winners were Eta (Boston) with their Alpha Phifa soccer tournament and Omega (Texas) with Phis Under Seas Brunch for Lunch. These chapters were innovative in securing event sponsors while providing fun activities for their guests with the all-inclusive ticket. They capitalized on campus and community connections to strengthen their event and cut down on spending!

Most Improved Philanthropy

Eta Upsilon (Chapman)

This award recognizes chapters whose philanthropic efforts have grown significantly from one year to the next.

Eta Upsilon (Chapman) and Delta Theta (Western Michigan) were both recognized for 2020 Most Improved Philanthropy. Both chapters increased their fundraising significantly by goal-setting, utilizing GiveSmart, and planning experience-driven events. Tightening their budget and working closely with their advisors also contributed to their success.

Gamma Xi (Wichita State)

Iota Upsilon (Ottawa) and Gamma Xi (Wichita State) also received the 2020 Most Improved Philanthropy Award. The women of these chapters work to establish a stronger philanthropic presence, service-focused marketing, community relationships, and stewardship efforts. Their efforts also included growing their Red Dress events and adding smaller philanthropic efforts to their calendar that activated their Greek community and other campus organizations.

Top Fundraising Chapters

Each year we recognize the top three fundraising chapters in each quadrant. Thank you for leading with heart!

Epsilon (Minnesota) – $62,846
Nu (Nebraska) – $53,226
Beta Omega (Kent State) – $40,111

Sigma (Washington) – $100,778
Eta Upsilon (Chapman) – $91,835
Zeta Gamma (Santa Clara) – $84,399

Omega (Texas) – $83,576
Delta Tau (LSU) – $56,963
Zeta Upsilon (Washington University) – $43, 475

Delta Zeta (Maryland) – $41,414
Eta Epsilon (Villanova) – $30,960
Theta Theta (St. Joseph’s) – $23,836

Martha Watkins Mast Spirit of Philanthropy Qualifiers

These qualifying awards recognize two chapters from each quadrant that embody the spirit of philanthropy through education, service, and fundraising. At the 73rd Biennial Convention, all qualifiers of the biennium will be in the running to receive the Martha Watkins Mast Spirit of Philanthropy Award.

Gamma Omicron (Drake)

Gamma Omicron (Drake) and Rho (Ohio State) are two chapters who have elevated their philanthropic efforts through signature philanthropy events as well as new and innovative efforts, including Red Dress Gala, APHI Games, and Dodging Heart Disease. They also prioritize service and giving back to their local communities.

The women of Beta Theta (British Columbia) and Beta Pi (USC) excel in putting the Foundation’s mission to action. Not only do they fundraise, but they prioritize the education of Alpha Phi Foundation programs. Their annual philanthropy includes events like Phi Ball, Dating Game, and Chick-Phi-A, are always enjoyed by campus participants!

Theta Theta (St. Joseph’s)

Zeta Sigma (Franklin & Marshall) and Theta Theta (St. Joseph’s) were also recognized as Martha Watkins Mast Spirit of Philanthropy Qualifiers. Their signature events—Red Dress Gala, Laugh Your Heart Out, and Heart Walk—support Alpha Phi Foundation and local women’s heart health organizations. They prioritize service and philanthropy in all they do, from recruitment to social media.

Gamma Phi (Florida State)

Iota Nu (Kentucky) and Gamma Phi (Florida State) continues to put philanthropy at the forefront of their brand. They are trendsetters in fundraising and service; organizing community-wide blood drives, hosting fun events like Alpha Phreeze, Heart Race, and APhi Runs on Dunkin, and using their digital platforms to advocate for and promote our mission. Their dedication to philanthropy shines through in all they do!


Qualify for 2021 Excellence in Philanthropy Awards

Collegiate chapters qualify for Excellence in Philanthropy Awards by completing the Event Summary Form for a philanthropic effort held in the 2019-2020 academic year. Chapters must also be in good standing with Alpha Phi International Fraternity.

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