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 the mission of the Foundation possible through service, awareness and fundraising.
Volunteer service is at the heart of Delta Gamma’s work. Through Service for Sight, Service for Sight: Joining Forces, the Golden Anchor Program and community activities, the Foundation supports the philanthropic goals of our members and chapters. Service for Sight has been at the core of the Delta Gamma mission since 1936 when a member who was blind, Ruth Billow, Eta-Akron, petitioned members to adopt "Aid to the Blind" as our official philanthropy.
In addition to service, members invest in the future of Delta Gamma by making tax-deductible gifts to the Foundation. Financial support comes from many sources including our collegiate chapters, alumnae groups, individual members and more. Through this support, the Foundation provides grants to our members as well as to organizations across North America that promote sight preservation and aid to children and adults who are blind or visually impaired. The Foundation also provides generous grants to the Fraternity to help Delta Gamma create programming to develop members’ leadership skills, teach social responsibility and foster personal growth.
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 and 990 Report. The Foundation is governed by the Delta Gamma Foundation Constitution and Articles of Incorporation, the Convention and the Foundation Board of Trustees.
A note about Foundation...
Throughout our history as an alumnae chapter, sisters of all ages, have given countless hours of their time and shared their talents with those who are blind or visually impaired in San Diego. Whether volunteering at VisionWalk with the Foundation Fighting Blindness on November 4th, at the San Diego Braille Institute, or with the San Diego Center for the Blind, we have truly made a difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors.
But did you know there are other ways to earn service hours? Below are some you may not have thought of:
- Participate at campus or community health fairs by setting up a “Facts About Eyes” booth.
- Read to/tutor individuals who are visually impaired.
- Assist persons who have impaired vision with their correspondence, transportation and daily living chores or read to them, talk to them and play games with them. Yes, this can be a family member or a neighbor.
- Spread awareness for National Diabetes Month (November), Glaucoma Awareness Month (January), Low Vision Awareness Month (February), Women’s Eye Health Month (April), and Healthy Vision Month (May) by distributing brochures at your local library, place of worship, or work.
You can also Do Good by collecting box tops and donating them to any state or local school for the blind! Each box top is worth 10¢ when the school redeems them from General Mills. The program is designated for schools with grades kindergarten and up. Three of the Delta Gamma schools participate in this program, and you are welcome to mail your box tops directly to the Blind Children’s Center, Los Angeles; the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired, Kansas City; or the Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments, St. Louis.
For help locating a state or local blind school, contact the Foundation Director: Alumnae Service at firstname.lastname@example.org. All box tops and service hours must be entered by May 15 each year to be considered for awards!
If you are already volunteering, thank you! Throughout the 2018-2019 fiscal year, we will be continuously updating the service hour report to the Delta Gamma Foundation, so please send any hours you have or will be earning to our vp Foundation Tana Hutchinson. We want to make sure our Fraternity and Foundation are aware of how San Diego DGs are Doing Good!