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Sigma Kappa Foundation 

For more than 50 years, the Foundation has supported the Sorority. With a unity of purpose, our Foundation has played and continues to play a crucial role in the growth and success of Sigma Kappa, providing the lifeblood of financial resources to keep our sorority vital and healthy. Since 1989, more than $1 million has been granted to the Sorority for educational and leadership programming, and nearly $900,000 in scholarships has been awarded to Sigma Kappa members. 

The Foundation inspires our sisterhood to excel in philanthropic service to benefit society. We encourage diversity of thought and embrace change – creating a direct and positive impact on sisters and our world today.

 

Our mission is to create and fund leadership, scholarship and philanthropic

initiatives that reflect the values and spirit of Sigma Kappa Sorority.

 

The Foundation fulfills its mission through the support of five funding priorities. We have a powerful vision for our dynamic organization to remain strong...one that assures Sigma Kappa continues to grow, innovate and thrive. Simply stated, we must make the heart of our sorority strong...strong enough to beat for generations to come.    It is called  PULSE

a strong pulse = a strong heart

 

 

Forever Sigma Kappa

Why We Give Back

Forever Sigma Kappa

I am Forever Sigma Kappa...
Bio

As we observe Founders’ Day, we also celebrate the bold commitment of our sisters who have continued the Sigma Kappa legacy by dedicating their time, talent and treasure.  Follow these “Forever Sigma Kappa” stories throughout the month on social media and our website.  We also encourage you to show your dedication to our beloved Sorority through a gift to the PULSE fund at www.sigmakappa.org/give-now. Be sure to tell us why you are "Forever Sigma Kappa" in your gift comments!

Jessica Hornbrook

Alpha Gamma
Bio

I support the Foundation through the PULSE Annual Fund because…I know that my donation helps to continue our legacy by providing education and leadership development opportunities to our members.

 

 I am Forever Sigma Kappa because... I have been impacted by the experiences within our sisterhood and women who I am lucky enough to call my sisters. I am who I am today, greatly because of Sigma Kappa.

Liz Luneza

Theta Eta
Bio

I support the Foundation through the PULSE Annual Fund because…  I am amazed, after 10 plus years of membership, by the exceptional women I have met in this organization that inspire and lead the sorority to be successful. Contributing to the Foundation is an important part of making sure our membership will continue to flourish and thrive for years to come. 

I am Forever Sigma Kappa because…Sigma Kappa makes me smile :) I truly believe in the values and traditions of the sorority and I am committed to always passionately live with heart! 

Sarah Womble

Delta Tau
Bio

I support the Foundation through the PULSE annual fund because it will make a difference. Contributing to the PULSE fund will enable the Sigma Kappa Foundation to make a difference for our sorority and our philanthropies. Our founders had a vision and through contributions to PULSE, that vision can continue to be a reality today. The Foundation’s mission reflects that vision. By supporting PULSE, the Foundation can create and fund leadership, scholarship and philanthropic initiatives that reflect the values and spirit of Sigma Kappa Sorority. We are bound by a promise to live the values set forth by those five bold and brave women. Enhancing programing and initiatives through the PULSE fund will enable Sigma Kappa women of today and the future, to not only live those values, but to reach new and greater heights. 

I am Forever Sigma Kappa because Sigma Kappa has contributed so much to my personal and professional growth. Ralph Waldo Emerson said “Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” Over the years I have been inspired by so many Sigma Kappa sisters. I would not have had the opportunities or experiences that I have been afforded if not for Sigma Kappa.  

 

2015-2016 Year in Review

 
Sorority and Housing Grants

Granted $138,300 to the Sorority and National Housing Corporation (NHC).

$3,300 for NHC educational programming 
$10,000 for sexual assault awareness programming
$20,000 for Regional Leadership Conferences
$105,000 supporting the leadership consultant program

 

Alzheimer's Challenge

Sigma Kappa made the commitment to raise $1 million for the Alzheimer's Association - Women's Research Initiative.  Sigma Kappas, along with friends and family, raised in excess of $500,000!  Carolyn Caudell Tieger, Epsilon Epsilon, gave a matching gift of $500,000 to achieve the goal.

 

  
Academic Scholarships

Over 360 applications were reviewed by the scholarship evaluation committee this spring.  74 scholarships, totaling more than $84,000 in financial assistance, were awarded to members during the 2016-2017 school year.

 

Maine Seacoast Mission

In 2016, the Foundation granted the Maine Seacoast Mission $15,000 to support operations of the Sunbeam V and help provide essential services to people in the isolated communities. 

 

 

  

Philanthropic Project Grant

Congratulations to Zeta, Alpha Delta, Theta Phi, Gamma Kappa, Zeta Phi and Lambda Beta chapters for being selected to receive 1874 Giving Circle philanthropic project grants for the 2016-17 school year. 

Check out the work done by the Zeta Phi Chapter and their Maine Seacoast Mission project. 

 

1874 Giving Circle Grant

Nine leadership scholarships were awarded, totaling more than $5,300.  Sigma Kappa leaders will be attending Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute and LeaderShape Institute conferences during the summer of 2016 thanks to collegiate gifts to the 1874 Giving Circle.

 
Foundation FAQs
Is my gift tax-deductible? 

Yes, the Sigma Kappa Foundation is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization and all gifts are tax deductible in the U.S. to the full extent of the law. 

Can I make a tax-deductible gift directly to my chapter?

In order for the gift to be tax-deductible, the gift needs to be made directly to the Foundation. If your chapter has established a fund, you can contribute directly to that fund through the Foundation. If your chapter does not have a fund, we can help establish one. Chapter endowments can be used to provide:

  • Academic scholarships for chapter members
  • Funding for educational and leadership programming, such as regional leadership conferences and anti-hazing awareness workshops

What is the Federal Tax ID number for the Sigma Kappa Foundation?

The Sigma Kappa Foundation’s Federal Tax ID number is 35-1778450.

What does my gift support?

At the heart of the Sigma Kappa Foundation’s funding priorities is Sigma Kappa’s most treasured asset: her members. Your undesignated gift enables the Foundation’s Board of Trustees the flexibility to respond to emerging needs by funding programs such as the following:

  • Academic scholarships
  • Personal and leadership development opportunities
  • Alzheimer’s disease research
  • Sisters in need

If you do not see a fund or program that interests you, please contact the Sigma Kappa Foundation at (317) 381-5531 or email giftplanning@sigmakappa.org to explore the possibility of creating a new endowment.

Does the Sigma Kappa Foundation accept matching gifts? 

Yes. Many companies offer matching gift programs as well as payroll deduction options for employees who make charitable contributions.  Please check with your Human Resources Department  to see if these options are available for you.    

I want to include the Sigma Kappa Foundation in my will. How can I leave my legacy?

There are many opportunities to leave your legacy with the Sigma Kappa Foundation. You can include language in your will to bequeath a designated dollar amount or percentage to the Foundation, as well as specify a purpose for the funds. The Horizon Society honors members and friends who have designated a planned gift to the Foundation. To learn more, email giftplanning@sigmakappa.org or contact Foundation staff at (317) 381-5531.

What methods of payment do you accept?

The Foundation accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. We also have the ability to accept EFT/ACH bank transfers.

 

For questions about giving online or mailing your gift to the Foundation, please contact Donor Services. 

Email: donorservices@sigmakappa.org

Phone: (317) 381-5531

Mailing address: Sigma Kappa Foundation, Attn: Donor Services Manager, 695 Pro-Med Lane, Suite 300, Carmel, Indiana 46032