Philanthropies and Service Initiatives
Sigma Kappa Sorority provides many opportunities for members to become involved in community service and philanthropic projects. Chapters across the country support Sigma Kappa philanthropies, which include:
Sigma Kappa Foundation
For more than 50 years, the Sigma Kappa Foundation has supported Sigma Kappa Sorority. Our Foundation plays a crucial role in the growth and success of Sigma Kappa, providing the lifeblood of financial resources to keep our Sorority vital and healthy.
The mission of the Sigma Kappa Foundation is to create and fund leadership, scholarship and philanthropic initiatives that reflect the values and spirit of Sigma Kappa Sorority.
Learn more about the Sigma Kappa Foundation.
Inherit the Earth
Sigma Kappa is committed to improving the environment. Improvements can happen every day through purposeful actions and choices that, collectively, make a significant impact on the overall health of our planet. This national service initiative provides the opportunity for collegians, alumnae and citizens to work together to improve local environments.
Maine Seacoast Mission
The 1918 convention chose the Maine Seacoast Mission as Sigma Kappa Sorority’s first national philanthropy in honor of Sigma Kappa’s founding in Maine. Through annual contributions from Sigma Kappa chapters and members, the Sigma Kappa Foundation provides funds to the Maine Seacoast Mission in support for the mission’s urgent needs.
Learn more about the Maine Seacoast Mission on their website.
Alzheimer’s Disease Research
Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic with someone in the United States developing it every 65 seconds and is the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death, and 5th highest in those 65 and older. This is why Sigma Kappa is committed to putting an end to Alzheimer’s, and all other dementias, by creating a major funding stream to the national Alzheimer’s association for research to find a cure or method of prevention.
Through Alzheimer’s disease and gerontology-related research grants from the Sigma Kappa Foundation, Sigma Kappa has become one of the nation’s leading private contributors to Alzheimer’s disease prevention, research and treatment efforts. Since 1989, the Sigma Kappa Foundation has raised more than $10 million for research and support for those fighting this dreaded disease. Sigma Kappa provided the lead gift of $1 million for the Women’s Alzheimer’s Research Initiative (studying the gender differential in the disease) and in 2019, a $1 million commitment to support the U.S. POINTER study. The U.S. POINTER study is researching whether lifestyle changes in high risk populations such as modification to diet, physical and mental exercise and a healthy lifestyle can delay or prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Check out this document from the Alzheimer's Association for more information on how race and ethnicity play a factor the onset and diagnosis of Alzheimer's.
In 1954, Sigma Kappa became the first sorority to recognize the need for continued comprehensive work on the study of aging and the needs of the elderly population; Sigma Kappa added an emphasis on Alzheimer’s disease research to its gerontology program in 1984. Members provide service and companionship to the elderly in their local communities as part of Sigma Kappa’s service initiative in gerontology.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s™
Sigma Kappa members are encouraged to participate in the Alzheimer’s Association annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s™. The Sigma Kappa Foundation participates as national platinum level team with a goal of raising $500,000 annually.
Join Sigma Kappa’s national Walk to End Alzheimer’s team
Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Participants will learn about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities, the latest in Alzheimer’s research and clinical trials and support programs and services.