Video of Chi Omega's Sandblast philanthropy Click on the image to see a 15-second video of Sandblast, an annual volleyball tournament hosted by the Eta Delta chapter of Chi Omega at the University of Florida. This philanthropy benefits the Make - A - Wish Foundation, an organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. In 2005, the sisters of Eta Delta raised $7,000, enough money to grant two wishes. This is an example of the philanthropic efforts of sororities across the nation.
A common conception is that sororities are based solely around social functions. This is not so. Each of the 26 member organizations of the National Panhellenic Conference supports a cause or philanthropy. The individual chapters of the sororities hold and participate in events to raise money for these causes. The philanthropic thrusts of the first 13 sororities to join the National Panhellenic Council are listed below. The other 13 NPC sororities are featured on the Values page.

PI BETA PHI's main philanthropic focus is education and literacy. The sorority supports the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts , according to the Pi Beta Phi Web site.

KAPPA ALPHA THETA's main philanthropic focus is CASA , the Court Appointed Special Advocates program, an organization that represents the best interests of abused and neglected children who are involved in juvenile courts, according to the Kappa Alpha Theta Web site.

KAPPA KAPPA GAMMA's national philanthropy, introduced in 2004, is RIF (Reading is Fundamental), a program with the goal of helping young people “discover the joy of reading,” according to the Kappa Kappa Gamma Web site.

The women of ALPHA PHI have focused on cardiac care, with an emphasis on women, since 1946, according to the Alpha Phi Web site.

Because of the suggestion of a blind member, Ruth Billow, in 1936, DELTA GAMMA supports sight conservation and aid to the blind as an international project. The Ruth Billow Memorial Fund provides financial aid to visually impaired members of Delta Gamma as well as educational grants to those pursuing careers in services to the blind, according to the Delta Gamma Web site.

GAMMA PHI BETA’s international philanthropy is camping for girls. According to the Gamma Phi Beta Web site, Gamma Phi’s philanthropic activities “aim to provide experiences and resources that build spiritual, mental and social resiliency in girls.”

The women of ALPHA CHI OMEGA support domestic violence awareness as their philanthropic thrust, according to the Alpha Chi Omega Web site.

DELTA DELTA DELTA’s philanthropic focus is on Children's Cancer Charities, which encompasses many organizations. Delta Delta Delta women have raised more than $10 million for children's cancer hospitals, research facilities and cancer camps, according to the Tri Delta Web site.

ALPHA XI DELTA’s philanthropic endeavors center around offering service to all areas of child well-being. Alpha Xi Delta calls this focus ‘Choose Children’ and encourages members to contribute to children in their communities in any way they can, according to the Alpha Xi Delta Web site.

The philanthropic efforts of the women of CHI OMEGA support the Make-a- Wish Foundation, an organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses, according to the Chi Omega Web site. Chi Omega chapters raise money for this cause in a variety of different ways. To see one of them, click the picture above to view a brief video.

SIGMA KAPPA was the first national sorority to recognize “the need for continued, comprehensive work on the study of aging and the needs of elderly populations,” according to the Sigma Kappa Web site. Members participate in a variety of projects to assist and benefit the elderly.

Since 1967, the women of ALPHA OMICRON PI have raised more than $1 million in support of arthritis, juvenile arthritis and related diseases, according to the Alpha Omicron Pi Web site. They support the Arthritis Foundation and the Canadian Arthritis Society .

The women of ZETA TAU ALPHA support Breast Cancer Education and Awareness as their philanthropy, according to the Zeta Tau Alpha Web site.

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