Service & Philanthropy

Through service and fundraising for charitable organizations, Kappa Alpha Theta’s members and chapters demonstrate their commitment to spreading the widest influence for good. Each year on October 19, Thetas worldwide celebrate founder Bettie Locke Hamilton’s birthday with Day of Service. And every year, college and alumnae chapters also host fundraising events to benefit Theta’s two philanthropic partners: Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation and National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (CASA). No matter the time of year or the event, Thetas are committed to making the world a better place.

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Theta Foundation

Founded in 1960, Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational tax-exempt organization. For more than 50 years, Theta Foundation has given members access to the resources they need to reach their educational and leadership goals, to advance their careers, and explore opportunities to serve. Through Theta Foundation educational and leadership grants, college chapters can secure funding to provide relevant resources to its members and communities.

Theta Foundation is the vehicle through which a chapter demonstrates its commitment to philanthropy. Donations to Theta Foundation provide Thetas with scholarships; non-degree educational, service-learning, and leadership grants; and the Fraternity’s educational and leadership programs. Theta Foundation awards more than $1.1 million annually.

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National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association

The National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (CASA), together with its state and local member programs, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every abused or neglected child in the United States can be safe and have a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive. CASA volunteers are everyday citizens trained by their local CASA program and appointed by judges to advocate for abused and neglected children. Their goal is to stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. Until then, they make sure the child does not get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.

Since 1989, Kappa Alpha Theta has been a philanthropic partner of CASA, leveraging the power of our sisterhood’s collective impact. National CASA intends to demonstrate its effectiveness as an evidence-based practice through a best-practices manual and a performance measurement system. To assist in this endeavor, Theta announced a $1 million commitment in 2016, to be met within three years. Theta’s chapters have been the driving support of this initiative, demonstrating their belief in National CASA’s mission and their concern for children in foster care across the United States.

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