May 23, 2024

Phi Delta Theta Foundation 2023 Impact and Accomplishments

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Phi Delta Theta Foundation 2023 Impact and Accomplishments

The Phi Delta Theta Foundation supports every chapter and every Phi through the world-class Pursuit of Greatness educational program. In addition, the Foundation also gives out gives out more than $600,000 in scholarships annually. As we look ahead to the second half of Campaign 2030: A Greater Version for Tomorrowour priorities center aroundincreasing the number of students at our in-person programs and the number of scholarships available to Phi Delt Nation to help offset the rising cost of education.

The Phi Delta Theta Foundation is proud to announce our remarkable fundraising effort of $3.36 million raised in 2023. This achievement reflects the generous support and dedication of our community, empowering us to continue our mission of fostering academic excellence and leadership development.

Demonstrating our value of Sound Learning, the Phi Delta Theta Foundation is thrilled to have granted $1.69 million in scholarships and education funds. These resources directly impact the lives of deserving students, providing them with opportunities to pursue their academic aspirations and fulfill their potential.

With gratitude, we acknowledge the invaluable contributions of our 4,546 donors. Their unwavering generosity has been instrumental in driving our success, enabling us to make a meaningful difference in the lives of countless individuals.

In 2023, the Phi Delta Theta Foundation proudly introduced nine new scholarships and chapter leadership funds, further expanding our support for students and chapters. These initiatives reflect our ongoing commitment to empowering future leaders.

For the second consecutive year, the Phi Delta Theta Foundation has achieved an extraordinary $1 million impact. This milestone shows our continued growth and effectiveness in advancing our philanthropic goals, ensuring that we can continue to make a significant difference in the lives of our members and communities.

We are thrilled to announce that the Phi Delta Theta Foundation has been ranked #1 in scholarship dollars awarded among fraternal foundations. This recognition, given by the Foundation for Fraternal Excellence, is a testament to our dedication to academic excellence and our relentless pursuit of empowering students to achieve their highest potential.

Letter from the President

Dear brothers and friends,

I am honored to share the remarkable progress the Phi Delta Theta Foundation accomplished in 2023. We are thrilled to announce that we awarded over $1 million in educational grants and scholarships to our members for the second consecutive year, marking a historic milestone for the Foundation that is a testament to donors’ generous and building support for the last sixty-five years.

I am deeply grateful for your unwavering support of Phi Delta Theta, which has enabled us to achieve goals that once seemed impossible. Our research revealed that the Foundation’s first Board of Directors in the 1960s hoped to eventually award two Phis a $1,000 scholarship annually.

Twenty years after the Foundation Board established that goal and was flourishing, the Board successfully petitioned the IRS to be allowed to grant scholarships and use funds raised to grant monies for educational programming. At that time, the goal was to support the Fraternity for the chapter consultant program.

Now, with your help, we have far surpassed that goal. Our educational programming has flourished beyond the initial objective of supporting the Fraternity’s chapter consultant program. In 2023, we granted $622,869 in scholarships, the most of any fraternity foundation. We provided $659,782 in support for various programs, including the Kleberg Emerging Leaders Institute, Shaffer Honors College of Leadership, Ihlenfeld Online University, and McKenzie Family Presidents Leadership Conference. Phi Delta Theta granted more educational scholarships than any other fraternity foundation in 2023, and we are looking to do it again in 2024, thanks to your support.

In 2023, the record-breaking support for our Phi Delt Fund of over $1.1 million and additional dollars totaling $3.4 million inspired by all aspects of our brotherhood. This included hundreds of donors rallying around the Fraser Family to honor our fallen Michigan Beta Chapter President Brian Fraser, who turned tragedy into triumph by establishing two scholarships in his name. Our donors also celebrated their lifelong commitment to the Fraternity and competitive spirit by competing against one another in our record-breaking Giving Day and beating all other Fraternities in the Giving Tuesday competition we won in our first year of participation.

I invite you to read the stories of these efforts, our students, and fellow donors and reflect on your positive impact on their lives. Your commitment to Phi Delta Theta Fraternity has enabled us to fulfill our mission of advancing the education of our members, and for that, we are eternally grateful.

Gratefully, Yours in the Bond,

Sean S. Wagner, President

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