The Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation invests in the lives of women by partnering with the Fraternity to fund educational and leadership programs, by supporting members with financial assistance, and by preserving Kappa’s heritage. This work is possible because of the financial contributions made by alumnae associations, chapters, and individual donors.
Kappa is dedicated to providing educational and leadership programming at all stages of membership to meet the needs of our members.
- Every Member Education (EME) encompasses all of our educational programs, providing learning opportunities to Kappas throughout each stage of membership. EME highlights the seven core educational values of Kappa Kappa Gamma: Sisterhood, Leadership, Intellectual Development, Well-Being, Community Responsibility, Human Dignity and Heritage.
Leadership Academy is an annual, one-of-a-kind, intergenerational experience that helps women of all ages gain transferable leadership skills and the confidence to tackle leadership positions and challenges. leadToday is a unique one-day program that takes the leadership principles from Kappa’s Leadership Academy to more members.
GIRLS Academy gives collegiate members and alumnae the opportunity to have a direct impact in a girl’s life. This program employs a values-based curriculum to help arm middle school-aged girls with a sense of empowerment.
Scholarships further the educational dreams of collegiate members and alumnae through Foundation scholarships. The Foundation provides both merit and need-based scholarships to undergraduate and graduate initiated members of Kappa.
Rose McGill Grants support women, an ideal our Fraternity was founded upon and an integral part of our mission. In 1922, a charitable fund was launched in response to Rose McGill, a Toronto Kappa suffering from tuberculosis. Her Kappa sisters paid for her care until the end of her life. The Rose McGill Program has continued ever since and provides financial support and sisterhood for Kappas in unexpected times of need.
Continuing Education Grants support the lifelong development of women by providing funding to alumna returning to school part-time or seeking training programs for professional development.
The Stewart House Museum, birthplace of Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity, in Monmouth, Illinois, is dedicated to educating members and the public about the heritage of Kappa Kappa Gamma, its importance to the women’s movement, and to preserving the 1865 prairie-style Victorian home. The Kappa Foundation also has a partnership with Monmouth College for a Scholar-in-Residence Program.
The Digital Archive and Interactive History of Kappa Kappa Gamma began in 2017 when the Kappa Foundation retained digital history pioneer HistoryIT to digitize the Fraternity’s archives in their entirety. The digital archive platform, kappa.historyit.com, provides an opportunity for members to become more connected with our organization and inspired by our heritage.
How You Can Help
How Alumnae Associations and Chapters can help!
What does your association or chapter want to accomplish with your investment? Here are some possible goals:
$500 funds an Every Member Education visit; if 10 Kappas in your association or chapter each gave $50, you could fund a visit for a chapter to learn more about building better leaders/teams, hazing prevention, and much more.
$1,000 provides immediate emergency assistance for a Kappa sister after a natural disaster like tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.
$3,000 funds a one-time scholarship, supporting a collegiate member in the pursuit of her educational dreams and letting her know that her sisters are cheering her on…and serving as a reminder of the lifetime of sisterhood that awaits her.
$3,900 brings a GIRLS Academy program to your area or chapter, providing a wonderful opportunity for you to work with collegian and alumna members to enhance the leadership skills and confidence of middle school girls.
$75,000 endows a scholarship, allowing the donor(s) to specify that a member of a specific chapter or region be the recipient of those funds.
Donations may be made by check to the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation and mailed to 6640 Riverside Drive, Suite 200, Dublin, OH 43017. You may also make a gift online at https://donate.kappa.org.
The origins of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation begin with a Student Aid Fund established by the Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity at General Convention in 1902 because of a gift brought by Fanny Ryson Hitchcock, Pennsylvania, on behalf of the Beta Alpha chapter, to be used toward a women’s graduate study scholarship at Woods Hole, Mass.
The Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation was established in 1989 by merging several pre-existing Kappa philanthropic funds into a single non-profit corporation, separate from the Fraternity, exclusively for the administration of funds for charitable and educational purposes. In 1990, The Heritage Museum was merged into the Foundation, and in 2000, The Minnie Stewart Foundation of Monmouth, Illinois, was also merged into the Foundation.
The Board of Trustees governs the Foundation and consists of three Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity Council members, and ten additional members elected by the Council, including the President of the Foundation. Currently, four committees within the Foundation are Financial Assistance, Finance, Governance, and Heritage. The Board of Trustees is supported by numerous volunteer chairman and committee members and 8 full-time staff members.
As a public charity under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3), the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation solicits contributions to fund qualifying programs for the Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity and its members. In return, donors are entitled to a tax deduction to the full extent of the law.