Like the NCAA March Madness, the 2014 Chi Phi March Mania Challenge was an exciting time. Chi Phi Brothers were challenged to commit $64,000 to support Chi Phi scholarships and Chapter Excellence Funds. Brothers competed for bragging rights, glory and continuing their legacy. More importantly, Brothers were renewing their pledge to Chi Phi and ensuring the future of this great Fraternity.
The month started off with some friendly competition among active Brothers. Delta Pi Chapter (Georgia Southwestern) raced out to an early lead with 100% of active Brothers committing to March Mania and the Men of 1824. Not to be outdone, Delta Xi Chapter (West Virginia Wesleyan) used the Northeast Regional Leadership Alliance to mount a comeback and also had 100% of active Brothers commit to March Mania and the Men of 1824.
Though Delta Pi and Delta Xi locked up the percentage participation by actives category, Psi Zeta Chapter (UT Dallas) and Omicron Theta Chapter (SUNY Plattsburgh) tied in the most dollars raised from actives category. Each Chapter raised $1,250 for their Chapter Excellence Funds and Chi Phi Scholarships. The gifts from these active Brothers can provide five textbook scholarships for future Chi Phi Brothers or fund the travel to Regional Leadership Alliances and Alphas Academy for both Chapters next year.
Alumni got in on the action at a slower pace, until one Delta Chapter (Rutgers) alumnus scored 10,000 points with a five year pledge. Delta maintained a strong lead through most of the Challenge. Lambda (UC Berkeley), Gamma (Emory), Phi Lambda Theta (Bucknell) and Theta (RPI) Chapters all made valiant efforts, but were unable to catch Delta. But in a buzzer beater, on the last day of the Challenge, a Nu Chapter (Texas) Alumnus made a $25,000 pledge to lead them to victory. His generous gift will endow a scholarship to provide annual educational support to Brothers for many generations to come.
Lambda Theta Chapter (UMass Dartmouth) took the victory in percentage participation by Alumni category. Through a coordinated communications effort, the Chapter was able to rally Brothers to make commitments to support Chi Phi Brothers. Donors committed $89,308.01 to Chi Phi in the month of March passing the $64,000 goal by over $25,000.
While Delta Pi, Delta Xi, Psi Zeta, Omicron Theta, Nu and Lambda Theta Chapters will add a trophy to their cases, the real winners of the March Mania Challenge are Chi Phi Brothers. Todayâs Brothers, and those yet to come, will receive scholarships and leadership training opportunities because of the generosity of all March Mania donors.