$89,308 Pledged in March for Education and Leadership

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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.  Today’s Brothers, and those yet to come, will receive scholarships and leadership training opportunities because of the generosity of all March Mania donors.




  • Carnevale Makes $110,000 Gift to Endow Scholarships and Support Mu Chapter

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    As Grand Alpha, Rocco Henry Carnevale, Mu 1980, made it clear to anyone who would ask and in every action he took his first priority was to serve the Brothers of the Chi Phi Fraternity.

    Thanks to an extraordinarily generous gesture, Carnevale’s service and name will live on for generations as a result of the $110,000 gift he’s made to support his beloved Mu Chapter and endow what will become known as the Rocco Henry Carnevale Scholarship.

    To accomplish his objectives, Carnevale named the Chi Phi Educational Trust as a beneficiary of his 403(b) plan for $100,000.  Naming a nonprofit organization like the Educational Trust as the beneficiary of a 403(b) or 401(k) plan is a method of planned giving without involving the estate or estate taxes. In this case, it provides a permanent endowment to provide perpetual support to an institution Carnevale cherishes.

    In addition, Carnevale becomes one of the most recent alumni to make a five-year commitment and join the prestigious Gladfelter Circle recognizing those alumni contributing $2,000 in one year, with $10,000 going to the Mu Chapter Excellence Fund.  “œI am pleased to support the Brothers in this way, and I encourage other alumni to come off the sidelines and be recognized as part of the legacy of our first ever capital campaign.”

    “A monthly deduction from your bank account or credit card is a great way of becoming a Gladfelter Circle member.  Any amount will make a big difference, especially over time, to Chi Phi” explained Carnevale.  “At the end of the day, it’s all about leadership and setting the example of giving back to the institutions that made us who we are today.”

    “When I started college in 1976, I found a stable and nurturing environment at Chi Phi. It’s my hope that our tradition of serving and giving will be passed along well into the future to all the Brothers.”

    Carnevale’s service to Chi Phi began as a young man on the campus of the Stevens Institute of Technology located across the Hudson River from New York City in Hoboken, New Jersey. As an undergraduate, Carnevale held several chapter offices, including Beta, Delta, Recruitment Chairman and Steward while earning his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1980.  During that time he also became a certified Engineer-in-Training and a member of ASME and ASHRAE.

    Soon after graduating with his engineering degree in hand, Carnevale began his professional career working for a large multi-national architect engineering company designing and building nuclear and fossil fueled electric generating stations around the United States.  In 1986 he achieved his professional engineering license and currently serves as a Project Manager / Systems Engineer at the Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory advancing technologies associated with thermonuclear fusion and energy development for over twenty five years.

    As his career took off, he continued to remain connected to Chi Phi. He has served as president of the Mu Alumni Association for twenty five years after serving as secretary for three years. He is proud of the fact that the Mu Chapter house – affectionately known as the ‘Green Gate’ – is one of the few fraternity houses at Stevens that is not owned by the University.  Thanks to the hard work and dedication of many Mu Brothers, Chi Phi continues to chart its own destiny and manage a sizable asset for the benefit of future generations.

    His involvement with the national fraternity began in 1988, when he attended the College of Excellence as an Alumnus participant. His interest in serving the broader Chi Phi brotherhood increased with his exposure to programs such as COE and RLA as well as Chi Phi Clubs and Meet and Greets across the country.

    “Attending COE as an observer really helped me learn the ropes as a young Alumni President and gave me an opportunity to meet with my peers from other chapters,” Carnevale reminisces.

    In 1998, he attended his first Congress as a voting Alumni Delegate in Atlanta. Carnevale has attended every one since the 2000 Congress in Chicago.

    “I learned that sitting at the table is better than being in the room, and if you are not in the room, you are in big trouble.”

    Carnevale considers alumni involvement with the host Universities and the National Organization essential to the health and wellbeing of the local Chapter.

    Carnevale was elected to the Board of Governors of the Educational Trust at the 2002 Congress in San Francisco serving two terms during the Ron Frank administration.  In addition, he served on the COE Dean’s Team from 2002 -“ 2008 and as a group facilitator. He was Alpha of Congress at the New York City Congress in 2003, and served as Chairman of the Executive Director Search Committee that hired Michael Azarian, Psi Delta 1997, in 2004.

    Grand Alpha Richard Lane, Kappa Zeta 1993, invited Carnevale to serve on the Grand Council in 2004 as the Heritage & Traditions Counselor. Between his service to COE and on the Grand Council, Carnevale earned a reputation as a great communicator, among students and alumni. He was elected Grand Alpha-Elect in 2006 and took over as Grand Alpha at the 142nd Chi Phi Congress in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2007, serving the National Fraternity until the Denver, Colorado Congress in 2009.

    In 2013, Carnevale began serving the National Fraternity as a member of the Grand Alpha-Elect Search Committee and the Educational Trust as a member of the newly established Trust Advisory Committee.  He spent much of his time as Grand Alpha visiting the local Chapters and as many undergraduates and alumni as possible. He continues to visit Chapters and Brothers on his travels and was awarded the Chi Phi Distinguished Service Award at the Baltimore Harbor Congress in 2012. He received the Stevens Alumni Award in 2014.

    Endowing scholarships is a way to continue his service to and support of Brothers far into the future.

    “I see my involvement as an investment in advancing a highly worthy endeavor and helping the Brothers to develop professionally and socially in a pluralistic society,” said Carnevale. “Fundamentally, we are all links of a chain, and it is our responsibility to maintain the strength and integrity of our Fraternity.”

     




  • Scholarship Winner Gives Back In a Big Way

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    By Nick Holmes, Theta Delta 2010

    When Ken Fredericks, Theta Delta 1979, visited Alphas Academy in January of 2013, he began a re-engagement process with Chi Phi after decades of focus on family and career. He traveled to Atlanta to see first-hand what Chi Phi’s new leadership program was all about. That weekend Ken met Chi Phi’s fresh young leaders and served on the Taking Leadership from the Chapter Room to the Board Room alumni panel. He had a chance to share some wisdom about leadership, business and integrity. Most importantly, Ken reengaged with the Brotherhood that laid the foundation for his success decades prior in Gainesville, Florida.

    Ken was the Alpha of the Theta Delta Chapter at the University of Florida in 1979. He was a passionate leader who developed lifelong friendships with his Brothers and learned valuable skills leading his Chapter. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1981, Ken drove north to the University of South Carolina to work on a master’s in Business.

    Money was tight for Ken and his wife Eva when they settled in Columbia, South Carolina. He knew how important higher education was, but needed help financially to complete his master’s program. Ken turned to the Chi Phi Educational Trust for a loan in 1982. The trust was able to loan Ken $1,500 so he could pay his tuition and living expenses. “That $1,500 felt like $15,000 at the time,” Ken said. At this crucial point in his life, the Brotherhood was happy to help Ken and Eva. “I promised myself at that moment that if I ever had the chance to return the favor, I surely would.”

    After receiving his master’s degree, Ken kicked off a 25 year career in international business.  Ken ended his career as the head of Human Resources for a major defense firm. He, Eva and their two children settled down in Ponte Vedra, Florida, just outside of Jacksonville. With the kids off to college and a successful career in the rearview mirror, Ken now has the time to reengage with Chi Phi. Reengagement was threefold with Ken. He didn’t want to just reconnect with some of his pledge Brothers or simply send in a check. He wanted to reengage socially, professionally and financially. Ken was quick to accomplish these goals. He started by connecting with his pledge Brother Charlie Allen, Theta Delta 1982, the long-time Chapter Advisor of Theta Delta. He met the leaders of Chi Phi at Alphas Academy in Atlanta. He visited the Chapter house in Gainesville on a Gator football game day and enjoyed the house band. At that point Ken knew the time was right to fulfill the promise he made to himself decades ago and return the favor to Chi Phi.

    To re-engage financially, Ken wanted to do something that would make an impact on the Chi Phi Brothers at UF forever. He decided to endow two scholarships that would promote the long term success of the very Chapter that laid that foundation for his personal success. With the help of Brothers Dave Davis, Theta Delta 1973, and Charlie Allen, Ken created a scholarship for the Theta Delta Brother who had the greatest impact on recruitment each semester, as well as an annual scholarship for the Theta Delta Chapter Alpha, provided he had a successful year leading the Chapter. “If you’ll step up and advance this fraternity in a way that makes us all proud, you should be rewarded,” Ken said. “The two most important pieces of my career were recruiting the right people and leading those people in the right direction, I wanted these scholarships to reflect that.”

    Ken structured his gift to Chi Phi in a unique fashion. He wanted to include Chi Phi in his estate plan, but also wanted these scholarships to begin as soon as possible. To make that happen, Ken became a member of the Gladfelter Circle with Distinction (an annual gift of $5,000) this year with a five year pledge. This pledge will allow the funding of the scholarships right away, rather than waiting for the estate portion of his gift to come to fruition. “I’m excited to meet these guys and shake hands with the best recruiters and best leaders,” he said. The Theta Deltas Actives are even more excited. When the scholarships were announced at Chapter, the men responded with a rousing round of clicks and cheers. “We are so thankful for Brother Fredericks’ generosity and vision,” said Josh Goldsmith, Chapter Alpha. “These scholarships will be a huge help to our hardest working Brothers and it’s sure to make Theta Delta even more successful.”

    For information about endowing a scholarship or planned giving, contact Director of Development Nick Holmes at holmes@chiphi.org or 404-231-1824.




  • Campaign Donors Train Chapter Alphas

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    Chi Phi Alumni, through their generous Changing Lives Campaign donations, made the 2014 Alphas Academy a huge success.  Forty Chapter and Colony Alphas descended on the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center for three days of training, fellowship and Brotherhood. Alphas spent time discussing what it means to be a Chapter Alpha and how they can serve as a role model for other Brothers.

    Alphas took time to assess their leadership styles and how those styles can best serve their individual Chapter.  “I learned about four different types of leadership that I can use with my chapter depending on the situation,” stated Kappa Chapter Alpha Eric Underwood.  “I believe this will help me be a more effective Chapter Alpha.”

    They also heard from Cori Gilbert Wallace, Delta Gamma Fraternity National Vice President of Communication, who discussed what society needs from fraternity men.  A panel of Alumni Brothers discussed taking leadership from the chapter room to the board room and the weekend concluded with the Chairman’s Dinner and guest speaker USMC Brigadier General J. Dale Alford, Alpha Zeta 1984.

    Dean Eldridge, Psi Chapter Alpha shared, “I liked hearing every Chapter’s perspective from around the nation.  I liked hearing how other Chapters face some of the same issues my Chapter faces.  I can use the ideas from those Chapter Alphas, those outside ideas, new ideas, to help my Chapter.”

    “This is one of my favorite Chi Phi events.  I love spending time with our Chapter Alphas, who are a very impressive group of young men.  Seeing them developing their Chapter leadership plans and interacting with Alumni to better their skills is what building better men is all about,” stated Trustee and Chairman’s Dinner attendee John McElderry, Eta 1994

    To click here to view the Alphas Academy participant guide and to hear more directly from Alphas Academy attendees click here.




  • Third Annual March Mania Challenge Kicks Off

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    Basketball teams from colleges and universities all over the country are vying to be one of the 68 programs selected to play in the NCAA Tournament. They are working hard for bragging rights, to carve their legacy in NCAA history and to honor their schools.

    The Chi Phi March Mania Challenge offers the same opportunity for Alumni all over the country. The Challenge is about bragging rights, honoring your Chapter, continuing your legacy and providing for the next generation. While the 68 best basketball teams in the country compete for the national championship, we need your help to raise $68,000 to support your Chapter and Chi Phi Scholarships.

    For this Challenge, you don’t need a great jump shot to help your Chapter score points. Every dollar you pledge to the Chi Phi Educational Trust before April 7 will score one point for your chapter. By making a pledge of any amount, you will score points to help your Chapter claim victory. More importantly, you’ll provide scholarships for Chi Phi Brothers and educational programs for your Chapter.

    Each Chi Phi Chapter has been bracketed (download brackets) and is poised for glory. Winning Chapters will receive a trophy, be featured in the Chakett and be highlighted on our website. Help your Brothers score big by visiting www.chiphicampaign.com/donate before April 7.

    We are also looking for coaches to help guide their Chapters to victory. If you are interested in joining the March Mania Coaching Crew contact Director of Development, Nick Holmes at holmes@chiphi.org or 404.231.1824.




  • Friend of Chi Phi Makes $100,000 Investment in Eta

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    By Beth Vaughn, Senior Director of Development

    Today, I received a phone call that most foundations hope to receive this time of year.  A friend of Chi Phi, who wishes to remain anonymous, called to let me know he was sending a $100,000 check to the national office for the Eta Chapter Excellence Fund.

    He had decided to make this gift after speaking with Eta Alumnus, Jim Wimberly, Eta 1965.  Jim had described how Eta built a new Chapter House at the University of Georgia. Jim spoke with passion about the house serving as a home away from home, a place to make life-long friends, a place to learn…a place where better men are built.  Jim also spoke with passion about his own support of the Chapter house and how other alumni were contributing to the Chapter Excellence Fund to make the dream house a reality.

    Jim’s friend quickly understood the role the Chi Phi house played in Jim’s own life and how hundreds of young men could benefit from his support.  He also knew with only 11 days left in 2013, he had to act to take advantage of the IRA charitable rollover.

    The IRA charitable rollover allows people age 70 1/2 and older to give up to $100,000 to charity and count that toward the minimum required distribution an individual would otherwise be required to take.  This on again off again rule, was reinstated by Congress in late 2012 and will only last until December 31, 2013.

    Donating IRA assets to a charity like the Chi Phi Educational Trust, a registered 501(c)3 organization, has many tax advantages.  The sum of the donation is removed from the donor’s adjusted gross income and, unlike some charitable gifts, IRA charitable rollover gifts are not subject to percentage limitations.  Plus, making a donation rather than taking the minimum required distribution may allow some donors to avoid penalties that come with higher adjusted gross incomes, such as higher Medicare premiums.

    Donors can also make gifts of up to $100,000 from an IRA without using that amount to satisfy their mandatory annual minimum required distributions. So if an individual has already taken his or her 2013 distribution, he or she can still make a gift before it’s too late.

    Currently, there are no Congressional discussions to extend the IRA charitable rollover rule. This means donors must get their gift to Chi Phi or their charity of choice in the next 11 days.

    In these 11 short days, our friend of Chi Phi will reduce his 2013 tax burden and change the lives of generations of Eta Chapter Brothers.  If you are interested in learning more about how you can do the same for your tax burden and Chapter, contact Director of Development, John Fisher at 404.231.1824 or fisher@chiphi.org.

     




  • Do You Have a Funeral File?

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    By Fred Maglione, CFRE, JD

    It’s been nearly two years, since Chi Phi said goodbye to E. Owen Parry, Alpha 1965. Parry spent many years leading the Alpha Alumni Association, Alpha Home Association and working nationally as a Trustee and Vice Chairman of the Chi Phi Educational Trust. He cared deeply about Chi Phi, running the fraternity like a business and providing the flexibility and latitude undergraduates need to learn and mature in a fraternal environment.

    Parry died rather quickly from cancer. He passed within eight weeks of his diagnosis. It was sudden, and it upset a lot of people.

    At his funeral service in Charlottesville, Virginia, pastor, Dr. Heather Warren, explained how Owen had come to see her just a few days after he received the news from his doctor.

    “He walked right into my office with a big file folder tucked under his arm,” she explained. “We discussed his situation, and he pulled out his file. It was his funeral file. He had spent years saving portions of the programs he liked from funerals he attended, clipping his favorite Bible verses and compiling the sheet music from his favorite hymns and operas.”

    To those who knew Owen, it’s no surprise that he planned almost every detail of his own funeral.

    Owen was an organizer. A doer. He was also an insurance man having spent his entire career working his way up the corporate ladder at Cigna Insurance. He left very little to chance – including his own funeral and his plan for life after he was gone.

    What are you leaving to chance? Do you have a funeral file? At the very least, do you have a Last Will and Testament to decide how your assets are distributed after your death?

    Each year, nearly 55% of Americans who die have not signed a Will. They let the default rules established by their state legislatures decide who should receive their assets. Very often, federal and state governments receive sizeable distributions as a result of both estate and capital gains taxes.

    Very few people like to think about their own death. Even fewer like to plan for it. But a little advance planning can go a long way and provide a lot more money for your heirs.

    Consult with an attorney or accountant. Get some advice about how to protect and support the individuals and institutions you value most. Take control of the financial decisions that will be made after your death. Don’t leave it up to the government to make those decisions for you.

    As you contemplate these important decisions, keep in mind that leaving some money or property to a charitable institution can have many positive benefits. In some cases, leaving money outright to charity reduces your estate lax liability and can actually provide you with a larger amount to leave to your family and friends. If you leave highly appreciated stock to an individual, they’ll pay significant capital gains taxes when they sell the property. You could leave that money to charity and avoid anyone having to pay the capital gains on it. Better yet, create a charitable trust by giving the property to the charity during your life, avoid the capital gains tax liability, take a tax deduction for the year you contribute the property and setup a recurring income stream for yourself or others.

    There are many ways just a little advance planning can pay big dividends for you, your heirs and the institutions that are important to you.

    If Chi Phi is one of those important institutions that had a profound and positive impact on your life, we hope you’ll consider remembering Chi Phi or your Chapter in your Last Will and Testament or that you’ll do some advance estate planning now.

    After you finalize your Will or other estate planning documents, start making lists of favorite Bible passages, hymns and songs and start your funeral file.

    As Owen Parry’s final days illustrated, you never know what’s coming next. A little bit advance planning can go an awful long way.

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    If you’d like to discuss, in confidence, the advantages of proper estate planning for you, your heirs or Chi Phi, please contact Director of Development, John Fisher at 404.231.1824 or fisher@chiphi.org.

     

     




  • Honoring a Past Grand Alpha and Helping Build Better Men

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    By Kris Whitten, Sigma Delta 1970

    I first met Fred Kieser, Theta 1962 in the fall of 1979 at my first meeting of the Chi Phi Grand Council in Atlanta. We had been appointed to the Council by Grand Alpha Bates Block, Gamma 1940, Fred as Grand Gamma and myself as Grand Eta. Fred was a big man, and as one of his friends put it, sometimes had a œbombastic way of getting his point across. At first, I didnt know quite what to make of him, but soon realized that he was someone I liked and could count on.

    Fred was a loyal friend and Chi Phi leader, so when I heard that he had died I decided it would be a good idea to see if others agreed that keeping his memory alive was a worthwhile idea. After receiving encouragement from Past Grand Alpha Dick Gilbert, Rho 1962, and current Trust Chairman Christopher Shuler, Alpha Zeta 1984 I worked with the Trust to establish the Fred Kieser Memorial Leadership Fund.

    The Kieser Memorial Leadership Fund will provide scholarships for Brothers to attend Chi Phi leadership training programs including the College of Excellence and Regional Leadership Alliances, both of which Fred played a key role in starting during his time on the Grand Council.

    When he was appointed to the Grand Council, Fred already had a distinguished career in Chi Phi: as Alpha of the Theta Chapter at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in 1962 Fred represented his Chapter before the Grand Council; as a longtime leader of Thetas Alumni, in the 1970s Fred spearheaded the renovation and revitalization of his Chapter; and as a Chi Phi Regional Counselor he helped supervise the Mu, Rho, Delta and Psi Chapters. Fred even had a unique claim to fame; he chaired the committee which reviewed a Congressional motion to admit women into Chi Phi in 1973.

    Fred had a vast knowledge, experience and œcan do attitude that were appreciated by many. He really loved Chi Phi, and many times I saw Fred roll up his sleeves and get down into the trenches for the fraternity; both literally and figuratively.

    The things Alumni and National Officers have to do are not always pleasant or easy, but sometimes we have to get into the fray to keep the Fraternity moving in the right direction. As an Alumnus of my Chapter, Sigma Delta at the University of California at Davis, I have appreciated Freds help and insights on how to act as a leader. When I had the sad duty of representing the Fraternity as Grand Eta at a contentious Court of Congress, called to revoke a Chapters Charter, Fred was right there to back me up.

    Fred was also fun to be around. I like to describe him as a great combination of a savvy lawyer and a big kid. National service is not a veil of tears, and it is leaders like Fred who make it possible to get the work done, and have a good time doing it. Fred also had a really good rapport with undergraduates; he never forgot his days as Chapter Alpha, and seemed to relive that experience when he was talking with undergraduate Brothers. He worked hard in his time on the Council and Trust to establish leadership training programs for the undergraduate Chi Phis, like the College of Excellence.

    Fred also helped revitalize Chi Phi Alumni groups around the country. In this he was aided and abetted by Brother Bill Kitchen, Alpha 1949, who served at different times as Grand Delta, Grand Epsilon and was the first Executive Director of the Trust. They were a team; if Kieser and Kitchen were coming to town to address your Alumni Association or Club, or to start a new one, look out! They knew how to do it, and would bend your ear and twist your arm to get the job done.

    During his time as Grand Alpha, Fred also chartered or re-chartered several Chapters, including Alpha Sigma at Princeton and Upsilon at Hobart, which had been dormant for over 100 years. He and his predecessor, Bates Block, Gamma 1940, also supported Chi Phi efforts to colonize in the West, culminating with Fred presiding at the chartering in 1987 of Epsilon Zeta at Californias Humboldt State University and Zeta Zeta at California State University, Sacramento.

    As another friend of Freds put it: œHe was a principled man, he shall be remembered. The Kieser Memorial Fund seems a fitting way for Chi Phi to remember this principled man.

    Alumni interested in making a gift to support the Fred Kieser Memorial Leadership Fund to provide educational training grants can visit www.chiphicampaign.com/donate or contact Nick Holmes, Director of Development at holmes@chiphi.org or 800.849.1824.

     

     




  • Chi Phi Greek Life Museum Made Official at Congress

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    Chi Phi has been working on building a Greek Life Museum since the beginning of the Changing Lives Campaign. Brother Dick Gilbert, Rho 1962 and Brother Frank Uryasz, Alpha Theta Chi 1983 generously kicked off the efforts with combined gifts of $90,000 to support the Museum.

    Though construction of the museum space began in March 2013, the Chi Phi Greek Life Museum was officially launched at the 148th Chi Phi Congress in June when the formal agreement was signed by the Grand Alpha James Soderquist, Alpha 1967 and Trust Chairman, Christopher Shuler, Alpha Zeta 1984. The Museum is housed at the William M. Byrd Chi Phi National Headquarters and will include curated displays highlighting the fraternal movement through the years. Patrons can also visit the Museum website www.greeklifemuseum.org to immerse themselves in electronic exhibits. Exhibits will be available to the public as well as Chi Phi Actives and Alumni and will chronicle the historical and cultural roles of Greek-letter organizations in the development of higher education in North America.

    The Greek Life Museum provides an opportunity to preserve, protect, and showcase the historic documents, photographs, and memorabilia of Greek-letter organizations. The Museum, an ongoing evolution, provides Members and non-members an opportunity to learn and marvel at the influence the fraternity world has had on Americas culture and society. Displays boast the prominence of Chi Phi as one of the nations greatest fraternal organizations. Displays also house items of historical significance to the entire fraternity and sorority movement

    The Museum has developed a display showing the covers from the first Fraternal Publication “ Chi Phis very own Chakett. Visit the Greek Life Museum website to immerse yourself in eighty years of Chakett covers. See the evolution of the publication over those years and learn more about how the Chakett went from a member directory to the magazine it is today.

    The Greek Life Museum also holds photos dating back to the late 1800’s, letters documenting Chi Phi’s founding and the patent application for the Chi Phi pin, the Chakett and pledge pin. Additionally, minute books, original membership cards, and historic material from many Chi Phi Chapters are available for exploration.

    The Greek Life Museum will further reveal that all Chi Phis have a proud tradition and brotherhood they belong to. Having this archive, a living link to Fraternity and Chi Phi life, will provide an engaging view of how fraternities were formed and how they function today. All museums provide amazing value to their greater communities; our hope is that the Chi Phi Greek Life Museum will do the same and with Alumni support this will be a reality for all, stated Greek Life Museum Committee Chair Senour Reed, Eta 1979.

    Members of the Greek Life Museum Committee have spent months carefully outlining a plan for success for the Museum. The Committee has also spent countless hours carefully documenting and recording Chi Phi archives. This careful planning is laying the foundation for long-term success of the Museum. The Committee has targeted March 2014 as the Grand Opening.

    How You Can Help

    Since Chi Phis founding in 1824, as the first gentleman’s fraternity, we have built a strong organization and helped create an entire movement. Fraternities play a key role in the lives of today’s students. Chi Phi continues to provide training, guidance, personal development and values for a new generation of men. As the Fraternity continues to grow, we must preserve our heritage. Those who have been privileged to enjoy the Chi Phi experience now have the opportunity to endow future generations. Your contribution to the Greek Life Museum will make the difference. Your commitment to donate as generously as your circumstances permit will ensure future generations access to our rich history.

    Alumni, Actives, parents, friends and corporate partners can make gifts to the Greek Life Museum by a variety of outright, pledged and planned giving methods. Pledges may be paid over one to five years. Contributions to the Chi Phi Educational Trust (tax id: 58-6035103) are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

    Museum Naming Opportunities

    Opportunity

    Permanent Endowment

    Annual Expendable Support

    (Your Name) Chi Phi Greek Life Museum

    $2 Million

    $100,000

    Individual Displays –   starting at

    $50,000

    $2,500

    (Your Name) Space at the William M. Byrd Chi Phi National Headquarters   Building – starting at

    $100,000

    $5,000




  • Tax-Deductible Dollars for Fraternity Housing

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    For many Chi Phi Alumni, their Chapter House was a home away from home. They learned how to do laundry, study for tests and get along with others in the fraternity house. It didn’t matter if that was 1 Fraternity Row, Gainesville, Florida, 1824 Chakett Court, Bryan, Texas or 290 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, Georgia Chi Phi was far more than just a place to sleep.

    Contrary to media portrayals, the Chapter House serves a critical role in the academic success of our active Brothers. Students need access to study space and up-to-date technology in order to succeed in the classroom. While the IRS limits tax-deductible gifts to a fraternity house or house corporation, there are exceptions for educational space within a house.

    Chi Phi is committed to assisting our Brothers success and the Educational Trust has made housing grants possible through the Changing Lives Campaign.

    The Educational Trust is permitted to make grants to build, renovate and operate space in the house that qualifies as educational if it is equivalent to that which is provided by the host university in its dormitories. These grants are made through the Chapter Excellence Fund which allows donors to receive a tax deduction for any gifts.

    Grants can be made to build brand new space, as was the case for 9,000 square feet of the new Eta Chapter House, or grants can be made to update or renovate existing space. Additionally, Chapters can use CEF grants for ongoing housing operational costs for the life of the house. Chapters interested in offering a tax-deductible donation to donors and receiving a housing grant can contact Senior Director of Development, Elizabeth Knott at knott@chiphi.org or 800.849.1824.