CASA

For more than 25 years, the national philanthropy of Kappa Alpha Theta and Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation has been Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). CASA was created by a juvenile court judge in 1977 to ensure that the abuse and neglect suffered by some children at home does not continue as abuse and neglect at the hands of the judicial system. CASA programs are known by many names and are sometimes referred to as Guardian Ad Litem  or ProKids.

Today, CASA is one of the fastest-growing community service projects in the country. CASA volunteers are  ordinary citizens recruited from the community and trained to speak for abused and neglected children in court. Volunteers appear in court with attorneys and social workers to recommend to the judge what is best for the child’s future, thus becoming their voice in court.

Both college and alumnae chapters host events throughout the year to support their state and local CASA organizations. We give to CASA in many ways: as thoughtful advocates, committed volunteers and generous donors. As individuals and as a fraternity, we say: “I am a Theta. I am for the child.” 

www.casaforchildren.org

KAPPA ALPHA THETA FOUNDATION

Founded in 1960, Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational tax-exempt organization. Theta Foundation’s mission is to secure and manage resources for the educational, leadership, and philanthropic programs of the Fraternity and for the scholastic, professional, and service pursuits of its members to help them reach their fullest potential and make a difference in the world. 

Awarding more than $1.1 million annually, Theta Foundation stands as a pillar of support for Thetas and a partner in the Fraternity’s educational and philanthropic efforts. Created by Thetas for Thetas, Theta Foundation is dedicated to partnering with individuals and college and alumnae chapters for fundraising efforts to support Thetas with scholarships, non-degree educational and leadership grants, and the Fraternity’s educational and leadership programs.


Theta Foundation supports individual members and chapters by:

  • Providing scholarships to collegians and alumnae for academic expenses, including tuition, books, and course-related fees for undergraduate and graduate degree programs
  • Providing grants to individuals and chapters for non-degree, educational, leadership, and service-learning opportunities
  • Supporting Fraternity programs that impact all Thetas, such as the ELC program, alcohol education and awareness, Sisters Supporting Sisters, Theta Service trip, and more 

Theta Foundation also provides resources to individuals and chapters to support Theta by:

  • Providing support for fundraising efforts that support scholarship, grant, and Fraternity programs
  • Providing opportunities to support philanthropic initiatives close to Thetas’ hearts, such as a quarterly grant to National CASA
  • Providing information about establishing endowed scholarships and grants to benefit members in the future
  • Conducting fundraising efforts and providing information about Theta Foundation’s current fundraising initiatives and priorities

After more than 50 years, Theta Foundation remains committed to partnering with Theta members and chapters to support the Fraternity’s ideals of highest scholarship, widest influence for good, and love. To learn more about Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation, please visit www.KappaAlphaThetaFoundation.org.

THE FRIENDSHIP FUND

Since it was established in 1926, the Friendship Fund has been a tangible demonstration of the love and concern we feel for one another. It is based on a beautiful, timeless idea—sisters reaching out to sisters. The Friendship Fund provides gifts to Thetas experiencing extreme financial hardship due to serious or terminal illness, job loss, natural disaster, and other devastating occurrences. One very important aspect of the Fund is the secrecy surrounding the giving of gifts. Two members write on the behalf of a sister, and the Friendship Fund committee determines the award amount. The requesters remain anonymous, and all records are confidential. 

Through the Friendship Fund, we reaffirm our belief that Kappa Alpha Theta is larger than ourselves and that what we give to one another comes full circle. Traditionally, contributions to the Friendship Fund are made through Founders Day gifts, but donations are welcome at any time during the year. The suggested contribution is $1 for each year of membership. 


To donate, please send a check written to "Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity" to:  

Kappa Alpha Theta
8740 Founders Rd. 
Indianapolis, IN 46268
attn.: Friendship Fund


Note that donations are not tax-deductible. Please contact Theta headquarters (800-526-1870 x140) if you have questions or need more information. 

CHAPTER SERVICE AND PHILANTHROPY

As women of Kappa Alpha Theta, we pride ourselves on our dedication to service. We strive to make a positive impact in our community each day. Sisters serve throughout the greater Richmond area as tutors, coaches, mentors and more. Annual philanthropic events include our Capture the Kite tournament and KAT Walk fashion show. 

We also give back through our Day of Service event, during which our sisters work on a variety of projects to support local causes. Outside of our chapter's commitment to service, many members commit their time to charitable organizations both on and off campus, including: Youth Life, Bark, Alpha Phi Omega, Ronald McDonald House, World Pediatric Project, Special Olympics, Stop Hunger Now, Best Buddies, St. Catherine's, Relay for Life...

...And many more!

CAPTURE THE KITE

On October 21, the University of Richmond’s Epsilon Psi chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta hosted our annual “Capture the Kite” fall philanthropy event.

“Capture the Kite” is Epsilon Psi’s spin on Capture the Flag. In order to participate in the event, players had to create a team of 10-15 people and sign up via emailing stephanie.ellicott@richmond.edu or at Kappa Alpha Theta’s table on the second floor of the Tyler Hanes Commons. Upon paying the $25 entry free, the team was entered in the event bracket. All of the proceeds were donated to the Jamie and Paige Malone Foundation. 

The Jamie and Paige Malone Foundation is a University of Richmond scholarship fund. It was established in memory of two Kappa Alpha Theta sisters of the Epsilon Psi chapter, Jamie and Paige Malone. The two were killed instantly in a car accident as their friend lost control of her car. Jamie had recently graduated from the University of Richmond and was twenty-two years old. Paige was nineteen years old and was still a student at the University of Richmond. This fund assists other young women receive an excellent education in the loving remembrance of these Kappa Alpha Theta sisters. 

The event consisted of an array of teams from different organizations on campus and our sisters served as captains to guide each team through the tournament. The rain during the event didn't stop us from having an amazing day and supporting a fantastic cause!