Voices for Children
In 1989, Kappa Alpha Theta adopted National CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) as its national philanthropy. CASA volunteers are trained community volunteers who speak on behalf of abused and neglected children in court. They research the child's background details to help the court make a sound decision about the child's future. Today, there are more than 68,000 advocates nationwide. CASA programs across the country are known by several different names, including Guardian ad Litem, Child Advocates and Voices for Children.
Thetas are involved with CASA in many ways. Each year, college and alumnae chapters host fundraisers to support their local CASA chapters. These events raise tens of thousands of dollars annually to support CASA's work. More importantly, Theta members provide personal support by volunteering their time in local CASA offices, making toys or items for CASA children, hostessing events for CASA children, or assisting with CASA fundraisers. Many Thetas complete the training to become CASA volunteers themselves.
Kappa Alpha Theta has aimed to exercise the widest influence for good and to show love to others. These aspirations have given Kappa Alpha Theta a distinguished history of community service and philanthropic involvement.
Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation
Created by Thetas for Thetas, the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation is dedicated to raising money for scholarships, educational and leadership grants, and financial hardship grants for our Kappa Alpha Theta members.
The Foundation awards more than $1 million dollars annually to its members. Since the Foundation's establishment in 1960, it has relied on the generosity of individual members, parents, friends of the organization, and college and alumnae chapters to assist in furthering the philanthropic aims of Kappa Alpha Theta. Individual members are encouraged to support the Foundation through annual, major and planned gifts. Alumnae chapters are required to make an annual unrestricted donation to the Foundation and a restricted gift to the Friendship Fund.
In return, the Foundation supports the Fraternity, helping to make the Fraternity's educational and leadership programs possible through an annual grant. This allows the Fraternity to direct resources to other important programming. The Foundation's vision is to one day be able to give every Theta every opportunity to make a difference. For this reason, the Fraternity and its members recognize the importance of supporting the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation in promoting our values of highest scholarship and widest influence for good.