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In 1989, Kappa Alpha Theta adopted National CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) as its national philanthropy. In Florida, they are called Guardian ad Litem (GAL). GAL 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. GAL programs across the country are known by several different names, including Guardian ad Litem, Child Advocates, CASA and Voices for Children.
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.
Day of Service
Kappa Alpha Theta's Day of Service is Oct. 19. Since its inception in 2009, the International Day of Service brings Theta collegians and alumnae together in service in honor of founder Bettie Locke Hamilton on her birthday.
One of Kappa Alpha Theta's three aims is to exercise the widest influence for good. Kappa Alpha Theta aspires to cultivate philanthropists who demonstrate tangible works to seek positive change in their communities. Kappa Alpha Theta categorizes philanthropy in three areas:
Service, focusing on hands-on volunteering for others;
Fundraising, or collecting monetary or in-kind donations for causes close to our hearts;
Advocacy, or championing a cause through public support, education, and awareness.
The Miami Alumnae Chapter organizes an event every year for Day of Service. Past events have included beach clean-ups, cooking a meal at Ronald McDonald, fundraising for hurricane victims and particping in the National Parkinson Foundation Walk.
Day of Service 2016, National Parkinson Foundation Walk
Even if you aren't able to participate with your chapter, you can participate individually. No act of service is too small! Imagine the impact Thetas can have, if we all give just a little bit of our time to serve those in need.