Philanthropy & Fundraising

Surfing Sisters of Delta Zeta supports fundraising efforts chiefly support the Delta Zeta Foundation and the official philanthropies of Delta Zeta Sorority, but the chapter also branches out to support a variety of non-profit organizations that may vary from year to year.

Delta Zeta Foundation
The Delta Zeta Foundation supports leadership development and educational programs enabling members to become leaders on their campuses and communities.

The Painted Turtle
The Painted Turtle is an innovative medical specialty camp and family care center for children who have chronic and life-threatening illnesses.

The Starkey Hearing Foundation
The Foundation’s Hear Now program assists deaf and hard-of-hearing persons with limited financial resources who permanently reside within the United States.

Through our fundraising efforts since 2003, Surfing Sisters Alumnae Chapter has been privileged to support these other non-profit organizations:
Tsunami Disaster Relief
Hurricane Katrina Relief
Dogs for the Deaf
Project Bear Mountain – donated stuffed animals to children in emergency situations
Heifer Project International
Inspiration Corporation
Navy Marine Corps Relief Society

Surfing Sisters also implements programming to enhance the membership of the Chapter. Our “The Very Pink of Perfection” campaign challenged members to achieve assigned community and personal well-being tasks towards a common inspired goal of being “the very pink of perfection.”

 

Past campaigns:

Yoplait Lids
In support of the search to find a cure for breast cancer, Surfing Sisters members collected and turned in pink Yoplait yogurt lids. Members were also encouraged to participate in their local Race for the Cure and Avon Walk for the Cure.

National Wear Red Day for Women
In support of National Wear Red Day for Women, messages were sent out to educate sisters about heart health.

Better Speech and Hearing Month
In honor of Better Speech and Hearing month, messages were posted to the membership focusing on Delta Zeta charities, childhood hearing loss, and technology to aid the hard of hearing.

 

Fund Development

Surfing Sisters strives to raise money for philanthropic projects, both national and ‘local.’  The chapter also raises money to send a voting delegate to Delta Zeta’s National Convention, and for various chapter events (product start up costs, sisterhood activities, website maintenance, and any unplanned expenses). The Chapter predictably hosts one annual and one seasonal fund raising campaigns, and several continuous effortless online fundraisers.

The Surfing Sisters Founders Day Virtual Luncheon is an annual favorite that sisters look forward to as well. Sisters are invited to attend a ‘virtual luncheon’ where the Chapter President presents a modified Founders Day ceremony honoring the sorority’s six founders.  Attendees donate a dollar per year since their own initiation to attend and all monies collected are sent to the Delta Zeta Foundation under the name of the Chapter. Historically, the Chapter has risen between $500.00 and $1500.00 for the Foundation.

Seasonal fund raising campaigns are usually unique products designed by a chapter member and purchased in bulk and sold to members. They are designed with the Delta Zeta market in mind and have been sold at Region Weekends as well.

Past seasonal products that have been sold:

Fleece Scarves
Delta Zeta Shopping Totes
Delta Zeta Holiday Ornament
Holiday Greeting Cards
Turtle Soup Cook Book 1 & 2
Specialty Tee-Shirts
DZ Themed Brass Cookie Cutters

Being that Surfing Sisters Alumnae Chapter is based on the Internet, hosting online fund raisers is easy and appeals to our techno savvy members. These fundraisers ebb and flow with members’ interests and the Chapter is always looking for other innovative virtual fundraising ideas.

iGive.com
A portion of your purchases from hundreds of online retailers can support Surfing Sisters projects. Visit igive.com and create an account identifying “Surfing Sisters” as your cause; then shop at a wide variety of popular online retailers including Barnes & Noble, Overstock.com, PETCO, QVC, and hundreds of others. With each purchase, a small portion will be returned to Surfing Sisters to support our fundraising efforts! Since opening this account in December 2000, Surfing Sisters has raised over $1000.00.

Magazine Fundraising
New or renew current magazine subscriptions through the Readers Digest portal where Surfing Sisters receives 40- 50% of each order.Since starting this campaign in April 2007, Surfing Sisters has raised over $400.00.