Alumni of the Beta Omicron chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity at Northwestern State University were the largest supporters of the educational efforts of the Pi Kappa Phi Foundation in 2014. Out of the Fraternity’s 170 active chapters, Beta Omicron was ranked 1st in total contributions last year. 18 alumni and students contributed $1,002,266 in support of educational initiatives of the Foundation in 2014. The Beta Omicron chapter has been consistently ranked in the top 10 for total giving each year in the last decade.
The Pi Kappa Phi Foundation works to connect the charitable intentions of Pi Kappa Phi alumni and friends with the desire of today’s student members to have a memorable and valuable undergraduate Pi Kappa Phi experience. The primary mission of the Foundation is to provide financial support for the leadership and education programming of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.
Each year, the Foundation provides more than $100,000 in educational grants to support leadership development programs for our student members. In addition, the Foundation also recognizes a handful of students each year with a number of merit based scholarships. Most notably of these is the Foundation’s Pi Kapp Scholars program through which seven students are annually identified with Pi Kappa Phi’s highest (and longest running) academic award. The Foundation contributed $340,626 to the fraternity and its students through various grant channels in 2014.
Chapter Investment Funds (CIFs) are endowment-type accounts held by the Foundation that allow alumni and friends of the fraternity the ability to make a tax-deductible gift to Pi Kappa Phi and restrict that gift to a specific chapter. Many of the donors from the Beta Omicron chapter made a contribution to the CIF. Each year, the Foundation allows 4 percent of the CIF to be used in support of educational initiatives at the Beta Omicron chapter.
Members of Pi Kappa Phi who include the Foundation in their estate plans, name the Foundation as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or include the Foundation in another legacy gift instrument, are eligible for the Gateway Society. While some choose to remain anonymous in their gift planning, others, like Beta Omicron chapter alumnus Doug Barnett, recognize that their philanthropy may inspire others to make an impact on the fraternity.
The National President’s Circle recognizes current undergraduate students who have made a gift of $20.00 or more to the Foundation. These gifts go towards Pi Kappa Phi’s areas of greatest need and help to support the costs of current students’ leadership and educational programs. Several members of the Beta Omicron chapter participate in this giving club annually.
Beta Omicron chapter alumni and students making contributions to the Pi Kappa Phi Foundation in 2014 include:
- David D. Morgan, Sr.
- Michael Allain
- Wesley Breeden
- Larry Gracie, PhD
- Jack P. McCain, Jr.
- John W. Parish, Jr.
- Lane Luckie
- John Oden
- James Brister
- Rodney Clements
- Zack Cockerham (Presidents Leadership Circle)
- Shayne Creppel
- Scotty Davis (Presidents Leadership Circle)
- Christos Docolas
- Shelton Eubanks
- Aaron Finimore (Presidents Leadership Circle)
- Kyler Halbert (Presidents Leadership Circle)
- Bert Nichols
If you are interested in learning more about making a tax-deductible contribution, click here to learn more about making a secure gift. or call toll-free (800) 929-1904.
[Information and portions of this article taken from Star and Lamp Magazine and www.pikapp.org]