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Philanthropy & Service
Greeks take pride in community service and philanthropy. In 2015 the Greek community logged more than 50,000 hours of volunteer time. In April the community donated $188,000 to the Special Olympics of Iowa; this has been the largest single donation in the history of Special Olympics. Each chapter has a foundation or charity they sponsor through philanthropic events. Sororities and fraternities sponsor a multitude of activities each year to impact the local community and raise money for their special philanthropies.
phi·lan·thro·py: the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes. Chapter philanthropic interests support more than forty causes both locally and nationally.
serv·ice: an act of helpful activity; help; aid: to do someone a service.
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"To me, philanthropy & community service is the realization that your purpose is not merely to help or give to a person in need. Rather, it is a deep understanding of altruism -- that you are serving humanity. What's beautiful about our Greek Community is that even though our chapter values may slightly differ, we are all able to unite behind this idea of serving others."
Thanh Nguyen, 2015 IFC Vice President of Philanthropy
Have a philanthropic event or community service project available for Greek students? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your information!