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Questions and Answers

Below you will find answers to many common questions about 2019 Founders Day of Giving.

What is Founders Day of Giving?

Alpha Sigma Tau's annual Founders Day of Giving is an exciting and interactive giving event to grow a stronger future for the National Organization through the support of the Foundation. The 2019 day of giving will begin at 11:00 a.m. ET on Monday, November 4, 2019, and end at 8:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. The event celebrates 120 Years of Alpha Sigma Tau Sisterhood.

Who should participate in Founders Day of Giving?

It is our hope that all Sisters and friends of Alpha Sigma Tau participate in Founders Day of Giving by making a tax-deductible donation in honor of the impact the organization has had on their lives or on the life of a woman they love. 


Collegiate members are encouraged to participate by joining the 1899 Society for Collegiate Giving with a donation of $18.99 or more. Members of the 1899 Society for Collegiate Giving receive an exclusive colored anchor dangle in recognition of their generosity.

This is so fun! How can I get involved?

In addition to making a gift during the live event, individuals wishing to be more involved in Founders Day of Giving have the opportunity to participate as Ambassadors. Ambassadors will work with the Sorority and Foundation staff to increase member participation by promoting the event on social media and in their Alpha Sigma Tau communities. Sign up to become an Ambassador using the box on the home screen, or email foundation@alphasigmatau.org for more information. 

I still have a question - Who can I contact?

If you have additional questions regarding Founders Day of Giving or the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation, please contact Emily Hamsher Kindred, Director of Development, using the information below:

 

Emily Hamsher Kindred, CFRE, Beta Delta

Director of Development, Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation

Email: ekindred@alphasigmatau.org

Phone: 317-613-7566

What is the Chapter Challenge?

The Chapter Challenge brings friendly competition to the day by offering exciting incentives to encourage and recognize participation by collegiate and alumnae members of Alpha Sigma Tau's active collegiate chapters. 

 

2019 Chapter Challenge


Scholarship Awards:

The collegiate chapter with the highest cumulative dollar amount given through their foundersdayofgiving.org Chapter Challenge link between November 4-5, 2019, will receive a one-time $3,000 academic scholarship to benefit a collegiate chapter Sister in the 2020-2021 scholarship cycle.


The following awards will be distributed for the chapters with the 2nd and 3rd highest total amounts contributed:
 

1. First Runner-Up: One-time $2,000 academic scholarship to benefit a collegiate chapter Sister in the 2020-2021 scholarship cycle.

2. Second Runner-Up: One-time $1,000 academic scholarship to benefit a collegiate chapter Sister in the 2020-2021 scholarship cycle.

 
New for 2019, in addition to $6,000 in scholarship awards, we will also offer tiered prize opportunities within the Chapter Challenge, sponsored by Alpha Sigma Tau National Sorority!


All chapters surpassing the $15,000 benchmark will be entered in a drawing for the opportunity to win one of the following three prize opportunities:
 

1. 43rd National Convention Chapter Registration and Room Package (Registration and 3 Nights in the Convention Hotel) for up to 3 representatives (1 Collegiate Delegate, 1 Collegiate Alternate Delegate, 1 Chapter Advisory Board Delegate) from the chapter ($2,500 value)

2. Alpha Sigma Tau Branded Recruitment/Tailgating Tent ($1,200 value)

3. $1,000 Chapter Credit to Alpha Sigma Tau’s Emerald Boutique for one Custom Group Order ($1,000 value)

 

All chapters surpassing the $10,000 benchmark will be entered in a drawing for the opportunity to win one of the following three prize opportunities:
 

1. 43rd National Convention Chapter Registration (Registration Only) for up to 3 representatives (1 Collegiate Delegate, 1 Collegiate Alternate Delegate, 1 Chapter Advisory Board Delegate) from the chapter ($2,000 value) 

Alpha Sigma Tau Branded Large Adjustable Banner Display (96” x 96” Step and Repeat) and Alpha Sigma Tau 2. Branded “Bid Day in a Box” ($650 value)

3. Alpha Sigma Tau Branded Knit Beanies for every active collegiate member and new member on the reported fall 2019 semester chapter roster (value of $15 per member)

 

All chapters surpassing the $5,000 benchmark will be entered in a drawing for the opportunity to win one of the following three prize opportunities:

 

1. 43rd National Convention Chapter Registration (Registration Only) for up to 3 collegiate representatives from the chapter ($2,000 value)

2. Alpha Sigma Tau Branded Bid Day Packs for the chapter’s spring OR fall 2020 new member class (value of $20 per new member)

3. Alpha Sigma Tau Branded Recruitment/PR Supplies Kit ($300 value)

 

All chapters surpassing the $2,500 benchmark will be entered in a drawing for the opportunity to win one of the following three prize opportunities:

 

1. The Creed of Alpha Sigma Tau Wall Decal ($200 value)

2. Alpha Sigma Tau Branded “Bid Day in a Box” including foil balloons, garland, backdrops, and more) ($200 value)

3. $250 Chapter Credit to Alpha Sigma Tau’s Emerald Boutique for a Custom Group Order ($250 value) 
 

All donations made through the “Chapter Challenge” link at foundersdayofgiving.org will count towards a chapter’s total, including, but not limited to, gifts made by collegiate and alumnae members, professors or university staff, family, and friends. All 2019 contributions made to the 1899 Society will also be applied.
 

Chapters may track their progress using the Chapter Challenge Leaderboard on the Founders Day of Giving website. Should there be a tie between two or more chapters at the conclusion of the event, the chapter with the highest total number of donors to the challenge will receive preference for the scholarship award.

 

The Fine Print:

Please note, only active collegiate chapters are listed as part of the Chapter Challenge. The individual recipients of all scholarship awards are selected by the National Scholarship Committee, but only collegiate Sisters of the benefitting chapters will be considered. Final prize pack recipients and contents are at the discretion of Alpha Sigma Tau National Sorority and Foundation Chief Executive Officer. Prize pack contents are subject to change based on availability.

What is the 1899 Society Collegiate Giving Challenge?

In collaboration with Founders Day of Giving, we are excited to announce the 1899 Society Collegiate Giving Challenge, which encourages participation in Alpha Sigma Tau’s Collegiate Member Giving recognition program, the 1899 Society.

The 1899 Society Collegiate Giving Challenge will run through the close of Founders Day of Giving at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 5th. 

 

Collegiate Sisters who have not yet joined the 1899 Society with a donation of $18.99 or more to the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation in the current calendar year are encouraged to contribute during Founders Day of Giving or in advance through the donation link on this page.

 

All chapters achieving 100% participation in the 1899 Society for 2019 by the conclusion of Founders Day of Giving will receive a t-shirt for every active member on their chapter roster in the fall 2019 semester. This is in addition to the exclusive yellow anchor dangle all individual members of the 1899 Society receive at the time of their gift. Thank you to Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority for sponsoring this opportunity!

 

Additionally, all contributions through the 1899 Society Collegiate Giving Challenge will be applied to the chapter’s total in the official Founders Day of Giving Chapter Challenge, with even more exciting prizes up for grabs! 

 

The Fine Print:

Open to all active collegiate chapters of Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority. All collegiate chapters with 100% participation in the 1899 Society based on the fall 2019 collegiate chapter roster will Alpha Sigma Tau t-shirts (design selected by Alpha Sigma Tau National Sorority) for every active collegiate member and new member. Prizes are subject to change at the discretion of Alpha Sigma Tau National Sorority Chief Executive Officer.

What do gifts to the Foundation support?

Gifts to the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, provide financial support for many of the Sorority's educational and charitable programs including Illuminate, Not Anymore, GreekLifeEdu, and more.
 

These initiatives provide our youngest Sisters with a supportive space to grow while learning skills needed to be the best versions of themselves in today's society. Additionally, the Foundation supports the educational goals of our members with more than $60,000 in academic scholarships available annually.
 

Unless otherwise specified, gifts made as part of Founders Day of Giving will benefit the Anchor Fund for annual giving. Gifts to the Anchor Fund have the biggest impact on our organization, as they allow flexibility to ensure your contribution is used where and when it is needed most. Thank you!

What is a recurring donation?

A recurring donation is an automatic monthly donation to the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation. Enter the amount you would like to give each month, and select the number of months you would like to make the gift. Your first donation will be processed today. All remaining gifts in your subscription will be processed on the 15th day of each month, beginning in December.
 

Recurring donors are recognized through the Friendship & Fidelity Monthly Giving Circle and are mailed an infinity anchor window cling when a new subscription is established.
 

Please note, your donation confirmation email will display the TOTAL AMOUNT you committed over the number of months you selected. You will only be charged today for the amount you wish to donate each month. Thank you for your support as a future member of the Friendship & Fidelity Monthly Giving Circle!

Can I make a gift over the phone?

We encourage you to make your donation online using our secure payment processor. However, if you prefer to make your gift over the phone, please call Emily Kindred, Director of Development, at 317-613-7566 during normal business hours leading up to or during the live event. 

Is my donation tax-deductible? 

Yes! All gifts to the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. All online donors will receive an electronic receipt at the time the gift is made and a mailed summary of their annual giving for tax-purposes in January 2019.  Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation’s Tax ID number is: 63-0862852.

Can my employer match my gift? 

Many companies match charitable donations made by their employees. If your employer participates in a matching gift program, you may be able to double (or triple!) your Founders Day of Giving impact. Please email foundation@alphasigmatau.org to notify us of your employer matching gift and have it included in the Founders Day of Giving totals. 
 

Not sure if your employer has a matching gift program? Visit http://alphasigmatau.org/foundation/ways-to-give/how-to-give/ to quickly look up your employer using our easy search tool.

Still have questions?

Contact us at foundation@alphasigmatau.org