February 19, 2019 marked 167 years since Phi Psi’s founding in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. It also marked a unique day in Phi Psi’s history as the culmination of the organization’s first-ever Founders’ Day of Giving.
Founders’ Day of Giving was a 48-hour time period February 18-19 for Phi Psis, family and friends to join in support of the undergraduate experience and pay tribute to Founders William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore.
In celebration of Phi Psi’s history – and in honor of today’s undergraduate brothers – more than 300 brothers, family and friends across the nation donated over $50,900 to shape Phi Psi’s future.
Prior to Day of Giving, generous donors provided challenge gifts to help inspire donations throughout the 48-hour period. Each challenge was tied to a number relating to Phi Psi’s Founding or anniversary.
Gifts came in all sizes and from all walks of a Phi Psi’s life. Parents gave to honor their sons, alumni gave to commemorate their own fraternity experience, and undergrads gave to support programs for their peers.
Far exceeding the initial goal to inspire 167 donors to give in honor of Phi Psi’s 167th year, Founders’ Day of Giving proved that Brotherhood in Phi Psi lasts a lifetime and reaches far greater than just the brothers themselves.
“The response we experienced acknowledges that our alumni, undergraduates and Phi Psi family believe in our work and in the value of the fraternal experience,” said Ben Nicol, chief executive officer of the Foundation. “The funds raised will have a significant impact by providing more opportunities for our brothers.”
Gifts to the Phi Psi Fund made during Day of Giving will go directly towards funding Fraternity led programming including the Professional Development Conference, Service Immersion Trips and ELEVATE, Phi Psi’s health and wellness program, for undergraduate brothers this year.
Phi Kappa Psi Foundation
The charitable arm of Phi Kappa Psi, the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation was established in 1914 to foster the development of leaders and promote academic excellence in higher education. Today, through contributions from generous donors, these priorities remain with the Foundation funding grants in three key areas benefiting the lives of Phi Psis across the nation: leadership, scholarship and housing.
Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity
Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is a 501 (c)(7) association of men of integrity who strive to develop the individual in his intellect, involvement in the community and faith. The Fraternity was founded Feb. 19, 1852 at Jefferson College by William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore. The Fraternity currently has more than 100 chapters across the United States, over 6,500 undergraduate members and 80,000-plus living alumni.