The Alpha Phi Foundation
Advancing women’s lives through the power of philanthropy.
As a preeminent philanthropic organization, Alpha Phi Foundation is recognized for the strength of our endowment and for innovation in cultivating and sustaining donor participation. We strive to be philanthropy-of-choice among our members, with every Alpha Phi supporting the Foundation.
In 1956, Alpha Phi was one of the first women's fraternities to establish a Foundation. The Alpha Phi Foundation is dedicated to advancing leadership development, encouraging academic excellence, improving women's heart health, supporting sisters in need and educating about the value of philanthropy. It is well known and respected internationally as a prominent philanthropic leader for the Greek community, with Alpha Phi chapters raising over two million dollars annually.
The Alpha Phi Foundation gives to four different funds, which include the Scholarship Foundation, Leadership and Education Fund, Forget Me Not Fund and Heart to Heart Fund. The Scholarship foundation awards about $150,000 in scholarships to nearly 75 undergraduate and graduate members each year. The Leadership and Education Fund support leadership training and education programs. For example, every year Alpha Phi holds leadership conferences during the summer, which our own sisters have been chosen to attend in the past. The Forget Me Not Fund helps Alpha Phi’s in times of need. After Hurricane Katrina, gifts and money were donated to Alpha Phi alumnae in need. The Heart to Heart Fund donates money to research and educational programs that support the improvement of Women’s Heart Health.
Each year the Foundation awards the Heart to Heart Cardiac Care grant to an organization focused on women's cardiac research. Individual Alpha Phi chapters are also encouraged to develop a relationship with a local cardiac care project in their community, as well as to promote awareness of women's heart disease during February's Cardiac Care Month and Red Dress Pin Day which takes place on the first Friday of each February.
As an Alpha Phi at the University of Maryland you will have the opportunity to support the Alpha Phi Foundation along with your chapter by planning and participating in popular campus events - from our Red Dress Gala to our campus wide talent show, King of Hearts - that raise money for the Foundation and its causes.