Your Gift Impact

Each year the Foundation partners with the National Organization to invest in educational and leadership programming. These grants support programs that have the potential to impact the lives of each and every member of Tri Sigma. The Foundation is able to invest in this programming, because of the generosity of Tri Sigma sisters.

In 2015-16 the grants totaled $100,000, which is less than 25% of the National Organization’s request, due to our available resources. The generosity of our donors can change that, and we’ll continue our work until financial resources are no longer a barrier to fully funding their annual grant request.


Presidents Academy

Collegiate Chapter Presidents will join together for the first annual President’s Academy January 5th-8th in Dulles, VA to learn and lead using the values of Tri Sigma as their guide. Participants will have the opportunity to network with sisters from every collegiate chapter as well as leading alumnae who will coach them to success in their chapter role.

Chapter Presidents will develop valuable leadership skills, learn to harness their strengths, and gain confidence to guide their chapter through change while addressing current issues relevant to collegiate women. This program will continue our long standing tradition of unifying our leaders under the mission, vision, and values of our sisterhood while providing an exceptional experience that will leave each participant, each sister, each President, empowered.

Previously Officer Academy lead our initiative in leadership development for newly elected officers to learn to lead using the values of Tri Sigma as their guide. The program focused more about skill development for women leaders than position training.

98.4% AGREED THAT THEY ARE BETTER LEADERS AND THIS EXPERIENCE WILL BENEFIT THEIR CHAPTER BECAUSE OF THEIR ATTENDANCE [AT OFFICER ACADEMY]

Program participants like Lindsay Maunz, of Alpha Phi chapter, tell us that these leadership opportunities are making positive changes within our members and within our chapters:

“Officer Academy not only strengthened my love for Sigma and this organization, but I was able to FURTHER DEVELOP MY LEADERSHIP SKILLS as an officer. I learned valuable things to take back to my chapter and help make it the best it can be. I would recommend that any officer go to Officer Academy because it not only benefits your chapter in growth and development, but it also makes you a stronger and more confidant leader.”


Dunham Women of Character Institute

This Institute focuses on the education of our newer members and is designed to empower emerging leaders to lead with character. Each chapter is encouraged to send at least one member to the Institute, to act as a positive change agent within their communities.

63% OF WOMEN THAT ATTENDED THE 2012 DUNHAM WOMEN OF CHARACTER INSTITUTE WERE APPOINTED INTO AN OFFICER OR CHAIR POSITIONS THE FOLLOWING YEAR.

100% of students agreed attending the Dunham Women of Character Institute strengthened their personal commitment to being a woman of character.

94.9% of students agreed attending the Dunham Women of Character Institute helped them understand components of developing an outstanding resume. 98.3% of students agreed attending the Dunham Women of Character Institute strengthened their commitment to Tri Sigma and their chapter.



Labyrinth Leadership Experience

For the Tri Sigma who yearns to learn and live our mission, vision and values, the Labyrinth Leadership Experience provides a transformational, engaging and inter-generational experience for members to grow in their appreciation of the lifelong commitment associated with membership.

“I did not learn Tri Sigma deep down, the ritual and values, as a collegian. As I started volunteering as an alumna, I came to understand Tri Sigma that way intellectually. But after Labyrinth, I’ve got it hook, line, and sinker in my heart. I want to share the true meaning of Tri Sigma with all those women who missed it in college, just like I did. Tri Sigma has given me the love, support, and opportunity to stretch that I could never find somewhere else. Labyrinth reminded me to balance my everyday life by living our ritual, and it taught me to stretch my soul.”EMMY SMITH, Epsilon Pi

100% felt they had a better understanding of Tri Sigma’s core values and how they relate to their life.

83.3% strongly agreed and 16.7% agreed that they recognize the impact they can have on our world and how they can contribute to their communities.

100% have a renewed love and passion for Tri Sigma and my lifelong commitment.


Alumnae & Volunteer Engage

Alumnae & Volunteer Engage develops the skills of Chapter Advisory Boards and national volunteers to continually prepare them lead and guide Tri Sigma.