2022-23 Phi Mu Foundation Annual Report
A Message From Our Leadership
Dear Sisters and Friends,
Love. Honor. Truth. These three words have bound thousands of women together for generations while serving as the anchor that keeps us steady amongst the headwinds.
Since Phi Mu Foundation’s founding in 1957, we have worked fearlessly to support Phi Mu members in their greatest time of need, threading the values of love, honor and truth through every grant awarded. While we’ve celebrated many famed fundraising accomplishments in the last 66 years, we’ve also faced a myriad of challenges. But in the face of adversity – then and now – Phi Mu Foundation’s commitment to our members has never wavered.
It has been your devotion to supporting our sisterhood during these times that has helped us continue our mission.
The needs of our members are greater than ever before with three times more women applying for academic scholarships than we have funds available and constant waves of applications from sisters seeking emergency assistance due to natural disasters, medical events or other life-altering circumstances. With your partnership, we’re investing in Phi Mu women to reach their highest potential and serve their campuses and communities with the kind of pride that only the Phi Mu experience can instill.
Phi Mu women and their needs will always be at the forefront of the Foundation’s mission because this is a sisterhood of love, guided by honor and sealed in truth. Thank you for your commitment to honoring our values and investing in the lifetime development of Phi Mu women.
Love in Our Bond,
Janeen Judah (Texas A&M)
2022-2024 Foundation President
Kristin Tofanelli (Georgia Southern)
Investing in Phi Mu Women for a Lifetime
Originally established as a literary organization, Phi Mu has rooted itself in leadership and education since 1852. By continuing to support our members with funding to Phi Mu Fraternity’s innovative leadership and educational programs, chapter educational projects funded through chapter library funds, and other leading philanthropic endeavors, we are investing in Phi Mu women and the member experience for a lifetime.
Meet Loretta Lemoine (UL Monroe)
“I think it’s important for Phi Mu [Foundation] to invest in educational and leadership opportunities for these women. It’s a great time for growth, potential and bringing out the best in them.” To hear more from Loretta, click on the video!
In 2022-23, we awarded $169,672 in leadership and educational grants for various programs, including:
Providing New Opportunities for Members Through Academic Scholarships
Meet Agustina Fainguersch (Purdue)
“Not only does a scholarship ease some of the financial burdens that come with a medical education, but it is also a constant reminder of the impact that supportive and generous individuals can make on the lives of others. This is an attitude that I hope to pass on to those around me in my journey to become a physician.”
The Foundation awarded 134 Phi Mu women with $186,500 in academic scholarships in 2022-23 to pursue their undergraduate and graduate-level education.
Investing in Historic Preservation
The Foundation invested $5,500 in 2022-23 in these historic preservation projects:
Providing Emergency Assistance to Sisters in their Greatest Time of Need
Meet Leilah Talon (Cal State Northridge)
In 2022-23, the Foundation provided emergency financial assistance to five women totaling $9,389.50.
2023-26 Phi Mu Foundation Strategic Plan
Earlier this year, we launched the Foundation’s 2023-26 Strategic Plan, led by a new vision statement to guide our work: Every Phi Mu supported and empowered through a lifetime of giving and a shared commitment to love, honor and truth. This Strategic Plan highlights our ongoing commitment to investing in the lifetime development of women and supporting the Fraternity’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging efforts.