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2024 National Convention Info

Slate of Nominees

The 2024 Phi Mu Foundation Nominating Committee sent an email to all Foundation Members on March 8, 2024, announcing that the following members have been slated for the position of Phi Mu Foundation Trustee: 

Robin Benoit (Oklahoma State)

Cindy Goldman (Florida State)

Shaby Tabibi Rosales (Salisbury)

Vicki Ryan (Missouri Western)

Many thanks to the Phi Mu Foundation Nominating Committee: Past Foundation President and Nominating Chair Cindy Lowden (Duke); Jessica Oswald (Western Carolina), Edith Brady (Queens), Past Foundation President Diane Eggert (NDSU), and Past Foundation President Pamela Gaines (SMU). 

Call for Bylaw Revisions

An email was sent to all Foundation members on February 29 with a call for bylaw revisions. If you have proposed changes for the Phi Mu Foundation Bylaws to be considered by the Foundation Bylaws Committee ahead of the Phi Mu Foundation Annual Meeting in July, please forward them to Foundation Bylaws Chair Cindy Goldman (Florida State) in writing by April 1, 2024 to cindygoldman24@gmail.com. Please include a rationale for your proposed change(s.)

Proposed changes received after 11:59 p.m. ET on April 1, 2024 will not be considered. The Foundation Bylaws Committee will submit a summary report to the voting delegates by June 9, 2024.

Sisterhood Auction

We’re putting a new spin on the Sisterhood Auction during Convention this summer! Instead of an online silent auction, the Sisterhood Auction will be a live auction during the Giving Program Reception on Saturday, July 13. Hosted by Auctioneer Extraordinaire and Foundation President Janeen Judah, the live auction will feature high-end jewelry, accessories, trips and experiences. Additionally, the name of every Giving Program member will be entered into a drawing and Janeen will draw one lucky member’s name to receive a special auction item.

Stay tuned to our social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram and X, where we’ll share more information about this new and fun approach to the Sisterhood Auction.

2024-25 Phi Mu Foundation Internship Program

Phi Mu Foundation is currently accepting internship applications for the 2024-25 academic year to support fundraising and communication efforts with collegiate chapter philanthropy chairs across the country.

Phi Mu Foundation is committed to the lifetime development of women through the support of the organization’s leadership, scholarship, philanthropic & educational programs, as well as historic preservation.

The Opportunity:

We are seeking motivated and enthusiastic interns who are passionate about philanthropy, fundraising, nonprofit organizations, and development work. As a Phi Mu Foundation intern working remotely, you will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in these areas and work alongside fundraising professionals on meaningful philanthropic projects.

The majority of your specific responsibilities would be supporting the Foundation’s Collegiate Chapter Fundraising Program with ongoing education and communication with collegiate philanthropy chairs in your designated area. Funds raised through the Foundation’s Collegiate Chapter Fundraising Program benefit the Annual Fund, which helps the Foundation maintain healthy operations while also empowering the Board of Trustees to grant funds for academic scholarships, leadership and educational programs, emergency member assistance and the preservation of our Fraternity’s history.

Specific Program Duties:

  • Attend Phi Mu Foundation philanthropy training in May
    • Learn more about the mission and vision of Phi Mu Foundation, how 501c3 nonprofit organizations operate, the Foundation’s impact on Phi Mu members and the operations behind the Collegiate Chapter Fundraising Program.
  • Attend 2024 Phi Mu National Convention in July in Orlando, Florida
    • Attend Phi Mu National Convention as a Phi Mu Foundation staff member where you will have the opportunity to not only support the Foundation’s activation onsite, but also plan and coordinate events with your fellow interns like the Philanthropy Roundtable and stewardship events with collegiate convention attendees.
  • Onboarding in late July/early August
    • Host a virtual onboarding for Philanthropy Chairs in your designated area where you’re providing education and inspiration about Phi Mu Foundation and encouraging chapters to fundraise for Phi Mu Foundation and Sisters Helping Sisters.
  • Philanthropy and Fundraising Planning
  • Assist in planning and executing Phi Mu Foundation fundraising campaigns, including donor outreach and engagement strategies. More specifically creating a fundraising toolkit for the Collegiate Fundraising Program and developing a regular communications routine with Collegiate Philanthropy Chairs to provide education and inspiration and track fundraising throughout the academic year.
  • Donor Recognition/Stewardship
    • Support donor stewardship efforts, including creating personalized thank-you communications and updates for donors and more specifically developing a recognition program for chapters and philanthropy chairs who fundraise for Phi Mu Foundation.

Requirements and Expectations:

  • Be available to work 20-25 hours per month on average remotely beginning in late May 2024 to early May 2025
  • Be available to travel and work in Orlando, Florida from July 9-14, 2024.
  • Be responsible, professional, flexible, hard‐working, ethical, self-motivated and committed to the mission of Phi Mu Foundation
  • Have a genuinely positive approach to work with a willingness to support other special projects to advance the mission
  • Possess a high level of organizational skills/attention to detail
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills 
  • Computer competency – Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint; knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite or other design software preferred
  • Genuine interest in a nonprofit career ‐ particularly development and fundraising

To Apply:
Please submit a thoughtful cover letter describing your interest in the position, resume/experience history, and a reference letter from an Executive Committee Member or Chapter Adviser to Foundation Executive Director Kristin Tofanelli at ktofanelli@phimu.org. Application deadline is February 26, 2024.

A $5,000 stipend will be provided based on 20-25 hours worked on average per month, plus travel and lodging expenses for Convention 2024.

2024 Alumnae Experience at Phi Mu Officer Academy

The 2024 PMOA Alumnae Experience

The Phi Mu Officer Academy (PMOA) is an annual leadership training for collegiate members from every chapter across the country. As Phi Mu’s largest annual gathering, PMOA welcomes over 800 members to attend a three-day leadership intensive offering various experiences to learn, develop, and apply their leadership skills within our sisterhood and beyond.

This year, in coordination with the Fraternity’s Phi Mu Officer Academy from January 26-28, 2024, Phi Mu Foundation will offer a unique and exclusive experience for alumnae.  The PMOA Alumnae Experience will allow 15 coveted opportunities for alumnae to learn, engage, and sharpen their personal leadership style while sponsoring collegiate members’ attendance at PMOA. This insider experience will offer alumnae an opportunity to attend targeted sessions as philanthropic leaders while also providing insight into the critical leadership training and professional development provided to Phi Mu’s collegiate members. Alumnae Experience attendees will be invited to lunch with Phi Mu National President, Lynn McGraw, including an intimate opportunity to hear a Fraternity update and engage in an exclusive conversation about NPC Trends and the dynamic higher education landscape. Special opportunities will immerse alumnae attendees with collegiate members and foster relationships with sisters.

There are currently nine spots remaining and spots will be filled on a first come for serve basis.  

If you’re interested in learning more about the PMOA Alumnae Experience and securing one of the coveted spots, click here to view the tentative daily schedule, chapter sponsorship levels and accommodations.

If you have questions or would like to discuss this opportunity further, please contact Senior Director of Development Mandi Young.

2023-25 Foundation Volunteer Interest Survey

We’re excited to announce that the 2023-25 Phi Mu Foundation Volunteer Interest Survey is now open! 

If you are interested in volunteering for Phi Mu Foundation this biennium, please fill out the survey by Friday, June 23. Foundation members will receive extra consideration. If you are a current Phi Mu Foundation volunteer serving on one of these committees, please make sure you also fill out the survey. All current appointments end this summer.

For questions or more information on Foundation volunteer opportunities, please contact Senior Director, Strategic Communications Jessi Horne.