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2023-26 Foundation Strategic Plan

We’re excited to announce 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.

2023 M3 Campaign Incentive

Collegiate chapters that participate in the M3 Campaign at 100% – meaning every active member of the chapter makes a personal contribution or fundraises the equivalent of $18.52 before March 31 – will receive a Phi Mu Foundation Sisters Helping Sisters tote bag for every member of the chapter!

Alumnae and individuals who make contribute $100 or more to the campaign will also receive the tote bag.

You can support the collegiate or alumnae chapter of your choice with your M3 Campaign gift by heading over to their fundraising page and making your gift on their page.

Development Advisory Council

If you are a Phi Mu member working in fundraising, development or advancement – we’re looking for interested professionals to join the Phi Mu Foundation Development Advisory Council. Members of the Development Advisory Council will give advice on fundraising strategy and ideas, as well as share industry best practices. The Council would meet one or two times annually to share ideas, feedback and offer a peek behind the curtain with the Foundation’s fundraising efforts. It will also provide an opportunity for development professionals to expand their networks and meet and learn from other Phi Mus in the industry. The first meeting will be Wednesday, February 22 at 12:00 p.m. ET via Zoom.

If you’re interested in serving on the Development Advisory Council, please send an email with your resume to Executive Director Kristin Tofanelli at ktofanelli@phimu.org.

Meet the 2022 Pollack Award Winners

This summer during the Phi Mu Foundation Annual Meeting, we recognized two incredible collegiate members – Jehme Pruitt (Alabama) and Daryn Polzin (Oklahoma City) – with the 2022 Pollack Award for philanthropy leadership in their chapters, on their campuses, and in their communities.

The Pollack Award was established in December 1979 with a gift to Phi Mu Foundation from Gerald and Sheldon Pollack of the J.O. Pollack Company. This award is presented to individuals who excel in social service leadership. Collegians are nominated for this award and receive $1,000 for first place and $500 for second place. Here’s a glance at this year’s winners:

Nominated by her chapter president, Jehme Pruitt is the first-place recipient of the Gerald and Sheldon Pollack Award. She serves as her chapter’s Philanthropy Chair and has helped plan and raise over $100,000 for CMN Hospitals through events such as Raising Dough, Bonnamu and Miracle Week.

Jehme understands the importance of not only raising money for philanthropies, but also for her and her sisters to give hope, love, and joy to those they are serving. Her chapter sisters say her keynote phrase is, “Philanthropy is not just about writing a check to make you feel good and then never looking back. It is about being steadfast, loyal, brave, and hopeful. It is about your continuing efforts to serve and find the passion and joy of serving others. You are genuinely making a positive and necessary difference in someone else’s life. It is about giving people what they need and being dutiful”.

The Gerald and Sheldon Pollack Award Honorable Mention was awarded to Daryn Polzin. Daryn recently wrapped up a year of service on the Phi Mu Foundation Leadership Council, is the director of Dance Marathon on her campus and serves her chapter as Philanthropy Chair and now chapter president. In addition to serving her chapter and campus philanthropies, she also started her own 501C3 non-profit organization, “Making Miracles for Kids,” which works to start Dance Marathons at the high school level.

Daryn led her chapter to support the Foundation’s M3 Campaign at 100%, including writing more than 200 emails to alumnae to help support her chapter’s fundraising efforts. She has also worked to have her chapter help charities internationally by adopting 25 Afghani refugee families, along with a local nonprofit, to ensure they had essentials such as food, clothing, water and toys.