When Paula Buchanan left home to head to New Orleans to attend Tulane University, she didn’t have her sights set on pledging a sorority. A budding biology and history major, Paula was excited to begin her studies at Tulane after being recruited by colleges and universities from across the country based on her rigorous academic record in high school. But after just a year at Tulane, Paula met a few women through mutual friends that piqued her interest in sorority life. They were members of Phi Mu, and they invited her to join them back at the Delta Chapter house to learn more about their sisterhood. After that initial visit, it didn’t take long for Paula to realize what she had been missing. The women in Phi Mu provided her with a group of sisters who became part of her support system in New Orleans. Those early friendships she had made with Phi Mu friends ended up changing Paula’s trajectory at Tulane, and she became a Phi Mu member later that semester.
To honor her Phi Mu experience and the lasting friendships she made while at Tulane, Paula made a planned gift to the Foundation that she hopes will lift up another woman along her Phi Mu journey.
“In my family, we were raised to always give back to the communities where we lived, worked and went to school. I was lucky enough to have supportive parents who helped provide me with a pathway toward success, but I recognize not everyone is that fortunate. If I can help just one woman be successful while pursuing their education with my planned gift, then I will feel as though my Phi Mu experience has come full circle.”
If you would like to join women just like Paula and learn more about leaving a planned gift to Phi Mu Foundation, please contact Director of Major Gifts Mandi Young at firstname.lastname@example.org.