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National Philanthropy Day

On October 20, 2014, Phi Mu Fraternity will celebrate the 15th annual National Philanthropy Day! In 1999, Phi Mu was proud to be the first NPC group to establish a National Philanthropy Day. Phi Mu created National Philanthropy Day to encourage undergraduate and alumnae members to give of their time and inspire members to live the first line of the Creed, “to lend to those less fortunate a helping hand.”

Each year on this day, Phi Mus across the country gather to engage in hands-on service while making a positive impact on their local community.

Phi Mu collegiate and alumnae chapters are invited to join hands and serve your communities. Together, we can make a difference and positively impact the lives of our communities and campuses in just one day! This is also a great opportunity for others to observe some of the ways Phi Mus give back not just on this day, but throughout the year.

For those collegiate and alumnae members participating in National Philanthropy Day, visit the Phi Mu’s Leadership Center to access a packet complete with resource materials to help you start planning your chapter’s service project.

Board of Trustee Appointment

Phi Mu Foundation Board of Trustees recently accepted the resignation of Becky McKenzie, Epsilon Gamma, as Foundation Trustee, effective September 2014.


“We are thankful for Becky’s leadership and service as a Trustee, specifically her direct efforts to strengthen Phi Mu Foundation’s partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH),” said Phi Mu Foundation President Diane Eggert, Zeta Iota. “As Vice President of Philanthropy for the past six years, Becky saw annual donations to CMNH from collegiate and alumnae chapters increase to over $1 million annually. Her expertise will be missed.”


In accordance to the Phi Mu Foundation Constitution and Bylaws, the Board of Trustees is charged to appoint a person to fill the vacant seat of Trustee. The Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Pamela Ferguson-Gaines, Epsilon Alpha, as Foundation Trustee. Pamela has been a loyal member of the Carnation Club Giving Program, serving as chair for the 2012-2014 Biennium. She is also a dedicated volunteer to Phi Mu Fraternity and has served in many roles, most recently Area Membership Director. 


Diane states, “Pamela brings a variety of skills to the Foundation Board of Trustees, but above that, Pamela brings a love for the Phi Mu experience and a dedication to Phi Mu Foundation.”


Join Phi Mu Foundation Board of Trustees and staff in thanking Becky McKenzie for her years of service to the Foundation. Additionally, please welcome Pamela Ferguson-Gaines to the Board of Trustees.

Foundation Convention Highlights

Phi Mu’s 53rd National Convention was an exciting time for Phi Mu Foundation. During the business session, the Foundation conducted important affairs including the adoption of bylaw amendments, the election of Foundation Trustees, reported on the Foundation’s accomplishments, and recognized loyal donors who reached new giving levels during the biennium. 

Key Foundation Highlights:

  • The 2014-2016 Board of Trustees were voted on by the Foundation membership. To view the Board of Trustees, click here.
  • Foundation membership also voted to adopt new bylaw amendments which moves the Phi Mu Foundation to a policy governance model.
  • Nearly 9,000 Caring Carnation appliques adorned the nametags of hundreds of Convention attendees. Thanks to many giving program members and other donors, the Foundation raised $45,000 in donations from Caring Carnations orders.
  • A staggering 29 sisters joined one of the four annual giving programs at Convention!

Phi Mu Foundation Awards Presented at the 2014 Phi Mu National Convention

Sisterhood Luncheon

Literary Lifetime Achievement Award:  Jill McCorkle, Gamma Lambda

Book of the Biennium: “Summerland” by Elin Hilderbrand, Gamma Tau

Business Session

CMNH Awards (Collegiate)           

  • CMNH Financial Support Award – to the collegiate chapter that has donated the largest amount:
    • Area 1: Beta Mu, The Pennsylvania State University – $80,566.09
    • Area 2: Alpha Alpha, the University of Georgia – $81,868.91
    • Area 3: Alpha Gamma, Samford University – $51,902.4
  • CMNH Individual Commitment Award – awarded to collegiate chapter that has donated the largest amount per member
    • Area 1: Beta Mu, The Pennsylvania State University – $601.24
    • Area 2: Alpha Alpha, The University of Georgia – $338.30
    • Area 3: Epsilon Xi, Louisiana State University Shreveport – $303.9
  • CMNH Improvement Award – awarded to chapter that has demonstrated most improvement in CMNA financial support
    • Area 1: Beta Tau, Drexel University
    • Area 2: Kappa Phi, LaGrange College
    • Area 3: Epsilon Xi, Louisiana State University Shrevepor
  • CMNH Sustaining Performance Award – awarded to chapters that have consistently raised outstanding amounts
    • Area 1: Beta Mu, The Pennsylvania State University
    • Area 2: Alpha Alpha, The University of Georgia
    • Area 3: Kappa Alpha, Mississippi State University

CMNH Awards (Alumnae)

  • CMNH Financial Support Award
    • Houston
  • CMNH Individual Commitment Award
    • North Fulton County
  • CMNH Improvement Award
    • Greater Naples
  • CMNH Sustained Performance Award
    • Area 1: Greater Summit
    • Area 2: North Fulton County
    • Area 3: Houston

 The Gerald and Sheldon Pollack Award

    • Taylor Beek, Alpha Gamma
    • Kelsey Huggins, Kappa Alpha