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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


Phi Mu Foundation Announces New Director of Major Gifts Mandi Capeletti Young, Alpha Epsilon

Mandi-for-homepagePhi Mu Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of the newest staff member, Mandi Capeletti Young, Alpha Epsilon, in the position of Director of Major Gifts.

Mandi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Master of Science in Higher Education from Florida State University (FSU), where she was an active member of Phi Mu’s Alpha Epsilon Chapter. Mandi brings 10+ years of alumni relations and fundraising experience, specifically in major gifts and annual giving. Most recently, Mandi served as the Senior Director for Alumni Programs and Outreach at FSU. Prior to this position, Mandi worked at FSU as the Senior Annual Giving Officer and at Southern Methodist University as the Director of Development, National Major Gifts.

In the newly developed position at Phi Mu Foundation, Mandi will direct the cultivation and acquisition of major gifts and planned gifts and will implement and direct targeted major gift campaigns.

“We are excited to establish the Director of Major Gifts position and have Mandi fulfill this role. Her alumni relations and major gift experience coupled with her devotion to Phi Mu Fraternity as a volunteer and to Phi Mu Foundation as a faithful member of the Legacy League Giving Program made Mandi an attractive candidate. Her unique skill set will be a valuable asset to the Foundation staff,” said Julie Burkhard, Phi Mu Foundation Executive Director.

Mandi will join the staff on June 9, 2014 and will be attending Phi Mu National Convention in Boca Raton, Florida in July 2014.