For more than 25 years, the national philanthropy of Kappa Alpha Theta and Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation has been Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). CASA was created by a juvenile court judge in 1977 to ensure that the abuse and neglect suffered by some children at home does not continue as abuse and neglect at the hands of the judicial system. CASA is an organization that provides mentors for abused, abandoned, and neglected children. These mentors establish close bonds with the children, as they interact one-on-one and serve as a voice for the children during the judicial process.
Today, CASA is one of the fastest-growing community service projects in the country. CASA volunteers are ordinary citizens recruited from the community and trained to speak for abused and neglected children in court. Volunteers appear in court with attorneys and social workers to recommend to the judge what is best for the child’s future, thus becoming their voice in court.
The Zeta Upsilon chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta supports CASA in a number of ways. This includes money raised from our annual Theta 5K, and the Chelles Macarons Fundraiser. Over the course of the past year, we have donated over $10,000 to CASA. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and our chapter’s diligent effort, we are able to raise money and help make a difference.
THE KAPPA ALPHA THETA FOUNDATION
Founded in 1960, Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational tax-exempt organization. Theta Foundation’s mission is to secure and manage resources for the educational, leadership, and philanthropic programs of the Fraternity and for the scholastic, professional, and service pursuits of its members to help them reach their fullest potential and make a difference in the world.
Awarding more than $1.1 million annually, Theta Foundation stands as a pillar of support for Thetas and a partner in the Fraternity’s educational and philanthropic efforts. Created by Thetas for Thetas, Theta Foundation is dedicated to partnering with individuals and college and alumnae chapters for fundraising efforts to support Thetas with scholarships, non-degree educational and leadership grants, and the Fraternity’s educational and leadership programs.
Theta Foundation supports individual members and chapters by:
- Providing scholarships to collegians and alumnae for academic expenses, including tuition, books, and course-related fees for undergraduate and graduate degree programs
- Providing grants to individuals and chapters for non-degree, educational, leadership, and service-learning opportunities
- Supporting Fraternity programs that impact all Thetas, such as the ELC program, alcohol education and awareness, Sisters Supporting Sisters, Theta Service trip, and more
Theta Foundation also provides resources to individuals and chapters to support Theta by:
- Providing support for fundraising efforts that support scholarship, grant, and Fraternity programs
- Providing opportunities to support philanthropic initiatives close to Thetas’ hearts, such as a quarterly grant to National CASA
- Providing information about establishing endowed scholarships and grants to benefit members in the future
- Conducting fundraising efforts and providing information about Theta Foundation’s current fundraising initiatives and priorities
After more than 50 years, Theta Foundation remains committed to partnering with Theta members and chapters to support the Fraternity’s ideals of highest scholarship, widest influence for good, and love. To learn more about Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation, please visit www.KappaAlphaThetaFoundation.org.
THETA GIVES BACK
One of our ideals is service, and the Zeta Upsilon chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta values such with high regards. The women of Zeta Upsilon work together, on and off of UTD's campus, to create a better world through service to others.The Zeta Upsilon chapter makes community service and philanthropy events fun for our sisters, UTD students, and the community at large. From working with CASA, to volunteering at 5Ks, we consider service to be one of the most important aspects of our fraternity.
Aside from our involvement in chapter-sponsored philanthropy events, individual members also pursue personal activities. Thetas can frequently be seen volunteering their time at local animal shelters, collecting food for the UTD Comet Cupboard, and participating in missionary work.
Check out our Service section of our gallery to see what we have done recently!