Service for Sight, Sight Conservation
Delta Gamma's good work actually began in 1873 when the Founders
adopted the motto "Do Good," the Delta Gamma Foundation, the
philanthropic arm of the Fraternity, was not incorporated until 1951.
Early in the 1900s, the Student Loan Fund was established. The meeting
of wartime emergencies in 1914 led to Delta Gamma's support of a
hospital in Holland and a home for war orphans in Belgium.
In 1936, at the urging of blind member Ruth Billow, Delta Gammas adopted Sight Conservation and Aid to the Blind as an international project. Delta Gamma's work for the visually impaired became unique among philanthropies as members answered the needs within their own communities as well as on the international scene.
Governed by a Board of Trustees, and administered by the Foundation Director and a Director for each area of activity, the Foundation continues to grow. Scholarships were added to the Grants and Loans program in 1957. Approximately $200,000 is awarded annually in scholarships, fellowships, and loans to recognize and assist outstanding members.
The Ruth Billow Memorial Fund provides financial aid to visually impaired members and educational grants to those members pursuing careers in services to the visually impaired.
In recent years, the scope of the Foundation has expanded to include a wellness program, Well Aware; a career networking system, Cable Connection; and educational programming and leadership training. In 1990, the Delta Gamma Foundation acquired Art of the Eye, an educational exhibit created by professional artists who are visually impaired. All of the Foundation activities are supported by staff housed in the Dorothy Garrett Martin Foundation Center at Delta Gamma Executive Offices in Columbus, Ohio.
The women at Phi Chapter have been a model of the fraternity's goals to aid the blind through both their many efforts of visiting the anchor center and philanthrophy. Specifically the women of our chapter contribute by donating our time to assist at the Denver Anchor Center, for visually impaired children. Phi Chapter women put on two philantrophies each year to raise money for Service for Sight; Fiesta DG and Anchor Slam. We have raised over 7,000 and continue to contribute more. Delta Gamma thrives upon “Doing Good,” especially through community service and the Anchor Center.
Delta Gammas of Phi Chapter also participate in community service around the town of Boulder. Last year we worked on building houses for Habitat For Humanity. Not only is this very rewarding, it is a great bonding experience!