The South Dakota Alpha Educational Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation. Donations accepted by the foundation are tax deductible under the Internal Revenue Code.
Contributions to the South Dakota Alpha Educational Foundation funds initiatives that develop the academic, leadership, citizenship, and personal potential of SigEp’s undergraduate members. Thanks to the generosity of alumni, family and friends, the South Dakota Alpha Foundation continues to provide support for scholarships, leadership programming, and safe, competitive undergraduate housing.
There are three funds the Foundation is actively raising money for and two funds that are fully endowed. Donations may be made as a memorial or recognition gift if the donor wishes.
The Burning Heart Society (BHS) was introduced at Founders Day XXI as an update to the $19.97 program. This giving plan for alumni, friends, and family will serve to provide operational dollars for the AVC and Education Foundation. The AVC and Educational Foundation will evenly split 100% of the donation for operational and educational needs.
All donors who pledge at least $19.97 will receive recognition at Founders Day, and for those who donate at the Foundation Level or above will also receive a customized commemorative set-piece.
- The Educational Foundation manages the BHS program and delivery of customized set-piece.
- All donations to the BHS will be tax deductible.
- Donations will be split, 50% to the AVC and 50% Educational Foundation
- Contributions are cumulative life long and once you reach the next giving level, you will qualify to receive that corresponding set-piece.
- Loyal Heart, $0-249
- Foundation, $250-499
- Sigma, $500-749
- Phi, $750-999
- Epsilon, $1,000-4,999
- Brother Mentor, $5,000-9,999
- Burning Heart, $10,000+
Sigma Phi Epsilon Leadership Development Fund
This fund was originally established by Brother Michael Whitford for the ongoing leadership development and training for Sigma Phi Epsilon undergraduates and alumni. This fund will help ensure undergraduate officers and emerging leaders receive leadership and development opportunities throughout their chapter experience at reduced costs.
Balanced Man Scholarship
This is an endowed scholarship fund that disperses $1,000 per year to the selected Balanced Man Scholarship finalist. The scholarship recognizes the achievements of balanced men entering South Dakota State University each year.
James T. Novotny Memorial Scholarship
This is an endowed scholarship fund that now disperses $1,000 per year to a current member of Sigma Phi Epsilon (Junior or returning Senior) that exhibits the high-quality characteristics of late brother Jim Novotny.
If you would like to contribute or learn more about these tax-deductible opportunities please contact Jeremy Braun at email@example.com or 612-803-6051 for further information.
We forever value the treasures that many generous donors have contributed, but your time is also needed at South Dakota Alpha. If you're interested in volunteering locally, please get in touch!
The Educational Foundation has met its initial goal of $400,000 and is on their way to meeting their extended goal of an additional $250,000. The building site is under contract with SDSU and construction documents have been finalized and approved. The goal now is to be able to set South Dakota Alpha up for financial success by increasing the down payment amount on the new facility, which will drive down the monthly debt service. The Foundation will continue raising funds for the housing project until South Dakota Alpha is confident in the financial future of the chapter at current membership levels. To contribute to South Dakota Alpha's largest project ever, please contact Jeremy Braun.