Philanthropy & Service
The women at the Beta Kappa chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta are committed to exercising the widest influence for good. As a international organization, Theta chapters across the United States and Canada support CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates. CASA volunteers advocate for abused and neglected children who are in a court system through no fault of their own.
To support the local chapter of CASA in Des Moines, Beta Kappa hosts Cakes for CASA each fall. Friends from the Drake community and Des Moines neighborhood are invited to the Theta house for a late night pancake breakfast. Thetas take charge of advertising the annual event, selling tickets, cooking pancakes, busing tables, and hosting a fun and exciting evening. In recent years, over 600 guests attended the event and Beta Kappa raised over $5,000 for CASA and the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation which provides scholarships to collegiate members.
Many members of Beta Kappa have gone above and beyond the call of duty and have become trained CASA volunteers. After weeks of training, CASA volunteers take on their first case in helping and advocating for a local child who has been abused or neglected. The CASA volunteers serve as a voice for the child in the court system and advocate for the best possible outcome for the child.
THE FRIENDSHIP FUND
Since it was established in 1926, the Friendship Fund has been a tangible demonstration of the love and concern we feel for one another. It is based on a beautiful, timeless idea—sisters reaching out to sisters. The Friendship Fund provides gifts to Thetas experiencing extreme financial hardship due to serious or terminal illness, job loss, natural disaster, and other devastating occurrences. One very important aspect of the Fund is the secrecy surrounding the giving of gifts. Two members write on the behalf of a sister, and the Friendship Fund committee determines the award amount. The requesters remain anonymous, and all records are confidential.
Through the Friendship Fund, we reaffirm our belief that Kappa Alpha Theta is larger than ourselves and that what we give to one another comes full circle.
Traditionally, contributions to the Friendship Fund are made through Founders Day gifts, but donations are welcome at any time during the year. The suggested contribution is $1 for each year of membership. Please send a check written to "Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity" to:
Kappa Alpha Theta
8740 Founders Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46268
attn.: Friendship Fund
Note that donations are not tax-deductible.
Contact Theta headquarters (800-526-1870 x140) if you have questions or need more information.
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 million annually, Theta Foundation stands as 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 provides resources to individual members and chapters for: