Philanthropic Grants

Philanthropic Giving

Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation supports the philanthropic programs of the Fraternity by granting dollars to the causes that have captured Thetas’ hearts: National CASA, Heartspring, DePauw University Libraries, and the NPC Foundation. Theta Foundation widens Kappa Alpha Theta’s influence for good by awarding annual grants to these organizations.

National CASA

The National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association is a network of 946 programs that recruit, train, and support volunteers to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other settings.

CASA is the official philanthropy of Kappa Alpha Theta, and Theta Foundation awards quarterly grants to National CASA from gifts made to the Foundation designated for National CASA.


Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation has enjoyed a long history of involvement with Heartspring School, formerly known as the Institute of Logopedics, located in Wichita, Kansas. The Institute of Logopedics was Theta’s national philanthropy for 49 years, until 1989 when CASA was adopted.

The Heartspring School’s continuing mission is to help children with disabilities and communication disorders reach their full potential. Theta Foundation awards an annual grant to Heartspring through an endowed fund from combined bequests by Marguerite Marshall, Rho/Nebraska, and Martha Wilbur Bowlin, Alpha Iota/Washington-St. Louis (D).

DePauw University Libraries

At a convention meeting of Kappa Alpha Theta in 1922, it was voted to use a funding surplus to establish a book collection at DePauw University as a memorial to the Fraternity’s founding of Alpha Chapter at DePauw in 1870. In 1953, Grand President Ellen Bowers Hofstead recommended the establishment of an annual grant to DePauw to grow the original book collection.

Theta Foundation continues this tradition today with an annual grant to DePauw University Libraries to fund the purchase of books in the following four categories:

  1. Information regarding fields of endeavor open to women
  2. Biographies and autobiographies of women who have achieved success in their chosen fields
  3. Books showing and preserving the records of accomplishments of women from a historical standpoint
  4. Books authored by women

NPC Foundation

Established in 1995, the National Panhellenic Conference Foundation promotes values and ethics in women’s fraternities and encourages all members to be active and responsible leaders in their respective communities. Theta Foundation supports NPC Foundation’s efforts through an annual grant from the Jeanne Ross Miller Named Grant Endowment Fund.


Questions about Theta Foundation grants? Contact:
Gaylena Merritt, Director of Programs


Scholarship Application Help Session Webinar

Free Event

@ 12:00 pm

Theta Foundation is offering a final Application Help Session Webinar for candidates completing the 2017 Scholarship Application on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at 12 p.m. (noon) EST.

No need to register in advance! Access the help sessions at For audio during the sessions, call 1-888-222-0475 and enter the attendee code 5901365. Contact Mary Kate Kronzer, Programs Coordinator, if you have any questions about the help sessions or the scholarship application process.

Find additional webinar information and webinar recordings here.