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 and NIC Foundations. Theta Foundation widens Kappa Alpha Theta’s influence for good by awarding annual grants to these organizations.
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.
National CASA is working to demonstrate its effectiveness as an evidence-based practice through a Best Practices Manual and a Performance Measurement System. To assist in this endeavor, Theta Foundation announced a $1 million commitment over three years to help National CASA reach this goal. Learn more on the Supporting National CASA page.
Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation has enjoyed a long history of involvement with Heartspring, 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.
Heartspring’s mission is to be a leader and innovator in providing clinically supported services through education and therapies for children with special needs to empower them to grow and learn on a path to a more independent life. 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:
- Information regarding fields of endeavor open to women
- Biographies and autobiographies of women who have achieved success in their chosen fields
- Books showing and preserving the records of accomplishments of women from a historical standpoint
- Books authored by women
NPC Foundation & NIC Foundation
The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) Foundation encourages all members to be active and responsible leaders in their respective communities. The North-American Interfraternity Conference Foundation (NICF) fosters exceptional educational initiatives, operational standards, and industry collaboration among fraternal foundations.
Questions about Theta Foundation grants? Contact Gaylena Merritt, Director of Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org