Sigma Chi Fraternity leads with a $20,000 gift to support the First 90 Days Program
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Posted by: Jacob Burd
Sigma Chi Fraternity announces a one-time gift of $20,000 and pledges annual sustainability support to the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Foundation (AFA Foundation) to provide funding for the redevelopment and relaunch of the First 90 Days program for the benefit of members of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA). The relaunch of the program, specifically designed for campus-based professionals as they begin their careers as fraternity/sorority advisors is being developed by RISE Partnerships (RISE).
“This is a historic commitment and partnership for Sigma Chi. We admire the work that the AFA does to create a more educated, informed and engaged fraternal community. We saw this as an opportunity to illustrate our core values of Friendship, Justice and Learning and provide a unique learning experience for fraternity/sorority advisors,‘” said Michael Greenberg, Sigma Chi’s Grand Consul/International President.
The new First 90 Days Program will launch this fall and consist of virtual training sessions and supplemental educational materials for participants across the country, teaching the fundamental concepts of professional practice and creating an affinity network for AFA’s newest professionals. Mark Koepsell, Executive Director of the AFA said, “Working with RISE on the First 90 Days program has the potential to change our profession. It’s time for us to reframe what it means to be a campus-based fraternity/sorority professional and our hope is that this program and its inaugural participants become the starting point for that effort. Thank you to Sigma Chi for helping us make this a reality.”
Sigma Chi is one of the largest collegiate fraternities with undergraduate chapters at 243 universities and colleges and more than 230,000 living alumni members. Sigma Chi provides a welcoming environment for young men of different temperaments, talents and convictions to enjoy a unique lifelong bond that extends far beyond college. Through world-class leadership training, extensive mentoring programs, and a strong focus on academic achievement, Sigma Chi sets itself apart as the preeminent collegiate leadership development organization, challenging its members to live by its core values and exemplify character-in-action™ in every aspect of their lives, and the lives of others.
The Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors provides exceptional experiences, a vibrant community, and essential resources for the success of fraternity/sorority advisors. AFA has an ongoing commitment to the professional development of its members, a deep appreciation of both academic and applied research that examines the entire spectrum of the fraternity/sorority experience and the advising profession, and a commitment to collaborations within and between the higher education and interfraternal communities. Through programs and meetings, publications, networking opportunities, and other resources, AFA is the leading voice in aligning the fraternity/sorority and higher education experiences. The AFA Foundation exists to secure, invest and distribute the necessary resources to support the educational objectives of the AFA and other relevant research, scholarship and educational programming that furthers the fraternity/sorority advising profession.
RISE Partnerships provides training, consulting, and curriculum design for fraternities and sororities. RISE helps students, volunteers, and professionals do their best work by building knowledge and skills and unraveling the most difficult problems. Bringing expertise from a variety of fields, RISE staff members combine research, evidence, and best practices to find new and better ways to advance fraternity and sorority communities.
Aimee Ash, Director of Fraternal Fundraising & Development
Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors and the AFA Foundation
Fort Collins, CO