Black-and-white portable TV sets were hitting the market. Melbourne, Australia, served as host to the Summer Olympics. Women's fashion was experiencing a "romantic revival" with a focus on ribbons, roses, feathers, and fur trimming. "My Fair Lady" opened on Broadway starring Julie Andrews as Eliza Doolittle and Rex Harrison as Professor Higgins. Guys and Dolls and High Society were popular films on the big screen. The Rock and Roll dance craze was sweeping the nation. Elvis Presley released his first hit, Heartbreak Hotel. The video recorder was invented. A gallon of gas cost 22 cents. And a new car would cost you just over $2,000.
That same year, Alpha Phi was one of the first women's fraternities to establish a Foundation. It was created as a trust to award grants specifically for scholarship and cardiac aid, and to express the philanthropic spirit of love and charity intended by our Founders.
Today, the original priorities of Alpha Phi Foundation remain. Its mission is to advance women's lives through the power of philanthropy. The Foundation does this by raising and awarding funds for programs that further leadership development, encourage academic excellence, improve women's heart health, support sisters in need and educate about the value of philanthropy. The Foundation is well known and respected internationally as a prominent philanthropic leader for the Greek community, completing a $10 million campaign for leadership in 2010, the largest in National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) history, and receiving more than $1 million in support annually from collegiate chapters that host evening galas, heart walks and campus-wide talent shows.
Alpha Phi Foundation is a charitable and educational tax-exempt organization, separate and independent from the Fraternity. It is managed by a professional staff and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who are elected biennially at Convention. The Foundation is primarily supported by members, parents, and friends through annual gifts, endowed gifts for special projects or programs, planned gifts, in honor/in memory gifts, and matching gifts by employers.
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