Giving to Alpha Phi Foundation is a personal commitment a donor makes, choosing to invest in the future of our sisterhood and the overall advancement of women’s lives.
Alpha Phi Foundation holds each of our donors in the highest regard and has established multiple opportunities to allow individuals to determine how they would like to give.
Ways to Give
Making an online donation is quick, safe and easy!
If you would wish to make your gift in support of a collegiate chapter philanthropy event, please continue to the Chapter Event Donation Form.
Mail in Donations
To make a gift to Alpha Phi Foundation by mail, please download, complete and send our Donation Form along with your check or credit card information to:
Alpha Phi Foundation
1930 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
Make a Gift Over the Phone
Our Foundation staff welcomes the opportunity to speak with you and share the many ways your gift is helping to advance women’s lives. Please call 847.475.4532 and a staff member will be delighted to assist you.
As a donor to Alpha Phi Foundation, you may be able to double or even triple the impact of your outright gifts if your employer or your spouse’s employer offers a matching gift program.
Such programs typically match all or a percentage of employee contributions to charitable organizations, making the employer a partner in your personal philanthropy. In most cases, all you need to do is obtain a matching gift form from the personnel department, fill it out, and include it with your gift to the Foundation. We will do the rest.
If you have any questions, please contact Alpha Phi Foundation or your employer.
The Foundation accepts gifts of tangible personal property, including works of art, jewelry, antiques, coin, stamp and other collections, automobiles, manuscripts and books.
For works of art, historical treasures and similar items which are Alpha Phi related (i.e., antique badges, photographs of founders, etc.), such items will be treated as follows (per the requirements of FAS 116):
- Held for public exhibition, education, or research in furtherance of public service
- Protected, kept unencumbered, cared for, and preserved
- If sold, any proceeds will be used to acquire other items for the collection
An essential issue for donors to consider before contributing a gift of tangible personal property is whether they would like the Foundation to use or display the property. Prospective donors should be advised that the Foundation reserves the right to sell or otherwise dispose of the personal property in question, if such action is financially advisable or necessary.
Whenever donors estimate their gifts of tangible personal property at $5,000 or more, they must obtain a written appraisal by a qualified independent appraiser. The Foundation cannot appraise or assign valuation to gifts of tangible property. Such gifts must be accepted by the Executive Director in consultation with legal counsel.
It is the general policy of Alpha Phi Foundation to accept planned charitable gifts for the benefit of the Foundation as provided by the Internal Revenue Code. In accordance with this policy, all gifts, including those designated, restricted or unrestricted, shall be accepted or rejected by recommendation of the Executive Director, subject to the ultimate approval or disapproval of the Board of Directors.
The Foundation seeks the advice of legal counsel in all matters pertaining to its planned giving program and executes no planned giving agreement without the advice of counsel. All agreements shall follow the format of the specimen agreements provided or approved by the Foundation’s legal counsel. Prospective donors are urged to seek their own counsel in matters relating to their planned gifts, tax and estate planning.
The Board of Directors has approved and shall make available to supporters of the Foundation the following types of deferred gifts:
- Bequests (and Gifts in Trust)
- Charitable Gift Annuities (both current and deferred)
- Charitable Remainder Unitrusts
- Charitable Remainder Annuity Trusts
- Life Insurance
Those remembering the Foundation through planned gifts become members of the Clara Bradley Burdette Society, which recognizes members in their lifetimes with a special silver and Bordeaux pin and other recognition.
An easy and convenient monthly, quarterly, or annual recurring gift is a wonderful way to support Alpha Phi Foundation’s vital programs.
Gold Society allows our sisters to easily give back to Alpha Phi Foundation by making small investments over time. Gifts of only $5/month or more qualify. Learn more about Gold Society.
To get started visit our secure online donation form and select “recurring gift” as your type of gift.
Spreading out your payments on a large gift through a pledge—a formal agreement to make a gift to the Foundation—is a wonderful way to reach a more generous goal with regular payments over time. What is more, each payment on your pledge is eligible for an income-tax charitable deduction. Like all gifts, pledges can be designate to a specific fund or program.
Alpha Phi Foundation also endowment gifts. Unlike gifts for current use, endowment gifts provide security over the long term by expanding the Foundation’s permanent financial base and creating a predictable source of future income for such things as endowed scholarships.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are my donations 100% tax deductible?
Yes. Alpha Phi Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, which means that all gifts to the Foundation are tax-exempt to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Can I donate with a credit card?
Certainly! You can donate on our website [link to donation page], or you can call our Development Associate at 847.316.8964. Please have your credit card ready – we accept all major credit cards (VISA, AMEX, MasterCard, Discover).
Can I make an automatic, recurring gift?
Absolutely! An easy and convenient monthly, quarterly or annual recurring gift is a wonderful way to support Alpha Phi Foundation’s vital programs. To get started please visit our online donation form and select recurring gift.
How do I make a year-end gift?
Year-end gifts can be made at the end of each calendar year. Credit card donations must be processed through our online donation form by 11:59pm CST on December 31. Checks must be both dated and postmarked by December 31 in order to be processed as a year-end gift. Please note the Foundation office will be closed December 24 through January 1. During this time Foundation staff will not be available for assistance.
If I choose to send my gift by mail, how should I write my check?
Please write your check to Alpha Phi Foundation. The Foundation manages gifts for each separate fund and distributes your donation accordingly. We are unable to process checks written to other organizations.
Is your online donation page safe and secure?
Alpha Phi Foundation’s online donation form is operated by Blackbaud Merchant Services, a respected industry leader in online donations. When you enter your credit or debit card information onto our secure (SSL) website your information is encrypted and is unreadable to anyone outside the transaction process.
What are the Foundation’s administrative costs?
All not-for-profits have administrative expenses. Alpha Phi Foundation works to keep our administrative expenses as low as possible—around 20%.
What does my donation support?
You can apply your donations to different Foundation funds and programs by marking your gifts as unrestricted or restricted.
- Unrestricted gifts are among the most valuable to the Foundation because they allow us to allocate the funds wherever the need is greatest. These gifts to the annual fund not only support the Foundation’s vital programs—unrivaled leadership training, scholarships, Forget Me Not funding for sisters facing crisis, and awareness and education of women’s heart health through our Heart to Heart and community grants—but also fund the people, facilities, and technology the Foundation needs to be able to administer our vital programs.
- Restricted gifts allow you to designate your gift to a specific program, grant, scholarship or endowment. When you designate your gift, you enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting a program that is personally meaningful to you.
What is Alpha Phi Foundation’s Employer Identification Number (EIN)?
It is 36-3895478.