The AOII Foundation is excited to support research, patient programming and education for arthritis, our Fraternity’s international philanthropy. Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in the United States, impacting 54 million adults and more than 300,000 children and babies. We are proud to partner with the Arthritis Foundation to raise support and awareness for this important cause. Since 1967, over $3 million has been raised by AOIIs and donated through the AOII Foundation to support the mission of conquering arthritis. For the 2017-2018 fiscal year, we awarded nearly $687,000 to fund arthritis programs and research initiatives. Specifically, $100,000 of that went to an organization called CARRA (Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance) in order to fund research grants at the healthcare provider level to more directly impact the lives of patients with arthritis. CARRA was created to direct research aimed at finding the cause and cure for childhood rheumatic diseases and its network is comprised of more than 130 centers across the US and Canada. For 2018-2019 fiscal year, the AOII Foundation will award more than $550,000 to the Arthritis Foundation and other arthritis related research projects. This would not be possible without the generous donations of AOII collegiate and alumnae chapter philanthropy events!
Leadership and Educational Grants:
The Foundation provides educational and leadership grants annually to the Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity to provide opportunities for members to gain important leadership skills, enhance personal strengths and stress the importance of today’s women serving as positive role models for future AOIIs. These grants, supported through contributions to our unrestricted Loyalty Fund and investment income from the Endowment Fund, also ensure that each member has an exceptional membership experience. Grants to the Fraternity for the 2018-2019 fiscal year totaled $105,450 and include full or partial support for: Educational Leadership Consultant (ELC) program and training, Leadership Academy 2018 scholarships, Fulfilling the Promise (the Fraternity’s online training platform), Training Ambassador program, leadership scholarships, Arthritis Foundation partnership and events, and International Convention 2019 programming.
Merit-based academic scholarships are awarded each year to AOII members pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. Thanks to contributions from Alpha Omicron Pi alumnae chapters, collegiate chapters, members and friends, the Foundation awarded $231,000 to 132 deserving undergraduate and graduate students for the 2018-2019 academic year. (Applications for 2019-2020 scholarships will go live in November 2018.) All applicants are considered for a prestigious Diamond Jubilee Scholarship, awarded to sisters who exhibit academic excellence and dedication to serving the community and AOII. There are also numerous named scholarships with specific criteria for which eligible applicants are given consideration. If you are interested in establishing a scholarship, please check out our Scholarship Toolkit for more information or email us.
The Foundation offers multiple leadership development scholarships in order for our members to have additional opportunities to strengthen their leadership and life skills. Opportunities are available for financial assistance for the annual Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) as well as educational events hosted by Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity: Leadership Institute and Leadership Academy. In 2018, a total of $5,550 has been awarded to deserving applicants for these opportunities. Because of the vast amount of education these recipients receive, the expectation is that they will take that knowledge back to their chapter and implement positive change for the benefit of each of its members.
Grants from the Ruby Fund are awarded to initiated senior collegiate members (within their last year of schooling) and alumnae members who are in dire need of financial assistance and whose application for assistance is approved by the Foundation’s Ruby Fund Committee. Assistance has been awarded for members suffering from illnesses, homes destructed by natural disasters, loss of job and other forms of dire need. All requests and awards remain confidential. Please note the Ruby Fund does not provide assistance for any AOII Fraternity dues (chapter or international), social fees or chapter housing obligations. If you or a fellow sister is in dire need of assistance due to an unforeseen circumstance or illness, please email us with details of your situation in order for us to determine eligibility. If you are soon hosting a Founders’ Day event, please make sure and read this year’s Ruby Fund Message to your attendees as well as following these instructions on collecting donations.