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Your gift has the power to change lives. 

Every dollar given to the Educational Foundation is an investment in the future of our Fraternity and the young men who have and will pledge their lifelong loyalty to Sigma Pi.

Improving and expanding our educational programs will better position Sigma Pi and our members for growth and prosperity. Financial contributions will allow:

  • Immediate Impact – Your support goes to work right away
  • Affordable Options – Make a dramatic impact with a manageable monthly contribution
  • An Investment in Our Future – Create a sustainable future for Sigma Pi’s educational programs
  • Ease the Burden – Support current and future Sigma Pi brothers

After you submit your contribution, you should receive an immediate confirmation on the screen, as well as an immediate email confirmation. If you do not receive either of these communications, please contact the Foundation office at 615-921-2300 to ensure your charge processed correctly. Use the buttons at the top of this page to make an online donation. 

Annual Giving Levels

Circle of Pythagoras ($500+)

The Circle of Pythagoras has been created to present an opportunity to recognize alumni who contribute $500 or more per fiscal year to the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation (SPEF) unrestricted fund.

For their generous support, each new member of the Circle of Pythagoras receives recognition in the Annual Report of the SPEF, as well as invitation to exclusive virtual events.

The Circle of Pythagoras is a new step in the progression of giving back to Sigma Pi. As an undergraduate, you may have joined the Delta Society. As a young alumnus, you may have taken the next step by establishing monthly gifts to the Owl Society. Now, the Circle of Pythagoras creates a new pillar of support in your giving before joining the Brotherhood of the Golden cross at $1000 per fiscal year. 

Join the Circle of Pythagoras and help Sigma Pi continue to inspire, promote, and support the lifelong development of our brothers.

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Brotherhood of the Golden Cross ($1,000+)

The Brotherhood of the Golden Cross recognizes annual gifts to Sigma Pi of $1000 or more.

Established in 2001, the Brotherhood of the Golden Cross Club recognizes alumni and friends who have donated $1,000 or more in a fiscal year to the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation.

The Trustees of the Educational Foundation remain committed to providing the funds needed to support the educational and leadership programs for our members on their “quest for excellence.” To accomplish this important goal, we need strong, steady financial support from our many alumni who can attribute at least part of their success to the valuable lessons they learned as members in Sigma Pi.  It is our desire to not only continue to grow this list but to see these donors continue this gracious contribution each fiscal year.

For their generous support, each new member of the Brotherhood of the Golden Cross Club receives a members-only lapel pin. Join the Brotherhood of the Golden Cross Club and help Sigma Pi lay the foundation for the brothers who will become tomorrow’s leaders. 

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Additional Information

Endowments for Sigma Pi

Annual fund gifts to the Educational Foundation help fund MYLC, Convocation, and similar programs from year-to-year. However, these resources must be secured at the same or higher level each and every year, leaving the programs at the mercy of the ebbs and flows of the economy as well as our ability to raise funds, which also varies from year-to-year.An objective of the Educational Foundation is to create endowments for the MYLC and SPU, in the hopes to ensure the long-term stability and sustainability of these programs. Endowed funds under prudent management and investment would produce income capable of supporting the annual expenses of the programs. Growth of the endowments over time would allow for expansion and improvements to the already excellent programs.

Let there be no doubt that these endowments are important. For many of our young brothers, the personal and professional training they need to be truly successful men and leaders does not come just from their school work. It comes from their involvement in Sigma Pi. SPU and the MYLC reinforce Sigma Pi’s mission “to advance man’s quest for excellence.” Your gifts of support help us achieve that outcome.

These endowments are not a luxury but a necessity. As Foundation and Fraternity expenses increase every year along with the cost of fundraising, it is irresponsible to function in a manner that requires operating funds and educational expenditures to be raised in the same year they will be spent. Yet at the same time, we cannot afford to let programs like MYLC and SPU be neglected because of rising costs. The impact they have on our Fraternity and the young men who attend is just too great.

Estate Gifts

In 1947, HGS Byron R. Lewis (Illinois 1905) established the modern Sigma Pi Educational Foundation with a series of personal gifts, thereby beginning a 60 year tradition of alumni brothers giving back to their Fraternity. The Byron R. Lewis Heritage Society was established in 2012 to honor Brother Lewis’ spirit of giving and to recognize those alumni who have made a documented legacy gift to the Foundation.

Legacy giving allows you to show your appreciation for the impact of Sigma Pi on your life and to establish a lasting legacy in the form of support for the many future generations of Sigma Pi men – ensuring that they too will have the same enriching Sigma Pi experience that you enjoyed. 

Benefits include:

  • Charitable tax deduction
  • Removal of assets from a taxable estate
  • Elimination or reduction of capital gains tax on appreciated assets
  • Continued income from assets during your lifetime

Legacy giving options include:

  • Bequest by a will
  • Gifts of real estate
  • Retirement plan assets
  • Charitable remainder trust
  • Charitable gift annuities
  • Charitable lead trust
  • Life insurance proceeds
  • Please contact us if you would like further information or if you have already made a planned gift that needs to be documented. 

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