How do you want to give?
Take part in the 125th celebration by learning about ways you can take part!
Want your gift to help the Fraternity with any educational effort? Give now to the General Fund.
Does your chapter have a Chapter Educational Fund or Chapter Housing Fund established? Choose this option to give directly to the fund.
Scholarships allow individual members across the organization an opportunity to further their goals. Choose this option to give to a scholarship fund today.
Sigma Pi University gifts ensure chapters and members will have access to Sigma Pi programs such as the Mid-Year Leadership Conference and the Tony Siress Leadership Summit.
The Delta Society is an honorary membership society recognizing those who have begun a tradition of financial support for the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation during their collegiate experience. There are three simple ways to join!
The Owl Society is a program for any alumni who start an unrestricted monthly gift of at least $18.97. This is a great entry point into establishing a tradition of giving back to your Fraternity! Once giving has been established, the donor will receive a special lapel pin recognizing their membership in the Owl Society.
Sigma Pi invites you to use FreeWill, a free, online tool that guides you through the process of creating your will in just 20 minutes. It’s always free and can be used with an attorney to finalize your estate plans. Start your legacy using FreeWill today.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Why Make A Stock Gift:
Gifting appreciated stock is one of the most effective strategies for tax savings available*. In addition to supporting causes that you care about, there are two main benefits to the donor when transferring appreciated stock to the Sigma Pi Foundations:
- Capital gains tax is avoided on the stock
- You will be eligible to receive an income tax charitable deduction for the full fair-market-value of the stock at the time of the gift
How To Make a Stock Gift:
In order to take advantage of the tax benefits listed above, appreciated securities must be transferred directly to the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation. Work with your broker to initiate a charitable stock transfer. Do not sell the security in the open market then try to donate the proceeds to charity as you will be taxed on the stock’s capital gains.
*Please consult with your own legal and financial advisors for professional tax advice
- IRA Gifts
Why Make a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD):
If you are over the age of 70½ and have an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), then Qualified Charitable Distributions may provide the most significant tax savings of any charitable contribution. While you are eligible to make a QCD starting at 70½, when you turn 72 you must take a Required Minimum Distribution* (RMD) from your IRA, and a QCD will count towards that RMD!
Transfer Instructions To Share With Your Ira Administrator:
Legal Name: Sigma Pi Educational Foundation
Address: 1101 Kermit Drive, Suite 730, Nashville, TN 37217
Sigma Pi Educational Foundation Tax ID Number: 22-6034109
- Corporate Matching Gift Program
Many employers (companies, corporations, foundations, etc.) have established Matching Gift Programs in order to incentivize employees to make gifts to certified charitable foundations – including the Sigma Pi Foundations. These Matching Gift Programs can often double or even triple your gift to the Foundations.
Employer donation matching is provided by our partner at Amply. On our donation forms, just check the box for “Would you like your employer to match?” and input your employer name. Amply will handle the follow up to ensure your matching takes place.
About Freewill Estate Planning
- Planned Giving
One of the most powerful ways to support Sigma Pi Fraternity is by creating a bequest in your will or Revocable Living Trust. It is a gift that costs you nothing today but ensures that Sigma Pi can continue to develop the leaders of tomorrow.
To start your legacy today, Sigma Pi invites you to use FreeWill, a free, online tool that guides you through the process of creating your will in just 20 minutes. It’s always free and can be used with an attorney to finalize your estate plans.
- Beneficiary Designations
For additional assets not covered in your will, including (but not limited to): 401ks, IRAs, Life Insurance Policies, and Bank Accounts, you must designate a beneficiary. If you would like to name Sigma Pi as your beneficiary, you can use this online tool to help organize your accounts and name beneficiaries