UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA
The Alpha Phi Foundation
Alpha Phi officially adopted Cardiac Care as a priority in 1946, which became the Foundation’s philanthropic priority upon its founding in 1956. Alpha Phi was one of the first women’s fraternities to establish a Foundation. The Foundation supports programs and research that study heart disease in women – specifically its symptoms, its treatment and its prevention.
Demonstrating the philanthropic spirit of love and charity intended by our Founders, the Foundation was created as a trust to award grants specifically for scholarship and cardiac aid. Today, the original priorities of Alpha Phi Foundation remain.
The Foundation is well known and respected internationally as a prominent philanthropic leader in the Greek community. We completed a ten million dollar campaign for leadership in 2010, the largest in National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) history.
More women than men die of heart disease each year. Today, heart disease kills one in three women. It is the leading cause of death of American women and kills more women age 65 years and older than all cancers combined. These statistics underscore why the understanding of this disease continues to be a priority.
At the University of Northern Iowa, Alpha Phi promotes awareness of women’s heart disease and raises funds through two large events. Our week-long Fall Philanthropy event includes a Jail-and-Bail event, and is called, Keep the Beat Week. In the Spring we hold our Red Dress Gala. We also raise awareness of women’s heart disease during February’s National Heart Month as well as on Wear Red Day on the first Friday of each February.
Advancing women’s lives through the power of philanthropy.
As a preeminent philanthropic organization, Alpha Phi Foundation is recognized for the strength of our endowment and for innovation in cultivating and sustaining donor participation. We strive to be the philanthropy-of-choice among our members, with every Alpha Phi supporting the Foundation.