Archive for February, 2012

Campus Spotlight: University of South Florida

Posted on: February 27th, 2012 by Circle of Sisterhood Foundation 2 Comments

Students purchase "circles" to share messages about girls' education.

I am currently living the dreams of my founders. I am currently in a community of women who are living the dreams their founders. This is a dream that has come to a reality with the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation.

I learned about the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation at the Southeastern Panhellenic Conference (SEPC) in spring 2011. The Foundation’s mission automatically hit home and I was anxious to bring it back to my community.

I focused on why the Foundation chose sorority women as its target audience in the first place. It makes sense – our founders had to fight for women’s rights towards education. Through the Circle of Sisterhood, we can give other underprivileged girls and women the opportunity to receive an education.

Last spring I was serving as my chapter’s Panhellenic Delegate and within two weeks of returning from SEPC, I approached the Panhellenic Council Meeting about adopting the Circle of Sisterhood as our community philanthropy. I felt it would emotionally connect Panhellenic sisters together and to a cause.

My Panhellenic sisters agreed, as all eight chapters unanimously passed the change.

The awareness process began with ease – chapter members began following Circle of Sisterhood on social media outlets, watching videos and expressing the benefits to potential new members at Formal Recruitment.

When the position of Director of Philanthropy on the Panhellenic executive cabinet opened in the fall, I jumped on the opportunity. In this new role, I knew spreading awareness would be the key.

Our first main fundraiser was fairly simple and provided access for many to get involved. We sold paper circles in our student center for $1. Individuals could write any message on the circles; our favorites included fun messages like, “Girls Rock!”

Here are the ideas I used to educate my peers at USF about Circle of Sisterhood and promote our first fundraiser:

  • We made it a competition between sororities to get the most “circles.” At USF we have a sister sorority program where one chapter is paired with another for a year, and they are encouraged to collaborate with events and support.
  • We partnered with a local frozen yogurt business which donated 10 percent of sorority sales to the Foundation. For every $1 spent, the sorority earned a “circle.”
  • At USF, we have “Bull Market” every Wednesday where any organization can set up a booth to promote, advertise, raise funds, etc. We displayed a tri-fold of Circle of Sisterhood information and passed out information about our fundraiser.
  • For the two Wednesdays prior to the event, I created a Facebook page for our efforts – www.facebook.com/usfcircleofsisterhood. I post to this periodically to share event news and updates, as well as information about the global education of women.
  • Students who read about the Circle of Sisterhood and "liked" the group's Facebook page received more information and desserts.

    We also combined every college student’s two favorite things – free dessert and social media. Any passerby that “liked” our Facebook page on one of our provided laptops received a treat, baked by the Panhellenic sororities in our community. This got the sisters involved on a personal level, contributing to the awareness campaign. We received more than 150 likes each day and began sharing videos and inspiring Circle of Sisterhood accomplishments to our own Facebook page.

We will use the circles for future advertising, including a mural, event decoration and more. Together, we raised $275 dollars, which means we provided about five girls with education.

This is only the beginning. This year, USF is working on a campus-wide event, “USF IDOL,” in which all proceeds will be donated to Circle of Sisterhood. Our hope is for women to come together, whether affiliated or not, to help girls around the world.

It only takes one woman to get started. The USF Panhellenic community has a lot of women and a lot of support.

Our expressed values in the USF Panhellenic community are to “Grow. Unite. Inspire.” The Circle of Sisterhood Foundation helps us put our values in action. What could be better?

This blog was written by Danielle Kushner, the Vice President of External Affairs for the Panhellenic Council at University of South Florida. She was previously the council’s Director of Philanthropy and coordinated fundraising efforts and awareness programs.


More than Money: Raising awareness is a critical piece of this Circle

Posted on: February 20th, 2012 by Circle of Sisterhood Foundation No Comments

As part of our core mission, it is crucial that we help our sisters gain an understanding of our priorities and how they can help. Donating money, hosting fundraisers, empowering others are all wonderful facets of our organization. However, raising awareness is just as critical. The Circle of Sisterhood Foundation has outlined how you can assist with

raising awareness about the organization and the issues we are tackling.

Join: Remove barriers to educational opportunities for girls and women by partnering with organizations whose missions include enabling girls to go to school and providing vocational training for women.

  • You can help us by sharing information about organizations that need our help with our grants committee.
  • Build relationships with individuals and organizations that will help advance our mission.

Network: Do you know of an individual, business or organization that would be interested in supporting our work by making financial contributions? Share that information with us.

Know: Create awareness of global issues related to girls and women by increasing understanding of the violent and oppressive treatment of women across the globe.

▪                The first step, is to become aware of the abuses which needlessly claims one woman a minute. Our volunteers have read the book Half the Sky, and we’d recommend that you read it too.

▪                Stay up to date on current events. Last week, Secretary Clinton declared a Zero Tolerance Day on female genital mutilation. This may not seem important to the average college student, but if you read the facts, it may be enough to motivate you to become an ambassador for our organization.

▪                Leverage the collective wisdom and influence of sorority women by multiplying our reach to individuals, organizations, and campus umbrella groups who not only will help communicate our mission to their own networks but also provide financial support for our mission.

▪                Stand for something—March 8th is International Women’s Day—do something to raise awareness on this day. How easy would red lipstick be? Learn about this movement at: http://youare.cn.com/flash.html

▪                Add your name to a cause. Change.org is one of the easiest ways to become involved. You can start a petition or join a cause you care about. Last March a petition that began on this site led to a change in South African law to make it illegal to perform “corrective rape,” which is defined as raping a lesbian in order to ‘turn’ her into a heterosexual. After 170,000 people joined this campaign online, the law was changed and this act is now considered a hate crime, punishable by law. Don’t sit there and think your name typed into the computer can’t change a girl’s life across the globe.

Establish a presence as a major contributor in uplifting the spirit of women worldwide through our visual identity, web presence, and social media activity. We share information on Twitter, Facebook and via this Blog. Lend us a hand by sharing what we share. And share your story so that we can share! Together our voices our stronger and we can leverage the collective wisdom and influence of our sorority sisters.

Foundations

Posted on: February 13th, 2012 by Circle of Sisterhood Foundation
  • Bank of America Charitable Foundation
  • BeadforLife
  • Delta Tau Delta Educational Foundation
  • Exxon Mobil Foundation
  • Illinois Tool Works Foundation
  • James H. & Amy G. Shimberg Foundation
  • van Swaay Charitable Foundation
  • Verizon Foundation

Corporations

Posted on: February 13th, 2012 by Circle of Sisterhood Foundation
  • Adam Block Design, LLC
  • AT&T
  • Bell-Carter Foods, Inc.
  • Boiler Market
  • Capital Group Companies
  • Cardinal Family Dining
  • Charming Charlie, Inc.
  • Chick-fil-A at 5 Points In-Line
  • Chik-fil-A at Cameron Village FSU
  • Chick-fil-A at Five Points FSU
  • Coastal Greek, LLC
  • CSL Management
  • Dave Sinclair Ford
  • GBC Towson East, LLC
  • Goodsearch
  • Grange Insurance
  • Griffins Deli, LLC
  • Group Interactive Networks (GIN)
  • IBM Corporation
  • Juicytart
  • Kate Carlyle, LLC
  • Kate Spade
  • LF Sportswear
  • lululemon usa inc.
  • Memento LLC
  • Microsoft Matching Gifts Program
  • MJ Insurance
  • Otterbox
  • Phired Up Productions
  • Pizza My Heart, Inc.
  • Pluckers (San Marcos, TX)
  • Powerhouse Planning, LLC
  • Purdue Red Mango
  • Ruby Tuesday, Inc.
  • Rust-Oleum Corporation
  • Sagamore Dining Partners
  • SAP Matching Gift Program
  • Sigler Companies
  • SRS Enterprises, LLC
  • sweetFrog Towson
  • Swoozie’s
  • TCBY Frozen Yogurt
  • The Pita Pit (Austin, TX)
  • The Yogurt Spot
  • Tropical Smoothie (Williamsburg, VA)
  • TwoPutt, Inc.
  • UT Moe’s LLC
  • VetResults
  • Willabbey LLC
  • Willow Marketing
  • Wine and Canvas (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Yoghut, LLC (Columbia, SC)
  • Yogo Crazy, LLC
  • Yogurt Mountain (Greenville, SC)
  • Zenyo LLC

Schools

Posted on: February 13th, 2012 by Circle of Sisterhood Foundation
  • dePaul School
  • UNLV: Leadership & Civic Engagement Minor Program Students
  • Washington Middle School