Sigma Kappa provides opportunities for members to become involved in community service and philanthropic initiatives. Through their overall philanthropy The Sigma Kappa Foundation they dedicate their time raising awareness for five national philanthropies (Sigma Kappa Foundations, Inherit the Earth, Gerontology, Maine Seacoast Mission, Alzheimer’s Research), however their local philanthropy focuses on Alzheimer’s Research.
In 1984, Sigma Kappa realized they had a vision of a world without Alzheimers. Driven by the commitment “to live with heart for the brain” the Lambda Zeta chapter was able to raise over $14,600 this past year with their philanthropy event The Ultraviolet Music Awards (UVMAs) where sororities and fraternities compete against each other by making music videos and having a live performance.
Each year the sisters of Sigma Kappa partake in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Tampa Bay as well as fundraising and raising awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association. Nationally, the sisters of Sigma Kappa have a goal of reaching $500,000 annually for their national platform. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the the nations largest to raise funds and awareness for not only research but for care and support for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s as well. Through this participation, Sigma Kappa took their open motto “One heart, one way” towards Gerontology work, adding the emphasis of Alzheimer’s disease.
Since 1989, The Sigma Kappa Foundation has granted more than $3 million dollars for Alzheimer’s with another donation of $1 million to go towards Women’s Alzheimer’s Research Initiative.