Established 170 years ago, Phi Mu Fraternity is one of the leading Greek organizations for women in the world. Founded at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia – the very first college in the world chartered to grant college degrees to women – Phi Mu’s purpose was to foster sisterhood and promote literary opportunities for women on campus.
More than 220,000 women have proudly boasted membership to this faithful sisterhood, and many of these members are leaders on their campuses, in their communities and in their careers because of their rich membership experience in Phi Mu. These women are multiplying the investment made in them each and every day by sharing their skills with the world around them, and this is possible because of loyal donors just like you.
Since 1957, Phi Mu Foundation has been supporting our member experience and advancing the lifetime development of women through financial contributions made by sisters and friends of Phi Mu. The first grant offered by the Foundation was a $100 scholarship to a senior woman studying education. Fast forward more than 60 years, and we’re investing more than $400,000 annually in academic scholarships, leadership and educational programs, member assistance, and the historic preservation of our Fraternity.
Now, it’s our turn to write the next chapter in the history of the second-oldest Fraternity for women and enhance the experience for future members of Phi Mu. It’s time to reconnect to our ritual, to live our values and to lead the way forward to One Destiny – Noble Womanhood.
For those of you who have already supported the campaign, thank you. Members and friends who have contributed $5,000 or more since 2016 can be found in the One Destiny Honor Roll.
Kris Shetler Bridges
Delta Nu, Michigan State University Co-Chair, One Destiny Campaign
Diane Hawkins Eggert Zeta Iota, North Dakota State University Co-Chair, One Destiny Campaign
The One Destiny Campaign is a mission-driven campaign to increase our capacity, grow the Foundation’s endowment and support transformational experiences for every Phi Mu woman.
Here’s our plan:
Enrich the Phi Mu Leadership experience through support of powerful leadership and educational programming for collegiate and alumnae members.Learn more
Phi Mu Fraternity and Phi Mu Foundation have a shared vision to develop confident, vibrant women. Investing in leadership and educational programs such as the Phi Mu Officer Academy, Phi Mu Leadership Institute and the Chapter Consultant Program challenges our members to think big; to be confident in their abilities to solve tough problems and lead others to find solutions in a complex environment. Through these leadership experiences, our women are learning to push doubts and uncertainties aside and to lead with confidence each and every day.
“My Phi Mu experience, with a strong sisterhood and incredible volunteer leadership, gave me the confidence I needed to pursue my lifelong dream of leading large-scale construction projects. I’m one of just a few women in my field, and this confidence supports me each and every day as I continue my professional journey.”
Kelly Mejia, Alpha Nu, ‘12
The University of Florida
Increase member access to education by alleviating financial burden and rising cost of education through scholarship development.Learn more
Tuition costs are on the rise across the country, but more women now than ever are making the sacrifice to enroll in college, even if they know they can’t afford it. In fact, members of the class of 2020 who borrowed to finance their degrees will leave college with debt averaging $37,584 per student.
By offering various scholarship opportunities to our members, we can help as many women as possible return to campus each year without having to shoulder the pressure of financial burden.
AS I GRADUATED FROM PURDUE UNIVERSITY, A SCHOLARSHIP FROM PHI MU FOUNDATION HELPED ME TO ACHIEVE MY GOAL OF A PH.D. IN CHEMISTRY. WHO KNEW THAT WOULD LEAD TO MY BECOMING AN ASTRONAUT AND FLYING IN SPACE? YOU JUST NEVER KNOW WHAT DREAMS YOU WILL ONE DAY DREAM AND WHAT DOORS CURRENTLY CLOSED TO YOU ONE DAY WILL OPEN.
DR. MARY ELLEN WEBER, SCIENTIST AND NASA ASTRONAUT
DELTA EPSILON, ‘81, PURDUE UNIVERSITY
Support women in times of life-changing circumstances with greater funding for Member Assistance.
Our Fraternity membership experienced record growth in the past decade, which created rewarding opportunities for women who otherwise would not have had the chance to join our organization. With 136 collegiate chapters, nearly 15,000 active collegiate members and over 200,000 alumnae members, the number of women who need our support is tremendous.
One of the most significant ways we can lend a helping hand to sisters is through the Leona Hughes Hughes Heart and Hand Fund and the Betty Nell Wilkinson Emergency Fund.
With contributions to these funds, we can provide grants to eligible collegiate and alumnae members who have faced tragic and life-altering situations due to natural disasters, medical emergencies, or other dire circumstances.
“Little did I know when I joined Phi Mu in the Fall of 1979 that years later my sisters would still be my lifelong friends and sustain me through the most difficult time of my life. Shortly after my husband was diagnosed with cancer, I unexpectedly lost my job. I never expected to find myself in a position where I would have to ask for this type of help, but I was treated with dignity and respect and the grant allowed me some time to make sure I found the right job. Your gift is making a difference in lives. I know it did in mine”
Jill Ellis, Kappa Pi, '83
Tennessee Technological University
Preserve the history of one of the longest serving women’s organizations of our time through Historic Preservation efforts.Learn more
Preserving Phi Mu’s history is one of the Foundation’s most cherished responsibilities. Ensuring our members can connect our past and present to our future is critical to educating future generations on Phi Mu Fraternity’s legacy of supporting and encouraging women to learn and lead.
AS THE SECOND OLDEST FRATERNAL WOMEN’S ORGANIZATION, I BELIEVE PHI MU PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN THE WOMEN’S MOVEMENT DURING THE COURSE OF AMERICAN HISTORY. REMAINING FAITHFUL TO OUR RITUAL AND VALUES IS WHAT SETS US APART FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS AND BINDS US TO GENERATIONS OF PHI MU WOMEN – PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE.
EDITH BRADY, GAMMA GAMMA, ‘93
QUEENS UNIVERSITY OF CHARLOTTE
Ensure the legacy of Phi Mu by funding resources for growth and sustainability through operations and support of Phi Mu members' greatest needs.Learn more
The Foundation has seen tremendous growth over the last decade as we further develop our staff to support the increasing demands of the organization. Investing in the Annual Fund helps support the organizational needs of the Foundation and empowers our leaders to invest in emerging opportunities.
HAVING A ROBUST ANNUAL FUND NOT ONLY ENSURES PHI MU FOUNDATION CAN MAINTAIN HEALTHY OPERATIONS, IT ALSO SETS THE ORGANIZATION UP FOR STRONG FUTURE GROWTH. THE FLEXIBILITY TO INVEST IN SCHOLARSHIPS, LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AND OTHER INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMING WILL HELP OUR SISTERS REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL AND ENRICH THEIR PHI MU EXPERIENCE FOR DECADES TO COME.
FRANCES DOBERNIG MITCHELSON, ALPHA RHO, ‘86
UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT MONROE
NATIONAL COUNCIL VICE PRESIDENT AND
PAST NATIONAL PRESIDENT 1994-1998
Thank you for contributing to Phi Mu Foundation through the One Destiny Campaign. The One Destiny Campaign is a $15 million mission-driven campaign to grow the Foundation’s endowment and support transformational experiences for every Phi Mu woman. The campaign is focused on increasing opportunities through academic scholarships, leadership and educational programming, member assistance, historic preservation and the area of greatest needs.
National Campaign Co-Chair
Zeta Iota, North Dakota State University
Texas A&M University
University of Washington
National Campaign Co-Chair
Delta Nu, Michigan State University
North Dakota State
Florida State University
Southern Methodist University
Texas Tech University
Chairman of the Board and Phi Mu National President
Delta Eta, Georgetown College
Gamma Lambda, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Beta Eta, Miami University
Kappa Omicron, Armstrong State University
Alpha Iota, Mercer University
Kappa Nu, Lambuth University
Alpha Zeta, University of Alabama
Epsilon Alpha, Southern Methodist University
Epsilon Nu, Oklahoma State University
Phi Mu Foundation President
Beta Iota, Clarkson University
Delta Epsilon, Purdue University
Zeta Pi, Missouri Western State University