Philanthropic Efforts

Prevent Child Abuse America

philanthropic_effortsAt the 1982 National Convention, the convention body unanimously agreed to adopt Prevent Child Abuse America as Sigma Delta Tau's National Philanthropy. Prevent Child Abuse America is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse through citizen action.  PCA America builds awareness, promotes and implements prevention efforts and works to ensure that every child has the opportunity to achieve his or her full potential.

Each Sigma Delta Tau chapter conducts an annual service project, educational program, or major fund raising campaign for the benefit of Prevent Child Abuse America. Together, the SDT collegiate chapters contributed more than $250,000 in 2013-14 to this National Philanthropy.

pcaa_logo_transSigma Delta Tau sisters across the country have embraced the mission of PCA America and have turned their passion into signature campus-wide events.  For over thirty years, our members have served as advocates in the prevention of child abuse by donating time, energy, money and a commitment to strengthen and empower families and communities.

Our National organization works hand in hand with the headquarters of Prevent Child Abuse America in Chicago. Chapters and alumnae may contact the Prevent Child Abuse America office directly for information: www.preventchildabuse.org.

Jewish Women International

jwiJewish Women International, over a century old, is the perfect philanthropic partner for Sigma Delta Tau.  Both organizations are focused on the development of women through educational programming.  SDT collaborates with JWI on the following major empowering initiatives:

Safe Smart Dating is the first national program on dating abuse and sexual assault developed for the Greek community on college campuses. Together with Zeta Beta Tau and JWI, we worked together to put this amazing program together and launched it at three campuses in 2013-14. It officially rolled out to more campuses in 2014-15. Through a series of discussions, scenarios, news stories, live text surveys and video, this groundbreaking, interactive and co-ed program helps young people define and identify dating abuse and sexual assault, as well as build skills to be active bystanders at school and in their communities.

Life$avings: Financial Literacy for Young Women teaches core financial literacy to put young women in control of their money so they can be economically independent, grow their resources and fully participate in financial decisions through­out their lives. Despite high academic and professional achieve­ments, many women are intimidated by money matters and cannot or will not take charge of their financial well-being. Life$avings, JWI’s current program for college-age and young professional women, covers such topics as: credit, debt, benefits and salary negotiation, and asset building for the future, and encourages participants to challenge any personal barriers hindering their own fiscal responsibility. With a National partnership between SDT and JWI, the program has been tailored to the specific needs and interests of SDT.


The National Library Initiative (NLI) is JWI’s pledge to estab­lish 100 children’s libraries in homeless and battered women’s shelters across the United States. To help ease the traumatic upheaval of fleeing an abusive home – often with no belongings but the clothes on a family’s backs – the NLI transforms a basic shelter space into a library complete with furniture, hundreds of books, a computer and various comfort items. This quickly becomes both an educational resource and a safe haven for the youngest victims of domestic violence. If a library is already es­tablished near you, there are many ways to get involved, includ­ing collecting supplies to make shelter life easier for the kids, tutoring or reading to the children, and much more.

Each spring, SDT partners with JWI to support victims of domestic violence through their Mother’s Day Flower Project. Funds raised help send Mother’s Day bouquets to over 150 domestic violence shelters across the country. Undergraduates and alumnae volunteers sell Mother’s Day cards and collect donations for JWI’s programs that work every day to educate communities; empower women; heal families; and break the cycle of abuse. Donors receive a beautiful Mother’s Day tribute card to send to loved ones, noting that a contribution to JWI has been made in their honor.

To find out more about Jewish Women International or any of these projects, please visit www.jwi.org today!

Women for Women International

w4wWomen for Women International provides direct financial and emotional support to women living in war-torn regions of the globe, supporting those females with financial and emotional aid, job-skills training and rights education so they can rebuild their lives.

Since its creation, Women for Women International has empowered over 175,000 women survivors of war to move toward economic self-sufficiency.   They have distributed over $50 million in direct aid, microcredit loans, and other program services.  Since 1993, Women for Women International has mobilized women in 105 countries worldwide to reach out and support women survivors of war - one woman at a time.

Women_for_Women_logo_1This is a perfect project for our busy SDT alumnae who do not have extra time to donate.  Our supporters contribute funds to make the future brighter for thousands of women survivors of war. With your ongoing support, Women for Women International will continue to address women's immediate and long-term needs, work to improve their status and opportunities and see what can be done to create a more just and peaceful world.

SDT and our alumnae proudly sponsor women in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Rwanda and DR Congo. Please visit www.womenforwomen.org to sponsor a female who is in desperate need of regaining strength, stability and stature.