Our philanthropic goals
Gamma Phi Beta supports Building Strong Girls, a foundation that promotes leadership and builds confidence in young girls all over the country. Gamma Phi Beta believes that girls need to be mentally, socially and physically strong to achieve their potential. Our dedication to building strong girls began in the 1920s as Gamma Phi Betas identified a desire to provide underprivileged girls a retreat from their daily circumstances and a place to learn about themselves and build character for facing life's challenges. In helping build strong girls, we support two organziations through our philanthropic efforts; Building Strong Girls and Girls on the Run. You can learn more about their individual goals by clicking on the logos below.
Today's girls face more challenges than ever before, making the need for a safe place with supportive mentors even greater. Girls need women in their lives who can help them develop the skills to succeed in life. Gamma Phi Betas are those women! Gamma Phi Beta is proud to partner with national organizations that share our dedication to Building Strong Girls.
Each year Gamma Phi Beta chapters across the country hold their annual philanthropy in order to support our national philanthropic partner, Girls on the Run, with the intention of Building Strong Girls. Our new annual event is called Moonball, and it is a basketball tournament in which the fraternities on campus are invited to compete. Each fraternity makes a donation in order to participate, which we then donate to Girls on the Run. A few members of our chapter volunteer to coach each team, some members decorate signs to help show their support, and we all come together as a chapter to cheer them on.
In 2008, one of our beloved sisters, Frances Chang, passed away. The loss of her presence was felt deeply throughout our chapter, and in the Spring our sisters started an annual event in remembrance of Frances. This event consists of a capture the flag tournament called Flags for Frances in which all the sororities and fraternities on campus are invited to participate in.
Since Frances' passing, her parents created the Seeds of Love foundation in her honor. Our chapter splits the proceeds of our Flags for Frances philanthropy between this foundation and two local organizations that Frances supported; Woods Humane Society and SLO Transitions Mental Health Center. This occasion is a wonderful time for our chapter to remember a great sister and grow stronger together.
Each Spring, we lay 1,100 daisies on a lawn on campus to remember the 1100 college students who lose their lives to suicide each year. It is our hope that through this event on campus, we can start a conversation about the importance of mental health and work to reduce stigma.
This is a cause that is very near and dear to our chapters hearts, and one that affects every single person, whether that is them personally or someone close to them. Statistics show that 1 in 4 college students have a diagnosable mental illness. It is our hope that through this we can make an impact on the lives of those at Cal Poly and encourage awareness of such a widespread issue. More than anything, however, we hope that we can use Daisy Project to encourage people to take time to remember what brings them joy and what happiness means to them.
We provide resources to those who stop by, and work to educate our peers on mental health statistics. We encourage our campus community to stop by, share what makes life worth living on a chalk wall, learn about some signs and resources, and share what happiness means to them.