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, which is focused on 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.
FLAGS FOR FRANCES
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. Over the years, this event has morphed into a 2 day philanthropy. One day consists of a brunch with alumni in which we share stories of our sister that we lost, and reflect on why our sisterhood is so dear to our hearts. On the second day we hold 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.
The Daisy Project
Each year, Gamma Phi Beta covers the Cal Poly Dexter lawn with 1,100 daisies. These 1,100 daises represent the 1,100 college students who lose their lives to suicide each year- as a remembrance of their lives and as a reminder of a preventable issue rising in numbers on college campuses. Students across all of campus have the opportunity to write a lost loved one’s name on a paper daisy, to be placed among the other 1,100 daisies as a sign of respect and memory on the day of this event.
A Photo Booth is set up for students to take a moment and remind themselves of what makes them happy- by writing down what happiness means to them. There is also a chalk wall placed near Dexter for students to write “What makes life worth it.” As a reminder of what we ALL have to live for. All students, regardless of affiliation are encouraged to participate in this event to celebrate life, remind yourself of what makes you happy, and join Gamma Phi in speaking up against the mental health stigma.