Giving Day Challenge

In its fifth year, Beta’s Giving Day Challenge is raising the bar. For the first time ever, brothers and friends will rally together over 1 day, 8 hours and 39 minutes to hit an ambitious, record-setting $500,000 goal!

The Giving Day Challenge is an opportunity for brothers and friends to celebrate Beta theta Pi’s impact on its members and bolster pride in our Great and Good Fraternity while encouraging friendly competition between chapters. Speaking of competition, big prizes are on the line for chapters that raise the most dollars and that have the most donors.

Gifts made during the event provide unrestricted funds to the Beta Leadership Fund (BLF) which supports recruitment-, merit- and need-based scholarships, volunteer and advisor training, and expanded leadership program attendance for the Fraternity’s collegiate brothers. The BLF goes beyond supporting scholarships and education too, it supports mission-driven initiatives such as the Beta Brotherhood and Beta Volunteer Assessments, as well as the Sons of the Stars member orientation program.

What is the Giving Day Challenge?

The Giving Day Challenge is an opportunity for brothers and friends to celebrate Beta theta Pi’s impact on its members and bolster pride in our Great and Good Fraternity while encouraging friendly competition between chapters.

Taking place over 1 day, 8 hours and 39 minutes, gifts made during the event provide unrestricted funds to the Beta Leadership Fund and support recruitment-, merit- and need-based scholarships, volunteer and advisor training, and expanded leadership program attendance for the Fraternity’s collegiate brothers.

How does it work?

In the spirit of friendly competition, chapters will compete throughout the event based on both total dollars raised and number of donors. Chapters that come up victorious will receive special recognition prizes (more on that below).

A few rules to keep things fair:

  • Chapters will be split into two divisions based on number of living members: (1) chapters with less than 1,000 living members, and (2) chapters with 1,000 living members or more.
  • There will be two winners for each division: (1) the chapter with the most unique individual donors, and (2) the chapter raising the most dollars.
  • Competitions end at 8:39 p.m. EDT on the final day of the event.

Donors must give a minimum of $10 to be counted and may only be credited for a chapter once.

What are we competing for?

While we know all donors give out of their love for Beta Theta Pi, we get it – a prize sounds nice, too. In 2024, chapter’s will be divided into two groups: those with 1,000 living members and those with less. Division winners for most total donors and dollars raised will receive one of the following prizes:

  • A catered brotherhood event complete with FREE food prepared by professional chefs, courtesy of Giving Day Challenge sponsors College Fresh and Greek House Chefs.
  • $750 merchandise credit courtesy of Merch House and the Beta Foundation to use for chapter recruitment shirts or other Beta-branded apparel.

All winners will have their chapter’s name prominently memorialized on a plaque in the Administrative Office.

How will the Beta Foundation use my gift?

Your Giving Day Challenge gift directly benefits all Betas through:

  • Recruitment-, merit- and need-based scholarships
  • Expanded attendance at Beta’s award-winning leadership programs
  • Advisor and volunteer training opportunities
  • Mission-driven initiatives, such as Beta Brotherhood and Beta Volunteer Assessments as well as Son of the Stars member orientation program

What makes a Giving Day Challenge gift special?

Gifts made during the Giving Day Challenge are special in a few ways. First, they’ll be posted in near real-time on our Giving Day Challenge Dashboard where they’ll help your preferred chapter advance on the leaderboards. They’ll also help unlock special Challenge Gifts throughout the event, meaning your participation stands to make a bigger impact than any other day of the year!

I've already supported the Beta Foundation this year. Will that gift count during the Challenge?

Your support is greatly appreciated! However, Giving Day Challenge participation is mostly limited to gifts made during the event (or earmarked ahead of time specifically for the occasion). One exception is for collegiate members who join the Sons of the Dragon Club. Any Club gifts made before the event begins are also counted as part of the Giving Day Challenge totals.

All gifts made help unlock Challenge Gifts during the event, such as donor benchmarks and giving thresholds. With your help, we can make an even bigger impact on the future of the Fraternity by completing these challenges. Plus, supporting your chapter of choice can help secure big prizes at the end of the Giving Day Challenge as chapters compete for most donors and most dollars raised.

Can I give by mail or phone?

While we promise Beta’s online platform is secure (and did we mention simple?), we understand some supporters prefer to give the old-fashioned way.

Staff members are always available to accept your gift over the phone at 800.800.BETA. To make your gift via mail and have it count toward the Giving Day Challenge, it must arrive at the address below by the event date to be counted in the chapter competitions. Please make checks payable to the Beta Foundation, indicating in the memo line your gift is for the Giving Day Challenge.

Beta Theta Pi Foundation
PO Box 6277
Oxford, OH 45056

Can I help spread the word?

We’re so glad you asked! Because the Giving Day Challenge is a purely digital effort, that means you can (and will) play a significant role in its ultimate success. Reach out friends and family, and share the Challenge with your chapter brothers. Every gift matters!

Make sure you’re following Beta on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn to follow along the progress of the 2024 Giving Day Challenge. Stay engaged and involved by sharing Beta’s posts on these social media platforms and by making your own.

Is my gift tax-deductible?

It sure is. All gifts made to the Beta Foundation, during the Giving Day Challenge or otherwise, support educational opportunities for Beta Theta Pi undergraduates and are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. You will receive an email receipt/mailed letter shortly after you make a gift that you can save for tax records.

I still have questions. How can I get in touch?

Ugh. We’ve failed you. Sorry about that. Feel free to contact Chief Foundation Officer Phil Fernandez, by email or phone (800.800.BETA) and we promise to fill in any gaps we may have missed here.

Giving Guide/Ways to Give

Every year, alumni, undergraduates, Friends of Beta and parents support the Beta Foundation. Contributions help bring the Fraternity’s vision to light by advancing its educational mission. To make a gift to the Beta Foundation, choose one of the many giving options below.
Auto Kai Club

Auto-Kai Club

Beta Leadership Fund

Beta Leadership Fund

Bricks on the Beta Walkway

Bricks on the Beta Walkway

Bridge Builder Society

Bridge Builder Society

Corporate Matching Gift

Corporate Matching Gift

Giving Day Challenge

Giving Day Challenge

IRA Gift

IRA Gift

John Reily Knox Club

John Reily Knox Club

Sons of the Dragon Club

Sons of the Dragon Club

Stock Gift

Stock Gift

Wooden Institute Scholarship

Wooden Institute Scholarship