Our Commitment to Philanthropy
At the University of Washington, philanthropic events aren't just a way to get involved or have fun; they serve as a reminder of just how supportive and giving our Greek Community truly is. Philanthropy is a way for us to show love and support for each others' chapters, as well as the organizations we give to.
The Starkey Hearing Foundation promotes awareness, education, protection, and treatment of hearing loss. They also send volunteers on hundreds of hearing mission trips all over the world to provide hearing aids to people that cannot afford them. Delta Zeta has pledged Five Million in Five Years to Starkey because we believe deeply in their motto, "so the world may hear."
The Painted Turtle Camp provides day and summer camps for children and their families affected by serious illnesses. Their mission seeks "to inspire children with life-threatening diseases to become their greater selves." The Painted Turtle Camp has served as an all-expenses-paid sanctuary year-round for children, allowing them to just be kids.
The Delta Zeta Foundation provides academic and need-based scholarships, funding leadership opportunities and personal growth programs.
The UW Speech and Hearing Clinic is the Kappa Chapter's local philanthropy. We support their Excellence Fund, which provides unrestricted support for the department. Their mission is "to be a center of excellence in education, research, and clinical practice within the community serving speech, language, and hearing needs."
A Message from our VP Philanthropy
Members of Delta Zeta exemplify passionate hearts, enlightened minds, and loving souls. These aspects evoke Delta Zeta’s desire to serve the greater community. As the Delta Zeta Creed reads, “To those whom my life may touch in slight measure, may I give graciously of what is mine”. We do anything and everything we can to put others before ourselves. Our sisters willingly serve for 36 hours and raise a minimum of $75 each year. Serving the community brings forth opportunities for Delta Zeta’s to touch a multitude of lives, gain experience about the world around them, and learn more about themselves. Many of our sisters seek opportunities to serve in a variety of ways and places, ultimately shining our lights across the United States.
The Kappa Chapter of Delta Zeta hosts many events to fundraise for our philanthropies. The biggest event that Delta Zeta hosts is a silent auction with over fifty auction items. These baskets include a signed football from UW football players, Market Spice tea baskets, trip baskets, and many more! For this event, we have raised over $16,000 for Starkey Hearing Foundation, UW Speech and Hearing and the Delta Zeta Foundation. We provide dinner for our friends, family and alumnae of Delta Zeta at this fun auction! The Delta Zeta Pancake Feed is another annual event that we host. Everyone from UW is invited to attend and enjoy pancakes together while celebrating the gift of hearing. We are also hosting an event called DZ Shamrocks where the Greek community and those outside of the community can wish each other good luck before finals week. Another event hosted by Delta Zeta is DZ Duke Out which is a week-long flag football tournament amongst the fraternity gentlemen while the women of Delta Zeta coach them. There are also fun night events which include trivia and a talent show! Many more smaller events are hosted for fundraising for our philanthropy.
Starkey Hearing Foundation says, “To give the gift of hearing” and the women of Kappa Chapter strive to live by that. The women of Delta Zeta are filled with gratitude by having the ability to hear and are honored to touch others’ lives with the gift of hearing.