Established to provide emergency financial assistance to alumnae who find themselves in financial distress, the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation’s Clasped Hands Fund has helped 120 sisters with grants totaling more than $376,000.
The fund started with contributions received at Grand Convention in 1993. The Clasped Hands Fund was endowed in 1997 thanks to the generosity of Deen Day Sanders, Beta Sigma—Mercer University, 1952. For many years, gifts to the Clasped Hands Fund were recognized with a silk violet tied to attendee nametags at Convention; a violet appliqué was introduced at the 150th Anniversary Convention in 2001.
“Violets for My Sister” is now an annual tradition during both Grand Convention and Leadership Seminar that generates income for our Clasped Hands Fund. With an ever increasing need for support, we rely heavily on our sisters to honor those women who have made an impact on our sisterhood. With a gift of $5 to the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation, anyone can participate in the “Violets for My Sister” program, even if they’re not attending Leadership Seminar.
This year alone, we have granted more than $53,000 to alumnae in financial distress. From natural disasters to debilitating medical issues, the need for support has never been greater. We are hoping to raise at least $40,000 this summer, which will be a 28% increase from what was generated at Leadership Seminar in 2014. So far we have raised just over $5,000 in pre-orders and need your help to reach our goal.
To make your gift in honor of a sister whose friendship has been important to you, please visit www.violetsformysisters.org or contact the Foundation office at (404) 378-3164.