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Some Thoughts On Why We Still Give

Beta Rho thanks all of the Brothers who have given to our organization all-time, as well as this year. Have you ever asked yourself why you give? Is it part of your charitable routine? Do you believe in affording the next generation of young men with the same experience you had with Beta Rho? Whatever the case, we thank you. Here are some reasons we collected from past surveys of other Sigma Nu members from various chapters around the country about why they have and continue to give back to our organization:

"I turned 60 years old this year (yikes!) and over the years I have received an untold number of requests for donations from the two undergraduate institutions that I attended back in the 60's (a school now known as Shenandoah University and U of P).  I am not at all wealthy, so I can not afford to give LARGE cash donations to any organization, let alone large Universities with large endowments.  "Giving" feels like adding a drop to the ocean of cash they already have.  Sigma Nu is a better choice.  My fondest memories of my time at U of P revolve around the fraternity, and my "small" donation will be put to use on real, tangible projects.  Helping to repair the front porch and replacing porcelain plumbing fixtures is far more tangible.  I volunteer for two work weekends a year at a YMCA camp in the Berkshires.  Standing back on Sunday afternoon and admiring the bridge I helped build to cross the creek on the path to Bear Rock Look Out is far more gratifying than writing a check to a University's fund drive.  It is said that we should think globally but act locally - giving to insure the future of the building at 3819 Walnut Street is definitely acting local."

"As a pledge, the brothers encouraged me to get involved in other campus activities.  These experiences (DP Business staff, Baseball manager, IF Council, etc.) gave me an opportunity to learn leadership skills that were invaluable in the business world, and later life.  These were just as important as the friendships and social aspects developed while at the house.  I hope that today's brothers will also have the opportunity to gain from similar experiences."

"My time at college was enhanced by the luxuries Sigma Nu provided me.  The men that donated provided me a place to spend the best four years I could ever imagine.  If we don't support the annual fund, we will be taking away many opportunities for the men of Sigma Nu to grow."

"In two weeks I'll be 76 years old. We "old folks" look back over the years and cherish our memories.  One of the blessings of my life was to have been a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. As we get older we realize how these friendships shaped our lives."

"I have supported Sigma Nu because of the friends I made while an active member. I remember fondly some of the stories coming from those years, and they are a part of my story which I relate at any opportunity. The times I spent as an active member will be always remembered fondly."


So what are YOUR reasons? Let us know here.