Alpha Omicron Pi’s International Philanthropy supports Arthritis, Juvenile Arthritis, and related diseases. Since 1967, when we adopted the Arthritis Foundation and Canadian Arthritis Society as our international philanthropy, over $1.5 million has been raised by AOIIs to help researchers find a cure for this crippling disease that, so often, targets women as its victims.
The AOII Foundation grants funds annually to support Arthritis Research for the purpose of finding the cause and a cure. In addition, the Foundation supports the American Juvenile Arthritis Organization with grants for family arthritis education and children’s arthritis camps.
Strike Out Arthritis! is the signature philanthropy event of Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity. The event’s title states with crystal clarity our goal: to eliminate the disease of arthritis and its debilitating effects on old and young alike. The AOII Foundation pursues this mission to prevent, control and ultimately cure, through fundraising for arthritis research grants and educational grants to families to allow them to attend camps and seminars that help them cope with the many challenges facing youth diagnosed with arthritis. Funds for these important grants come from generous collegiate and alumnae chapters and individual donors interested in this program area of the Foundation. Since 1967, well over $1.5 million has been raised by AOIIs and donated through the Foundation to support the mission of conquering arthritis once and for all!
For more information about arthritis and research updates visit: www.arthritis.org.
One of the founding principles of Alpha Omicron Pi is to be of service to others – to bring into the world around us a spirit of love, not for self glory, but as an opportunity to give something back to our communities.
The Gamma Delta Chapter sponsors events every year to raise money for Arthritis Research. Annual events include our 'Pie The Prez' pie eating contest and our annual Strike Out Arthritis! Softball tournament. Last year, we raised over $3,700 from our philanthropic events. Additionally, chapter members provide service hours on an individual basis to a number of local organizations.
1st Place Fraternity division: Pi Kappa Phi
1st Place Sorority division: Kappa Delta
1st Place Independent division: J.A.G.
Arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability.
46 million Americans (1 in 5) and 300,000 children have one of the more than 100 types of arthritis. Over 4 million Canadians have a form of arthritis.
Arthritis affects 2 times more women than men.
Costs to the U.S. economy total more than $86.2 billion annually.
THERE IS NO CURE
Since 1977 the AOII Foundation has contributed over $4.5 million to philanthropic causes, as well as scholarships and grants that help our sisters grow in their careers and lives.
AOII Foundation awarded a total of $348,319 in 2010!!!
AOII Educational Grants
$130,850 for educational grants to fund training and scholarships for 2010-2011
AOII Foundation Scholarships
$38,000 for 32 scholarships for the 2010-2011 academic school year
Ruby Fund Grants
$40,000 to provide grants for compassionate assistance for 2010-2011
AOII Foundation Arthritis research grants
$91,500 has been awarded for two research projects for 2010-2011
Juvenile Arthritis Alliance (JA Alliance) educational grants
$20,000 for family scholarships and children’s activities were awarded at the national JA Alliance conference. Pandas were also donated through the Project for children.
$20,944 was awarded for local arthritis program support in the communities where AOII chapters raised these funds. Arthritis walks with AOII teams raised $7,025.