We give girls the confidence to dream big. We inspire the female leaders of tomorrow.
We are committed to improving the lives of young girls by not only building stronger girls but stronger communities through them.
Gamma Phi Beta’s philanthropic mission is to provide experiences and resources that build spiritual, mental and social resiliency in girls. We do this through our philanthropic focus, Building Strong Girl, partnering with Girls on the Run and The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.
Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experienced-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. GOTR is dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. In a 10-week program, girls third through eighth grade learn skills, receive mentorship, serve in a community outreach project, and end with a celebratory 5K run.
The Beta Omicron chapter supports GOTR by hosting a philanthropy week every fall with different events, such as Moonball, around campus to raise and donate approximately $1,600-$1,800 toward GOTR. Our chapter also provides opportunities to volunteer as a coach or organizer for GOTR’s 5K event every May.
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
Brooke Haley was 23-year-old mass communications student and Gamma Phi Beta sister from Pryor, Oklahoma, who passed in 2005 after bravely battling Ovarian Cancer.
In honor of Brooke, the Beta Omicron chapter adopted the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition as its local philanthropy in her honor. Similar to the Building Strong Girls Week that is held each fall, Beta Omicron hosts NOCC Week every spring to raise awareness and money for the NOCC. Our philanthropy events, such as Pancake Palooza raise approximately $2,000 for the NOCC each year.
From Our Philanthropy Chair
Q: What does our philanthropy mean to you?
A: For as long as I can remember, I have been surrounded by strong women. Without them, I wouldn’t be who I am today. They taught me to be independent, strong, and resilient. My mom and my sister ensured that I would grow up knowing that I was strong, loved, and worthy. During my childhood, I spent my summers at a small camp in the mountains of Northern Georgia, with my camp director Rhonda. She pushed me to become a better leader and problem solver. However, the one thing she did that I am the most grateful for was pushing and encouraging me to do things I never thought I would be able to do. Building Strong Girls and Girls on the Run do exactly that. They help young girls become stronger, and believe in themselves more, and to me, that is one of the most important things we as women can do—build strong girls. We support a proactive philanthropy, and I couldn’t be happier to help build the strong women of tomorrow. Our second philanthropy means just as much to me because one of our sisters was directly affected by Ovarian Cancer. It is so important to get the word out about this aggressive cancer because it affects 1 in 78 women, and isn’t talked about nearly enough. Hopefully, by supporting the NOCC, we can help prevent this cancer from taking another strong woman out of the world. I could not be prouder to support both of these philanthropies and hopefully make a difference in young girls and women’s lives everywhere.