Chi Omega Foundation

9. April 6 - FinalThis Founders’ Day, we celebrated Chi Omega’s 122nd birthday with a Giving Challenge to support the Chi Omega Foundation’s work to provide scholarships, leadership training, alcohol education, and so much more to put our Sisterhood in a place of financial strength for years to come.

Between April 1 and April 5, we not only met our goal of 500 donors — 1,504 donors gave 1,537 gifts for a total of $86,139 toward the Chi Omega Foundation! 

THANK YOU to each Sister and friend of Chi Omega who gave in support of our Sisterhood. We are so grateful for each gift received and the impact your dollars make in the lives of Chi Omegas everywhere!


Meet our Founders’ Day Challenge Donor

Susan Ruhne - TreasurerSan Francisco alumna Susan Ruhne (Iota Delta/San Jose State University) has served Chi Omega in many capacities. From Chapter Advisor at Mu/Cal Berkeley to President of the San Francisco Alumnae Chapter and a National Volunteer, Susan is truly a Sister on Purpose.

“Chi Omega has been a part of my life since I joined in 1985 at San Jose State University,” Susan says. “For me, many times in my varied career I’ve had bosses look at me and ask, ‘How do you know how to do that?’ and my answer is always ‘Chi Omega!’ I still have close friends from college, but also have made amazing friendships with women I’ve met through alumnae groups and national participation. These Sisters and friends are there no matter what life throws at me.”

As an employee of Salesforce in San Francisco, Susan was one of just 100 top employees who fulfilled a rigorous volunteer schedule to be awarded a $10,000 grant from Salesforce to share with the non-profit of her choice – we are so grateful that Susan chose the Chi Omega Foundation for this honor. When asked why she chooses to give back to Chi Omega, Susan has a simple response – “because Chi Omega keeps giving back to me.”

Because of her generous donation, for each person who gives $10 or more to the Chi Omega Foundation between April 1st and midnight this Founders’ Day, April 5th, Susan’s challenge matched the first 500 gifts of $10 or more with $20 – up to $10,000.


The Chi Omega Foundation provides philanthropic support for Chi Omega Fraternity, strategically ensuring that the needs of our collegians and alumnae are met. Your gift ensures that Chi Omega can support each of our members with programs like these:

  • The Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute of Chi Omega: Chi Omega’s premier leadership training program. Topics such as values and ethics help develop our members into leaders in their communities, careers and campuses.
  • Scholarships and Grants: Academic achievement is a top priority for Chi Omega. Learn more about our scholarship program for collegians and alumnae.
  • Risk Management Education: Chi Omega’s nationally recognized leadership in confronting alcohol abuse on campus has reached thousands in combating this significant threat to Greek Life. Foundation donors make this possible.
  • Helping Hands Fund: Through this program, we are able to come to the aid of alumnae at times of crisis.
  • Helping Hands Fund for Disaster Relief: Allows Sisters to help other Sisters, both alumnae and collegians, who have found themselves suddenly and unexpectedly in need due to Presidentially-declared disasters.
  • Communication and Technology Infrastructure: We provide a technological infrastructure that is the daily lifeline of Chi Omega’s numerous member services and programs. Alumnae and collegians can use their password to access the Training and Resource Center for helpful tools.
  • Chi Omega Executive Headquarters:This extraordinary facility in Memphis is owned and maintained by the Chi Omega Foundation.

The Chi Omega Foundation is proud to honor our donors through The Column, our annual donor recognition publication. Chi Omegas, visit Chi Omega Everyday to see our 2015 edition!