Building Our Legacy:
The Campaign for Delta Kappa Epsilon

As the chapter continues with its recolonization efforts, the Delta Chi Association Inc. board has begun to prepare the Lodge to resume housing the new brothers next fall. The board has highlighted a number of renovations that it wishes to undertake before the undergraduate members move in. This—in addition to the Delta Chi Association’s commitment to financially support a portion of the recolonization—represents a significant trial on the association. In order to ensure a future legacy that befits our chapter, a capital campaign is necessary to address these current and future challenges. To that end, the Delta Chi Association Inc. has contracted with Elevate, a professional fundraising consulting firm, to coordinate a feasibility study to determine alumni interest in a campaign. The results of the study were extremely positive and demonstrated that our alumni are willing and able to support such a campaign.

The Delta Chi Association is excited to announce Building Our Legacy: The Campaign for Delta Kappa Epsilon. The purpose of this campaign is assist financially in the recolonization process as well as renovate the house to support this effort. The campaign plans to raise at least $1.3 million in order to accomplish our goals. We humbly ask that every brother of the Delta Chi Chapter consider a five-year pledge to the campaign. Please review the following pages for more details regarding the campaign. Your commitment will make a difference. Now is the time.

For more information on the campaign, read the FAQs below and view our full campaign packet.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why are we conducting a capital campaign?

Cornell has approved the recolonization of the chapter, starting August 2017, with undergraduates set to move back into the Lodge for the fall 2018 semester. The Delta Chi Association will be undertaking major renovations to the Lodge starting next summer in addition to fiscally supporting a portion of the recolonization efforts.

What is the status of Greek Life at Cornell?

There have been many questions recently concerning the future of fraternities at Cornell. The university has begun taking a more active role in ensuring that organizations like ours live up to their values and follow the rules of the Cornell community. Please see the letter of endorsement from the Associate Dean of Students in the Office of Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living, Kara Miller, in our campaign packet.

What are the costs associated with the project?

The total cost for the proposed plan is $1.3 million. Based on promising results from the feasibility study, we have set a fundraising goal of $1.3 million to cover some of these costs.

How long are pledges to the campaign payable?

Pledges to the campaign can be paid over a five-year period. Pledges of shorter durations are welcome, because this might reduce our reliance on interim bank loans and associated financing costs both prior to and during construction. That said, we need each brother to make the very best-stretch pledge possible over the five-year period.

Will my donation be tax deductible?

As an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization, your contributions to the Delta Chi Association Inc. are tax deductible and might qualify for employer-matching gift programs.

How can I make a gift?

Gifts may be made using credit card via our online pledge agreement or by check or credit card using our printable pledge agreement.

My company has a matching gift program; can I apply it to my pledge?

If your company has a matching gift program, you will receive donor credit for both your pledge amount and the amount of your company’s matching gift. Please contact our account manager, Dorothy Wysocki, at dwysocki@elevateims.com or by phone at 607-533-9200 for assistance with this process.

Can I make a stock gift?

You may utilize appreciated stock to fulfill your campaign pledge commitment. If you wish to make this type of gift, please contact our account manager, Dorothy Wysocki, at dwysocki@elevateims.com or by phone at 607-533-9200 for stock transfer instructions.

Can I give an in-kind gift to the house?

In-kind gifts will be reviewed and evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the campaign committee.


 

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