Individual Awards of Distinction

The Foundation for Fraternal Excellence Awards of Distinction provide the fraternal foundation community an annual opportunity to recognize organizations excelling and innovating in a particular area. Fraternal foundations are often known as the “heart” of our organizations and provide financial support to a variety of philanthropic causes as well as their collegiate and alumni members/local communities. It is an important responsibility of the FFE to recognize this critical role fraternal foundations play and the excellent work produced by our organizations. We also strive to recognize the accomplishments, contributions and influence of the individual men and women who have made a difference in interfraternal fundraising and without whom our industry would not be what it is today.

2021 Honorees

DONALD AND CHERI DE JONG

Outstanding Philanthropist Award

ALPHA GAMMA RHO and SIGMA KAPPA

The De Jong investment and the motivational encouragement that De Jong leads with has sparked early momentum in the quiet phase of the campaign which positively changes the trajectory of the campaign while ultimately enhancing the bright future of the Alpha Gamm Rho Fraternity.

ELMER SMITH

Outstanding Volunteer Award

TAU KAPPA EPSILON

Elmer is the embodiment of philanthropy, volunteerism and leadership in TKE Nation, and his generosity inspires our Board, TKE volunteers, staff and collegiate members to also give of their time, talent and treasure.

JENNIFER WEBB

William D. Jenkins Outstanding Foundation Professional Award

ALPHA DELTA PI

Jen always goes the extra mile and shows our staff that we truly are a team working towards the same goals. Jen is a creative leader, committed to providing our team the opportunity to have pride in our work and professional growth.

2020 Honorees

JERRY AND LINDA GREGG FIELDS

Outstanding Philanthropist Award

SIGMA NU and CHI OMEGA

Jerry and Linda’s philanthropy is measured by transformational change for thousands of young men and women and advancement of both fraternal organizations,” said Brad Beacham, Sigma Nu Educational Foundation President.

MARY JANE JACKSON CRIST

Outstanding Volunteer Award

KAPPA KAPPA GAMMA

Her impact is measurable in dollars, but … it’s hard to imagine a Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation even existing without Mary Jane’s extraordinary volunteerism and generosity,” said Maggie Sims Coons, Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation Executive Director.

FARON LEWITT

William D. Jenkins Outstanding Foundation Professional Award

ZETA BETA TAU

“He is encouraging and supportive of reaching beyond what has proven to work in the past to try a different approach that pushes boundaries. He is known for setting high standards and expectations for due diligence,” wrote Zeta Beta Tau Foundation staff.

2019 Honorees

ELISSE JONES FREEMAN

Outstanding Volunteer Award

ALPHA DELTA PI FOUNDATION

When I think about Elisse’s involvement with the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation, I can honestly say that she has been one of the most passionate ambassadors that our Foundation has ever had working on our behalf,” said Tracy L. Garner, President of the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation. “Elisse believes deeply in our mission.”

THE CLIFFORD FAMILY

Outstanding Philanthropist Award

PI BETA PHI FOUNDATION

As her children grew, Jan began to believe that they should be part of her philanthropic decisions. Now, with the input of Katie, Michael and Brian, they are letting their philanthropy be a heartfelt and personal mission,” said Vicki Laughlin McCluggage, President of the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation. “Her love for Pi Beta Phi is clearly one of her deepest loyalties.”

STEPHEN K. ROWLEY

Outstanding Volunteer Award

DELTA UPSILON EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION

Steve’s humility, his quiet confidence, strong character and level-headed manner, have had an incalculably positive effect on the way the Foundation functions. It’s no surprise that his tenure as Chairman spans two decades – a testament to his enduring popularity as a leader and a friend,” said Richard M. Holland, former Foundation Trustee and Delta Upsilon Headquarters staffer.

ROXANNE LAMUTH

William D. Jenkins Outstanding Foundation Professional Award

DELTA GAMMA FOUNDATION

She sets the gold standard for development and for management of a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization,” said Wilma Johnson Wilbanks, International President of Delta Gamma Fraternity.

2018 Honorees

PAT & ED EVANS

Outstanding Philanthropist Award

ALPHA DELTA PI FOUNDATION

Pat and Ed are living examples of what they were both taught through their membership in Alpha Delta Pi and Sigma Alpha Epsilon,” said Tracy Garner, Alpha Delta Pi Foundation President.

STEPHEN “TIO” & JANELL KLEBERG

Outstanding Philanthropist Award

PHI DELTA THETA FOUNDATION

Tio and Janell Kleberg support the Phi Delta Theta Foundation with their treasure and their time. Their transformational gift to the “Building on the Bond” campaign and participation in leadership events for students demonstrate their passion and commitment for the organization.

THOMAS D. CASSADY

Outstanding Foundation Volunteer

BETA THETA PI FOUNDATION

Tom Cassady has excelled in every volunteer and professional role he has chosen because he is motivated to serve others,” said Jonathan Brant, Beta Theta Pi Foundation Director. “His leadership, commitment and Beta Spirit are second to none in Beta Theta Pi.

JULIE WAITMAN

William D. Jenkins Outstanding Foundation Professional Award

ALPHA GAMMA DELTA FOUNDATION

As Executive Director of Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation, Julie’s colleagues say it has flourished under her leadership because of her drive to implement innovative fundraising techniques and new ways of reaching and supporting members.