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.
DIANE HAWKINS EGGERTOutstanding Volunteer Award
Under Diane’s leadership, she has helped us become a stronger, more agile organization and her personal generosity sets an example for every Phi Mu woman to strive toward.
GINGER HICKS SMITHOutstanding Volunteer Award
Embracing Tri Delta’s founding tenet of being “kind alike to all,” Ginger Hicks Smith inspires all who know her through her dedicated service, thoughtful leadership and purposeful philanthropy.
JULIE WHITNEY DAWSONOutstanding Philanthropist Award
She truly gives her ALL in creating a better world, and Julie’s ALL is making a transformative difference in innumerable lives. The term “philanthropist” is personified by this singular sister.
MAURIE J. PHELANWilliam D. Jenkins Outstanding Foundation Professional Award
DELTA TAU DELTA
Maurie is genuine, honest and driven by relationship building, fundraising and stewardship. She carries out her various responsibilities with patience, grace and a willingness to ensure that donors and those who benefit from DTD grants are put first.
BEN W. SATCHER JR.William D. Jenkins Outstanding Foundation Professional Award
KAPPA ALPHA ORDER
Ben has been instrumental in developing and implementing fundraising plans that have led to increased philanthropic impact and donor engagement. He is not afraid to take risks and is always willing to try new approaches to achieve the KAOEF’s goals.
TRACY GARNEROutstanding Volunteer Award
ALPHA DELTA PI
With a big heart and a passion for helping others, Tracy L. Garner motivates and leads teams in her volunteering efforts, raises money for the causes that she believes in and donates her time, talents and skills to organizations and causes wholeheartedly.
MARY BETH TULLYOutstanding Volunteer Award
With a passion for instilling a sense of philanthropy in everyone she meets and mentoring young collegians as they develop into strong capable graduates, Mary Beth Cooleen Tully is a leader of distinction. She has a proven track record of leading with foresight, determination, courage and a calm demeanor to support the causes near and dear to her heart.
BETH BURKESWilliam D. Jenkins Outstanding Foundation Professional Award
Beth Burkes epitomizes the drive and passion for the fraternal experience through her fundraising efforts, impacting the lives of generations of sorority women. She is paving the way for future generations to follow in her footsteps and practice donor-centered, ethical fundraising.
DONALD AND CHERI DE JONGOutstanding 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 SMITHOutstanding 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 WEBBWilliam 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.
JERRY AND LINDA GREGG FIELDSOutstanding 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 CRISTOutstanding 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 LEWITTWilliam 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.