Share a finding from the Gallup 2021 project that you find impactful.
The Gallup research project’s unequivocal connection of affiliation to two positive things stood out to me. First is that affiliation connects directly to engaging positively with one’s college during both the student and the post-student years. Decision-makers at the colleges and universities where our groups have established chapters need to know this and to be reminded of it frequently. The second is that affiliation connects directly to thriving in every area of our wellbeing. Those are things I have long believed to be true, and I have seen anecdotal evidence of them, but having clear data collected and examined by an entity like Gallup gives these results great credibility in important ways.
Why are the results of the Gallup 2021 project significant to you/your foundation?
The credibility that Gallup brings to this work gives it a weight that our own stories don’t have. Instead, we can use our own stories to illustrate and personalize the facts and findings from Gallup. The Gallup study results provide another way to confirm the value of lifetime membership in Tri Delta and the importance of ongoing giving to its Foundation which supports our members, our chapters and the Fraternity as a whole.
How has your board/might your board use the results of the Gallup 2021 project in your work? Share a story of how you’ve used this data with your board or a donor in a meeting, conversation, etc.
Recently, the Tri Deltas who serve on the FSPAC Board convened Tri Delta FSPAC donors on a Zoom call for an update and discussion. Some on the call were not yet familiar with the Gallup study; it was a good chance for us to think about how new information is shared among Tri Delta leaders and about how those sharing patterns need to be constantly checked and updated. It was a good reminder that there are internal audiences who need such information and can make good use of them in their areas of responsibility. Sometimes, those audiences might be unexpected ones. To identify those internal audiences, we need to think beyond “the usual suspects” to those who can advance and expand our opportunity to tell a compelling, coherent, consistent story within and beyond our membership.