Sororities are rooted in philanthropy so they often have long-standing partnerships with domestic charities and non-profit organizations, which can make it tough for new causes to be considered. But often, the passion of the Circle of Sisterhood Founder, Ginny Carroll, and the team at Circle of Sisterhood shines through when sorority women on campuses are considering their philanthropic focus. The women at the University of South Dakota were so inspired three years ago by the impact of CofS and the novel that sparked the mission, Half the Sky, that they partnered with CofS a few months later.
When South Dakota student, Madison Stevens, came on board as the Philanthropy Chair of the Panhellenic Council at USD, she researched the foundation’s work where she saw the outreach programs that educate and empower girls and women through the foundation’s grants, as well as read the book, Half the Sky. She was drawn to CofS because of the collective effort of the entire sorority community to remove barriers so girls and women can attend school. She was also drawn to the global humanitarian impact the organization was having. She has been dedicated to increasing awareness about CofS on campus.
Since taking over as the Philanthropy Chair, Madison has increased the number of members of her committee from 15 to 40 and has hosted several events promoting philanthropy and women’s education on campus. She is proud of the women who have supported the CofS mission, as well as supported each other through the years.
“I am looking forward to women celebrating where the Circle of Sisterhood has gone in 10 years, as well as where the foundation is heading,” Madison said.
Unfortunately, the CofS spring event was postponed on the South Dakota campus because of COVID-19, but Madison is spreading the word about the virtual Day of Giving. You can join Madison, the board of trustees, staff, volunteers, and donors in donating on CofS’ Day of Giving September 30th. You can donate here. We also invite our entire Circle to be part of the 10th Anniversary virtual celebration featuring best-selling author Sheryl WuDunn, by clicking here to receive the official invite to this Zoom event on September 30th at 7pm ET.
As CofS shares more stories like Madison’s leading up to its Day of Giving, be sure to join the conversation by telling us what part of Half the Sky resonated the most with you. Be sure to tag CofS on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter, as well as use #BeHerHero to come together as we work to open doors to opportunity through education.