Leading University Advancement: The View From A Phi

Brad-ShaferBy Brad Shafer, Nebraska-Lincoln, ’94 and Associate Dean – Advancement, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

University Advancement: A source of funding for Phi Delt and your university.

Why is the English Building named for that family?  What compels that alum to send you that $500 each year for rush?  Why does the university invest in Alumni Relations/Development (fundraising)?  While I can’t answer those exact questions specifically, having been in University Advancement since 1995, I hope I can provide a little insight that far too often, most undergraduates never gain.

In the majority of cases, most alumni who give to your university or your chapter do it neither for the recognition or the tax-deduction. Most donors are philanthropic because they had a positive experience, feel their association has improved them in some way and simply wish to keep it strong/make it better/provide the same opportunity for someone for one who may follow after.

University Advancement Offices, in most cases, are not only very efficient, but are serving an increasingly important role.  The national average for the cost of a dollar raised is about twelve cents.  Further, while university budgets are being cut, private gifts are becoming more and more important. In some cases, philanthropic dollars are now a significant portion of the budget, instead of fully creating a margin of excellence.

Thank a Brother.  He is helping pay part of your tuition.

All that is to say, while tuition continues to rise and going to college is certainly not inexpensive at most places, what you pay to attend, usually covers about 20% of the actual cost to attend.  Imagine your experience if someone removed 80% of the buildings, Rec Center, your chapter house, intramural fields, etc.  While it is difficult to grasp while you are there, between the taxpayers of your state and alumni, you are being provided an experience at an 80% discount!

Study after study has shown that Greek alumni are more philanthropic to their respective universities than non-Greeks.  So in the big picture of life, why does membership in a fraternity, for only four years, usually many years ago, compel Greek alumni to be so generous?  Nearly all of them cite the friendships they made there, the ideals they learned and the leadership opportunities provided that gave them a head-start for their careers.

The majority of donors to Phi Delt are also donors to their respective alma maters.

You are an alumnus in residence.

Right now, giving back to your school or to Phi Delta Theta may be the furthest thing from your mind and that is ok.  I challenge you to think of yourselves as “Alumni In Residence” and understand that many people before you have created the phenomenal experience you are living right now and that when that email, letter or phone call comes from Phi Delt in a few years, try to return the collective favor at any level you can.  After all, you are only an Active for four years, you will be an Alum for the rest of your life and we each have a responsibility to transmit it greater.

Yours In The Bond,

Brad Shafer, Nebraska-Lincoln ‘94

Brad Shafer, Nebraska Alpha (Nebraska-Lincoln) 1994 leads the Office of Advancement (alumni affairs, development, annual fund, corporate relations and stewardship) at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.  He also serves as the chief fundraiser responsible for securing gifts of $1 million or greater.

Live Like Lou


By Neil H. Alexander, Pennsylvania Iota (Pitt)

The kind of news we all dread.

On a sunny afternoon in the summer of 2011, I received the kind of news we all dread.  The progressive muscle-twitching I had experienced for the previous 18 months was diagnosed as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), the devastating and fatal condition known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Although I didn’t know much about ALS at the time, I would soon learn that the disease affects the motor neurons that transport impulses from your brain through your spinal cord to the muscles in your body.  With ALS patients, these motor neurons oxidize, or rust up, thereby impeding those signals.  As a result, the muscles in your body begin to twitch uncontrollably, which is a sign that they’re in distress, then they begin to atrophy and then they die.

As the disease progresses, ALS patients slowly lose the use of their hands and arms, the ability to walk, to speak and eventually the ability to eat, swallow and then to breathe.  All of this occurs with no impact on the person’s mind, meaning you remain fully aware of your situation and surroundings throughout the process, which is why ALS is often referred to as the “glass coffin”.  Not only is there no cure for the disease, there’s no effective treatment and most people die within 3 to 5 years.

What would Lou do? Turning a diagnosis into a rallying call.

During the days that followed my diagnosis, I focused on my wife Suzanne, daughter Abby (10) and son Patrick (8), and I realized how this disease had robbed us of so much.  But with time, our family decided to transform my diagnosis into a rallying call to have an impact on ALS – to leave ALS better than we found it.

Suzanne and I established a fund at The Pittsburgh Foundation, called LiveLikeLou.org.  We chose this name to honor baseball legend and Phi Delta Theta brother Lou Gehrig (New York Delta/Columbia University) and the example he set for all people living with ALS.  The goal of LiveLikeLou.org is to raise public awareness about ALS, to help finance critical medical research, and to provide urgently-needed support for patients and their families.

Earlier this year, Chris Brussalis and Steve Good from Phi Delta Theta reached out to me because of the work of LiveLikeLou.org.  At their invitation, I was initiated into Phi Delta Theta this past July during the Fraternity’s national convention in Washington, D.C. This was a true honor for me and my family.

Since becoming a member of Phi Delta Theta, I have not only become impressed with the quality and integrity of its members, I am deeply humbled that the organization has chosen to support the fight against ALS.

Since its discovery in the mid-1800’s, there has been little to no progress in treating ALS.  I believe we can change that through a concerted effort from people who feel a connection to the disease, either because they have been personally affected by ALS or because they have simply chosen to take on the fight.  Like Gehrig himself, Phi Delta Theta has the opportunity to play an influential role in solving one of the world’s biggest medical mysteries.

How you can help.

In the world of philanthropy, the phrase “time, talent, & treasure” describes how an individual can make a difference.  I believe that as a young person, you have the ability to offer your “time” and special “talents” to raise awareness of ALS and help provide care and comfort to ALS patients in your area.  As a student, sharing your “treasure” is a bit more challenging.  But don’t underestimate the Phi Delta Theta brotherhood’s ability to create “treasure” through chapter and province fund-raising activities.  And, as you progress in your careers be sure to share your future “treasure” with worthy causes that have the ability to impact the world…whether it’s fighting ALS or something just as important.

It’s important to realize that it wasn’t the World Series titles, the MVP trophies, or the batting crowns that made Brother Gehrig great.  Rather, it was how he lived his values even after he was diagnosed with ALS by telling a sold-out crowd at Yankee Stadium, “Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth…I might’ve been given a bad break, but I’ve got an awful lot to live for”.  This simple gesture not only became a shining light for the many ALS patients who would follow him, but it helped Brother Gehrig become the greatest version of himself at such a challenging time in his life.

Brother Gehrig’s example has had such a profound impact on my life that I have adopted the mantra “Live Like Lou”.  As a Brother In The Bond, I encourage you to follow his example by staying true to your values, by sharing your “time, talent, and treasure” with the world, and by becoming the greatest version of yourself.

Learn more about Neil Alexander, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and his family’s efforts to have an impact on the disease by visiting LiveLikeLou.org.    

Using Cell Phones To Transform Philanthropy: How The Mobile Giving Foundation (And A Phi) Was First To Bring Cell Phone Technology To Charitable Giving

Mark McDowellBy Mark McDowell, MIT ‘88

About 10 years ago, cell phones reached the mass market. And they weren’t just for making phone calls – cell phones became fashion accessories and people wanted to personalize them in every possible way, from colorful cases to celebrity wallpapers to blaring ringtones. The insatiable appetite for digital personalization – especially among young users – spawned an industry of mobile media companies who sold ringtones and wallpaper images for a couple bucks each to a newly connected generation. A tremendous amount of wealth was created for many companies and investors in only a few years.

The spark of an idea: ringtone technology could be applied to charitable giving.

One of the early entrepreneurs in the field – Jim Manis – saw something that everyone else had overlooked:  the same technology and billing systems that made it possible to sell cheap ringtones could be re-purposed to allow cell phone users to make charitable donations. The idea came to him in January 2005 when the Indonesian tsunami devastated southeast Asia.  Jim reached out to all of the wireless carriers in the U.S. and proposed a text messaging campaign to raise money for hurricane relief.  Users could send a “premium text message” that would result in a donation being made to a charity rather than a ringtone being sent to their phone. The concept worked.  It was reinforced later that year in August when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, but it was still a one-off experiment. Less than a year later, Jim’s company was sold, leaving him with the time and financial resources to turn “mobile giving” into a full-time job.

Mobile Giving Foundation established in 2007.

The Mobile Giving Foundation was founded by Jim Manis in 2007 and established as a 501c(3) non-profit.  Jim and his early team met tirelessly with the U.S. wireless carriers to ensure that network connectivity, billing and customer care were in place and operational for charitable giving.  From the beginning, the MGF and the wireless carriers were determined to pass through 100% of donations directly to their intended charities, with neither the MGF nor the wireless carriers keeping any portion of the proceeds for administrative purposes. The MGF also had to establish standards to ensure that participating charities were properly vetted to meet both industry and carrier quality standards. And of course, the MGF had to establish its own operations, billing, and auditing functions.

Mobile Giving Foundation, Canada: a Phi provides start-up funding to reach a socially conscious younger audience.

It was during the MGF’s first year of operations that I became involved. Together with my business partner in Montreal (not a Phi Delt, but he would have made a fine one!), I had been running an early stage venture capital fund called Acta Wireless that was focused on the wireless industry. We were seeking – and continue to seek – entrepreneurs who discover ways to use the magic of wireless to disrupt the status quo and change everyday life. When we learned about the MGF, we were immediately struck by its potential to transform philanthropic giving in three key ways: by reaching a younger and socially conscious audience; by reaching them on their cell phones, which are ubiquitous and personal; and by enabling smaller donations – $5 and $10 – with the push of only a few buttons.

All of the ingredients for transformation were in place. We proudly made the first corporate donation to the MGF in 2007 to found the Mobile Giving Foundation of Canada which then drew the full support of all the Canadian wireless carriers.

International giving and mobile apps are the next area of growth.

It’s been five years now since the MGF made its debut. The organization’s ability to transform philanthropic giving has been proven over and over again, perhaps most dramatically during the Haiti earthquake, when the MGF processed more than $40 million in individual $5 and $10 donations in less than 1 month. Today more than 800 charities are registered with the MGF and donations are growing exponentially across the U.S. and Canada.

The MGF continues to grow and extend its reach. In 2012, the MGF formed a joint venture with the Council of Better Business Bureaus and Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance in order to reach more charities and simultaneously ensure the quality and suitability of participating charities. The MGF is exploring opportunities to expand its international footprint and to enable giving through emerging channels such as mobile apps and social media.

How you can get involved.

The MGF depends on corporate sponsorships for funding, since it passes through 100% of all cell phone donations to charities. I would urge all Phis with appropriate corporate ties to consider supporting the MGF financially. I would also urge all Phis with ties to national and international scale non-profits to contact the MGF to explore the suitability of mobile giving. We live in a special time – the mobile and digital revolution – and should seek to put these technologies to work for the greatest good of all.

For more information, please visit: www.mobilegiving.org.

Mark McDowell, Mass Gamma (MIT) 1988. Mark is the co-founder of Acta Wireless, an early stage investment fund focused on the wireless industry.

Here are some tips from Mark on how to be an entrepreneur in the wireless industry.

Q:        How can a person prepare academically for a job in the wireless industry?

A:        The wireless industry at one time was the domain of electrical and radio frequency (RF) engineers. Those skills are still needed and rewarded in the industry, but wireless has expanded to include mobile media and advertising, retail and commerce, gaming and design. One area of growth during the next 5-10 years will undoubtedly be mobile health, or mHealth.

Any number of educational backgrounds can lead to success in mobile, including engineering and computer science, medicine, business, communications and media, and graphic arts.

Q:        What do you see as the Top 5 skills/qualities a person needs to be an entrepreneur?

A:        There are probably 1,000 or more books on this subject. Here are my top five, in reverse order:

5.         INDEPENDENCE. If there’s a common trait to all entrepreneurs, it would have to be a deep vein of independence. Entrepreneurs need to do things their own way – and they are easily frustrated when they encounter inefficiency or mediocrity in the status quo.

4.         SELF-CONFIDENCE. Entrepreneurs will face steep resistance as they try to make prospective customers understand, accept and buy something new. Entrepreneurs will be lonely and discouraged at many points along their journey, and deep internal commitment and passion are required to pull through the low spots.

3.         PRAGMATISM. The flip side of self-confidence … every entrepreneur must be grounded in reality. The strong self-confidence that marks many entrepreneurs can also lead them into wishful thinking and an inability to see facts. Young businesses often need to “pivot” and it’s a wise entrepreneur who recognizes that moment and acts on it.

2.         DECISIVENESS. Entrepreneurs make a hundred decisions before breakfast every day. They don’t torture themselves about whether they’re right or wrong … they make decisions, make them decisively, and move on. The best entrepreneurs make their decisions right, whether they originally were or not.

1.         ABILITY TO SELL. Entrepreneurs must constantly sell.  Of course, they sell their products or services, but they also sell themselves and their ideas … to investors and employees, and to skeptical spouses. The best entrepreneurs are obsessive about staying in close contact with their customers, despite how large their organizations may become.

The New Normal and Social Enterprises: How Philanthropy and For-Profit Business Has Merged to Improve Primary and Secondary Education

Jesse MoyerBy Jesse Moyer, South Dakota ’03, Province President, Zeta Province

If you’re up on current events, you’ve probably read about or heard the term, the new normal. Apparently, there’s a sitcom on NBC that goes by that name. Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education in the Obama Administration, also references the new normal in many of his speeches. While I am sure NBC’s show is pretty funny, it is Secretary Duncan’s definition of the new normal I would like to focus on. Basically, when Mr. Duncan mentions the new normal, he’s talking about doing more with less. More – and better – education using less money.

In the case of KnowledgeWorks, the foundation I work for, doing more with less means achieving the same (or better) educational results for more students and communities with fewer resources. I mention better results for students and communities because that’s what KnowledgeWorks is all about. We support the work of three education-focused organizations, New Tech Network, EDWorks and Strive. These organizations provide innovative tools, training and assistance to school leaders, teachers and community stakeholders with the goal of improving learning outcomes for all students.

Now, you might be thinking to yourself, “How are they supposed to execute more work with less money?”  Let me explain.

Private foundations achieve results through giving away money and are funded by their own money. Think Rockefeller, Gates, Buffett, etc.

When I tell people I work for a foundation, most people think of a private foundation, a nonprofit organization that has a principal/endowment fund managed by its own trustees. Typically, private foundations maintain or aid charitable, educational, or other activities that serve the public good through the making of grants to other nonprofit organizations. These organizations in turn deliver the programs or services. Some examples are Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross, and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Public charities achieve results through delivering programs and are funded by their own money AND grants from private foundations.

KnowledgeWorks is a public charity; we derive our funding from our principal/endowment fund and grants from other private foundations. This financial model works well when grant money is plentiful and the stock market is on the rise. Unfortunately, over the last several years the stock market has dipped and grant money has become scarce. As a result of this new normal, KnowledgeWorks has created two additional funding streams:

  • A fee-for-service model –  Our clients (schools and communities) pay us for our services.
  • Public/private partnerships – We work with our clients to find business partners or corporate foundations willing to fund our work on behalf of our clients.

The addition of these two funding streams has allowed KnowledgeWorks to also become a social enterprise.

KnowledgeWorks is also a social enterprise.  A social enterprise is created when a public charity establishes an income generating business and re-invests “profit” back into the business instead of paying shareholders, which is a for-profit business practice.  The work of the business must maximize improvements in human or environmental well-being and it must have a 501(c)(3) tax status.

By applying these commercial strategies to generating new income and investing that new income to expand/scale our work, as opposed to returning that profit to shareholders, we have transitioned from an operating foundation to a social enterprise, while still maintaining our 501(c)(3) tax status.  As I mentioned before, operating as a social enterprise allows us to reinvest the money we make back into our work instead of returning it to our stakeholders.

In addition, operating the way we do allows us to cultivate relationships with federal, state, and local leaders in order to further our work instead of being mandated to cumbersome procurement processes.  It also allows us to influence state and federal education policy as partners.  In short, KnowledgeWorks operates as a social enterprise by ‘doing charity by making money’, rather than ‘doing charity while making money’.

How applying for-profit business practices in a non-profit setting can provide a fulfilling life purpose and career.

My job entails three main responsibilities.  I work with our program teams and operating subsidiaries to systematize their cultivation, relationship management, and business processes in order to reduce risk in our organization, enable our operating subsidiaries to scale on the national level, and increase efficiency.  As part of this effort, I am charged with creating, administering, and maintaining our CRM platform, Salesforce.  The second part of my job involves operationalizing the cultivation and relationship management processes by building and maintaining relationships with federal and state education leaders, business and funding partners, and policymakers.  Finally, I manage all of our policy-related social media including the World of Learning blog and the @KWPolicy Twitter account.

For me, personally, this has been a great experience because I get the best of both the non-profit and for-profit worlds.  I get to work for a great non-profit organization that allows me to go to work every day knowing that I contribute to the greater good of society.  I’m also privileged to impact the social issue of education, which I care very deeply about.  Even though I work in the non-profit sector, through my role on the National Advocacy and Partnerships team at KnowledgeWorks I have been able to learn and apply business cultivation principles from the for-profit world as a way to expand the number of schools and communities in which we work.

My career in the non-profit sector began when I was working for the Fraternity as a Leadership Consultant and Director of Chapter Services.  This job allowed me to begin my career with an organization that contributes to something bigger than myself…to the greater good.  Once you have a job like that, it is difficult to imagine working for an organization whose purpose, even if it isn’t the core purpose, is to answer to, and make money for shareholders.  That’s why it was, and is, important to me to continue working with a non-profit.  Frankly, it’s easier to get out of the bed and go to work in the morning.

The Phi Delta Theta Foundation: For Every Phi — And Why That Matters

LogoLgcBy Joan Schiml, Director of Annual Giving

Established in 1958, the Phi Delta Theta Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Fraternity, meaning that its purpose is to engage alumni and friends of Phi Delta Theta in sharing their time, talent or treasure on behalf of current and future Phi Delts.

What does it mean to give a gift of time?

Although not tax deductible, giving time to the Fraternity is of great value.  Serving in a volunteer leadership capacity, organizing a chapter service event, or helping a Brother through a difficult day are all examples of sharing your resource of time.

What does it mean to give a gift of talent?

Giving a gift of talent means that a person shares a skill he has without receiving the revenue traditionally associated with his work.  This type of gift is often referred to as “pro bono” work and may be tax deductible under circumstances deemed appropriate by the IRS.

Examples of this type of giving are: using your engineering degree to design a water pump for a village without water in Africa, using your business degree to serve on the board of a local non-profit, or using your medical degree to provide medical care to an underserved population.

What does it mean to give a gift of treasure?

Fully tax deductible when given to a non-profit with a 501(c)(3) tax status, a gift of treasure is literally the giving of money, property, or other securities such as stock.  Gifts of treasure can also be made by leaving a portion of an estate in your will.

While the tax benefits associated with the giving of treasure are significant, sociological studies on why people give indicate that this is not a key motivator.  The top two motivators are belief in the mission of the organization and civic pride.

The work of the Phi Delta Theta Foundation benefits all chapters in North America and that makes the Fraternity as a whole stronger and more competitive.

While it is natural for undergraduates and alumni to feel fiercely connected to their alma mater chapters, the reality of the Greek market place is that to be successful, a Fraternity needs to show impact on a large, cohesive scale.  Being able to offer leadership development programs such as the Presidents Leadership Conference and Kleberg Emerging Leaders Institute to all Phis is integral to the success of the Fraternity as a whole.  Offering scholarships to students based on merit and need and not on chapter affiliation is also essential.  Having strong central programs which shape undergraduates into leaders also gives the Fraternity the leverage it needs to influence the direction of the future of all Greek organizations through advocacy on Capitol Hill and among peer professional groups as well.

Ways to give treasure to the Foundation:

Phi Delta Theta Annual Fund.

The Phi Delta Theta Annual Fund is the yearly campaign to raise dollars that will be used in the current year in support of activities and expenses incurred.  About $1 million is raised each year at an average gift size of $100.  That means impact is made through the efforts of many people giving at a level that is comfortable for them.

Knights of Pallas.

The Knights of Pallas is the undergraduate giving program in support of the Phi Delta Theta Annual Fund.  Each year, students make gifts of either $18.48 or $30.  The chapter that reaches 100% participation first wins a 3’ statue of a knight to display in their chapter house.  In 2012, $48,000 was raised making Phi Delt undergrads leaders among other Greek student giving programs.

Building on the Bond

This is the fundraising campaign to raise $20 million by December 2020.  All gifts will be directed to the Leadership Academy, student scholarships and the infrastructure necessary to sustain the robust growth of the Fraternity.  In short, the donors who give to Building on the Bond (usually in amounts of $50,000 or more) will set Phi Delta Theta squarely on the path to becoming the best version of itself.

Living Bond Society

The Living Bond Society is the giving club for those who name the Fraternity in their will or estate plan.  In 2012, over $400,000 has been given by members as they have entered Chapter Grand. The majority of these donors wish to set up scholarship funds with their gifts.

Phis are known for their loyalty and pride.  Sharing your resources of time, talent or treasure is one way to show your loyalty and pride.  It also exemplifies the Fraternity motto: “We enjoy life by the help and society of others.”

Ten Things You Can Do To Be Philanthropic Within Phi Delta Theta

  1. Make a gift to the Phi Delta Theta annual fund.
  2. Volunteer to visit Phi Delt donors in your area and thank them for their support.
  3. Become an Iron Phi by accomplishing an athletic goal and raising $1,000 in support of The ALS Association and the Phi Delta Theta Foundation in the process.
  4. Organize a day of service with undergraduate members and alumni in your area.
  5. Serve in a volunteer leadership capacity (General Council, Province President, CAB, etc.).
  6. Endow a Whole Man Scholarship.
  7. Join Knights of Pallas, the undergraduate giving program.
  8. Send a thank you note to the donor(s) who funded the scholarship you received.
  9. Write an article for The Scroll about how giving of time, talent or treasure is an expression of the cardinal principles.
  10. When you notice one of your Brothers in need, do not ignore him.  Ask yourself, “What can I do to help?”  Then do it.

Philanthropy In The Phi Delt World – What It Looks Like And What You Can Do To Be A Part Of It

joan_schimlBy Joan Schiml, Director of Annual Giving, Phi Delta Theta Foundation

In this blog series, we’ll look at the world of philanthropy (aka — giving away your time, talent and treasure). Both the United States and Canada have strong histories of generosity toward others. In 2010, $211.8 billion was given away by Americans and Canadians gave away $10.6 billion (individuals only).  Key words: given away. Over $222 BILLION dollars that people could have spent on personal items or saved in a bank or invested in the stock market were given away to a person or organization in need.

In the Greek community, this trend toward generosity is also strong. Last year, overall giving in the U.S. grew by just 4% and has not yet returned to pre-recession levels. Within the Greek community, giving grew by 11%, with the average Phi Delt supporting six organizations or causes.

But, why? At a time when resources are tight, why is giving on the rise?

If we look at the top ten reasons people give, it may surprise you that it is not at all about receiving something tangible or a tax benefit. It is about strengthening an organization that means a lot to them. In short, giving stems from the heart, not the mind.

The top ten reasons people give are:

  1. Belief in the mission of the organization.
  2. Civic pride.
  3. Organization is fiscally sound and manages its money well.
  4. High regard for volunteer leadership.
  5. High regard for the professional staff.
  6. High regard for the organization’s leadership.
  7. Access to special events.
  8. Receive a tax benefit.
  9. Slick brochures.
  10. Guilt or obligation.

In the articles that follow, you will read about how Phi Delta Theta is active through its Foundation and hear from some alumni who have chosen to make careers out of the business of philanthropy.  The topics covered are:

  • An overview of the Phi Delta Theta Foundation — why it exists and how it helps
  • Top 10 things you can do to be philanthropic within Phi Delt
  • Alumni Career Profiles:  What does a career path in philanthropy look like?  Three Phis share their experiences in and motivation for working in the field of giving
  • Live like Lou.  How one Phi Delt turned a diagnosis of ALS into a life’s mission

Your Chance To Be On The Field For This Summer’s Lou Gehrig Memorial Award Presentation


Phi Delta Theta’s General Convention in Washington, DC is quickly approaching, and we greatly look forward to hosting one of our newest traditions – The Iron Phi 5K run/walk.  The event is open to all Convention attendees, and we have one awesome reward for the top fundraiser for the event.

As many of you know, Phi Delta Theta’s Iron Phi program has seen great growth over the past two years.  The program is mobilizing Phis worldwide to achieve personal athletic goals and we’ve raised more than $320,000 for The ALS Association and the Phi Delta Theta Foundation.  As momentum gains for the program, there is no better way for us to celebrate than to come together for a morning run/walk filled with brotherhood at Convention.

The 5K will take place on Friday morning, July 6th. We’ll be congregating in the lobby of the Convention hotel at 6:30am (yes, we know that’s early but we promise you that you’ll feel great about starting off your day with a great workout!).  From the hotel, we will take you to the start of the route.

ryan_zimmerman_gehrig_awardAs always, we’ll have apparel prizes for our top finishers.  The participant who raises the most money from May 1 up until the day of the event will be rewarded with a spot on the Washington Nationals field as we present the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award to Ryan Zimmerman that evening!  How about that for one awesome prize!!  While you do not have to raise funds to participate, we would love to see individuals become Iron Phis at the event. To begin your Iron Phi journey, you can register and begin fundraising at the Iron Phi website.

There is no need to register for the event; simply show up at 6:30am on Friday, July 6 to participate. We hope to see you there!