At Delta Upsilon, we consider philanthropy and service necessary to uphold our founding principles and improve our attitude about the world around us. We believe that giving back not only improves our city, but also improves our brotherhood. While philanthropy is unfortunately something that is sometimes neglected by the Greek system as a whole, we will tell you that this is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences of fraternity life. Between participating in campus events and taking or own initiatives, we make a great effort to give back to a community that gives so much to us.
Our biggest fundraising event of the year takes place in the Spring, when the brotherhood teams up to support childhood cancer research through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Several brothers shave their heads to stand in solidarity with kids being treated for cancer and to raise money for research, even appearing on 11Alive, Atlanta’s NBC channel. In the last two years, we have raised over $50,000 for this excellent cause.
Delete Blood Cancer
We also host an annual donor drive for DKMS, also known as Delete Blood Cancer, each year in hopes of providing eligible donors for the thousands of people afflicted by Leukemia and similar diseases. Since 2013, we have added hundreds of potential donors in the Georgia Tech community to the DKMS’s donor registry and multiple brothers have even had the opportunity to make lifesaving bone marrow donations.
At Delta Upsilon, we participate in a variety of local service events, both on campus and in the Atlanta community. One example is TEAM Buzz, during which brothers lead teams of students to different work sites around the city and serve where help is needed, from youth centers to urban forests. Along with these, our brothers are encouraged to pursue service organizations that fit with their own personal goals. Brothers are expected to meet a minimum number of philanthropic hours each semester.