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Why We Believe in You

A Q&A with AFA Foundation Board Chairman Tom Jelke

Donna M. Bourassa Level Management Institute. Finally, we fund research in higher education that benefits the fraternity and sorority advising profession. AFAF grants helped start Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity Advisors, and assisted Dr. Gregory Parks, Ph.D. write a book about African American fraternities and sororities.

Tom Jelke, AFA Foundation Chairman, has served on the AFA Foundation Board since 2002 including the last two years as Chairman. He is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, a graduate of Florida International University, Bowling Green State University, Indiana University, and President of t.jelke solutions.

Q. Many AFA members ask what exactly is the Association of Fraternity Advisors Foundation. A. The AFA Foundation (AFAF) is a non-profit, 501(C)(3) educational foundation established to support the educational and professional development services provided by the Association of Fraternity Advisors. We do that by raising, investing, and distributing funds to help the fraternity and sorority advising profession. Q. What does the Foundation do to support the Association of Fraternity Advisors and its members? A. We focus on education and professional development, scholarships, and research. For example, we provide programming grants to AFA to support the Annual Meeting, most notably the Opening Session and the Graduate Training Track. Many grants are made possible through gifts from organizations like Rho Lambda and Beta Theta Pi. We fund programs outside of AFA such as the National Hazing Symposium as well as offer conference scholarships for the AFA Annual Meeting, the Interfraternity Institute, and the ACPA

Q. What are the Foundation’s long-range plans? A. We have several long-term plans for the Foundation. First, we will continue to provide financial support for AFA and the fraternity/sorority advising profession. A specific goal here is to provide an Annual Meeting scholarship for every graduate student who applies. Second, we want to endow a staff position within AFA that will focus solely on program development for the profession. Finally, we want to expand our funding of research on the fraternity and sorority experience. Q. Tell me something new and exciting going on in the Foundation?

our leadership team. They include Lisa Swiontek from the Indiana University Foundation, Jen Pendleton from the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation, Matt Frazier from the Pursuant Group, and two AFA Past Presidents, Amy Vojta and Dan Bureau. Q. Many members ask why they should support the Foundation, particularly if their ability to give is limited. What would you say to those members? A. I believe in this cause and that is why I give to the AFA Foundation. I owe a great deal of my personal and professional development to my fraternity experience. That experience was greatly enhanced by campus professionals, as well as fraternity and sorority staff members. There are many ways to give to the AFA Foundation. You can donate at the Annual Meeting, give a set amount via credit card or checking debit, or purchase an item(s) at the Silent Auction. Every dollar we raise is used to support the Association of Fraternity Advisors and its members. We appreciate every gift that is given, whether it is $10 or $10,000. It sounds cliché, but every dollar counts.

A. This is an exciting time for the Foundation. We have secured our first five endowed scholarships and are working to add more this year. We also have 17 members of the Amicus Sequentes Circle, which is our planned giving society. These individuals have named the AFA Foundation as a beneficiary in their wills or estate plans. Finally, I think some of the new directors of the Foundation Board bring tremendous talent and experience to

The Foundation’s Mission To secure, invest, and distribute the necessary resources to support the educational objectives of the Association of Fraternity Advisors. As a registered 501(c)(3) organization, the Foundation raises money through individual, organizational and corporate donations to provide the highest quality professional development opportunities for AFA members. Gifts are taxdeductible to the extent the law permits.

How Can I Help? There are several ways you can make a gift to the AFA Foundation: 1. Annual cash gift (check or credit card). To make an annual gift online, please visit: 2. Set-up automatic monthly or quarterly credit card installments. 3. List the AFA Foundation as a beneficiary in your will, individual retirement plan, or life insurance policy. 4. Endow a gift to the AFA Foundation. For recurring credit card charges or information on estate or life insurance gifts, please call the AFA Foundation at 678-654-6207. Please consider making a gift of $25, $50, $100, or more and mail to: AFA Foundation, 9640 Augusta Drive, Suite 433, Carmel, IN 46032

Tom Jelke, AFA Foundation Chairman, presents Elizabeth Bell Searcy of Delta Gamma with a John Mohr Society recognition brick for their support of the AFA Foundation.

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