Altruism

At the International level, Alpha Delta Kappa reaches out to others in two very significant ways. First, through its International altruistic projects, it has contributed more than one million dollars to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee and 2013 International Convention delegates chose the Alzheimer's Association in Chicago, Illinois as its second International altruistic project.  Secondly, Alpha Delta Kappa biennially awards over a quarter of a million dollars through its 11 scholarship programs. The many lives these scholarships have enriched are testimony to the collective efforts of Alpha Delta Kappa.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital -- Since June 1986, when members, chapters, and states/provinces/nations started sending their contributions for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to International Headquarters to be recorded and forwarded, the membership has contributed $228,511.41.

Improved therapy has dramatically increased survival rates for children with cancer over the past three decades, but worldwide, fewer than 30% of children with cancer have access to modern treatment. The mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's International Outreach Program is to improve the survival rates of children with catastrophic illnesses worldwide, through the transfer of knowledge, technology, and organizational skills.

International Outreach transfers the progress achieved in the treatment of childhood cancer in developed countries to those with limited resources. To date, St. Jude has treated more than 20,000 children from across the United States and 60 foreign countries.

Recognizing the positive impact of International Outreach on the survival rates of children with cancer in countries with limited resources, the St. Jude Board of Governors approved two ambitious programs in 1999. With an emphasis on using advanced telecommunication technologies for increased education and training and the knowledge that nurse training is the basis for improved patient care, the two programs that are now implemented are:

* Cure4Kids - An Internet-based distance learning initiative at www.cure4kids.org International Training Center for Hematology-Oncology Nurses in Central America - a collaboration with the professional nursing society in El Salvador, Sociedad de Profesionales de Enfermeria Sodeproe S.A. de C.V., to train Latin American nurses in the pediatric subspecialty of Hematology/Oncology.

At the local level, International Outreach develops partnerships with medical institutions and fund-raising organizations and facilitates the involvement of other agencies and organizations to support key programs and the education of local personnel; at the regional level, International Outreach develops programs through the use of technology. The primary goal is to promote local and regional self-sufficiency. This model results in significant overall improvement in health care facilities, the level of practice, the self-confidence of health care providers and local community involvement.

The Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation started a five-year St. Jude Altruistic Project during the 1981-1982 fiscal year to send at least a $60,000.00 annual contribution to St. Jude. This program and an additional $61,000.00 in recognition of our Founder, Agnes Shipman Robertson, was completed in the 1985-1986 fiscal year. Since that time, an annual contribution has been made from the Foundation funds to St. Jude for a total of $1,133,600.00. Adding the membership’s contribution of $228,511.41, Alpha Delta Kappa has contributed a grand total of $1,362,111.41 to help children plagued with dread disease through research and treatment. Adding donations made directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital from chapters on the local level, proceeds from Math-a-thon events, letter-writing campaigns and other efforts, cumulative Alpha Delta Kappa contributions have reached nearly $2.7 million (information received from St. Jude on March 16, 2017).

Eighty-five cents of every dollar received supports the research and treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

 
 

The Alzheimer’s Association, Chicago, Illinois — At the 2013 International Convention, delegates voted to support the Alzheimer’s Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation based in Chicago, Illinois. The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading global, voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care and support, and the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Formed in 1979, the organization has more than 75 local chapters throughout the United States and operates a 24/7, professionally staffed hotline for Alzheimer’s support.

As the largest, private nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research, the Alzheimer’s Association is committed to accelerating progress of new treatments, preventions and ultimately, a cure. Through partnerships and funded projects, it has been part of every major research advancement over the past 30 years. The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voice for Alzheimer’s disease advocacy, fighting for critical Alzheimer’s research, prevention and care initiatives at the state and federal level.

Since the 2013 Convention, a contribution has been made from the Foundation funds to the Alzheimer’s Association of $125,000.00 Adding the membership’s contributions (including participation in The Longest Day 2016) of $139,011.54, Alpha Delta Kappa has contributed a grand total of $264,011.54 (information received from the Alzheimer’s Association on March 9, 2015).

For every dollar donated to the Alzheimer’s Association: 27 cents is used for general management, administration and fundraising; 73 cents is used for Alzheimer’s care, support, research, awareness and advocacy.