Alpha Delta Kappa Builds Educational Excellence, Altruism
and World Understanding Through Fellowship

Why Become a Member? Membership Benefits

  • Friendship, support and association with professional peers
  • Honor and recognition of professional achievement
  • Professional and personal growth and development opportunities
  • Informative publications and peer-reviewed publication opportunities
  • Leadership development opportunities and training
  • Extensive members-only website
  • Scholarship and travel opportunities
  • Group insurance programs

Membership, which is honorary and based on peer recognition, provides a wealth of opportunities for leadership development and networking through workshops, training sessions, conferences and conventions. But, perhaps the greatest opportunity Alpha Delta Kappa provides is the opportunity to make a difference. Around the world, Alpha Delta Kappa members combine their energies and talents to enrich their lives and the lives of others through thousands of heartwarming, community-based altruistic projects.

In the past two years alone, Alpha Delta Kappa members have given nearly 12 million dollars in monetary and other gifts, nearly 2 million dollars in scholarships and have provided more than 2 million hours of volunteer service to their communities.  Opportunities for professional and personal networking abound in Alpha Delta Kappa.  From state/provincial/national conventions and regional conferences every even-numbered year to International conventions every odd-numbered year, talented women educators gather to share ideas, fellowship, recognition and support.  Alpha Delta Kappa conferences and conventions feature informative and inspirational seminars by some of the most effective and renowned speakers today.

More than 29,000 women educators around the world have discovered the many opportunities provided by membership in Alpha Delta Kappa — opportunities for recognition of their commitment to educational excellence, for personal and professional growth and for collectively channeling their energies toward the good of their schools, communities, the teaching profession and the world.

Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, Alpha Delta Kappa has more than 1,200 chapters located in towns and cities in every state in the U.S., and around the world in Australia, Canada, Jamaica, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

 

 

 

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AΔK Announcements

Exciting Endeavor for Alpha Delta Kappa

Posted On Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Exciting Endeavor for Alpha Delta Kappa

501(c)(3) Application Moving Forward! When Alpha Delta Kappa received its tax-exempt status in 1967, the IRS determined a designation of 501(c)(7), for Social Clubs. A 501(c)(7) designation means that we are generally exempt from income tax, but not from sales or property taxes, and donations to states and chapters are not tax-deductible to the donor. However, we are so much more than a social club! Just think of all the good works we do on every level. This biennium, the International Executive Board decided to pursue an overall 501(c)(3) designation for Alpha Delta Kappa, and the process is moving forward! The new designation will cover all participating U.S. states and chapters. We will be supplying instructions in the coming weeks as to what actions your state and chapter needs to take in order to participate. The Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation, created in 1981, has always had a 501(c)(3) designation, and its designation will not be affected by this process.  
 
Once the re-designation process is complete, Alpha Delta Kappa and all participating chapters and states will become immediately eligible to receive tax-deductible donations! This should greatly improve our ability to raise funds, as many individuals and businesses are reluctant to donate to organizations without a 501(c)(3) designation and many foundation and government grants require the recipient to hold a 501(c)(3) designation. Think of all of the fundraising you could do! Participating states and chapters may also be eligible for sales and property tax exemptions, depending on the laws of their particular state.
 
In order to move forward with the application process, the International Executive Board, at the advice of our tax attorney, made some slight modifications to the Articles of Incorporation, Constitution and International Bylaws. You will see these when the proposed Bylaws Amendments are distributed in next week's eblast and on the website. If anyone in your chapter does not have e-mail, please print and bring the proposals to your next chapter meeting. When the 501(c)(3) designation is granted, we will be publicizing it with every method available! Alpha Delta Kappa is definitely moving forward!

501(c)(3) Application Moving Forward!

In order to be included in the 501(c)(3) application process, each state president (U.S. and Puerto Rico) and chapter president must complete and sign this letter.

Please return it by May 31
to: Laura C. Bourgeois, Executive Director

Mail: Alpha Delta Kappa
1615 W. 92nd St
Kansas City, MO 64114

Email: lbourgeois@alphadeltakappa.org

Fax: (816) 363-4010

Thank you so very much!
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Volunteer Application Form

Posted On Thursday, May 2, 2019

International Committees and Boards Volunteer Application Form

"Hone your leadership skills by volunteering to serve on an International Board or Committee!" Applications are still being accepted. Even though the deadline has passed, an offer of service to Alpha Delta Kappa is always appreciated.  Additional volunteer forms submitted will be considered for any vacant positions.

Some areas of interest in serving as an International  Committee/Board member or Convention Committee/Officer include Membership, Candidate Qualifications, multiple individual Scholarships and Grants, International Teacher Education (ITE), Balloting, Credentials, Educational Symposium, Altruism and more. If you have already submitted a form it is only necessary to include your name and complete Section IV but, if you have more to add, you may do so.

Volunteer Application Form


 

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World Understanding Pins: a TEACH TOO Fundraiser

Posted On Wednesday, March 20, 2019

World Understanding Pins for Purchase: a TEACH TOO Fundraiser

Please help us reach our goal for TEACH TOO! You may now purchase the same "Thank You" gift for donations received as the ones given at International Conventions by the World Understanding Committee.  For each donation of $5.00 or more that you collect for TEACH TOO, you would give the donor a World Understanding Pin. 
 
If you have pins left after the TEACH TOO goal has been met, you could continue the process for the next World Understanding Project.  You may purchase these pins in quantities of 25: 25 pins for $25.00.
 
Give a gift of a World Understanding pin while supplies last from supplies@alphadeltakappa.org or by calling (800) 247-2311. Checks received for donations should be made out to Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation with "TEACH TOO" in the memo line. Please send all proceeds to Alpha Delta Foundation Lockbox: Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation ~ PO BOX 870567 ~ Kansas City MO 64187-0567.


TEACH TOO requests grant funds to construct transitional housing for 48 older teens to enable them to finish their education and learn an occupation. The target amount for the project is $50,000. Read more...



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Kids Against Hunger

Posted On Friday, March 1, 2019

Kids Against Hunger

Introducing the 2019 International Convention Altruistic project - Kids Against Hunger is a non-profit humanitarian organization with a mission to provide fully nutritious food to impoverished children and families around the world...and around the corner. The goal of the organization is for the meals to provide a stable nutritional base from which recipient families can move their families from starvation or food insecurity to self-sufficiency.  


 
Fulfilling Kids Against Hunger's mission requires a vast food packaging capacity to meet an endless demand for food. Kids Against Hunger believes that the best way to engage the largest number of people is through a decentralized, locally-based network of food packaging satellites that are active in their community. This model engages and empowers people to realize they can make a difference in solving the worldwide problem of starvation and establishes relationships with organizations such as Kiwanis and Rotary. This growth strategy also allows the organization to continuously expand its food packaging capacity and volunteer involvement. 
 
Since its launch, Kids Against Hunger has provided over 2 billion meals for children and their families in 70 countries through the efforts of hundreds of thousands of volunteers.


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2018-19 World Understanding Project: TEACH TOO

Posted On Friday, March 1, 2019

2018-19 World Understanding Project: TEACH TOO

TEACH TOO requests grant funds to construct transitional housing for 48 older teens to enable them to finish their education and learn an occupation. The target amount for the project is $50,000. Read more...



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Beware! Banking Fraud is on the Rise!

Posted On Friday, March 1, 2019

It has come to our attention that two of our regions and one of our S/P/Ns have recently been victims of fraud attempts.  There are myriad ways fraudsters can get information online.  (Per federal regulations, nonprofit information filed with the Internal Revenue Service is a matter of public record.)  How can you protect yourself and Alpha Delta Kappa?   



Alpha Delta Kappa International and the Foundation have trusted and used United Missouri Bank (UMB) for decades.  We asked Senior Advisor Anne Bowman for advice:

Check, ACH, and wire fraud continue to rise, and being alert to these fraudsters’ methods is important

In terms of best practices, I would emphasize a few things.  Your groups should not initiate any form of payment without verbally confirming the request is valid with an authorized person.  A quick phone call (making sure you have their correct phone number, and not just a number on the correspondence) can go a long way to avoiding malicious attempts on an account.

Always require dual control on any wire payment.  You should have an internal dual control policy, as well as dual control set up with the bank.  The safest strategy would be a policy of no wires. 

I would also suggest any changes relating to payments be verified.  Even if a vendor sends you a request to change a payment address, you should call the vendor to verify.

Another good practice is to review the email address on any request for payment.  It may look similar, but on closer inspection, you can see it does not match the actual address.

Finally, just be alert and be suspicious of everything.  If someone is pushing you to make a payment, don’t be rushed.  Take the time to verify anything that might not seem quite right. 

Certainly, fraud should be reported to the bank which initiated the payment.  You may also want to contact the police department and local FBI office. 

As it relates to retrieving the funds, you should be working with the sending bank.  Most times, with outgoing wires, when the money leaves the bank, you won’t see it again.  It’s often sent to another bank, and then immediately wired out of that bank to an overseas bank. 

Everyone should be reviewing their account daily online and be alert to any suspicious activity.

United Missouri Bank Security Resources:
https://www.umb.com/personal/aboutumb/resources/information-security?richstateremoved

NACHA (National Automated Clearing House Association) website—The governing body for the ACH system.
https://www.nacha.org/system/files/resources/701-18-1-Protecting-Against-Fraud-How-to-Spot-and-Prevent-Fraud-Schemes_0.pdf

**IRS Phishing scheme**
Furthermore, we have learned that there are 990-N e-Postcard phishing schemes out there, where chapters are getting emails disguised as if they are coming from Headquarters with a link to file the 990-N e-Postcard.  The link is to a false IRS site, and when they try to file it tells them they either owe money to the IRS or have to pay money to file.  It is a scheme to get credit card numbers.  We are income tax exempt and none of our chapters owe income taxes unless there are very special circumstances.  YOU SHOULD NEVER BE CHARGED TO FILE THE 990-N E-POSTCARD.  IF YOU HAVE CONCERNS, PLEASE CONTACT INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS (headquarters@alphadeltakappa.org or 800-247-2311).

The IRS has seen an approximate 400 percent surge in phishing and malware incidents.  The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information.

The IRS also does not email 990-N e-Postcard confirmations any longer.


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Donations That Don't Cost You Anything

Posted On Friday, March 1, 2019

Donations That Don't Cost You Anything

Did you know that YOU can help The Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation while you are shopping online and searching the web? It’s true! The Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation receives a percentage of your total spending and a percentage when you search the web. Checks that come to the Foundation are all because YOU shopped online with Giving Assistant and Amazon Smile, applied for an Alpha Delta Kappa credit card, or, searched using Good Search, Good Shop and the Shopfunding campaign. Every little bit helps our organization! Look at the various ways below that YOU could be helping the Foundation without spending any additional monies. Thank you for helping support The Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation with donations that don’t cost YOU anything! Happy shopping and searching! Get more details...

             
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Disaster Relief

Posted On Friday, March 1, 2019

Disaster Relief

At this time, we have heard of members suffering damage to property, but, thankfully, we have not heard of any members suffering personal injury. Our sisters have been, and are being, affected by natural disasters in multiple locations. Let us keep them in our thoughts and prayers at this time as they assess their damage and work to move forward. There are many agencies who are moving to get supplies and assistance to those in need according to news reports.  

Keeping up with the weather and disasters of this magnitude is difficult at times.  Please keep in touch and let us know if you have something to be shared or reported regarding our Alpha Delta Kappa family. Let us pull together and embrace our sisters with support, love and care who are in need at this time.  What can we do?   

The Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation has a line item in its budget for disaster relief. Donations can be sent to the Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation and you can indicate on the subject/memo line “disaster relief” or more specifically to an S/P/N (ex:  Louisiana flooding).  Online donations may also be made through the website. When it is specific to a S/P/N, those monies will be sent to the S/P/N treasurer and that S/P/N Disaster Relief Committee will decide how to distribute the funds to assist our members affected.  A donation with only “disaster relief” will go into the fund and be distributed as needed depending on the number of inquiries. Your donation is tax deductible and you will receive a donation statement for tax purposes in January. Thank you so much for your continued support! 

Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation
PO BOX 870567 
Kansas City MO 64187-0567
ONLY Foundation donations will be accepted at the above address. 

A note about membership badges lost in natural disasters:  If chapters have extra badges in their badge banks, please send them to with a personal note to a sister who may have lost hers in a disaster, and we will see that they are appropriately distributed.

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