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1869 Club Chapter Challenge

The 1869 Club Chapter Challenge is an opportunity for Sigma Nu chapters to show loyalty and pride in Sigma Nu Fraternity through competition. All collegiate members will be asked to consider a gift of $18.69 or more as part of the challenge.

Why is the 1869 Club Chapter Challenge Important? 

  1. For Sigma Nu to remain strong and deliver a transformational experience for collegiate members, the Fraternity needs resources to innovate and deliver the best leadership development and educational programs.  
  2. Sigma Nu alumni want to know if collegiate brothers believe in Sigma Nu and value their Fraternity experience. A gift to the 1869 Club is a vote of confidence. Your gift gives a strong testimonial and can help the Fraternity and Foundation gain the support of alumni.  
  3. Each leading national fraternity has a similar program for collegiate giving. For Sigma Nu to remain a top tier fraternity, we need our collegiate brothers and alumni to invest in our Fraternity.  

How Long Does the 1869 Club Chapter Challenge Run? 

It runs from February 17, 2021 to April 30, 2021. 

How Do Gifts from the 1869 Club Impact Sigma Nu? 

Gifts to the 1869 Club help move Sigma Nu forward by providing resources for programs such as College of Chapters, LEAD, Behind Happy Faces, and Sigma Nu Institutes. These gifts help improve the Sigma Nu experience for brothers in your chapter and the more than 10,500 collegiate brothers across the country.  

Although your gift of $18.69 may seem small, you are joining hundreds of other Sigma Nu brothers to collectively make an impact in the lives of your chapter brothers, both present and future. 

How Does a Brother Participate in the 1869 Club Chapter Challenge?  

They can visit the 1869 Club donation page by clicking here. 

10 Reasons Why a Brother Should Consider Participating in the 1869 Club Chapter Challenge    

  1. If you believe it is important that Sigma Nu remain a strong national fraternity.  
  2. If you believe it is important that Sigma Nu continue to provide the best leadership development program, the LEAD Program, for collegians in the fraternity and sorority community.  
  3. If you believe it is important for Sigma Nu to hire outstanding Chapter Leadership Consultants to support, coach, and share best practices with chapter officers and chapter members.  
  4. If you believe it is important for Sigma Nu to be able to provide resources for chapters to build a strong brotherhood based on Love, Honor, and Truth.  
  5. If you believe it is important for Sigma Nu to provide a fraternity experience that has meaning and adds value. Not just one that is based on parties and social opportunities.  
  6. If you believe it is important for Sigma Nu to provide collegiate members with a strong network of more than 180,000 alumni.  
  7. If you believe it is important that we protect, strengthen, and advance Sigma Nu.  
  8. If you want your future son or nephew to be able to become a Brother in Sigma Nu.  
  9. If you believe it is important to keep the Sigma Nu Fraternity Headquarters Campus as our shrine and a place for brothers to visit.  
  10. If you believe it is important to keep your local chapter strong and you value the assistance and resources that Sigma Nu Fraternity provides to help your chapter move forward.  

What Prizes and Recognition Are Part of the 1869 Club Chapter Challenge?  

There are two divisions for prizes:

Group A: Chapters of 69 brothers or more:
Participation: % of chapter brothers participating
First Place: BBQ with Regent John Hearn or Regent-Elect Tim Huffmyer
Second Place: Sigma Nu branded Event Tent

Group B: Chapters of 68 brothers or less:
Participation: % of chapter brothers participating
First Place: BBQ with Regent John Hearn or Regent-Elect Tim Huffmyer
Second Place: Sigma Nu branded Event Tent

Where Can I Learn More About the 1869 Club or Send Questions?

To learn more about the 1869 Club, visit the 1869 Club webpage by clicking here.

For any additional questions, contact Chief Development Officer David Mainella (Bradley) at david.mainella@sigmanu.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is the 1869 Club and why does it exist?

Answer: The 1869 Club is Sigma Nu’s collegiate annual giving society for collegians who give at least $18.69 during a fiscal year. The 1869 Club is a unique way for undergraduates to learn about the Foundation and join other brothers and friends providing charitable gifts to the Sigma Nu Educational Foundation. It is also a unique way for collegians to begin their lifelong journey of building a bridge for those brothers who follow.

Question: Where do gifts to the 1869 Club go? How do they help Sigma Nu?

Answer: Gifts to the 1869 Club go to the highest priorities of the Sigma Nu Educational Foundation and Sigma Nu Fraternity. These could include LEAD, College of Chapters, Sigma Nu Institutes, our Mental Health Programs, the Chapter Consultant Program, Sigma Nu Institutes, or key areas of operations. These gifts help provide a transformational Sigma Nu experience for collegians in all chapters.

Question: As collegians, we pay chapter dues to our chapter and insurance to Sigma Nu HQ. Why is it important for collegians to join the 1869 Club?

Answer: Dues from collegians to Sigma Nu Fraternity Headquarters don’t fully cover the costs of the leadership programs, supporting chapters, or College of Chapters. Right now, we are able to provide the basics for the collegiate experience. If all collegians and alumni were to participate with a small gift each year, we could improve the experience for the collegians and expand our programs.

Question: How does a collegian join the 1869 Club?

Answer: Any collegian who gives $18.39 or more to the Sigma Nu Educational Foundation is a member of the 1869 Club for that fiscal year (July 1 – June 30). The 1869 Club is an annual giving club and undergraduates are encouraged to join each year while in college. Contributions can be made online by Venmo or Credit Card at: https://www.sigmanu.org/1869Club

Question: What kind of impact can I have by becoming a member of the 1869 Club?

Answer: Simply put, you will help change lives. Your support helps us shape our collegians and build their leadership skills. That impact continues on your campus and in your community. By supporting Sigma Nu through the 1869 Club, know that you are directly helping your chapter succeed, assist brothers in your chapter, and more than 10,500 other brothers in the nation to develop their heart, mind, and character.

Question: Where does Sigma Nu stand in giving compared to our peers?

Answer: While Sigma Nu is 152 years old, we are behind other fraternities when it comes to our work on alumni commitment and the foundation. We rank 16th in Fraternity Foundations for total resources. This puts us far behind many of our peers and aspirant peers. For Sigma Nu Fraternity to continue to excel, we need our alumni and collegians to invest every year.

Question: Doesn’t Sigma Nu’s endowment provide funds for our leadership programs?

Answer: Unfortunately, no. In fact, there is no endowment that exists to support the LEAD Program or College of Chapters. The funds to provide the programs come from operating funds or gifts. Other leading fraternities have endowments that partially or completely fund their collegiate leadership programs.

Question: How can I do my part as a collegiate brother to advance the 1869 Club and Sigma Nu Fraternity?

Answer: The two objectives of the 1869 Club are to educate collegians on the purpose of the Sigma Nu Educational Foundation and create the next generation of brothers to help protect, strengthen, and advance Sigma Nu Fraternity.

If you want to help advance Sigma Nu, you can do the following:

  • Join the 1869 Club and encourage other brothers to join.
  • Serve as an 1869 Club Ambassador for your chapter. In this role, you would help promote the 1869 Club Chapter Challenge, a competition between all Sigma Nu Fraternity chapters each Spring semester to support the 1869 Club.
  • Share the mission of Sigma Nu Fraternity with other brothers in your chapter
  • Work with your chapter’s Marshal and LEAD Chairman to educate each Candidate class on the Sigma Nu Educational Foundation, the 1869 Club and the programs/scholarships available to your chapter.

Email david.mainella@sigmanu.org to serve as an 1869 Club Ambassador for your chapter!

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