Delta Gamma

Iota Chapter at University of Illinois

Philanthropy Events


Since 1873, it has been Delta Gamma’s mission to “Do Good”. Protecting the gift of sight through our philanthropy is incredibly important to our fraternity and our sisters, and every day we learn to be grateful for our own eyesight. In 1951, Delta Gamma became the first women’s fraternity to establish and independent philanthropic foundation to support this cause. Delta Gamma has also started four schools across the country that accommodate those who are blind or visually impaired. Children are able to learn specialized skills at these schools, while adults can receive personal attention through volunteer hours. 

Through our dedication to aiding the visually impaired and promoting sight conservation, our fraternity became the first recipients of both the Helen Keller Philanthropic Service Award, awarded by the American Foundation for the Blind, and the Virginia Boyce Award, presented by Prevent Blindness America. In addition, Delta Gamma was also the first to receive recognition from the American Academy of Ophthalmology for Distinguished Public Service, as well as the first and only to sponsor a traveling art exhibit, “Art of the Eye,” to benefit Service for Sight.

Most recently, Service for Sight has incorporated the Joining Forces program, focusing on aiding those who have experienced vision impairment, eye trauma, or vision loss while serving our country. Through partnering with the Department of Defense, Veterans Administrations we have been able to largely impact the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.


Anchor Bowl is a one day philanthropy event held by Delta Gamma chapters nationally to raise money for Service for Sight. Held in the fall, it is a football event in which fraternities and other organizations compete to raise money and promote awareness for our philanthropy. We have fun coaching and cheering on the teams, all while raising money for the blind and visually impaired.  

Our next Anchor Bowl will be in Fall, October 7th, 2023!


Along with Anchorbowl, we have DG Spaghetti Dinner, because raising money for our philanthropy by serving delicious food to our friends and the community is both fun and rewarding!


However, our service does not stop there. We enjoy participating in all kinds of philanthropy events around campus, benefitting a variety of causes. A big favorite is Dance Marathon- which benefits the Children's Miracle Network.  DGs are involved in the 13 hour fundraiser every year, and it is such a rewarding experience.



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