Your Gift Matters
Your gift helps to build the future for women in engineering across the nation.
Through the generosity of your donation, Phi Rhos are provided opportunities and access to transformative leadership experiences. They receive the life-changing encouragement of academic scholarships and leadership grants. With your help, Phi Sigma Rho invests in the advancement of STEM outreach to young girls and women pursuing interests in engineering.
By giving to the Phi Sigma Rho Foundation, donors show they are personally committed to developing the Phi Sigma Rho sisterhood and overall achievement of women in engineering. Every gift, at any amount, supports educational and leadership opportunities offered to our sisters and the philanthropic efforts of Phi Sigma Rho.
Ways to Give
The Phi Sigma Rho Foundation is exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3). Donations to the foundation are tax-deductible as provided by law.
One Time or Recurring Gift
Giving online is quick, easy, and secure. You can make both one-time and recurring gift, as well as pledges and endowments.
Give by Mail
To give a gift by mail, please send a check or money order to:
Phi Sigma Rho Foundation, PO Box 7021, Westchester, IL 60154.
Your employer, or your spouse's employer, may offer a gift matching program, which could match, double or more to your gift. Each company has its own guidelines for gift matching programs.
If you have any questions, please contact the Foundation Corporate Giving Chair.
Stock or Security Gift
Making a charitable donation in the form of stock shares rather than cash can greatly benefit both the Phi Sigma Rho Foundation and you. As a stock donor, the value of the donation can be deducted as a charitable gift if you itemize deductions on Schedule A, and you avoid paying the capital gains tax on the appreciated stock! For the Foundation, a stock donation expands and diversifies our investment portfolio and gives us the option to use the stock for long-term growth or to sell the shares to satisfy a more immediate financial need.
The Phi Sigma Rho Foundation maintains an investment account established through TD Ameritrade. If you would like to make a donation of stock to the Foundation, please contact the Foundation Treasurer to begin the process of transferring stock.
Pledges and Endowments Gifts
Spreading out your payments on a large gift through a pledge—a formal agreement to make a gift to the Foundation—is a wonderful way to reach a more generous goal with regular payments over time. What is more, each payment on your pledge is eligible for an income-tax charitable deduction. Like all gifts, pledges can be designated to a specific fund or program.
The Phi Sigma Rho Foundation also accepts endowment gifts. Unlike gifts for current use, endowment gifts provide security over the long term by expanding the Foundation’s permanent financial base and creating a predictable source of future income for such things as endowed scholarships.
Please contact the Foundation Vice President of Donor Relations for more information today!
Planned Giving through a Bequest
How it works:
Include the Phi Sigma Rho Foundation (PO Box 7021, Westchester, IL 60154) as a beneficiary in your estate plan. If desired, direct how you would like the gift to be used, or, you can make an unrestricted gift to support the Foundation, which will be used to support the organization’s goals wherever the need is greatest.
Please let us know that you’ve chosen to give to the Foundation through a bequest; contact the Foundation Vice President of Donor Relations . We would love to say thank you for your support and generosity!
- Your assets remain in your control during your lifetime.
- You can modify your bequest if your circumstances change.
- You can direct your bequest to a particular purpose.
- There is currently no limit on the estate tax deductions that can be taken for charitable bequests.
- You can have the satisfaction of knowing that your bequest will benefit the sisters of Phi Sigma Rho, helping to sustain the organization in the future.
- If you have already decided to include the Phi Sigma Rho Foundation in your will, let us know so that we can recognize you through our lifetime giving program.
- Information contained on this website is not a substitute for professional counsel. Appropriate legal, tax, accounting and/or financial assistance should be sought in connection with any planned giving.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Are my gifts to the Phi Sigma Rho Foundation tax deductible?
Yes - The Phi Sigma Rho Foundation is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, which means that all gifts to the Foundation are tax-exempt to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Our federal tax identification number is 20-2709091.
Can I write a check to the Phi Sigma Rho Foundation?
Yes - Please make your check out to the Phi Sigma Rho Foundation. We are unable to process checks written to other organizations.
If you would like to restrict your gift to a specific fund or campaign, or if you are giving on behalf of a Phi Sigma Rho chapter or alumnae organization, please make note in the memo field on the check.
What does my donation support?
You can apply your donations to different Foundation funds and programs by marking your gifts as unrestricted or restricted.
Unrestricted gifts are among the most valuable to the Foundation because they allow us to allocate the funds wherever the need is greatest. These gifts to the annual fund not only support the Foundation’s vital programs, but also fund the Foundation needs to be able to administer our vital programs.
Restricted gifts allow you to designate your gift to a specific program, grant, scholarship or endowment. When you designate your gift, you enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting a program that is personally meaningful to you.
What funds can I restrict my gift towards?
There are seven funds that you can designate towards:
- General Fund (unrestricted) - The General Fund allows your gift to be used for the area of greatest need. As an unrestricted gift, your donation can be used on all Foundation operations or programming, from LEAP sessions at convention or conference, or towards one of our scholarships.
- LEAP Fund (restricted) - This is the current area of greatest need. LEAP stands for Leadership, Educational, And Professional programming. This fund covers the grants that fund professional speakers and educational programming at conferences and conventions, and with more support, LEAP could become a recognized professional program. By donating towards the LEAP fund, your gift impacts the most sisters overall.
- Scholarship Fund (restricted) - The Scholarship Fund is a restricted for the support to any of our scholarships needing funding, including the Leadership, Merit, and Philanthropy and Service scholarships. Specific funds may be created to finance additional scholarships as we work towards endowing each for our future, as is with:
- Sarah Rogers McClure Memorial Scholarship Fund (restricted)
- Francis J. Monigan Memorial Scholarship Fund (restricted)
- Anne Louise Roach Legacy Scholarship Fund (restricted)
- Professional Services & Paid Staff Fund (restricted) - This fund supports Foundation operations in the use of third party services, such as lawyers, accountants, or marketing services. This fund also supports future hopes to have paid staff members, such as an executive director.
- DreamGirls Grant Fund (restricted) - The DreamGirls Grant Fund supports DreamGirls in Action and DreamDay educational programming events targeting elementary and middle school youth hosted by Phi Sigma Rho chapters and alumnae organizations. This fund builds the next generation of women and girls in engineering and STEM careers while shaping Phi Rhos into philanthropists and leaders.
- EDGE Grants Fund (restricted) - The Engineering Development and Growth Experience (EDGE) grant fund supports technical hands-on projects led by sisters of Phi Sigma Rho. Through these experiences, Phi Sigma Rho collegiate members will grow their technical experties, leadership mindset, financial competency, and project management skills prior to entering their profession.
- Chapter Endowment Funds (restricted) - Created to support the local needs of chapters, these funds support various grants for programming scholarships for a specific group or region. These funds are guided by a group of alumnae advisors who determine the appropriate allocation of funds.
The Houston Alumnae Organization Chapter is currently the only existing fund. Their fund supports specific scholarships for all of the Texas Phi Sigma Rho chapters.