On Oct. 23, 1986, the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation was officially incorporated as a way for Alpha Sigma Alpha members to give back and impact the future of the Sorority through a charitable organization.
This milestone was a major goal of National President Rosemary Carucci Goss, ΒΠ. With the help of the Sorority’s Vice President of Finance Diane Yencic James, HH, the bylaws and articles of incorporation were created. Shortly thereafter, Emma Coleman Frost, ΠΠ, made a sizeable gift to the new Foundation. Years later, the Leadership Development Institute (LDI) was renamed the Emma Coleman Frost Leadership Development Institute in honor of Mrs. Frost’s vital support of the Foundation in early years of its development.
The first scholarship endowment was funded by Lois V. Beers, ΒΓ, in honor of the 1990 installation of Beta Gamma Chapter. In 2001 the Foundation introduced career enhancement grants and the Freida Riley Award for teaching excellence. Beginning in 2012, the Foundation created the Heart of Giving award to recognize an alumna member who has made a significant contribution of time, talent and/or treasure to a local, national or international charitable organization(s). More than 30 individual scholarship, award and grant funds have been endowed through the Foundation impacting both collegiate and alumnae members.
Since that time, the Foundation has given more than $1 million in grants, awards and scholarships to benefit Alpha Sigma Alpha members all through the generosity of Foundation donors.