Building Our Legacy:
The Campaign for Delta Kappa Epsilon

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As the chapter celebrates its 150th anniversary, we want to provide the new brothers with a first-rate living learning environment. As a first step, we conducted a study to determine alumni interest, and the responses were extremely positive and demonstrated that our alumni are willing and able to support a capital campaign with a goal of $1.3 million. We have also identified priority needs for this amount. The Delta Chi Association is extending the campaign for a second year to reach this pledge goal.

The Delta Chi Association’s Building Our Legacy: The Campaign for Delta Kappa Epsilon will provide us with the funds necessary to launch us successfully into our second 150 years. To date, we have:

Pledges Received: $609,688 as of 9/1/2019. Campaign Goal: $1,300,000.
  • reopened the basement and library
  • rebuilt our front porch and stairs down to West Avenue
  • restored our exterior lighting system
  • filled in the section of the old coal bin that extended beneath the courtyard
  • rebuilt the step between the courtyard and the south porch
  • connected our gutters and downspouts to the Ithaca storm-drain system
  • added sensors and controls to the heating system
  • mounted and dedicated the military aviator plaque
  • landscaped and reseeded the front and back lawns
  • replaced the missing spindles on the main staircase
  • buried a time capsule, to be opened in 2068

We humbly ask that every brother of the Delta Chi Chapter consider a five-year pledge to the campaign. Please review the following pages for more details regarding the campaign. Your commitment will make a difference. Now is the time.

For more information on the campaign, view the campaign brochure, read the FAQs below, and review our campaign packet.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why are we conducting a capital campaign?

Delta Chi is celebrating its 150th Anniversary, which is a good occasion to prepare our house for the next 150 years. We have developed a set of improvements in consultation with the undergraduates and Cornell and have conducted a feasibility study that determined that we can raise $1.3 million to pay for them. By coincidence, in 1962, we conducted a campaign with a goal of $150,000. That $150,000 would be worth $1,256,165 today, which is just about the goal of our current campaign.

What is the status of Greek Life at Cornell?

There have been many questions recently concerning the future of fraternities at Cornell. The university has begun taking a more active role in ensuring that organizations like ours live up to their values and follow the rules of the Cornell community. Please see the letter of endorsement from the Associate Dean of Students in the Office of Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living, Kara Miller, in our campaign packet.

What are the costs associated with the project?

The total cost for the proposed plan is $1.3 million. Based on promising results from the feasibility study, we have set a fundraising goal of $1.3 million to cover some of these costs.

How long are pledges to the campaign payable?

Pledges to the campaign may be paid over a five-year period. Your five-year pledge helps us plan to use the funds more efficiently. Pledges of shorter durations are welcome, because this has reduced construction financing costs. That said, we need each brother to make the very best-stretch pledge possible over the five-year period.

Will my donation be tax deductible?

As an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization, your contributions to the Delta Chi Association Inc. are tax deductible and might qualify for employer-matching gift programs. For greater tax savings, consider a gift of appreciated stock or a deferred giving arrangement.

Will my gift get Cornell class or reunion credit?

You can give either directly to Cornell (using code #277009) or to the Delta Chi Association. Either way, Cornell has promised to count your gift toward your graduating class total and your reunion fundraising goal.

How can I make a gift?

Gifts may be made using credit card via our online pledge agreement or by check or credit card using our printable pledge agreement.

My company has a matching gift program; can I apply it to my pledge?

If your company has a matching gift program, you will receive donor credit for both your pledge amount and the amount of your company’s matching gift. Please contact our account manager, Dorothy Wysocki, at dwysocki@elevateims.com or by phone at 607-533-9200 for assistance with this process.

Can I make a stock gift?

You may utilize appreciated stock to fulfill your campaign pledge commitment. If you wish to make this type of gift, please contact our account manager, Dorothy Wysocki, at dwysocki@elevateims.com or by phone at 607-533-9200 for stock transfer instructions.

Can I give an in-kind gift to the house?

In-kind gifts will be reviewed and evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the campaign committee.

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