KAOEF Recognized for Development and Stewardship
The 2020 annual Seminar of the Foundation for Fraternal Excellence (FFE), was held virtually August 24-26. During the organization’s Awards of Distinction ceremony, the Kappa Alpha Order Educational Foundation (KAOEF) was recognized with two major awards:
- Best Development Effort in an Annual Campaign – for our Crimson & Gold Society campaign
- Best Stewardship Effort for our Virtual Crimson & Gold Society and 1865 Trust Reception
Additionally, the Order and the KAOEF are proud to have one of our own leading the FFE. Former Knight Commander and current KAOEF Executive Vice President Ben Satcher (Delta Omicron–Clemson ’79) is currently serving as President of the Board of Directors.
Best Development Effort in an Annual Campaign
With a goal of reaching 1,000 alumni and friends of the Order giving $1,000 annually, the KAOEF has made progress its campaign. Launching in 2016 with just 269 members, the Crimson & Gold Society has grown in just four years nearly 800 in 2020.
Best Stewardship Effort
A reception and dinner at the National Administrative Office for members 1865 Trust and the Crimson & Gold Society were scheduled for April 23rd in Lexington, Virginia. However, COVID-19 threw a wrench into the gears. Instead of canceling the event entirely, the KAOEF chose to host a Virtual Reception which included remarks from the Knight Commander, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and the Executive Director, a virtual tour of the office and grounds of Mulberry Hill, the dedication of the 1865 Trust Garden, and a toast to our founding and founders. With more than 150 attendees and $11,000 in unsolicited gifts, the event was deemed a success!
The Foundation for Fraternal Excellence Awards of Distinction provide the fraternal foundation community an annual opportunity to recognize organizations excelling and innovating in a particular area. Fraternal foundations are often known as the “heart” of our organizations and provide financial support to a variety of philanthropic causes as well as their collegiate and alumni members/local communities. We also strive to recognize the accomplishments, contributions and influence of the individual men and women who have made a difference in interfraternal fundraising and without whom our industry would not be what it is today.