Philanthropy is a significant component of the mission of many fraternities and sororities, especially Black Greek-letter organizations. We examine the role of philanthropy in these organizations, employing an approach infrequently used — archival data collection combined with quantitative methods. We first document the history of philanthropic activity among the nine members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Then, we use data from IRS tax returns to document quantitative patterns in these organizations’ income and spending. Though the analysis is merely exploratory, we find evidence that BGLOs have lower median revenues and expenditures than do other similar organizations, though a small number of outliers may fuel much of the difference in averages.
Garth Heutel, Georgia State University; Koren Hardy, Wake Forest University; Mackenzie Marti Slater, Wake Forest University; and Gregory S. Parks, Wake Forest University
"An Analysis of Black Greek-letter Organization Philanthropy,"
Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors: Vol. 14
, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wm.edu/oracle/vol14/iss2/3