Our philanthropy is Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which is a non-profit organization that raises funds for children’s hospitals and provides them with materials that they otherwise may not be able to afford. It also works to promote community awareness of health issues regarding children and medical research in the field. CMN focuses on giving back locally and when you donate to CMN, they give the money directly to the hospital closest to you. All of the money that Gamma Theta raises goes to UVA Children’s Hospital in Charlottesville, VA. Some of the events we hold to raise money for this amazing cause is MadiTHON, our 12-hour dance marathon that is held every spring. Since it’s founding in 2014, MadiTHON has raised over $200,000 for CMN. We also present Cheesin' for Children in the fall, which raises money by having an all you can eat cheese buffet. Members from the JMU community come support CMN by eating cheesy foods and hanging out with miracle children. CMN is important to Phi Mu because it gives us the ability to give back to our community and see specifically where our money goes. We have been able to tour the hospital as well as have families come to MadiTHON so that we can build a relationship with the families and the organization so that the cause means more to each and every member.
Gamma Theta also raises money for the Phi Mu Foundation, which aims to support Phi Mu’s in leadership, scholarship, philanthropy, and education. Phi Mu Foundation does many different things such as give out scholarships, hold leadership programs, historic preservation, and member assistance. Member assistance gives emergency grants to collegiate and alumnae members in good standing who have financial distress due to a number of outstanding circumstances. This cause is important to us because it helps women that we are bonded with through the ritual of Phi Mu. We raise this money in our annual Phi Mu kissing booth, where for a dollar we will give you a hershey's kiss!