Since Omicron Delta Kappa’s founding on December 3, 1914, our Society’s mission has remained committed to develop individuals as leaders, support communities of leaders, and advance the ideals of leadership on college and university campuses throughout North America.
Facilitating the collaborative efforts of leaders from different aspects of the collegiate experience is the hallmark of Omicron Delta Kappa. The motives that guided our founders sprang from the desire to bring together one body for the general good of the institution and its community, leaders from all parts of the college or university to cooperate in worthwhile endeavors. By encouraging collegiate leaders to work together on matters of shared interest, O∆K supports our members in developing an appreciation for civility, varying perspectives, different strategies for problem-solving, and conflict resolution. In this contentious period of American history, now – more than ever – there is a significant need to bring together leaders with differing viewpoints, skills, talents, and resources to address campus, community, national, and global concerns.
With the completion of Omicron Delta Kappa’s centennial celebration in 2014, our organization is focused on the future as we seek to consistently support the campus leaders of today so that they become the community leaders of tomorrow. As of 2019, O∆K has circles on more than 300 campuses. Our Society facilitates the advancement of potential in college students by offering scholarships, leadership development training and workshops, and partnerships with career and mentoring organizations. There is an urgent need for sophisticated and solid leadership in our communities, and O∆K provides opportunities for members to improve and refine their collaborative leadership skills.
For Omicron Delta Kappa to achieve our ongoing mission of facilitating the development of campus leaders into community leaders, we need the support of our members. For the first time in O∆K‘s 106-year history, we are embarking on a comprehensive campaign focused on the priorities outlined below:
• Expanding graduate and professional scholarship opportunities for collegiate members;
• Subsidizing the cost of membership in O∆K for potential initiates with financial need;
• Supporting students from historically underrepresented and marginalized populations;
• Enhancing O∆K’s signature ongoing leadership programming through circle resources;
• Establishing a series of collaborative leadership initiatives; and
• Preserving, renovating, and expanding the historic National Headquarters building to accommodate the growth of the organization.
The total campaign goal is $5.6 million. Within that amount, the campaign has goals for outright support ($2.2 million), planned giving ($2 million), and annual giving and special funds ($1.4 million). In July 2021, the phase campaign has entered its public phase with more than $4.4 million raised in the last 60 months. Read more about the initiatives which have been funded to date here.
More information about the campaign initiatives is available by clicking on the links above. If you have an interest in learning more about any of the campaign initiatives, please contact President and Chief Executive Officer Tara Singer at [email protected] or (540) 458-5340.