About Our Philanthropy
Alpha Xi Delta’s Partnership with Autism Speaks. Since entering into a national partnership with Autism Speaks in April 2009, Alpha Xi Delta has proudly raised more than $400,000 for its philanthropic partner. Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
Alpha Xi Delta college chapters and alumnae associations across the country are committed to raising autism awareness in their communities and fundraising in support of Autism Speaks. In particular, their chapters and associations work to support Autism Speaks’ signature fundraising and awareness event, Walk Now for Autism. With one in 88 children diagnosed with autism and no known cure, Alpha Xi Deltas are committed to improving the lives of children and families affected by autism.
Last Year's Philanthropy
Alpha Xi Delta hosted a brunch for Autism last year in May and distributed 2,000 ribbons to promote Autism Awareness. They participated in the annual Light It Up Blue and will do this again in the spring. The sisters are looking forward to their Spring Philanthropy that will be held on April 13.
Goals of This Year
The Beta Pi Chapter's goals are to spread awareness and raise money for reasearch for Autism Speaks. Although there is not currently an Autism Speaks Headquarter in Bloomington Indiana, Alpha Xi Delta has active members involved in Best Buddies and Indiana University's Autism Mentoring Program.
Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. They are proud of what they've been able to accomplish and look forward to continued successes in the years ahead.
Contributions and Donations
The success of Walk Now for Autism Speaks is greatly dependent on the dedication and support of volunteers. In order to reduce costs and dedicate more funds to autism research, Walk Now for Autism will rely on volunteers to assist in many capacities - checking in participants, providing encouragement at water stops and cleaning up after the event. You can even recruit your friends, family and coworkers to form a volunteer team!