On July 6, 2017, the Community Foundation of East Alabama convened a meeting between Auburn University’s lnterfraternity Council (IFC) and nonprofit organizations in the Auburn/Opelika area. Representatives from the Food Bank of East Alabama, Community Market, Boys and Girls Clubs, The Exceptional Foundation, Haddie’s Home, Ways2Serve, Exodus Ranch, and Alabama Rural Ministries attended this meeting.
Duncan Asbury, IFC President, told the nonprofit executives that “Auburn University fraternities recognize the importance of serving others and giving back. All fraternities at Auburn perform some kind of philanthropic work, either at the local and/or national level. However, it can be difficult for fraternity leaders to find philanthropies or community service opportunities that provide a continued relationship between the nonprofits and fraternities.”
This fall lFC is asking each of the 29 fraternities to encourage their new members as part of their pledgeship to participate in local community service projects. According to Asbury, IFC’s goal is to collaborate with the nonprofits and offer a wide range of opportunities to serve the community and inspire the new members to build lasting relationships with our area nonprofits and create a life long commitment of serving others.
“It is so exciting to see these young men wanting to give back to their community while in college. And the Community Foundation is happy to be a part of getting it started,” said Barbara Patton, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of East Alabama.
The lnterfraternity Council (IFC) serves as the governing body of fraternities on Auburn University’s campus. Auburn’s fraternity community is
comprised of 29 organizations with approximately 2600 undergraduate men.
The Community Foundation of East Alabama is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that works with individuals, corporations, and private foundations to help them carry out their charitable objectives. For more information about the CFEA or how to get involved with the IFC initiative, please contact Barbara Patton at firstname.lastname@example.org