In 2017, Zeta Psi launched the first 1847 Pledge. Last year, an astounding 760 people participated in the pledge, raising nearly $28,989! Top participating chapters were also recognized in a number of specific categories:
- 1847 Pledge Overall Champions: Pi Tau Chapter (WPI) – 90 Participants!
- Top American Chapter – Pi Chapter (RPI) – 86 Participants
- Top Canadian Chapter – Alpha Theta Chapter (Wilfred Laurier/Waterloo) – 51 Participants
- Top European Chapter – Theta Omicron Chapter (Trinity College, Dublin) – 8 Participants
- Top Young Chapter – Theta Psi Chapter (Queen’s University) – 6 Participants
Can last year’s champions be bested? Will your chapter revel in the glory of receiving the championship belt at this year’s Convention in Baltimore? There’s only one way to find out: rally your chapter to take part in this year’s 1847 Pledge!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the 1847 Pledge Challenge?
The 1847 Pledge Challenge is a campaign to get as many Zetes as possible to show their pride in Zeta Psi by making a nominal donation of $18.47. It was started in 2017 to help celebrate the 170thanniversary of the founding of Zeta Psi, and has been popular with Brothers since then.
It looks like fundraising, isn’t that only for Elders?
This campaign is for all Zetes. The suggested donation amount is $18.47, something that any undergraduate can afford as well.
Why is the campaign launching on March 27th?
March 27, 1879 was the date that Zeta Psi chartered the Theta Xi Chapter at the University of Toronto, making Zeta Psi the FIRST international fraternity. Whether you are an American, a Canadian, or a European Brother, this ground-breaking effort to go international is a point of pride for all of us.
What if I cannot participate on March 27th?
The 1847 Pledge Challenge will launch on March 27th, but it will be lasting for one week, ending at midnight on Thursday, April 2nd.
If you have to ask……see the first bullet.
Must I give $18.47?
No. $18.47 is a suggested amount. In the past, some people have given the amount equivalent to their Chapter’s founding year instead. Some people have given a round amount (i.e. $20, $50, etc.). Some Elders have given $1/year for every year of existence (this year, that would be $172). Some people, tight on money but wanting to participate, have given $5 or $10. There is no right or wrong answer – the key is to participate.
What will the money be used for?
The 1847 Pledge is a fundraising initiative for Zeta Psi Fraternity, and will help support the day-to-day operations of Zeta Psi. Because of your support through initiatives like the 1847 Pledge, Zeta Psi is able to work intimately with chapters on a one-on-one basis and provide invaluable education consulting services with emphasis on continuous improvement. These funds help support our Regional Education Consultant programs, chapter visits, staffing costs, upkeep of the international headquarters, and logistical overhead.
Where do I send my check?
This campaign is an on-line campaign. The secure link will be made available on the Zeta Psi website and in Social Media for the week of the campaign.
Is it only open to American Brothers?
No. Last year there were a large number of Canadian Brothers who participated, and there was a Canadian Division champion recognized at the Convention – with a Championship Belt. This year European Brothers have been expressing an interest to get involved. Zeta Psi knows no boundaries.
Why should I participate?
To show your pride in Zeta Psi, knowing that you will be ensuring that great leadership training is made available to all Zetes.
No, really, why should I participate?
Thanks to the donation of one dedicated Elder we can offer some cash incentives to the Chapters that are the first ones to hit certain benchmarks throughout the campaign. And, if that isn’t enough, there are some awesome championship belts given to the Overall Champion and the Division Champions so that they can brag in true WWE fashion.