The Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation was established in 1946 through a bequest from Dr. John E. Mason Jr. (Pennsylvania 1913), the spiritual founder of Lambda Chi Alpha. The next General Assembly passed a resolution that authorized the Grand High Zeta to establish a trust known as “The John E. Mason Foundation” that was to be operated exclusively for beneficent, charitable, literary, and educational purposes. In 1968, in keeping with the objectives of the Educational Foundation, the name was changed to the “Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation.” And in 1994, the Educational Foundation of Canada was formed to allow Canadian brothers tax relief in recognition of their charitable giving. From this modest beginning, the Educational Foundation has grown to assets of more than $13 million.
The mission of the Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation is to fund, develop and support values-based educational programs and activities which will inspire a lifetime of personal growth, leadership, service, and deep fraternal relationships.
The Educational Foundation achieves its mission by providing scholarships, financial support for leadership conferences such as the Stead Leadership Seminar and the High Alpha Summit; alumni volunteer training through the Neville Advisors College; academic programs; alcohol, drug, and social education; and professional development and career services.
Financial support has provided millions of dollars to strengthen and build Lambda Chi Alpha. Each year, thousands of alumni brothers contribute to the Educational Foundation through the Alumni Loyalty Fund and other designated funds. These gifts help sponsor leadership training, personal development programs, and they also support undergraduate scholarships to assist deserving members of the Fraternity.
The Educational Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of distinguished alumni brothers. The Educational Foundation’s Professional Staff is led by Dan Hartmann (Truman State 2007) as President and CEO.