When you hear the word “service,” two things often come to mind: volunteering time and giving money. It is important to realize that these do not mean the same thing. Service is hands-on interaction with organizations or individuals that benefit from your time. Philanthropy is the act of donating money to organizations or individuals for various reasons. Both service and philanthropy should be important to brothers of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity.
Service and philanthropy activities are important to the overall development of each of us as members of our communities. Not only does helping our communities benefit those in need, but it also contributes to our personal growth.
The value our organization places on service and philanthropy is evident in the fact that it is referenced in our Mission, Credo and Ritual. They are integral aspects of what it means to be a true ZBT and to represent the values of the Fraternity both within our own organization and in our communities.
These opportunities provide you with valuable practical experiences with leadership, team-building, goal-setting, networking and many other skills that are important regardless of where your professional careers take us after college.
With regard to your local chapter/colony, service and philanthropy offers a chance to stand out and show your university community one of the many reasons Zeta Beta Tau is a Powerhouse of Excellence.
For more information or ideas on how to actively engage in service programming, please contact Jason A. Horowitz, Beta Phi (Pitt) '09, Director of Jewish Programs and Strategic Partnerships at
Zeta Beta Tau Foundation
The Zeta Beta Tau Foundation is a nonprofit corporation exclusively committed to educational and charitable purposes that assist the Brothers of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity. The Foundation assists the Brothers of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity by funding scholarships and academic and leadership programs to maximize their personal development and prepare them to be leaders of society. The scholarships and academic and leadership programs funded by the Foundation enhance the overall value of membership in Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity by complementing the collegiate educational experience.
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
At the summer 2002 meeting of the ZBT Supreme Council in Pittsburgh, Pa., Children's Miracle Network Hospitals was named the official adopted philanthropy of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity. While this does not mandate our chapters/colonies to participate in fundraising events for a CMNH hospital, it does encourage our chapters to look into options of raising money for this charity.
Reasons why CMNH was adopted as our philanthropy
There are more than 170 CMN Hospitals nationwide with one being in driving distance of all of our chapters and colonies.
Brothers can actually see the difference they are making in their communities by visiting their local CMN Hospital.
Adopting a national charity provides our brothers with a common cause to work for and allows them to team up regionally to perform fundraising projects.
ZBT is the fifth Greek-letter organization to partner with CMNH allowing our Brothers a chance to collaborate with other Greeks for a good cause.
This relationship provides our undergraduates with a chance to learn valuable civic responsibilities and program planning skills.
CMNH is known nationally for its dedication and support of children across the world.
About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds for 170 children's hospitals across North America, which, in turn, use the money where it's needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, ensuring that every dollar is helping local kids. Since 1983, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.3 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of our mission to save an improve the lives of as many children as possible.
Get on the Ball
Get on the Ball was started by the Zeta Beta Tau Brothers of the Beta Zeta Epsilon Chapter at the University of Maryland – College Park. Designed to create a fun, worthwhile way of raising funds for charity, this event quickly became not only a chapter favorite, but also something that the campus community at the university looked forward to each year.In its simplest form, Get on the Ball is the process of rolling a ball six feet in diameter around campus to collect signatures for a chosen charity (or charities). Funds can be raised through a number of ways, including:
- Pledges from surrounding businesses to donate a set amount of money per signature on the ball.
- Donations from businesses to sponsor the event.
- Donations to specific areas of the event such as T-shirts or the purchase of the ball.
- Donations from individual signees at the time of signing the ball.
The event may last anywhere from two days to two weeks, depending on the size of the chapter/colony conducting the event and the size of the campus. On smaller campuses, it may not be necessary to roll the ball around collecting signatures for two weeks. On larger campuses, two weeks may be necessary in order to maximize participation by students, faculty, staff and guests.
ZBT Guide to Get on the Ball
Jewish Women International (JWI)
Inspired by a legacy of progressive women’s leadership and guided by Jewish values, JWI’s mission is to ensure that all women and girls thrive in healthy relationships, control their financial futures and realize the full potential of their personal strengths. JWI will be a strong advocate for and partner in ZBT’s mission and strategic plan to offer top-notch training to our brothers. JWI’s reach extends far beyond just women and Jewish communities and their impact can be felt in diverse communities across the globe.
In Fall 2015, ZBT and JWI are launching a new signature event to support the Zeta Beta Tau Foundation’s Fund for Safe and Healthy Campuses. Green Light Go is intended to be a fun way to raise awareness of healthy relationships issues based on the game Red Light, Green Light. This program’s efforts will position brothers as leaders in changing the culture on campus and being examples of the very best of the fraternal world, and Green Light Go will supplement the work done through our award-winning Safe Smart Dating program created in partnership between ZBT, JWI and Sigma Delta Tau Sorority.