The Kids in Need Foundation
Xi Gamma Nu’s main philanthropy event, Gamma Games, is an elementary school-style field day held annually in the Boston Commons to raise money for the Kids in Need Foundation. In teams, individuals compete in games like kickball, tug of war, relay races, and a water balloon toss, with the goal of having fun! Each member of the team donates to participate, and included in that donation is a ticket for a drawing, with generous donations from various local businesses like Soul Cycle and Playa Bowls; including gift cards and various memorabilia. On average, Xi Gamma Nu is able to raise over $2,000 for the KINF through this event and our Facebook fundraiser.
The Kids in Need Foundation is a national charity whose mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed in the classroom by providing free school supplies to kids most in need. “Each year, the Kids In Need Foundation helps nearly 200,000 teachers and more than 5 million students in some of the most challenged communities across the country.” And, KINF has distributed more than 1 billion dollars in supplies to kids who would otherwise go without. When deciding which philanthropy we wanted to partner with, we started by searching for an organization whose mission and values mirrored our set of core values.
Xi Gamma Nu wholeheartedly believes in empowering young children and helping them build the foundation for a better life. We want our sisters to leave Emerson with the proper life skills and confidence to thrive in the real world, which Kids in Need does as well for the children that it helps. Xi Gamma Nu also wants all of our sisters to know they have the support of each and every one of her sisters, which replicates the emphasis that Kids in Need places on community support.