Our chapter is better at philanthropy than any other chapter in the world. It’s true. This past year, we raised over $30,000 for Save a Child’s Heart, the most ever raised for AEPi Official Philanthropy in one event. At the international AEPi convention in Toronto this year, our chapter won the title of “Record Holder in Official Philanthropy” and our philanthropy chair won the Francis Cohen Undergraduate Achievement Award. In an organization of 166 chapters, over 9,000 active members and a 101-year history, number one ain’t bad.
So, how did we do it?
PIE swept across MIT’s campus during the spring of 2014. Over 30 MIT student leaders, including every single sorority president, several fraternity presidents, class presidents, the Interfraternity Council President and the Undergraduate Association Vice President graciously put their faces at the mercy of their pie-wielding friends to help save children’s lives. Professors helped us get the word out by pieing students in class. MIT administrators joined in the fun by pieing us on camera. Even MIT’s president, L. Rafael Reif, expressed his support of Save a Child’s Heart before smashing our philanthropy chair in the face with a pie. Check out last year’s promo video, below!
PIE was a huge hit last year and this year will be no different. Under the leadership of our newly appointed philanthropy chair, Maxwell Haubenstock, PIE will reach even more MIT students and have an even greater impact on the world. Get ready.
Why We Care
Tikkun Olam, or “Repairing the World”, is a core tenet of Judaism. It’s why we give tzedakah and it’s one of the reasons why philanthropy is so important to us. We have supported Israel, Crohn’s disease research, bone marrow donation, and many other deserving causes. We do community service in addition to philanthropy, getting our hands dirty to make a direct impact on the welfare of the world.