Playbill: Philanthropy


“Being part of a philanthropic sorority is very important to me—it is our duty as strong Asian American women to give back to the surrounding community and to Asian American causes.”

– Corinne Fukayama *Dulcina*
Secretary of Asian American Alliance


  • One reason we hear over and over again that girls have for joining Kappa: philanthropy. There are girls who have always been interested in Asian American issues and then there are those who had never joined an Asian American organization before. But we all share a belief in the significance of supporting women’s causes, of supporting Asian American causes—of helping to give to others the gifts we have been so fortunately blessed with. Good health. A good education. Loving families—sisterhood.
  • Many of us come to Kappa with the desire to make a difference. It might be something we have always wanted to do—the way Mimi *Torrent* had always wanted to do something about human trafficking—or it might just be that we know we want to do something, although we don’t quite know what that something is yet. Although our interests and passions are diverse and many, our sisters—both in Columbia and out—have exceeded our expectations in their support for us and in their desire to see us succeed at doing something we care very deeply about.
  • We recognize the importance of taking action, whether it’s dressing up in silly orange wigs to pass out BearNaked granola to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or dancing for 28 hours straight to raise money for pediatric AIDS, or just baking cupcakes and dorm-storming afterwards.
  • We’ve aggressively pursued unconventional types of fundraising ideas. We’ve jumped at any opportunity to collaborate with other on-campus organizations to fundraise—co-sponsoring poker tournaments—and also with off-campus organizations, working with BearNaked, Intrax, MarketVision to raise over $1500.
  • We’ve also reached out to other schools both to ask for new ideas and to share fundraising ideas. We participated in BearNaked’s Reverse Trick-or-Treat fundraising event, hosted at NYU and coordinated by NYU Greeks. We reached out to Baruch with a fundraising opportunity, and Cynthia *Cinnamon* went to give a presentation about the study abroad program she had participated in over winter break.
  • While we feel like we’ve improved greatly in our fundraising efforts, we are currently planning the crème de la crème. We are hoping to hold our first annual benefit dinner in fall 2008, complete with performances and guest speakers, to benefit the victims of the China Sichuan earthquake.


“My freshman year, I was really, really inspired by Deluge and Thumbelina dancing to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation at the Columbia University Dance Marathon. That really showed me how close-knit, dedicated, and selfless the sisters were—both Angie and Michelle for raising the money and dancing for 28 hours straight, and all the other sisters who donated, came out to boost their morale, and buy them snacks, Icy Hot, gel insoles, etc. So that motivated me to help carry on the tradition by doing CUDM the next year.”

– Mimi Wang *Torrent*
Single-handedly raised over $1000 for CUDM


  • Children’s Causes: Save the Children, St. Jude’s Hospital, UNICEF, and the Elizabeth Glasier Pediatric Aids Foundation for Kids.
    Our belief that all children deserve at least basic healthcare has moved us semester after semester to donate to charities that support children’s causes.
  • Asian American Women Causes: The Polaris Project, Safe Horizon, Coalition Against Anti-Asian Violence, National Asian Women’s Health Organization.
    Our conviction that Asian Americans—and specifically Asian American women—need to empower themselves politically and socially has moved us to donate to organizations fighting against domestic abuse and hostility toward Asians.
  • Emergency Relief: Red Cross Katrina Fund, China Earthquake Charity Party
  • Student groups we have collaborated with: Asian Pacific American Awareness Month, Taiwanese American Students Association, Chinese Students Club (Night Market), Japan Society (Matsuri Festival), Korean Students Association (Block Party), Columbia University Dance Marathon
  • Vendors and outside organizations we have worked with: MarketVision Posters, Six Flags, Intrax Study Abroad, BearNaked Granola, CampusFundraiser
  • As of spring 2008, total money raised: $5074.50


“I have always felt passionate about the power of and need for medical research because of the extensive impact that it has. When we had the opportunity to donate $500 to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital for cancer research, I realized the change that we, as a sorority and sisterhood, are capable of contributing to.”

– Debbie Chen *Sai*
Project Health Volunteer


  • National Asian Pacific American Women's ForumNational Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)
    National Philanthropy
    Every semester
  • NY Asian Women's CenterNY Asian Women’s Center: $100 + $100
    The New York Asian Women’s Center (NYAWC) helps battered women overcome violence and govern their own lives, free of abuse.
    Spring 2004, Fall 2004
  • Committee Against Anti-Asian ViolencePushups for Pennies: Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence: $121
    CAAAV was founded to mobilize Asian communities to counter anti-Asian institutional violence that affects immigrant, poor and working-class communities.
    Spring 2004
  • Safe HorizonSafe Horizon: $100
    Safe Horizon’s mission is to provide support, prevent violence, and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities.Spring 2004
  • Six Flags
    Fundraised by working at Six Flags
    Fall 2004, Fall 2005, Spring 2006
  • CSC Night Market
    Fundraised by selling dumplings, candy, bubble tea
    Fall 2004, Fall 2005, Spring 2006, Fall 2006, Fall 2007
  • TangerineTangerine Fund
    Went door-to-door explaining our cause and selling tangerines. It was inspirational: some paid $20 for tangerines and many donated without taking any.
    Spring 2005
  • Save the Children: $718.95
    Non-profit organization working to create positive, lasting change for disadvantaged children in the United States and 41 other nations.
    Spring 2005
    Raised money via a date auction
    Spring 2005
  • Japan Society’s Matsuri
    Set up a table with bread, Vietnamese sandwiches
    Spring 2005, Spring 2007, Spring 2008
  • Red Cross Katrina Fund: $150, Fall 2005-Spring 2006Red Cross Katrina Fund: $150
    Emergency relief fund
    Fall 2005-Spring 2006
  • Charity Poker Tourney
    Cosponsorship with Taiwanese American Students Association
    Spring 2006
  • Columbia University Dance Marathon: $2000
    28-Hour Dance Marathon. Proceeds went to Elizabeth Glasier Pediatric Aids Foundation
    Spring 2006
  • Polaris Project: $100Polaris Project: $100
    Polaris Project provides a comprehensive and community-based approach to combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery. We donated to them and held a cultural event with them.
    Fall 2006
  • CupcakeBake Sale: $43.55
    Baked cupcakes and dorm-stormed
    Spring 2007
  • ChocolateNational Chocolate Fundraiser: $50
    National Fundraiser.
    Spring 2007
  • American Cancer SocietyAmerican Cancer Society: $50
    The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering.
    Spring 2007
  • Poster SaleMarketVision Poster Sale: $700
    Fundraised by enlisting the help of poster vendors, MarketVision.
    Fall 2007
  • St. Jude’s Hospital: BearNaked Reverse Trick-or-Treat: $500
    Passed out healthy granola snacks on Halloween on behalf of BearNaked
    Fall 2007
  • Korean Students Association Block Party
    Candy sale: caramel apples, brownies
    Spring 2008
  • Intrax Study Abroad Presentation
    Hosted presentation and publicized event
    Spring 2008
  • CampusFundraiserCampusFundraiser
    Survey Fundraiser and Textbook Fundraiser
    Spring 2008
  • Poker Tourney: National Asian Women’s Health Organization: $104
    Co-sponsored charity poker tournament with Asian Pacific American Awareness Month
    Spring 2008
  • China Earthquake Charity Party: Raised $10,000
    With Stage NightLife
    Spring 2008


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