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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

#MMGreekWeek Philanthropy Night

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Today, we're covering philanthropy night. This night is dedicated to learning about the philanthropic organization(s) that each chapter supports. Greek life places a heavy focus on giving back, so take this night as an opportunity to get a preview of what organization(s) YOU could be supporting with fundraising, functions, and campaigns.

This is the exact outfit I wore to philanthropy night last year. It was comfortable and easy, and I'm sure y'all know I've gotten my money's worth out of this skirt.

Tonight, you will not be going back to every single house. Either you will drop a house, or, they could drop you (we'll discuss that tomorrow!). Many Greek systems will give you a t-shirt to wear for this night when you sign up for recruitment, and you will get to pick the bottoms!

Chino shorts or a casual skirt are perfect compliments to whatever t-shirt you'll be wearing. Just be sure to watch the length of your bottoms - you'll be standing and sitting and moving around a lot, and you don't want to flash anyone! Casual sandals will round out the look, and you'll be ready to run up and down the row for a day full of recruitment parties!

SKIRT: Old Navy | SHOES: Jack Rogers | BLUE NECKLACE: Kendra Scott via Nordstrom | PEARL NECKLACE: Dogeared | NAIL COLOR: Essie "Muchi Muchi"

Tonight is your chance to learn about how YOU can give back. During my recruitment experience, I had a front-runner going into philanthropy night. But after, I was more or less deadlocked between the house I ended up in and another one. You'll likely watch a quick video about that particular chapter's philanthropy, and it'll give you a quick synopsis of what it is and how that house supports them. I had tears in my eyes learning about one philanthropy... some of the videos are truly moving, so wear your waterproof if you cry easily!

But as for what you should say, I would recommend that you ask how heavily the chapter is involved - what can they tell you about the events that support said philanthropy? Are fraternities and other sororities involved? Are there opportunities for leadership? How much of a time commitment is philanthropy (SUPER important question to ask if you're going to be an athlete too!)? Have any sisters had a profound experience with their philanthropy?

Take a chance to get to know about the philanthropies and how you can get involved. Chances are, you'll have a service requirement, and it is completely ok to get an idea of how much of a commitment that is. It is ok to say "I'm full" if you think that you're about to bite off more than you can chew.

All in all, philanthropy night can be a night that really changes the game for you. Different causes can set your heart on fire, and you never know what opportunities may pop up for involvement down the road.

Be sure to pin the image below to keep this information on hand!

SKIRT: Old Navy | SHOES: Jack Rogers | BLUE NECKLACE: Kendra Scott via Nordstrom | PEARL NECKLACE: Dogeared NAIL COLOR: Essie "Muchi Muchi"

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Photos by Emily You


  1. Great tips! Philanthropy day was the casual day which allows you to be yourself easier! Love this insight!


  2. I miss college :( I actually didn't pledge so I didn't know any of this! Fun read!!

    xoxo Amanda
    The Miller Affect

  3. I love philanthropy day!! you get to see the heart of the sorority that day. Also, love the sandals you paired with them- they are perfect for recruitment!!
    Southern Elle Style

  4. This sounds like fun! <3
    Amanda |

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  6. So nice that sororities do days like these and try to find ways to give back!
    You look adorable too!
    CS Gems

  7. Hearing about all of this seriously makes me nostalgic, and like I mentioned yesterday it was a fun process getting it and just not the best experience once I was in if that makes sense! Glad you're amped and loving it!! :) xx

  8. I love this!! So many girls need to hear what to expect mainly so they'll quit freaking out and stressing but also so they can seriously open up their minds to the possibility that the house they're set on for whatever reason might not be the house for them. You really just know when you walk in and feel it! (as silly as that sounds)

    You're making me miss college and greek life so much right now!!


  9. SO cute! I always loved philanthropy day.. it was so cool to see what each sorority was passionate about!

  10. Suuuuper cute skirt! I wasn't in a sorority but I love all the great things they do for the community! Yay for good people like you :)

    Valery Brennan

  11. Woooooweee I wouldn't go through rush again that's for sure! But philanthropy was one of the less stressful days, if that was even possible haha! Awesome post!

  12. How fun to dress up the top- love that idea!

  13. This makes me miss college and my sorority!! Love this post!

    xo, Christina

  14. Great post! I never rushed so wasn't exposed to this! Thanks for sharing!!


  15. Great outfit! And my sorority's philanthropy was one of the reasons why I decided to pick it! Such an important part of the Greek system that a lot of people overlook :)

  16. Loving these posts as it takes me back to my Freshman year...great tips and advice!

    Brooke | KBStyled

  17. what great tips! i never did greek life, so i love this behind-the-scenes info!

  18. Great post. I think most people assume that Greek life is all parties and greek clothes but this was a great way to show another side of greek life. It's one of the main reasons I joined a sorority, for opportunities to serve others.

    Have courage,
    Elle |


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xx, Victoria