Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi), the global Jewish college fraternity, launched a $1,000,000 commitment to 10 Jewish philanthropies at its 101st International Convention in Toronto, Canada. Brothers in 180 chapters in six countries will be fundraising through AEPi’s Official Philanthropy Program to accomplish the goal. This will be the single largest philanthropy project that the undergraduate students have ever undertaken.
“As a Jewish Fraternity, AEPi is committed to Tikkun Olam – repairing the world. Our undergraduates have chosen to give back to 10 international recognized Jewish causes and agencies because that is where our heart and soul are, with Jewish people and organizations in every corner of our world,” said Larry Leider, AEPi’s International President. “Teaching the lessons of Tikkun Olam in college will help to foster the development of our Brothers into tomorrow’s Jewish communal leaders.”
As decided by undergraduate Brothers, the $1,000,000 commitment will provide a $100,000 donation to each of the following organizations: BBYO, B’nai B’rith International’s Disaster Relief Program, Gift of Life, Heroes to Heroes Foundation, Israel Children’s Cancer Foundation, IDF Widows and Orphans Organization, Innovation: Africa, MadaTech Museum, Simon Wiesenthal Center and Taglit-Birthright Israel.
This new campaign was initiated after the completion of AEPi’s previous $700,000 donation to seven organizations: ELEM, Friends of the IDF, Jewish National Fund, Keshet, Leket, Save a Child’s Heart and Sharsheret. The initial goal was to raise these funds in seven years; however, through the work of AEPi undergraduate Brothers, the $700,000 was raised in just four years.