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September 18, 1872|
Syracuse University, (Syracuse, New York)
|Mission statement||Alpha Phi is a sisterhood of women supporting one another in lifelong achievement.|
|Motto||Union hand in hand|
|Flower||Lily of the Valley, Forget-me-not|
|Philanthropy||Alpha Phi Foundation in support of Women's Heart Health|
|Values||sisterhood, scholarship, service, character development, loyalty, leadership|
1930 Sherman Avenue|
Alpha Phi International Women's Fraternity (ΑΦ) is a sorority with 170 active chapters and over 200,000 initiated members.
Founded at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York on September 18, 1872, it is the fourth Greek-letter organization founded for women, and the first "sorority" founded for women in the northeast.
At the time of the founding there were only twenty women attending Syracuse; ten of them eventually formed of Alpha Phi to found an organization "on the principles of the promotion of growth in character; unity of feeling, sisterly affection, and social communion among the members." Although the actual founding date is September 18, 1872, Alpha Phi has been celebrating their Founder's Day on October 10 since 1902, since many colleges and universities were not open for classes in mid-September at that time. Alpha Phi considers itself a women's fraternity because its founding date predates the invention of the word "sorority".
- Martha Emily Foote Crow - Martha "Mattie" Foote Crow (1854 – January 1, 1924) was an educator and writer. Born in Sackets Harbor, New York, she played an important role in the development of higher education for women in the United States.
- Rena A. Michaels Atchison - She served as a professor at several universities. She then served as Dean of Women's College, Northwestern University from 1886–1891.
- Clara Bradley Baker Wheeler Burdette
- Jane Sara Higham
- Clara Sittser Williams
- Florence Chidester Lukens
- Ida Arabella Gilbert DeLamanter Houghton
- Kate Elizabeth Hogoboom Gilbert
- Louise Viola Shepard Hancock
- Elizabeth Grace Hubbell Shults
Like many other women's fraternities, Alpha Phi recognizes multiple types of symbols, with the Ivy Leaf as their primary symbol. The fraternity's official colors are bordeaux and silver. The colors were originally blue and gold; however, these colors were similar to those of the Sigma Chi fraternity so they were changed. The flowers are the Lily of the Valley and the Forget-me-not, and the fraternity lists its values as "Sisterhood, Scholarship, Service, Leadership, Loyalty, Character Development."
Like other greek life organizations, Alpha Phi has created an individual symbol for its organization that they felt was meaningful, and as the fraternity states, "Alpha Phi was the first women's organization to use Greek letters as an emblem. Originally there was no standard badge. Until 1906 when the current badge was adopted, each member [of Alpha Phi] went to the jeweler of her choice to have her pin designed." Currently, all members receive a badge when they are initiated.
- Honor Badge – These pins are worn by international officers, and presidents of college chapters while they are serving their reign as president.
- New member Badge – "In 1898 the Fraternity adopted a special badge to honor her newest members. The badge they selected is in the shape of an ivy leaf, set in silver pewter. An ever-growing vine, the ivy symbolizes the growth of the Alpha Phi sisterhood."
- Fifty-Year Pin – "The first fifty-year pins, silver circles with red stones, were presented at the 42nd Convention in 1958 to several alumnae who had given significant service to the fraternity for 50 years or more. These pins are replicas of the pins presented to the six living founders at the Fraternity's Fiftieth Anniversary Convention in 1922."
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Alpha Phi fraternity participates in philanthropy via a separate arm, the Alpha Phi Foundation, founded in 1956. The fraternity officially adopted Cardiac Care as its philanthropic priority in 1946, which then became the Foundation's focus upon its founding in 1956. The Foundation supports programs and research that study heart disease in women – specifically its symptoms, its treatment and its prevention.The foundation raises and awards funds and grants for programs in leadership and academics, towards women's heart health, for members with financial needs, and for heritage preservation and education about philanthropy.
The Foundation helps fund research and educational programs that support the improvement of women's heart health through its annual Heart to Heart Cardiac Care Grant, a $50,000 award towards better understanding gender differences in heart health through increasing heart disease prevention and treatment in women. The fraternity considers the first Friday of February as Red Dress Pin Day and the month of February as Cardiac Care Month where individual Alpha Phi chapters are encouraged to develop a relationship with a local cardiac care project in their community as well as to promote awareness of women's heart disease.
Collegiate chapters of Alpha Phi host a philanthropy event known as The Red Dress Gala (also called "Red Dress Ball" or "Aphiasco" by some chapters), which includes a silent auction, guest speakers, and a full dinner for sisters, alumni, and family. Traditionally, the collegiate members wear red dresses to represent their support for Women's Heart Health. This event raises funds for their Foundation and the Heart to Heart Grant. Collegiate chapters, alumnae chapters and individual members can nominate a local heart project for the Heart to Heart Cardiac Care Grant. Self-nominations are also accepted. The recipient is selected by a team of medical professionals and the Foundation board of directors.
Past recipients of the Heart to Heart Grant
- 1993 – Program in Women's Cardiovascular Health – University Hospitals of Cleveland – sponsored by the Cleveland East Alumnae chapter
- 1994 – Brigham and Women's Hospital, Cardiovascular Division – sponsored by the Zeta Phi Chapter, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- 1995 – Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, formerly the Deaconess Hospital, Institute for Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease – sponsored by the Zeta Phi Chapter, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- 1997 – Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation's "Women's Heart Night Out" – sponsored by the Albuquerque Alumnae Chapter
- 1998 – Egleston Children's Hospital's Sibley Heart Center – sponsored by the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter and Theta Pi Chapter, Emory University
- 1999 – California Pacific Medical Center/Transitional Cardiac Care Unit – sponsored by the San Francisco Alumnae Chapter
- 2000 – University of Cincinnati Women's Health Program – sponsored by the Cincinnati Alumnae Chapter
- 2001 – Allen Memorial Hospital – sponsored by the Epsilon Theta Chapter, University of Northern Iowa
- 2002 and 2003 – Mercy Medical Center of Northern Iowa – sponsored by Kaitlin Maguire (Gamma Omicron, Drake University)
- 2004 – Mainline Health Heart Center
- 2005 – Cleveland Clinic Foundation
- 2006 – American Heart Association of La Jolla, CA
- 2007 – University of Colorado Hospital (and) American Heart Association of La Jolla, CA
- 2008 – Events of the Heart of New York, NY
- 2009 – Women's Heart Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- 2010 – Oregon Health and Science University Foundation (and) Greater Boston Division of the American Heart Association
- 2011 – St. Luke's Hospital Foundation in Kansas City, MO
- 2012 – University of Washington Division of Cardiology
- 2013 – Texas Heart Institute in Houston, TX
- 2014 – Memorial Hermann Foundation
- 2015 – Geisinger Health System
- 2016 – University of Louisville Foundation
- 2017 – Texas Heart Institute in Houston, TX 
Note: Texas Heart Institute has been awarded the grant twice, in 2013 and 2017.
In 2015, the Beta Mu chapter at the University of Alabama took down a recruitment video that was heavily criticized for its lack of diversity and the provocative way in which collegiate women were portrayed.
In October 2016, the Iota Delta chapter at the University of Rhode Island charter was revoked for at least five years. On bid day, the sorority was accused of endangering the health and safety of new members and violating the university's alcohol policy.
In January 2018, Harley Barber, a member of the Beta Mu chapter at the University of Alabama was terminated from the sorority and expelled from the college after posting videos on social media in which she repeatedly used the n-word and other profanities to make degrading comments about African-Americans. The incident gained media coverage across the country, University President Stuart R. Bell, the University Panhellenic Association, and Linda Kahangi, executive director of Alpha Phi International Fraternity released statements.
- Nancy Austin (Beta Delta – UCLA) – Management consultant and author of The Assertive Woman
- Susan Bayh (Lambda – UC Berkeley) – attorney and professional director
- Deborah Lippmann (Gamma Pi – Arizona State) – singer and celebrity manicurist with her own line, the Lippmann Collection
- Janet Murguía (Gamma Delta – Kansas) – First female president/CEO of National Council of La Raza
- Julee Rosso (Beta Beta – Michigan State) – Founder of The Silver Palate gourmet food shop and Co-author of Silver Palate Cookbook
- Alice Waters (Gamma Beta – UC Santa Barbara) – author, chef, founder of Chez Panisse, the original "California Cuisine" restaurant
- Beverly Willis (Beta Upsilon – Oregon State) – Architect, artist, author, and activist
- Andrea Wong (Zeta Phi – MIT) – American television executive, former President and chief executive officer of Lifetime Television
- Katie Chang (Beta – Northwestern) – Actress, ("The Bling Ring")
- Katelynne Cox (Omicron – Missouri) – Musician, model, congressional aide, news anchor
- Rosemarie DeWitt (Theta Mu – Hofstra) – Actress, (Standoff, Mad Men, Rachel Getting Married, United States of Tara)
- Mildred Dunnock (Zeta – Goucher) – Academy Award nominated film and stage actress
- Jeannette Paulson Hereniko (Tau – Oregon) – American film producer, television writer, film festival director and founder
- Olivia Jordan (Eta – Boston) – Miss USA 2015, 2nd runner up in Miss Universe 2015
- Regina Lasko (Beta – Northwestern) – writer and wife of David Letterman (Late Show with David Letterman)
- Maile Misajon (Beta Delta – UCLA) – Winner of the U.S. reality television series Popstars
- Eliza Orlins (Alpha – Syracuse) – Participant on Survivor: Vanuatu and Survivor: Micronesia
- Gabrielle Ruiz (Delta Delta – Oklahoma City University) – Actress, dancer and singer (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)
- Jeri Ryan (Beta – Northwestern) – Actress, (Boston Public, Star Trek: Voyager, Dark Skies, Shark, Leverage, Body of Proof)
- Inga Swenson (Beta – Northwestern) – Tony Award nominated actress (The Miracle Worker, Benson)
- Randi Mayem Singer (Lambda – UC Berkeley) – Writer and producer
- Jennifer Tisdale (Epsilon Upsilon – CSU/Northridge) – Actress, (The Hillside Strangler, Dark Ride, Undressed)
- Hannah Wagner (Gamma Xi – Wichita State) – Miss Kansas 2015
- Kimberly Williams-Paisley (Beta – Northwestern) – Actress, (Father of the Bride, According to Jim, We Are Marshall)
- Barbara Brooks Wallace (Beta Delta – UCLA) – Award-winning children's author
- Janice Woods Windle (Omega – Texas) – Author of True Women
News media and journalism
- Lisa Colagrossi (Beta Iota – West Virginia) – Emmy winning television anchor with WABC-TV in New York
- Ann Martin (Sigma – Washington) – Primetime news anchor and co-host of Woman 2 Woman, KCBS-TV, Los Angeles
- Nan C. Robertson (Beta – Northwestern) – Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and feature writer for The New York Times
Politics and government
- Elaine Baxter (Beta Alpha – Illinois) – Former Iowa secretary of state and former member of the Iowa House of Representatives
- Becky Cain (Beta Iota – West Virginia) – Past president of the League of Women Voters
- Liz Carpenter (Omega – Texas) – Author, political humorist, former press secretary for Lady Bird Johnson
- Georgia Neese Clark Gray (Upsilon – Washburn) – First woman Treasurer of the United States
- Joy Flowers Conti (Epsilon Iota – Duquesne) – district judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
- Margaret McNamara (Lambda – UC Berkeley) – Founder of Reading is Fundamental
- Mary H. Murguia (Gamma Delta – Kansas) – United States federal judge
- Dorothy Wright Nelson (Beta Delta – UCLA) – United States federal judge
- Polly Rosenbaum (Beta Gamma – Colorado) – Arizona's longest-serving state legislator
- Frances Willard (Alpha Lambda – Alumna Initiate) – American educator, temperance reformer, and women's suffragist
- Lynn Woolsey (Sigma – Washington) – Member of the United States House of Representatives
- Susie Berning (Delta Delta – Oklahoma City) – American professional golfer
- Julie Clark (Gamma Beta – UC Santa Barbara) – American airline pilot and aerobatic performer
- Claire Waters Ferguson (Beta Beta – Michigan State) – First woman president of the United States Figure Skating Association
- Jennifer Joines (Iota Gamma – University of the Pacific) – Silver medal winning American indoor volleyball player in the 2008 Beijing Olympics
- Janis Klecker (Epsilon – Minnesota) – American long-distance runner, two-time United States national champion in the marathon
- Marion Roper (Beta Delta – UCLA) – Bronze medal winning American diver in the 1932 Summer Olympics
- Ruth Stafford Peale (Alpha – Syracuse) – Religious leader, public speaker and author
- Catherine Maples Waynick (Epsilon Zeta – Central Michigan) – One of only eight women to be bishops in the U.S. Episcopal Church
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