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University of South Dakota Fraternity Honored with Top Award During National Philanthropy Day

Connor Van Der Werff and Andrew Tiede holding their award together. Connor Van Der Werff (left) and chapter president Andrew Tiede (right)

VERMILLION, S.D. – The Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) fraternity at the University of South Dakota was honored with the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award during the state’s National Philanthropy Day, hosted by South Dakota Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Since the inception of the award, Pi Kappa Alpha is the first college organization to be recognized. The Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy honors those ages 10–23 who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the community through direct financial support, development of charitable programs, volunteering and leadership in philanthropy.

“Our brothers are committed to making a difference in the community and beyond," said chapter president Andrew Tiede, a fourth-year accounting student from Sioux Falls. "We are honored to support worthy causes.”

For the past five academic years Pi Kappa Alpha has raised $200,000 while dedicating more than 80,000 in service hours. PIKES have made an exceptional impact on the community, especially for local children battling cancer by supporting Cure Kids Cancer at Sanford Children’s Hospital.

Listed below are philanthropy and service highlights from the USD PIKES:

  • 2019-20 academic year: $38,500 | 17,300+ service hours
  • 2018-19 academic year: $41,854 | 13,544 service hours
  • 2017-18 academic year: $41,600 | 13,249 service hours
  • 2016-17 academic year: $41,488.95 | 13,230 service hours
  • 2015-16 academic year: $39,737.31 | 13,125 service hours

During the previous academic year, the average per member was 163 service hours. Philanthropic fundraising was $504.26 per PIKE, respectively.

Visit USDPIKES.org for more information on the USD PIKES. 

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