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Philanthropy Committee Message

Members and friends of Chi Epsilon,

Chi Epsilon is the world’s only civil engineering honor society. Chi Epsilon was started in 1922 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to recognize outstanding students and members of the civil engineering community, including those in environmental engineering, construction engineering, architectural engineering and other similar disciplines, for their scholarship, character, practicality, and sociability. In bestowing a mark of distinction, symbolized by our key in the form of an engineer’s Transit, we challenge our members to foster excellence, connectivity, and engagement among those in the civil engineering community to improve our world.

By the end of 2018, Chi Epsilon will have recognized more than 123,500 members including, 2454 Chapter Honor Members and 65 National Honor Members. Additionally, the society will have installed 143 chapters across the United States. Chi Epsilon will likely install its first international chapter at the American University of Sharjah in the spring of 2019. Additionally, Chi Epsilon is a proud member of the Association of College Honor Societies.

If you are an alumni member, faculty member, or Chapter Honor Member, thank you for “coming back,” to view our website and learn of our efforts to make Chi Epsilon relevant to the engineers of today and tomorrow. We encourage you to connect with us and view our activities on our Facebook page.

Finally, but of great importance, your financial support of our national office is critical to keeping student initiate fees as low as possible. For many years, Chi Epsilon supported its operations primarily through a one-time initiation fee. However, only five percent of our members are students; 95% of our membership are alumni. College costs continue to rise, and many of our students are burdened with debt. We are looking to our alumni members to stay connected with Chi Epsilon, both in financial support for the General Fund and in-kind support to our collegiate chapters.

We encourage our alumni members to connect with their alma mater or nearby chapter and explore opportunities such as speaking at meetings, supporting service projects, and providing student employment. We likewise encourage you to click the “Give Now” button and further support Chi Epsilon as we recognize our students’ Scholarship, Character, Practicality, and Sociability and challenge them to put these pillars into practice as professionals. We are a tax-deductible 501(c)(3) charitable organization and have received Guide Star Platinum status.

General Fund

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Beginning September 1, 2018, all donations made to Chi Epsilon will be placed in the General Fund. At the time of donation, a portion of each gift will be allocated to fund scholarships, fellowships, and teaching awards. For the 2018-2019 academic year, Chi Epsilon will present $66,000 in awards to students, e.g., thirteen $3,500 awards, ten $2,000 awards to deserving students, and one $500 James M. Robbins ‘Excellence in Teaching’ award. Additionally, the Society will be setting aside a portion of the annual donations to build our longterm financial holdings.

Student Member Donation

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Chi Epsilon needs your help to move the vision and mission of our Society forward. Student members of Chi Epsilon are encouraged to make an annual donation in support of our operations.

Chi Epsilon Futures Fund

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As we approach our 100-year anniversary, members are encouraged to make a special donation to our Futures Fund. Our goal is to have more than $3,000,000 in this Fund. Eventually, earnings from the Futures Fund will be used to offset a portion of costs currently included in our new member initiation fees.