"Wisdom through education"
In congruence with our motto “Wisdom Through Education”, Chi Upsilon Sigma’s ® National Philanthropy is the “I Have A Dream” (IHDF) Foundation.
The foundation started as a promise by millionaire businessman Eugene Lang. Upon making a speech at his former elementary school, P.S. 121 in Harlem, NY, he promised to pay college tuition for every 6th grader that graduated from the school that year. Lang then appointed Johnny Rivera as program coordinator to help the operation by gaining support from local community-based organizations. In 1986, the “I Have A Dream” Foundation became a reality.
The “I Have A Dream” Foundation provides long-term support to help children from low-income communities achieve their full potential by promoting personal empowerment, high school graduation, post-secondary success, and financial support for post-secondary education. Not only has the foundation helped over 15,000 “Dreamers” in 27 states, Washington, D.C. and New Zealand, but it has also helped members of CUS reach their dreams of going to college.
As a chapter, we make a donation to the I Have A Dream Foundation each year and raise money with our annual event "Slime-A-Cussie" and with our Jason's Deli Fundraising nights