The purpose of the Sigma Pi ACE Project is to instill pride and respect for one’s alma mater by performing philanthropic activities specifically benefiting the university community; including students, faculty, staff and administration. Unlike any other fraternity or sorority philanthropic program, Sigma Pi Fraternity’s ACE Projects directly give back to our host institutions. This is our way of showing our appreciation to the greater campus community. Since each campus is different (some public, some private; some large, some small), each project is designed and implemented locally to address the specific needs of the individual campus.
Every chapter should plan on completing one Altruistic Campus Experience by June 1st. Through the ACE Project, our chapters identify a unique problem or struggle that their campus is experiencing, brainstorm creative solutions, create an action plan and get to work in being a part of the solution.
There are three main components to a successful ACE Project:
- Altruistic: the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines altruism as "unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others". The best projects involve our brothers rolling up their sleeves and donating their physical strength to drive a real change.
- Campus: the ACE project is your gift to the institution which you attend. The project should benefit as much of the community as possible.
- Experience: a strong ACE project should be an experience to remember. The ACE project should benefit your campus, but it should also benefit the chapter and the individual members. Physically working together in your chapter and in your community will create a lasting memory that everyone will learn from and grow as fraternity men.
Advance planning and strong communication are essential for ultimate success. There are also a couple of reports that each chapter should complete in order to successfully prepare for their project, document the project and receive SOE Points for that project.
ACE Project Approval - meet with someone from your campus (probably your campus fraternity/sorority affairs professional) to discuss potential struggles or problems your campus is experiencing. This should be completed about two weeks prior to the ACE Project.
ACE Project Pre-Event Press Release and Social Media Event Page - We want your chapter to create a press release about your project. The press release should answer who, what, where, when, etc. Send this to the school newspaper, local newspaper, and various departments around campus. The ultimate goal of the press release is to share the good work you are doing in the community. You will directly upload the press release file to this report.
Additionally, we want you to create a social media event page. The most popular form is Facebook. This is another way we want you to get the information about your project out to the university community and boost participation and attendance. Take a screen shot of this social media event page and directly upload that to this report.
As Sigma Pis, we are all responsible for sharing the positive things we are doing in the community. It is very important that we share as much as we can to combat the current stories in the media that incorrectly portray all fraternity men. These are both relatively simple. They can be as basic or advanced as you want. The most important thing is that it is completed.
ACE Project Report - After you complete your ACE Project, we want to hear about it. This report collects important data about your project that we will record at the Executive Office. There are a few questions about the project that we would like you to answer. This should be done no later than two weeks after the project while the information is still current.
ACE Project Attendance - Successful ACE Projects have strong chapter participation. It is very important that you get your chapter involved in your project and inspire their participation and attendance. Chapters should utilize their Chapter Workbook to track chapter attendance. Chapters receive Standards of Excellence points for the percentage of chapter attendance.
12 Points - 90%+
10 Points - 80%-89.9%
8 Points - 70%-79.9%
0 Points - Less than 69.9%
Some examples of past successful projects include campus beautification projects, faculty/staff recognition dinners, collections for campus food banks accessible by your fellow students and large-scale programs or awareness campaigns that increase the education of the campus community on a particular relevant subject. Some projects last a week and others are just one day.
Chapters are permitted to combine their ACE Project with either the Amazing Day Foundation or Donate Life. Prior approval for combining these two Standards of Excellence expectations from your Regional Director is required.
If you have any specific questions about your project of if you just want to discuss some ideas, please do not hesitate to contact your Regional Director of campus fraternity/sorority affairs professional.