Because the Chapter house at 702 E Third Street needs the investment. Really.
We would love for the house to remain just as it was when we called it our campus home. (It was good enough for us... Right?) Truth is, it needs investment to align it with the students who are coming to Indiana University in the 2020s.
In May 2019, the Indiana Acacia Building Corporation discussed the need for a campaign and hired Pennington & Company, the leading Greek organization fundraiser in the US, to facilitate capital fundraising.
This consisted first of a feasibility study – which many alumni participated in – to determine a range of funds we could likely obtain. A quiet phase of the campaign began in October, which resulted in over $850,000 in pledges. A public phase was scheduled for April 1. Due to pandemic conditions, however, we paused all soliciting and gave ourselves time to think through how we might go forward. Knowing that other Greek organizations would soon pick up their campaigns, and after discussions among the campaign committee members, Indiana Acacia resumed with the public phase in July, 2020.
Our total goal is $1.5 million. We can do great things with that amount.
And we are well on our way. With major contributions from George Rapp ('51), James D. Weaver ('54), Jay Duerr ('93), and Robert E. Garrow ('78), we quickly moved forward. The active Chapter agreed to contribute all of their building fund fees for the next five years, valued at $125,000. The IABC quickly followed by matching that with another $125,000 over five years.
Plenty of others stepped up and kicked in what made sense for them to give – and that's all we could expect and really so much appreciated.
The top priorities of this campaign are the house systems. We intend to update all heating and plumbing – finally bringing central heating and A/C to most of the house and eliminating the boiler and radiators. Not very sexy for a big project, but absolutely needed.
Next up is rebuilding the bathrooms from scratch. As they are now, they desperately need to disappear. Fortunately, we have good plans in place, including combining the two second floor bathrooms into one well-designed facility.
Cold dorm? It stays. Two reasons: First, $1.5 million will not allow us to redesign living spaces to include suites and smaller sleeping areas (which is what a lot of new houses have). Second, when conducting focus groups with our active brothers, we discovered they love the dorm arrangement. They can escape to bed when ready and leave behind the parties, video gaming, and other activities in their rooms.
Of course, we would love for you to spend a few moments thinking back on what Acacia meant to you – what that Chapter house meant to you – and make a contribution to the campaign.
You can pledge an amount to pay over five years of the campaign. A $10,000 pledge is sweet – and just $2,000 each year. Just $500 a year for the Chapter house is also great – and gives you a $2,500 pledge for the five-year campaign.
Contributions can be made using our financial management services platform, OmegaFi. Download the Pledge Form here. Or you can send a paper check to Acacia, Indiana University, Payment Processing, P.O. Box 2187 Columbus, GA 31902-2187.