What Is Pansy Patch?
Pansy Patch is Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation’s official Grand Convention fundraiser. The best part is, you don’t have to attend Grand Convention to participate. In fact, you don’t even have to be a Theta! Theta members, along with their parents, spouses, friends, and supporters, can give pansies for just $5 each to the special Thetas in their lives.
Every $5 represents a Theta honored or remembered, creating a spectacular Pansy Patch display at Grand Convention. When you give a pansy, you lead the way for the scholastic, leadership, and service programs that help Thetas reach their fullest potential and make a difference in the world.
How it Works
For just $5, you can purchase a pansy in honor of a Theta sister. Whether attending Convention or not, your honoree will receive an email letting her know you gave a pansy in her name. If you give your pansy before May 12, 2018, her name will also be added to the Pansy Patch display for all to see at Grand Convention 2018 in Orlando. If your honoree attends Convention, she will receive a pansy sticker for her nametag and can even take a selfie with her name displayed in the Pansy Patch!
Spreading Theta love is how Pansy Patch blooms even greater year after year. Be sure to tell your friends and sisters you’ve planted a pansy in this year’s Pansy Patch and encourage them to do the same! You can share that you have given via email or on social media to encourage others to send pansies of their own. Be sure to tag your friends—paying it forward is how Pansy Patch is so successful!
Raising the Stakes: Power Pansies & Pansy Patch Scholarships
Interested in some friendly competition? We are too! With each pansy purchase, you can help provide scholarship opportunities for undergraduate members of your chapter! To participate, select the college chapter you wish to support in the “Associated Chapter” field when you purchase pansies. No matter who you honor with your pansies, the number of pansies purchased will count towards your selected “Associated Chapter,” raising that chapter higher in the Chapter Standings.
As we approach Pansy Patch milestones, we will reveal Power Pansy Challenges to encourage others to give pansies and move chapters up in the Standings. As each Challenge is fulfilled, we will unlock a number of Pansy Patch Scholarships that will be available in 2019 to collegians from the top-ranked chapters in the Chapter Standings. The total number of scholarships to be unlocked will remain a surprise, so it’s important to keep your chapter at the top of the standings to increase chances for chapter members to be eligible for these special scholarships!
As we approach Pansy Patch milestones, we will reveal Power Pansy Challenges to encourage others to give pansies and move chapters up in the Standings. Power Pansies are made possible by generous Thetas who believe in their sisters. When each Challenge is fulfilled, we will unlock the “power” behind Power Pansies: one-time, merit-based Pansy Patch Scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each for the 2019-20 Academic Year. Each scholarship made available will be designated for members of a top-ranked college chapter in the Chapter Standings. Rankings are based on the total number of pansies designated to each chapter, and collegians from eligible chapters will have the opportunity to apply for a Pansy Patch Scholarship in 2019. The total number of scholarships to be unlocked will remain a surprise, so it’s important to keep your chapter at the top of the standings to increase chances for chapter members to be eligible for these special scholarships!
Be on the lookout for the five Power Pansy Challenges throughout this 2018 Pansy Patch season! You never know how many Pansy Patch Scholarships will be unveiled with each challenge met. Every single pansy donation could help your chapter move up in the rankings!
Want to learn about the impact from the 2016 Pansy Patch? Visit our blog to read about the donors who made 18 Pansy Patch Scholarships possible.
How the Seed Was Planted
In 2008, Theta Foundation introduced Pansy Patch as its Grand Convention fundraiser and a way for donors to support Thetas’ dreams and ambitions while honoring the sisters closest to their hearts. It its first year, contributions totaled $42,000, and the patch has grown ever since. In 2018—ten years after the launch of Pansy Patch—we believe your continued participation can once again help Theta’s members become their best.
While Pansy Patch is only available in Convention years, Pansy Patch is for every Theta—even those who can’t attend Convention! And with that, Pansy Patch also provides Theta Foundation with the resources needed to help all members reach their fullest potential. Every donation to Pansy Patch supports Theta’s greatest needs—the programs that give each member opportunities to grow.
Not only are pansies Kappa Alpha Theta’s flower, they also stand for so much more! The word “pansy” comes from the French word pensée, meaning “thought.” This exemplifies the thoughtfulness of donors who give to honor the Thetas in their lives. If every Theta gave just one pansy, we would raise more than $1 million for our Fraternity, sisters, and the causes closest to Thetas’ hearts. Multiply that for every parent, spouse, or friend who buys a pansy, and you can imagine the impact!
Take a moment to think of a special Theta in your life. Think of what it would mean to her to have you support her dreams. Let’s see what we can accomplish when the women of Kappa Alpha Theta and our supporters work together!
Bloom With Us!
Everyone can help our Pansy Patch bloom! Pansy Patch is a simple and fun way to support the leading women of Kappa Alpha Theta by sharing your love and thoughtfulness directly with Theta members. Your gift inspires Thetas all over the world to achieve their dreams, and be the change agents and innovators of tomorrow. Your Pansy Patch donations help a Theta become her best.