Kappa Alpha Psi Alumni Group Exceeds $50,000 Goal—Now Hopes to Raise $150,000

When the Delta Beta Executive Alumni Foundation (DBEAF) of Kappa Alpha Psi at Syracuse University was established in 2013, one of the group’s first initiatives was to launch a fundraising campaign to raise $50,000 to create an endowment within the Our Time Has Come Scholarship by CBT 2020.

The brothers have surpassed that amount and now say they have the potential to triple their initial goal.

The turning point came last summer. As the group closed in on achieving its $50,000 goal, a challenge was issued from an anonymous donor—if the group could raise an additional $50,000 the donor would match that amount, bringing the Kappa’s gift, and their endowment, to $150,000.

“We’re very close,” says Phil Bauknight ’76, DBEAF president. “This is a tremendous opportunity for us to impact future students. We need everyone to do what they can to make this happen.”

Bauknight says the funds have been largely raised by individual gifts from Syracuse Kappas (and in some cases, matching gifts from their employers), as well as fundraising events sponsored by groups of brothers. For instance, a recent holiday gathering in New York City hosted by recent graduates yielded $2,000.

From the beginning, the goal was to have 100-percent participation. “We’d like to have a minimum $100 gift from every member of every line,” says Kevin Jones ’80, DBEAF vice president. “We’re 95 percent there.”

“It’s a way of motivating and holding brothers accountable while also providing some friendly competition and bragging rights,” says founding member Tony Martinez, a member of the Sentinal Force of Five Spring 1987 line. “You know, ‘my line gave good.’”

The Delta Beta chapter was founded at Syracuse University in 1951 and has inducted 30 lines during its history. In January 2013, following the funeral of influential member Wayne Brown ’78 in October 2012, a group of Kappa alumni came together to organize the DBEAF.

The organization has two major goals—to preserve and promote its brotherhood and to fund educational scholarships for high-achieving African American and Latinx students in need of financial assistance at Syracuse University.

“We didn’t want the only time we got together to be at funerals,” says Baucknight. “Our goal is to use our expertise, energy, time, and enthusiasm to try to make the world a little better for students of color coming through Syracuse and to be a support and a force for positive change.”

Both efforts are clearly a success. The group’s members convene monthly via conference call and at events around the country held several times a year. They look forward to awarding their first scholarship in Fall 2020, and depending on the final outcome, the potential to impact more than one student per year.

“As a fraternity, our motto is ‘achievement in every field of endeavor and training for leadership,’” say Martinez. “And if we’re going to be leaders on campus and in the alumni community, then this is one way to practice what we preach.”