Based in Indianapolis, Alpha Xi Delta functions as a women’s fraternity. Working to enable women to reach their potential, the group promotes unity, intellectual and professional accomplishments, ethics, and community service. Founded by 10 female students at Lombard College in 1893, Alpha Xi Delta currently includes 150,000 members throughout the United States.
Philanthropy remains a major focus of the organization, which supports several charities. Especially involved with autism, Alpha Xi Delta participates in Walk Now for Autism Speaks, Virtual Walk for Autism Speaks, and World Autism Awareness Day. Additionally, the fraternity created the Alpha Xi Delta Foundation, a subsidiary that has taught women how to become leaders and bolster their communities for more than 50 years.
About the Author: A resident of San Antonio, Dawn Johnson dedicated 20 years of her career to the United States Automobile Association (USAA). During her tenure, she served in various leadership roles to include President of USAA Financial Planning Services, President of USAA Alliance Services, and Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.
Outside of her professional endeavors, Johnson serves on the Board of Trustees for the South Texas Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and actively contributes to other philanthropic entities, including the Alpha Xi Delta Foundation.
With a goal of helping blood cancer patients live longer, better lives, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) began as a small volunteer-staffed organization in the 1950s and has grown to be the world’s largest nonprofit health organization. Today, charitable support is critical to the success of LLS, with volunteers involved in fundraising, office support, donor development, and much more. Many professionals, such as former USAA Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Dawn Johnson, who previously supported LLS, find that involvement in LLS activities provides a meaningful complement to their careers.
With local chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada, LLS offers community-based opportunities for involvement and support. One popular LLS offering is Team in Training (TNT), a sports endurance training program for motivated athletes seeking to compete in long-distance events. Through TNT, over 35,000 men and women prepare for marathons, 100-mile century bike rides, or triathlons. Another nationwide LLS program is Light the Night, a two- to three-mile evening walk held in over 250 cities annually. Other national programs target school-age youth and raise awareness of the prevalence of blood cancers in children under age fifteen.
Truly, LLS offers a diverse array of support opportunities—from making donations to athletic training to event participation. For busy professionals similar to former USAA leader Dawn Johnson, connecting with LLS is a powerful way to make a positive impact in their local communities.