Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

OMICRON DELTA KAPPA FOUNDATION INC

  • Lexington, VA
  • www.odk.org

Mission Statement

Raise money for scholarships to members; promote and recognize campus leadership in student affairs and provide leadership training to develop campus members for future community leadership.

Main Programs

  1. Scholarships for graduate or professional school
  2. Clay Grants
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Omicron Delta Kappa Foundation provides services wherever there is a campus circle of ODK. The Omicron Delta Kappa Society has more than 300 circles across the United States.

ruling year

1984

Executive Director since 2014

Self-reported

Tara S. Singer Ed.D.

Keywords

Self-reported

ODK Circle, scholarships, leadership

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Also Known As

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EIN

31-1113255

 Number

0734848103

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Omicron Delta Kappa recognizes and encourages achievement in scholarship; athletics; campus or community service; social and religious activities and campus government; journalism, speech and the mass media; creative and performing arts.

The ODK Foundation provides scholarships for graduate or professional school, programming grants to campus circles for leadership or service projects, StrengthsQuest leadership assessment training, awards for recognize outstanding leadership in the above-listed areas, and signature leadership training to support campus leaders as they move into positions of community leadership are some of the ways the goals are fulfilled.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Scholarships for graduate or professional school

Competitive application process for one year scholarships for members attending a graduate or professional degree program.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$57,000.00

Program 2

Clay Grants

Omicron Delta Kappa’s Maurice A. Clay Leadership Development Initiative awards small grants of up to $500 to individual circles that that proposed specific programs to enhance leadership development on their campuses.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Budget

10,000

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Increase membership and enhance member engagement through signature programs, internships, networking, and support to campus circles.
    Advance leadership education toward a leadership certification with research, webinars, partnerships with thought leaders in this area.
    Develop programs of promise and distinction.
    Provide opportunities for volunteer involvement in Omicron Delta Kappa.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Develop baseline metrics; survey members. Review existing programs and evaluations.
    Connect local alumni members to campus circles for support and networking.
    Develop and execute a strategic communications plan to reach all audiences in ODK.
    Partner with thought leaders and organizations with similar goals and objectives to strengthen opportunities for young graduates.
    Create an online leadership curriculum.
    Create a volunteer structure and opportunities within the organization
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Committed board leadership, visionary executive director and highly motivated and skilled staff.
    Recently improved technology for analytics and communication.
    Successful Centennial campaign to raise resources in support of these goals.
    Strategic plan ODK 2024, a road map for the next ten years, clearly sets out metrics and objectives.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Annual milestones in place to measure each area of the strategic plan:

    A complete copy of the plan with all measurable metrics is available at odk.org or by calling the headquarters.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Survey of current members is in development for execution in spring 2015.
    Strategic plan finalized and volunteers and staff assigned to each area. Metrics in place.
    New technology including a completely redesigned and enhanced website and alumni engagement platform launched June 1, 2014.
    Additional fundraising planned to support continued need for resources.
    Partnerships with Teach For America and Gallup StrengthsQuest are in written memo of understanding and in the second year of successful implementation. CORO and Washington Scholars Institute have written memo of understanding becoming effecting in 2015. Other partnerships in stages of implementation.
    This section will be updated quarterly as "ODK 2024: Leading for Our Second Century" is rolled out.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Omicron Delta Kappa Foundation provides services wherever there is a campus circle of ODK. The Omicron Delta Kappa Society has more than 300 circles across the United States.

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Financials

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OMICRON DELTA KAPPA FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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OMICRON DELTA KAPPA FOUNDATION INC

Leadership

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Executive Director

Tara S. Singer Ed.D.

BIO

Tara S. Singer was named as Omicron Delta Kappa's fifth Executive Director in April 2013. She brings more than three decades of experience in association management, communications and marketing, alumni engagement and development, and university administration to her roles as the chief executive for both the Omicron Delta Kappa Society, Inc. and the Omicron Delta Kappa Foundation, Inc.

Tara was previously the assistant vice president for Communications and Marketing at Indiana State University. Previous experiences include managing a range of budgets for university departments and divisions, affiliated foundations, and membership organizations; developing successful marketing campaigns for student recruitment at Indiana State University and for the Illinois Institute of Technology's Alumni Association; and developing comprehensive alumni engagement programs at the University of West Georgia and the University of Louisville.

Additionally, Tara has coordinated numerous state, regional, and national conferences and has edited and co-authored various publications, including one book and several articles published nationally. A 1982 initiate of the Beta Epsilon Circle at the University of Louisville, Singer served as the faculty officer for the University of West Georgia Circle during her tenure as UWG's vice president for University Advancement. She is also a member of Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity and Mortar Board. Previously, she served Mortar Board as a member of that organization's National Editorial Board and as an advisor for the Pallas Chapter at the University of Louisville. Tara continues to serve AOII as one of its Foundation Ambassadors.

Tara earned her degrees at the University of Louisville including a Doctor of Education in educational administration, a Master of Arts in higher education administration, and a Bachelor of Arts with honors in American studies.

She is the mother of three sons. Scott Strednak Singer, a doctoral student at Temple University, and his wife, the Reverend Katie Strednak Singer, reside in Bowling Green, Ky.; Britt Singer teaches English as a Second Language in Prague; and Chad Singer is a park naturalist in south central Ky.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Russell W Chambliss

Mason Corporation

Term: July 2016 - June 2018

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?