Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about the Campaign, the New House, the Funding and How You Can Help

We Owe All Future Generations of Brothers a House Befitting the Prominence of Our Chapter on Campus

What is the timeline for this project?
The current plans are to scrape the house in August 2006 and turn over the new house to the undergraduate brothers in July 2007.

Where will the undergraduate brothers live during the construction?
The current undergraduates are staying together in groups both on and off campus. Fifteen will be in campus housing, 20 are in four houses and an apartment in Berkeley Hills, and others are securing off-campus housing in groups of three or four.

Brothers circa 1967 (photo caption)

Why are we building a new house?
The current house, which was built around 1950, is not aging gracefully. Over half the fraternities on campus have built new houses or undertaken major renovations in recent years. Many more chapters are launching fundraising campaigns to start building projects. For us to continue to attract quality pledges and remain competitive with other fraternities, we must build a new facility. We owe all future generations of Sigma Nu brothers a house befitting the standing of our chapter on the Georgia Tech campus.

How big will the new house be?
With the approval and endorsement of the Georgia Tech Facilities Office, the Georgia Tech master planning and design team, and university president Dr. Wayne Clough, our new house will have approximately 13,000 square feet of living space, including a chapter room, dining room, commercial and residential kitchen, and sleeping quarters accommodating 45 brothers. The sleeping quarters will include four suites with private baths downstairs for officers and brothers with the lowest chapter numbers. We will also have state-of-the-art facilities with study rooms, conference rooms and office space for chapter leaders. Additionally, the house will have a wrap-around porch for rocking chairs, new decking around the pool, and a barbecue pit and new basketball pavilion with gardens in the rear patio area.

What is the fundraising goal of this campaign?
We aim to raise $4 million or more from monetary pledges. Sigma Nu will borrow for the project and construction costs until the pledge payments are fulfilled.

Will the national fraternity give us any money for the project?
No. While our national fraternity is very supportive of our efforts, we will fund the project through the generous donations of Sigma Nu alumni and friends.

Pledge Sunday 1967 (photo caption)

What do the undergraduate brothers think about the project?
They are very excited about their new house and have been remarkably generous in their financial support. To date, 100 percent of the undergraduate brothers have pledged $200 each per year over five years, for a total of $1,000 from each brother, which will result in over $50,000. The undergraduate brothers are also working closely with the alumni brothers and the board to ensure the success of the project.

What is Affinity Connection?
Affinity Connection is a professional fundraising firm specializing in managing fraternity and sorority capital campaigns. The company has worked closely with Sigma Nu for years, publishing The Rose & Star newsletter, maintaining our alumni records database and assisting the chapter with alumni relations. Affinity Connection has been an influential partner with Sigma Nu and has played a key role in the success of the campaign to date.

Housemother Mom Glenn (photo caption)

I am interested in financially supporting the campaign. How does the process work?
You will make a five-year, interest-free pledge. You have the choice of being invoiced quarterly, semiannually or annually to pay it off. You also have the choice of making a one-time contribution to satisfy your pledge. Your first pledge payment will help reduce the amount of the required bank loan for the project. Current gifts range anywhere from $200 per year for five years from the undergraduates to $50,000 a year for five years from two Gamma Alpha alumni.
Will my contribution be tax deductible?
The IRS has ruled that donations to fraternity house corporations are generally not tax deductible. Although Gamma Alpha is a not-for-profit entity, we are not a chapter 501(c)(3) charitable organization. In the eyes of the IRS, this campaign is not resulting in a purely educational building for a charitable organization.

What will my contribution be used for?
All pledge payments for the campaign will go to costs associated with building the new house. The Sigma Nu Housing Corporation will use all campaign donations for the architectural fees and construction costs related to the project.