Emergency Fund

If you need assistance after a natural disaster, contact your state organization president. She will submit your request to Society Headquarters.

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Emergency Fund recommendation process

Members who sustain major losses from floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, wild fires and other natural disasters may be recommended by their chapter and state organization presidents to receive a U.S. $500 Emergency Fund Award.

  • Inform state organization president
    Chapter president informs state organization president of member(s) affected by natural disaster. Use interactive form to expedite process. 
  • Contact Society Headquarters
    State organization president contacts Executive Director with name of member, member’s chapter, exact nature of disaster sustained and current mailing address. 
  • Approved request leads to check
    Executive Director approves the request and mails a check from Society Headquarters. It is possible that the executive director will ask for additional information to determine whether the loss was caused by natural causes.

Responding  To Disasters Since 1948

Emergency Fund provides support 

Following a 1948 flood that destroyed Vanport, Oregon, a plea for help in the DKG NEWS resulted in more than $3,000 that became the Emergency Fund. The fund continues as natural disasters affect members. Contributions demonstrate the Society’s “genuine spiritual fellowship.”

  • 2010-2015
    Record storms, flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes (Sandy et al) and wild fires resulted in checks in excess of $125,500 for 283+ members. 
  • 2000-2009
    In 2000-01 Emergency Fund checks increased from $200 to $500. Florida remembers 2004’s Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne. Gulf Coast state organizations remember Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, when approximately $400,000 went to members. Hurricane Ike stormed his way into the Gulf Coast and inland North America in 2008. Members in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin suffered from flooding, forest fires and tornadoes.
  • 1990-1999
    Hurricanes, floods and forest fires hit members in Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, New Mexico and Texas.
  • 1980-1989
    The 1980s brought earthquakes, fires, tornadoes and hurricanes (including Hugo) for members in 21 state organizations.
  • 1970-1979
    Mud slides, flooding and tornadoes meant that members in 18 state organizations received Emergency Fund checks.
  • 1960-1969
    Hurricane Camille, earthquakes and tornadoes hit members from Alaska to Louisiana.
  • 1948-1959
    From initial funds sent to Vanport evacuees to help 72 teachers and their families start anew, the Emergency Fund continued to aid members in Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and other states. Members from nearly 60 state organizations received
  • Emergency Fund checks.

Members say, ‘Thank you!’


Connecticut member, 2015

I am also grateful to know that I have support of fellow Society members.

Pennsylvania member, 2015

It is comforting to know that Delta Kappa Gamma members are so supportive...I am honored to be a member of this prestigious group of women. 

New Brunswick, Canada member, 2014

I certainly appreciate the support and warmth of all members who donate funds each year.

California member, 2014

After the earthquake, I wasn’t sure how we were going to do repairs to the house. With your help the contractor has started the job. With your support and care I know we will be fine. 

Great Britain member, 2014

I always thought that the Society Emergency Fund was impressive in its aim. I had heard the odd niggle that it was only American members who benefitted. I never, ever thought that I would be one to benefit! It was most heartening to receive such a gift. It showed sympathy in a practical way and was much appreciated.

Arizona member, 2013

Not only did the check help with the repairs, the emotional benefits were priceless!  Thanks from the bottom of my heart for the support I received just when so much was going wrong.

Pennsylvania member, 2012/2013

Your generous gift comes at a time of great need. Hopefully it’s the start of things to come and an end to a dark time. As the saying goes…We are strong; we will be back (But not without the help of others).

Alabama member, 2012

After the tornado ripped our home in half, it is with heart-felt gratitude that I write to thank all of you for the miraculous blessing of friendship.