Beta Sigma Phi is the largest women’s organization of its kind in the world with more than 200,000 members in over 20 countries. Beta Sigma Phi has been recognized internationally for its philanthropic work. The main goal of the organization is life learning and friendship for its members. It began in 1931 the midst of the depression by Walter W Ross. Walter Ross provided these women with a program of cultural studies so they could have an opportunity for intellectual and social growth. Since that time, Beta Sigma Phi has grown from a small social and cultural group into an international sorority that is proud to call women like US first ladies Hillary Rodman Clinton, and Barbara Bush sisters.
Members devote much time to service, so much that there is hardly a charitable health or cultural group in existence today that has not been aided in some way by Beta Sigma Phi. A recent survey of the membership revealed that chapters give between 200 and 300 thousand hours of time each year to charitable causes and raise between 1-2 million for these causes annually. Internationally chapters have created several special funds to which they contribute. These include the
international endowment fund, which has donated more than 200,000,000 to help research groups.
Homes for underprivileged children and many other causes.
College scholarship fund for members, children and grandchildren.
The disaster relief fund which is distributed to members struck by natural disasters.
Members are dedicated to service but cultural and social activities are also important activities. Each year members organize and study a variety of programs that enhance cultural understanding. Members also plan socials for themselves, their families and communities.