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Dollars raised by members of Phi Delta Theta's American chapters during their quest to become Iron Phis are split equally between two causes: Funding important ALS research projects and leadership development opportunities for members of Phi Delta Theta. 

What is ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed. 

Phi Delta Theta's connection with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) cause is through Brother Lou Gehrig, who was a member of the Fraternity's chapter at Columbia University. Phi Delts across the world have raised money, awareness, and support for the fight against Lou Gehrig's Disease.


The Phi Delta Theta Foundation exists to strengthen men for life by building on the tradition of the Fraternity's core values: friendship, sound learning and rectitude. The Phi Delta Theta Foundation accomplishes its mission through undergraduate and graduate fellowships and the funding of Phi Delta Theta's educational leadership programs.

Monies raised by Iron Phis for the Phi Delta Theta Foundation will be used to enhance or add to the Fraternity's educational programs. They will also be used to further the Iron Phi initiative within Phi Delta Theta.

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Dollars raised by members of Phi Delta Theta's Canadian chapters during their quest to become Iron Phis are split equally between two charities: The ALS Society of Canada and the Canadian Phi Delta Theta Scholarship Foundation.


The ALS Society of Canada is a registered, not-for-profit Canadian organization. ALS Canada, founded in 1977, is a national voluntary health organization dedicated to the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and to providing support for those living with ALS.ALS Canada is committed to supporting research towards a cure for ALS, supporting the provincial ALS societies in their provision of quality care for persons living with ALS, and building public awareness of ALS and its impact.

Learn more about the ALS Society of Canada


2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the Canadian Foundation. Since 1974, the Canadian Foundation has awarded $225,810 to 207 undergraduates from every Canadian chapter, all thanks to the generosity of Phi Delt alumni living in Canada.

Learn more about Phi Delta Theta's Canadian Foundation