Delta Gamma
FoundedDecember 25, 1873; 150 years ago (1873-12-25)
Lewis School for Girls (Oxford, Mississippi)
MottoDo Good
Colors  Bronze   Pink   Blue[a]
FlowerThe Delta Gamma Heritage Cream Rose
MascotHannah Doll
PhilanthropyDelta Gamma Foundation (Service for Sight)
Chapters151 active chapters
200+ alumnae chapters and associations
Members20,000+ collegiate
250,000, 199,800+ living alumnae lifetime
Headquarters3250 Riverside Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43221
United States
Albion College chapter Lodge

Delta Gamma (ΔΓ), commonly known as DG, is a women's fraternity in the United States and Canada with over 250,000 initiated members.[1] It has 150 collegiate chapters and more than 200 alumnae groups.[2] The organization's executive office is in Columbus, Ohio.[3] Delta Gamma is one of 26 national sororities under the umbrella organization of the National Panhellenic Conference.[4]


Delta Gamma was founded as a fraternity in December 1873 at the Lewis School for Girls in Oxford, Mississippi near the University of Mississippi.[5] It was called a fraternity because the term sorority was not yet in use.[5] The group's founders were Mary Comfort Leonard, Eva Webb Dodd, and Anna Boyd Ellington.[3][5]

Initially, Delta Gamma's early growth was to women's colleges in the southern United States. Within a few years, Delta Gamma expanded into the northern United States and the East with the help of George Banta, a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and Delta Gamma's only male initiate.[6] Banta played an integral part in the expansion of Delta Gamma to well-recognized northern colleges.[7][3]

In 1882, Banta married Lillian Vawter, a Delta Gamma at Franklin College.[8] In his later years, Banta helped rewrite the Delta Gamma ritual.[8] He frequently visited Delta Gamma conventions, often participating as a guest speaker. He gave his last speech in 1934, a year before his death.[7] Because of Banta, Delta Gamma retains close historical ties with Phi Delta Theta.[8]

Delta Gamma was one of seven charter members of the National Panhellenic Conference when the first inter-sorority meeting was held in Boston, Massachusetts in 1891.[9] Delta Gamma and the six other charter members formally joined the National Panhellenic Conference in 1902.

As of 2022, Delta Gamma has 150 collegiate chapters in the United States and Canada. It has more than 200 alumnae groups in the United States, Canada, and England.[2][3]

In 2013, Delta Gamma founded the #IAmASororityWoman campaign for members of any sorority to start conversations about what sorority women truly value to combat common stereotypes.[10]


Although Delta Gamma has no official jewel, the fraternity recognizes the anchor as its official symbol and bronze, pink, and blue as its official colors. It occasionally adopts working colors for braning purposes, which are noted on its website. These are complimentary to the official colors, and may offer shades and accent colors.[11] The official flower is a cream-colored rose, registered as the Delta Gamma Heritage Rose with the American Rose Society. This is the only sorority flower registered as such. The Hannah Doll is their mascot.[6][2]

The badge of Delta Gamma is a golden anchor and may be worn only by initiated members.[12] Before the adoption of the golden anchor, the symbol of Delta Gamma was simply an "H" for the word "Hope". In 1877, the Hope badge was changed to the traditional symbol of hope, the anchor. Today's badge has a small cable wrapping around the top of the anchor, with the Greek letters Tau Delta Eta (ΤΔΗ) on the crosspiece. Delta Gamma's motto is "Do Good."[12]



The Delta Gamma Foundation was formed in 1951.[13] It has three main philanthropic focuses: service for sight, grants to the fraternity for educational and leadership purposes, and grants to individual members.[13] Members and local chapters contribute to its funds. Delta Gamma gives more than 150,000 volunteer hours to service for sight each year.[14]

The fraternity is one of the first recipients of the Helen Keller Philanthropic Service Award, given by the American Foundation for the Blind for assistance to those who are visually impaired and for sight conservation.[15] It was also the first recipient of the Virginia Boyce Award presented by Prevent Blindness America.[16]

Ohio University chapter house

Anchor Splash and Anchor Games are the Delta Gamma's fundraising events hosted on college campuses across North America.[17] The proceeds raised at these events support Delta Gamma's philanthropies, such as service for sight.[17] Anchor Splash is a synchronized swimming event.[5] The event has different organizations on campus create a synchronized swimming dance. The dance is performed at Anchor Splash for an audience.[18] Each chapter decides how to implement these events on its campus; for example, some chapters may host flag football tournaments or volleyball tournaments as their fundraiser.


The official Delta Gamma magazine is the Anchora ("aNGkərə" not "ankôrə"), which has been published quarterly continuously since 1884.[19] Delta Gamma members can submit photos and articles to be included The Anchora.[19]

Membership and chapters

Columbia University chapter house

Main article: List of Delta Gamma chapters

Potential members must attend a college where there is a Delta Gamma chapter.[20] Members join through either formal recruitment or continuous open bidding (COB).[5][21] A COB can occur when a potential new member wants to join outside of recruitment. Joining outside of recruitment can happen any time of the year. [22]

There are 150 collegiate chapters across America and Canada. The Zeta Phi chapter at Harvard University announced in 2018 that it was closing due to Harvard's policy against gender-segregated organizations.[23]

Notable members

Main article: List of Delta Gamma members

See also


  1. ^ Bronze, Pink and Blue are the official colors; however, the organization sometimes chooses branding colors for current use.


  1. ^ "Delta Gamma". Retrieved 2017-01-31.
  2. ^ a b c "DG at a Glance - Delta Gamma".
  3. ^ a b c d William Raimond Baird; Carroll Lurding (eds.). "Almanac of Fraternities and Sororities (Baird's Manual Online Archive), section showing Delta Gamma chapters". Student Life and Culture Archives. University of Illinois: University of Illinois Archives. Retrieved 30 December 2021. The main archive URL is The Baird's Manual Online Archive homepage.
  4. ^ National Panhellenic Conference. "Member Organizations". National Panhellenic Conference. Archived from the original on 2012-02-25. Retrieved 2012-10-09.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Our Story". Delta Gamma. Retrieved 2022-10-31.
  6. ^ a b Delta Gamma (2009-10-20). "DG Trivia". Delta Gamma Fraternity. Retrieved 2012-10-03.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ a b "George Banta and the Delta Gamma/Phi Delta Theta Connection | Focus on Fraternity History & MoreFocus on Fraternity History & More". 2013-01-24. Archived from the original on 2014-11-01. Retrieved 2014-08-20.
  8. ^ a b c "Miller's Meanderings – Volume #1 | Phi Delta Theta Fraternity". 9 March 2009. Retrieved 2014-08-20.
  9. ^ "Adventure in Friendship: A History of the National Panhellenic Conference" (PDF). National Panhellenic Conference. 2017. Retrieved November 14, 2022.
  10. ^ "#IAmASororityWoman". 3 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Our Brand". Delta Gamma, Inc. Retrieved 1 October 2023. Of course, our colors will always be Bronze, Pink and Blue.
  12. ^ a b Delta Gamma (2012-09-25). "Symbols". Delta Gamma Fraternity. Archived from the original on 2011-10-26. Retrieved 2012-10-03.
  13. ^ a b "Our Foundation – Delta Gamma". Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  14. ^ Delta Gamma (2012-08-17). "Philanthropy". Delta Gamma Fraternity. Archived from the original on 2011-12-05. Retrieved 2012-10-03.
  15. ^ American Foundation for the Blind (2012-05-30). "AFB Announces 2012 Helen Keller Achievement Award Winners". American Foundation for the Blind. Retrieved 2012-10-09.[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ Optometry Times (2009-09-01). "Prevent Blindness America mourns loss of sight-saving pioneer". Advanstar Communications, Inc. Retrieved 2012-10-09.
  17. ^ a b "Fundraising". Delta Gamma. 2013-05-18. Archived from the original on 2013-05-18. Retrieved 2022-11-14 – via Wayback Machine Web Archive.
  18. ^ TOPLIFF, MADDIE (2017-11-04). "Sorority Delta Gamma takes a dive at philanthropy". The Times-Delphic. Retrieved 2022-11-29.
  19. ^ a b "ANCHORA". Delta Gamma. Retrieved 2022-11-14.
  20. ^ "How to Join a Greek Organization". Retrieved 2022-11-29.
  21. ^ "How Sororities Work". HowStuffWorks. 2007-08-06. Retrieved 2022-11-11.
  22. ^ "What is Continuous Open Bidding?". Retrieved 2022-11-29.
  23. ^ Fox, Jeremy C. (August 5, 2018). "Harvard sorority to close in response to policy on single-gender clubs". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2022-11-14.