Delta Gamma
Delta Gamma crest.png
FoundedDecember 25, 1873; 148 years ago (1873-12-25)
Lewis School for Girls (Oxford, Mississippi)
MottoDo Good
Colors  Bronze   Pink   Blue
FlowerCream-Colored 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, OH 43221

Delta Gamma (ΔΓ), commonly known as DG, is a sorority in the United States and Canada with over 250,000 initiated members.[1]

It has 151 collegiate chapters in the United States and Canada and more than 200 alumnae groups.[2] The organization's executive office is in Columbus, Ohio.[3]

Delta Gamma is one of 26 national fraternities under the umbrella organization of the National Panhellenic Conference.[4]


Delta Gamma was founded in December 1873 at the Lewis School for Girls in Oxford, Mississippi near the University of Mississippi. The group's founders were Mary Comfort Leonard, Eva Webb Dodd, and Anna Boyd Ellington.[5][3]

The early growth for Delta Gamma was confined to women's colleges in the southern United States. Within a few years, Delta Gamma had established itself in the northern United States and later to 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 chapters from Oxford, Mississippi, to well-recognized northern colleges.[7][3]

In 1882, Banta married Lillian Vawter, a Delta Gamma at Franklin College. After Lillian died in 1885, he was remarried to Ellen Lee Pleasants.[8] In his later years, he assisted with the rewriting of the Delta Gamma ritual.[8] He frequently visited Delta Gamma conventions, often participating as a guest speaker. He appeared for his last speech in 1934, a year before his death.[7] As a result of the assistance provided by Banta, Delta Gamma retains close historical ties with the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.[9]

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.[10][11] Delta Gamma and the six other charter members formally joined the National Panhellenic Conference in 1902.

Today,[when?] Delta Gamma has 151 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.[12]


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. The official flower is the cream-colored rose, which is registered as the Delta Gamma Cream Rose with the American Rose Society and is the only official sorority flower to have been 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.[13]

Before the adoption of the beloved golden anchor, the symbol of Delta Gamma was simply a "H" for the word "Hope". In 1877, the original "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."[13]



The Delta Gamma Foundation was formed in 1951.[14] It has three main philanthropic focuses: Service for Sight, grants to the fraternity for educational and leadership purposes, and grants to individual members.[15] Members and local chapters contribute to its funds. Delta Gamma gives more than 150,000 volunteer hours to Service for Sight each year.[16]

The sorority 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,[17] and it is the first recipient of the Virginia Boyce Award presented by Prevent Blindness America[18]

Delta Gamma sorority house at Ohio University

Anchor Splash and Anchor Games

Anchor Splash and Anchor Games are the sorority's fundraising events hosted on college campuses across North America.[19] The proceeds raised at these events support Delta Gamma's philanthropies.[19] Each chapter decides how to implement these events on their 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 continuously since 1884. The Anchora also serves as an archival resource of member activities.[20] The Anchora is published quarterly every year and has been ever since 1884. Delta Gamma members can be featured in the magazine by submitting photos or other information that they would like to be written in The Anchora. [3]


Delta Gamma sorority house at Columbia University, New York
Delta Gamma sorority house at Columbia University, New York


The Zeta Phi chapter at Harvard University announced in 2018 that it was closing due to Harvard's policy against gender-segregated organizations.[21]

Notable members

Arts, entertainment and broadcast journalism

Authors and publishing

Business, education and government


See also



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  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. ^ Delta Gamma (2012-09-25). "History". Delta Gamma Fraternity. Archived from the original on September 9, 2013. Retrieved 2012-10-03.
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  8. ^ a b "Miller's Meanderings – Volume #1 | Phi Delta Theta Fraternity". 9 March 2009. Retrieved 2014-08-20.
  9. ^ "Miller's Meanderings - Volume #1". 9 March 2009.
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  12. ^ "#IAmASororityWoman". 3 August 2018.
  13. ^ a b Delta Gamma (2012-09-25). "Symbols". Delta Gamma Fraternity. Archived from the original on 2011-10-26. Retrieved 2012-10-03.
  14. ^ "Our Foundation – Delta Gamma". Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  15. ^ "Our Foundation – Delta Gamma". Retrieved 2017-01-31.
  16. ^ Delta Gamma (2012-08-17). "Philanthropy". Delta Gamma Fraternity. Archived from the original on 2011-12-05. Retrieved 2012-10-03.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ Optometry Times (2009-09-01). "Prevent Blindness America mourns loss of sight-saving pioneer". Advanstar Communications, Inc. Retrieved 2012-10-09.
  19. ^ a b [1] Archived May 18, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ [2] Archived September 29, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ Harvard sorority to close in response to policy on single-gender clubs
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  32. ^ Watkins, Margaret Hess, ed. (Summer 1977). "Panhellenic Hosts Open House". Anchora of Delta Gamma. Vol. 93, no. 2. George Banta Company. pp. 2–7.
  33. ^ "The U.S. House of Representatives and the Sorority Women Who Have Served – Fraternity History & More". Fraternity History & More. 2014-11-07. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  34. ^ "Fern Holland Award". Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  35. ^ "Female U.S. Senators and Their Sorority Affiliation – 2017 Edition – Fraternity History & More". Fraternity History & More. 2017-01-19. Retrieved 2018-06-18.