Founders Day

February 19, 1852 is a date never to be forgotten

Founders Day is a time for Phi Psis around the world to join together to honor Founders William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore. In 1850, as a typhoid fever epidemic struck Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, and many left to escape the spread, Letterman and Moore decided to stay and care for their classmates who contracted the disease. The bond formed that winter between Letterman and Moore inspired them to establish a brotherhood built upon the idea of The Great Joy of Serving Others, and in 1852, Phi Kappa Psi was formed. 170 years later, this bond lives on through our 91,000+ living alumni and on over 91 campuses nationwide.

Founders Day Events
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2022 Founders Day Schedule

Phi Kappa Psi 2021 Year in Review

Founders week will begin with a recorded session hosted by Executive Director, Ronald Ransom Butler ’00, reflecting on 2021 and how the organization overcame many obstacles including the pause in new member activities, recruiting alumni support and how our chapters successfully recruited new brothers while campuses adjusted to a new type of instruction.

Watch the 2021 Year in Review on the Phi Psi Blog.

I Enjoyed It Then, I Enjoy It Now Panel

The theme for this year’s Founders Day is, “I enjoyed it then, I enjoy it now.” A panel discussion featuring undergraduate brothers and alumni alike will discuss the theme, what it means to them and how Phi Kappa Psi has impacted their life.

Watch the I Enjoyed It Then, I Enjoy It Now Panel!

Second Annual Reading of the Creed
Join Brothers Tryon Hubbard Alabama ’64 and David McDonald Beloit ’82 via Zoom as brothers come together for the second annual reading of the creed. Following the reading, we will honor our brothers who passed into Chapter Eternal this past year. The evening will conclude with a happy hour where brothers can connect with one another and share your stories!

Live State of the Fraternity & Founders Day of Giving Begins
Executive Director Ron Ransom Butler ’00 invites all members to join him for a discussion about the current state of the Fraternity and answer any questions you may have. We will also kickoff our fourth annual Founders Day of Giving celebration with new and exciting challenges for our chapters.

Founders Day of Giving Continues
Be sure to check out our Founders Day of Giving page to see all of our challenge gifts and which chapter is in the lead!

Click the “Make a Gift” button at the top of the page to help get your chapter in the lead!

Happy Founders Day!

Our Founders Day of Giving will continue today. Be sure to check out the local alumni association events happening near you by clicking on the Founders Day Events button.

All Good Things Must Come to an End

Today marks the last day of our Founders Week celebration. Head over to the Founders Day of Giving page to see where your chapter stands and be sure to donate to push them into first place.

Founders Day of Giving | February 17-20, 2022

Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity and Foundation are excited to host our fourth annual day of giving in honor of Founders Day 2022! Founders Day of Giving is for Phi Psi members, family and friends to join in support of our undergraduate fraternity experience. Last day of giving, over 795 donors celebrated their connection to Phi Kappa Psi, helped shape the future of our brotherhood and left a lasting legacy while supporting the next generation of Honorable Men.

Visit the Founders Day of Giving webpage today at to see the results.