The National Combined Charity Fund:
The National Combined Charity Fund was initiated in 1959. The goal of the fund is combine the fundraising efforts of all Continental chapters in order to maximize the organization’s strengthen when supporting the needs of children. Each year, the Continental Societies, Inc. presents 20% of the National Combined Charity Fund to a national organization serving children. The recipient is determined by mutual consent of the Executive Committee and the National Conclave hosting chapter.
In addition, the Continental Societies, Inc. allocates 80% of the National Combined Charities Fund to our Scholarship Program. Scholarships are awarded during the annual Conclave Awards Luncheon to high achieving young people residing in the four regions of the organization. One non-renewable award is presented to each of the four regional winners and one renewable award to the national winner (renewable for three years, providing the winner fulfill the renewal criteria).
Annual Shoes, Socks and Underwear Drive:
The Shoes, Socks and Underwear Drive is an outreach project originally spearheaded by the Past National Presidents Advisory Council (PNPAC) who felt a need to lead by example. The program quickly grew into an annual opportunity for all Continentals to make an impact on children living in the Conclave host city. Each Continental sister attending the Conclave is asked to bring at least one pair of new shoes and one pair of new socks for a child/youth. During the Black Tie Awards Gala, all items are collected and then distributed to an agency that serves needy children in the local area.