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Jan Clifford FFE Award

Jan Kincaid Clifford and Family Honored for Philanthropic Leadership

Published On: 2019-08-14

Jan Kincaid Clifford, Indiana Delta, has given decades of loyal philanthropic and volunteer service to Pi Beta Phi. From advising chapters to leading endowment campaigns, she has provided transformational leadership to Pi Phi through her work on behalf of our members, our communities and our sisterhood.

In celebration of her leadership and commitment, Jan has been named the 2019 recipient of the Foundation for Fraternal Excellence (FFE) Outstanding Philanthropist Award. She was formally honored alongside her children, Katie (California Omicron), Michael and Brian Clifford, at the FFE Awards of Distinction Dinner on August 13 in Indianapolis. The award was presented by Alison Rickels, outgoing FFE President and Executive Director of Farmhouse Fraternity Foundation.

In addition to other roles, Jan has served two terms on Pi Beta Phi Foundation's Board of Trustees and led Pi Beta Phi's record-setting SHINE THROUGH campaign as chairman. Jan's leadership and optimism pushed the Foundation to successfully achieve a campaign goal three times its original size, creating more impact for Pi Beta Phi than ever before.

“The commitment of Jan’s time, talent and financial resources to Pi Beta Phi reflects her steadfast loyalty, and is an investment equally valued by her family,” said Pi Beta Phi Foundation Executive Director Hallee Winnie, Michigan Gamma.

As part of their commitment to the SHINE THROUGH campaign, the Clifford Family made a lead legacy gift, ensuring future generations of women will have the opportunity for sisterhood in Pi Beta Phi. The Clifford Family’s investment in Pi Phi almost always supports the areas of greatest need — making possible reading initiatives, leadership development and scholarships, among other programs. With their gift, Jan and her family led the way for other donors to support Pi Phi and opened a dialogue about the role of family legacy, involvement and commitment. Through their mother's example and passion, Katie, Michael and Brian have developed strong ties to our organization and our mission.

"In our family, it has always been understood that to whom much is given, much is expected," said Katie Clifford. " As we've matured into adults in our own right, Mom has encouraged my brothers and I to give, both financially and with our time, to the organizations that are important to us. I'm happy it's been a lifelong conversation because it has enriched our lives beyond measure."

The Clifford Family’s philanthropic service and impact extend far beyond Pi Beta Phi. Jan has supported more than 50 organizations with volunteer leadership and financial resources during her lifetime, including Loyola Marymount University, Mayfield Senior School and Loyola High School in Los Angeles, the South Central Los Angeles Ministry Project and the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center. In addition, Katie, Michael and Brian support community organizations they believe in with service and philanthropic commitments.

Friends from Jan's pledge class joined her at the awards dinner, as did Pi Beta Phi Foundation Trustees and staff members. As she received the award, Jan credited her parents, the late Pete and Mary Dora Kincaid, for setting the example of philanthropy she has passed along to her own children.

"To say attending Purdue University and joining Pi Beta Phi changed my life is an understatement," Jan said. "My parents worked hard to save and afford me my Purdue degree, and also gifted me my membership in Pi Phi. Therefore, it's in memory of my parents that I accept this honor. They were the ones that taught my late brother and me what service meant."