The North American Interfraternal Foundation (NIF) is a 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to promote and support leadership, educational, and research initiatives that advance the North American college fraternal experience.
The NIF, governed by a 24 member Board of Directors, meets annually to conduct business. Programs of the NIF include:
- Scholarships and fellowships awarded to undergraduate and graduate members of social and professional fraternities and sororities
- Sponsorship of CFEA awards to encourage and recognize constructive, positive fraternity magazine articles about student life and the fraternity system
- Grants to organizations for educational programming that supports the mision of the foundation
The extent of awards and scholarships funded by the NIF is limited only by the voluntary donations the Foundation receives. All gifts and contributions to the Foundation are deductible for income tax purposes for those who file U.S. tax returns and who itemize their deductions.
The endowment of the Foundation is approximately $750,000 and only the income from this fund is used for grants and awards.
In 2003, the NIF awarded grants to NASPA to support the Greek Summit, the distribution of the program booklet from the Day of Dialogue, and the Interfraternal Luncheon. In addition, $19,700 in scholarships and fellowships was awarded to 14 students through the Lloyd D. Balfour Fellowship, Jack Anson Fellowships, James H. McLaughlin Scholarship and the Mary Louise Roller Panhellenic Scholarship funds.
The NIF also launched a hazing research initiative "Examing and Transforming Campus Hazing Cultures" conducted by Dr. Elizabeth Allan, Ph.D., University of Maine.