KDR Kids was adopted at the 2000 National Convention held in Philadelphia, PA. The idea behind KDR Kids was to allow local chapters to pick local charities that directly impacted children in their own community rather than require a chapter to serve one organization that is selected by the National Fraternity that may or may not have a direct impact in their local community.
Continuing to recognize that each of our chapters is in a different area with different needs and resources, we still embrace the idea that each KDR chapter may select a local philanthropy of their choosing. However, wanting to provide more direction for our chapters, the KDR Kids program has recently been revised to focus on literacy, improving the health of children, and providing a safe and healthy environment for our children to grow into successful leaders of our society. Each year, we ask all of our chapters to select three philanthropic endeavors based on five national philanthropic organizations and initiatives endorsed by the National Fraternity of Kappa Delta Rho.
The national organizations and initiatives we support include: children’s literacy efforts (Champions are Readers and Choose Children, First Book), Make-A-Wish, Police Athletic Leagues, Children’s Cancer Charities (Painted Turtle Camp, St. Jude's, Children's Miracle Network, Ronald McDonald House), and Special Olympics.
One factor that contributed to the selection of these organizations and initiatives is the other Greek organizations located on the campuses where our chapters are located. This is so our Brothers can more easily partner with our interfraternal sisters and brothers in while working to serve the above-mentioned causes.
Our national philanthropy does not focus on only one organization, but it will assist our chapters in focusing their attention when looking for an agency to support. This concept provides our chapters with options based on factors that include partnering with other Greek organizations on their campus, existing philanthropic agencies that are in the area, and the passion of our chapter members.