Below are answers to a few common questions about the Society, its members, and its work:
- What is the Foreign Affairs Council?
- What are the Council’s programs?
- Is the Council the same as the Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Fraternity and Sorority?
- Why was the Council created?
- Who may become a member?
- How do I become a member?
- Is the Council a 501(c)(3) organization?
- How are dues and contributions used?
- I’ve stopped receiving emails from the Council. What’s going on?
- I want to help the Council — what can I do?
Q: What is the Delta Phi Epsilon Foreign Affairs Council?
A: The Council is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit formed to conduct foreign policy research, support international relations education and career development, and inform the public on matters related to foreign policy and international trade. Our organization is member-supported and entirely volunteer-run.
Q: What programs does the Council offer?
A: The Council hosts a public lecture series, publishes member-produced public policy guidance and a peer-reviewed journal, raises funds for scholarships and grants, sends member delegations to meetings for intergovernmental organizations, and hosts an annual foreign policy symposium. The Council also provides member-specific benefits, such as mentorship programs, a speakers bureau and media placement service, a job and internship bank, and private events.
Q: Is the Council the same as the Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Fraternity or Sorority?
A: No. While the Council was founded by alumni of the Fraternity and Sorority, it is an independent nonprofit organization separate from the Fraternity and Sorority:
- The Fraternity and Sorority are two parts of a private foundation created to promote fellowship among men and women interested in foreign service. Fraternity and Sorority members are current students organized into chapters at their respective universities.
- The Foreign Affairs Council is a public charity created to promote Delta Phi Epsilon members’ foreign affairs-related careers and policy research; support foreign affairs education; and provide policy information and recommendations to the public and decision-makers. The Council’s members are alumni and honorary brothers and sisters organized in a single national organization.
To learn more about the Fraternity and Sorority or find a chapter, see our introduction to Delta Phi Epsilon.
Q: Why was the Council created?
A: The Council was created by an independent group of Delta Phi Epsilon alumni under a mandate from the Fraternity’s National Convention for three reasons:
- To deliver Delta Phi Epsilon alumni expertise to the public. Delta Phi Epsilon’s alumni include active and retired diplomats, military and intelligence officers, civil servants, and business professionals with experience in a wide range of areas affecting international relations. The Council provides a forum for interdisciplinary collaboration and a platform for alumni to bring their experience directly to the public and policy-makers.
- To bring Delta Phi Epsilon’s alumni and students together. The Council serves to bring together alumni, students, and honorary members from around the world in common cause to advance the ethical practice of international relations in the interests of democratic governance, rule of law, and peaceful diplomatic and commercial relations — the core principles of the Fraternity and Sorority’s founders when they created Delta Phi Epsilon in the wake of the First World War.
- To support international relations education and Delta Phi Epsilon’s student chapters. In a globalized era, the United States and other nations need knowledgeable and capable representatives abroad and thoughtful and engaged citizens at home. The Council aims to cultivate such individuals by providing financial assistance to students and educators engaged in international fields of study and providing students with opportunities for hands-on learning and mentoring through its public policy programs. Delta Phi Epsilon Fraternity and Sorority chapters have immense value as tools for delivering educational resources and support, and the Council supports their academic and career development projects.
Q: Who may become a member?
A: All alumni or honorary members of Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Fraternity and Sorority Chapters may become members for an annual tax-deductible donation. Free student memberships are available to Fraternity and Sorority members currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs. Other types of membership may be created in the future.
Q: How do I become a member?
A: You can become a member by signing up on our website. For help signing up or to answer other questions, contact our membership coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Is the Society a 501(c)(3) organization?
A: Yes. As contributions to a registered public charity, donations and annual member dues are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed under U.S. federal law. For more information, please contact Louis Laverone, Council Treasurer, at email@example.com.
Q: How are dues and contributions used?
A: Contributions are used for different purposes, depending on whether the gift is made to the Annual Fund or the National Scholarship Endowment. Member dues are divided between the two accounts. Annual Fund contributions support public events, the Annual Symposium, the Delta Phi Epsilon Journal of Foreign Affairs, faculty grants, and other programs and operating expenses. Contributions to the National Scholarship Endowment support the Emerging Research Award.
Q: I’ve stopped receiving emails from the Society. What’s going on?
A: Your email client may be catching our announcements in its spam filter (or filing them under “Promotions” if you use Gmail). To ensure you stay up-to-date, you may need to whitelist firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ve compiled a how-to here.
Q: I want to support the Society. How can I help?
A: There’s no shortage of ways to help the Council, with different opportunities available to different groups:
- If you are a brother, sister, or honorary member of Delta Phi Epsilon: The best way you can help is by joining the Council today. The Council depends on member support and is member-operated: your annual member contribution funds our programs, and members organize the Council’s projects based on their areas of interest. Membership in the Council is in addition to your existing Delta Phi Epsilon affiliation — we receive no institutional support from the Fraternity and Sorority and need your direct support and engagement.
- If you are already a Council member: Get involved in member sections or committees, which provide forums to collaborate with members on new ideas; help develop our public policy program, journal, symposium, and scholarship; and organize events. You can also take advantage of member tools through the “My DPE” member portal. Your drive and creativity are key to the Council’s success!
- If you are a member of the public: Attend our events, donate to the Council, and generally make use of our resources for the public. If you have particular business, higher education, or foreign policy experience that would make you a good candidate for our Board of Advisers, please contact us.
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