As a longtime volunteer for Sigma Pi Fraternity, I get not only my own perspective on the benefits of Fraternity life such as leadership skills and communication skills that I didn't have coming into my local chapter, but I also get the perspective of the many undergraduates that I work with that also benefit from the relationships they built over a lifetime. Instinctively, I knew how relevant Fraternity life is for students today. Now the data from Gallup actually proves what we saw in ourselves and in our chapters.
Here is the link to the Inside Higher Ed article titled "Participants in Greek System Thrive After College, Gallup Finds": http://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2014/05/27/participants-greek-system-thrive-after-college-gallup-finds#sthash.os2a8NnM.dpbs
Here is the link to the full video press conference from Gallup announcing the results of their study: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1_SXQmq72A
As Pete Smithhisler stated so well, when someone asks why should I join a Fraternity or Sorority, the answer is because it will make you better. By becoming good partners with higher ed to ensure that more opportunities are made available for our students, and then correcting the issues faced by our college students today, Fraternities and Sororities can continue to produce great citizens who have a higher sense of well being and are more engaged in their work. That's ultimately what our host institutions are trying to build, and it's what we need more than ever as a society.
NIC members have contributed 2,763,007 service hours in their communities for 2012 - 2013, and NIC members have given $21,346,415 in philanthropic dollars in 2011 - 2012. When you couple that with our alumni and their service on an annual basis, we're making a measurable impact together. Our shared values is what makes our brotherhood, and that lasts a lifetime. I'm very proud of our Greek community.
Awards from the annual NIC meeting in Atlanta, GA.