Sorority Councils: What do they all mean?

There are 8 main sorority councils for national organizations. You may recognize a few of their names but some may be slightly less familiar. They all serve different purposes, different chapter members, and different bylaws and creeds. I’m here to tell you more about what they are all about and how these different councils can serve you as a member of Greek life.

8. National Panhellenic Conference 


Date of Establishment: 1902

Chapter Members: 26

Countries they serve: United States and Canada

Organization type: An umbrella organization for 26 (inter) national women’s sororities

Purpose: The National Panhellenic Conference provides support and guidance for its 26 member inter/national sororities/women’s fraternities and serves as the national voice on contemporary issues of sorority life. Founded in 1902, NPC is one of the oldest and largest women’s membership organizations representing more than 4 million women at 655 college/university campuses and 4,500 local alumnae chapters in the U.S. and Canada. Each year, NPC-affiliated collegians and alumnae donate more than $5 million to worthy causes, provide $2.8 million in scholarships to women and volunteer 500,000 hours in their communities.

Activities: NPC has alumnae chapters that help with events that occur on college campuses and that host their own social and philanthropic events. Undergraduate chapters have NPC meetings regularly and elect officials on their respective campuses to discuss recruitment, finance, new member services, and many other topics.

7. National Pan-Hellenic Council


Date of Establishment: 1930

Chapter Members: 9

Countries they serve: United States

Organization type: A collaborative organization of nine historically African American, international Greek lettered fraternities and sororities that is informally known as the divine nine.

Purpose: Each constituent member organization determines its own strategic direction and program agenda. Today, the primary purpose and focus of member organizations remains camaraderie and academic excellence for its members and service to the communities they serve. Each promotes community awareness and action through educational, economic, and cultural service activities.

Activities: The council promotes interaction through forums, meetings and other mediums for the exchange of information and engages in cooperative programming and initiatives through various activities and functions.

6. National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations


Date of Establishment: 1998

Chapter Members: 18

Countries they serve: United States

Organization type: An umbrella council for 18 Latino Greek Letter Organizations.

Purpose: The purpose of this umbrella council is to promote and foster positive interfraternal relations, communication, and development of all Latino fraternal organizations through mutual respect, leadership, honesty, professionalism and education.

Activities: NALFO has 20 member organizations from across the United States who meet bi-annually for a spring convention and a fall business meeting.

5. National APIA Panhellenic Association


Date of Establishment: 2006

Chapter Members: 14

Countries they serve: United States

Organization type: Formerly known as the National Asian Greek Council, it is an umbrella organization of collegiate fraternities and sororities that can unite Asian Fraternities and Sororities.

Purpose: A national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans and an outlet for discussion by the organizations.

Activities: The organization hosts national leadership summits and local philanthropic events.

4. National Multicultural Greek Council


Date of Establishment: 1998

Chapter Members: 11

Countries they serve: United States

Organization type: An umbrella council for eleven Multicultural Greek Letter Organizations.

Purpose: The founding members’ vision was to create a fraternal forum to increase communications and connections between multicultural fraternities and sororities, thereby creating a community of organizations dedicated to the promotion of diversity and service. Since that time, NMGC member organizations have recognized the need for the Council’s greater involvement in the development of its membership. The NMGC needed to become much more than a mechanism through which like-minded organizations could work together, but rather a council that would also strengthen the presence of its member organizations on college campuses while fortifying ties with college/university professionals.

Activities: The national board of directors and the local councils under the larger council meet regularly and have seven different committees that you can join including the board of regions, research, heritage, strategic planning, membership, programming, and finance.

3. National Interfraternity Music Council


Date of Establishment: Depends on the campus the council is present at

Chapter Members: 7

Countries they serve: United States

Organization type: The NIMC is composed of the national or international presidents of seven music fraternities and they meet annually to discuss matters of mutual interest and have local branches and shared campus agreements if more than one of their organizations is present on any one college campus.

Purpose: Unlike other inter-fraternal organizations such as the North-American Interfraternity Conference, the National Panhellenic Conference, or the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the NIMC is not an incorporated body nor is it organized to regulate the actions of its member organizations. Rather, the NIMC is simply an annual gathering. However, formal agreements between the member organizations may be made.

Activities: An annual gathering of the member organizations is organized by the respective organizations’ national presidents.

2. United Council of Christian Fraternities & Sororities


Date of Establishment: 2006

Chapter Members: 6

Countries they serve: United States

Organization type: An umbrella organization for the Christian fraternities and sororities.

Purpose: UCCFS brings together Christian fraternities and sororities working to have a greater impact at university campuses and communities and gives them legitimacy among their peers in the ministerial and university systems.

Activities: They seek to have all their members be impactful leaders in the kingdom of God through being on one accord, forming a cooperative ministry and providing leadership training for the Christian fraternity and sorority movement.

1. National American Greek Council


Date of Establishment: 2004

Chapter Members: 12

Countries they serve: United States

Organization type: An umbrella organization of organizations with active presence only regionally and locally that provides Greek unity.

Purpose: A place for all cultural Greek- Letter Organizations that would like to create a national presence and cultivate greek unity. The NAGC is working hard to give a solid base for greek- letter organizations (GLO) to rely on. We hope with the time, determination and expertise of the executive board of the NAGC that this will become a foundation for GLO’s all over the country . They promote greek unity and encourage greek letter organizations to find their strength and usefulness in that purpose. They are also always accepting new applicants if your organization is interested.

Activities: The NAGC provides resources and has an executive council in order to support their members with whatever they may need. They help put on philanthropic and social events.

No matter the letter we’re all Greek together. 

Madeline Frisk

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