The primary duty of the Economic Development Committee is to educate the members of the sorority and the local community on the ten components of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.’s Financial Fortitude Initiative which are:

  1. Goal Setting
  2. Financial Planning
  3. Budgeting
  4. Debt Management
  5. Savings and Investments
  6. Retirement Planning
  7. Home Ownership
  8. Insurance
  9. Estate Planning
  10. Entrepreneurship

Annual programs include:
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1. Financial Fortitude Workshop titled “Debt Management & Savings & Investments Seminar” in partnership with Primerica. National economic trends, such as unstable employment, the threat to Social Security as we know it, and the widening gap between wealth and poverty are the basis for the development of Financial Fortitude, the current Economic Development Program Initiative of Delta Sigma Theta. Financial Fortitude is a process that will help program participants to set and define goals, develop a plan to achieve them, and to put the plan into action. The process serves as a blueprint to address all aspects of personal finances. The Sorority has made available chapter tools for the process, including a Money Smart Adult Education Program and a Money Smart computer -based instruction tool from the FDIC to complement the Financial Fortitude Program.

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2. Thanksgiving Day Dinner and Fellowship in partnership with local organization, churches and business. We are set to host our 10th year in 2015. We have fed over 2000 people over the past 9 years. We have also delivered food to the area women and men’s shelters and catered to adolescent group homes from NWI.