Every Beta chapter, even if it’s not housed, is supported by a house corporation board, which is made up of alumni volunteers and Friends of Beta. The role of the house corporation is twofold:
1) To protect and preserve the assets of the chapter and
2) To provide a safe and desirable living environment that supports the Men of Principle program.
Where a chapter has housing, the house corporation owns and manages the facility and its employees. Even chapters that live in university housing, on a dorm floor, or that don’t have a facility still have a house corporation, which supports the chapter by keeping in touch with alumni and developing a long-term savings program.
House corporation volunteers devote anywhere from several hours a week to a few hours a year, depending on the chapter’s housing situation and their position on the board. Each house corporation is a separate legal entity; they must comply with their governing bylaws and also all IRS regulations, including annual tax filings.
House corporations can always use assistance with renovation projects, fundraising and alumni relations. If you’re interested in volunteering, contact the house corporation president of the chapter near you (listed on the MyBeta site > Chapters).
Beta supports its local volunteers through the Cornerstone Housing Program, which provides support, education, and resources to house corporations and hosts the annual Housing Summit, which takes place in conjunction with General Convention.
For more information about house corporations and their role within Beta, contact: