Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. was founded at Howard University in Washington , D.C. , January 9, 1914 , by three African American male students on the principles of brotherhood, scholarship and service. From its inception, the founders also conceived Phi Beta Sigma as a mechanism to deliver services to the general community. Rather than gaining skills to be utilized exclusively for themselves and their immediate families, the founders of Phi Beta Sigma held a conviction that is mirrored in the Fraternity’s motto, “Culture For Service and Service For Humanity.” Thus, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. has always lived with the understanding and purpose that WE are the community that WE serve, hence the fraternity focus on service initiatives that recognize the fraternity as a part of the inclusive we, as opposed to the exclusive we. This ideology of service for service’s sake has earned Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. the distinction of being called “The People’s Fraternity.”

The Fraternity has now established the Phi Beta Sigma Educational Foundation , the Phi Beta Sigma Housing Foundation , the Phi Beta Sigma Federal Credit Union and the Phi Beta Sigma Charitable Outreach Foundation .

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority , Inc., founded in 1920 with the assistance of Phi Beta Sigma, is our sister organization. No other fraternity and sorority is constitutionally bound as Sigma and Zeta. We both enjoy and foster a mutually supportive relationship.

Our Founders:
Most Honorable Founder A. Langston Taylor
Most Honorable Founder Leonard F. Morse
Most Honorable Founder Charles I. Brown

Our national programs :
Bigger and Better Business
Social Action
Sigma Beta Club

The Kappa Rho Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.:
The Kappa Rho Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. was founded on May 23, 1979 at UW-Madison. The idea to charter the chapter came about by Brother Anthony L. McKnight and Brother Lowell U. Collins.

The Eight dynamic men who chartered the Kappa Rho Chapter are:
Brother James A. Bailey
Brother Blane McGee
Brother Tony L. Gould
Brother Kevin A. Juniel
Brother James E. Alexander
Brother Wayne L. Samuels
Brother Frank Caldwell, Jr.
and Brother Cornelius A. May.

Kappa Rho Chapter Service Programs :
The following are some of the programs that the Kappa Rho chapter has implemented in order to put the national service vision to work for our local community:

The Men of Color Institute – A support and service initiative established by Phi beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., to create a space for men of color to enter into and engage freely in dialogue of issue pertaining to campus climate, becoming allies of women’s issues and building coalitions across racial ethnic lines as people of color..
Big Brothers/Big Sisters “School Friends” Program – The Brothers of the Kappa Rho Chapter volunteer weekly time at a local school to serve as a Big Brother to Madison youth.

Big Brother/Big Sister Mentorship Drive – Identifying extraordinary, intelligent, UW-Madison students that are committed to service, and connecting them with the Big Brother/Big Sister Program who are in need of more dedicated mentors for the young men and women in the program.

Sigma Soup Kitchen – Provides a free meal to those in need.the Sigma “Sleep Out” For Homelessness – Established to raise the consciousness of the Madison Community to the issue of homelessness in our area.

Literacy Awareness – Every February we participate in the Sigma African-American Read in to raise awareness about the importance that literacy plays in the liberation and civic participation of our people.

Zeta Phi Beta Sigma Clothing Drive Challenge – Facilitate a challenge whereby all campus organizations can come together to see who can raise the most clothing to donate to the local Salvation Army and Red Cross. The winning organization receives a small prize for their efforts.