Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Pearl Elegance Foundation, Inc.
Pearl Elegance Foundation, Incorporated (PEFINC), a non-profit 501(c)3 charity, was established in 2014 in the state of Maryland. PEFINC is a direct out-growth of the Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Psi Epsilon Omega was chartered in 2007 and serves the Laurel, Bowie, and Greenbelt, Maryland areas.
PEFINC's mission is, “We give to help others.” We recognize that community needs vary from the simplest of things to the more complex and demanding. We endeavor to fill the gaps in our community by applying our experiences, time and resources to those in need.
The Pearl Elegance Foundation, Incorporated provides and promotes charitable engagement and encouragement for the development of its community by addressing Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's five key targets - HBCU for Life: A Call to Action, Women's Healthcare and Wellness, Building Your Economic Legacy, The Arts and Global Impact. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.’s signature program, also highlighted by PEFINC, is #CAPSM (the abbreviation for College Admissions Process). It is designed to assist students in their efforts to enter college by providing a hands-on approach that includes all the steps from researching various colleges to actually completing the application process.
Since 2014, The Pearl Elegance Foundation has awarded over $30,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors and currently enrolled college students, helped over 700 students lighten their load with a backpack, and provided backpacks of easy to prepare food and snacks to 180 low income students during the spring and winter breaks: a time when many students, who depend upon school food programs, do not have anything to eat. PEFINC has also partnered with Doctors Community Hospital to provide new clothing and newborn-care accessories to low-income mothers following delivery.
Pearl Elegance Foundation is proud of the mark that it has made in Laurel, Bowie, and Greenbelt, Maryland, although we acknowledge that there is much more work to be done. We hope that you will join us in our efforts to continue to serve our community and meet their ever-changing needs. We encourage and welcome support of our programs from individuals as well as the business community. Together, we can continue our legacy of service.
The Pearl Foundation, Incorporated was incorporated in 1998 under the laws of the State of Maryland as the charitable affiliate of the Iota Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
The purposes of the Pearl Foundation, Inc. (Corporation) are stated in Article III of The Pearl Foundation, Inc., Articles of Incorporation dated February 3,1998. The purposes stated in the Article III of the Articles of Incorporation include, among other activities, raising funds to support broad educational,charitable, and community service programs and performing related services.Article III examples of proper use of Corporation funds include: assisting families and seniors; advancing the cultural arts; promoting economic well-being; awarding scholarships; providing educational experiences to youth and improving global conditions. Article III also expressly provides for raising funds for and managing a facility dedicated to community uses.
The Pearl Foundation, Incorporated was chartered in 1998 under the laws of the State of Maryland as the fundraising arm of the Iota Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. The primary purpose of the foundation is to raise funds to advance educational and charitable giving. Recognizing the need for funding options and the increased cost of higher education, the foundation has a scholarship program for graduating Howard County high school seniors. Our Annual fashion shows generous donations from foundation members, other contributors, and various fundraising initiatives have provided for thousands of scholarships to many Howard County seniors over the years. The foundation also provides funds to service programs of Iota Lambda Omega Chapter. We contribute to several charitable organizations which include the following: United Negro College Fund (UNCF), A-OK Mentoring,Africare, Bridges to Housing Stability, Filostin School in Haiti, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Meals on Wheels, Grassroots Day Resource Center, Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA), Museum of African Art, Howard County Center of African American Culture, and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), in Howard County. http://pearlfoundationinc.org