Alpha Kappa Alpha Affiliated Foundations

Pearl Elegance Foundation, Inc.

The Pearl Elegance Foundation, Inc. (PEF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit incorporated in the State of Maryland in 2014. PEF is the philanthropic arm of the Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® PEF’s mission, “We give to help others”, drives our community service, outreach, and partnerships. PEF performs service projects, awards scholarships and grants, and donates to other non-profit organizations to demonstrate our philanthropy.


PEF’s service projects align closely with Alpha Kappa Alpha’s current program targets:

Target 1: HBCU for Life: A Call to Action

Signature Program: #CAPSM (College Application Process)

Target 2: Women’s Healthcare and Wellness

Target 3: Building Your Economic Legacy

Target 4: The Arts!

Target 5: Global Impact

“Service to all mankind” has been a guiding principle for Alpha Kappa from its founding in 1908 as the first Greek letter organization for college educated black women. Since our incorporation in 2014, PEF has consistently performed service projects in partnership with Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter to benefit communities of need within the State of Maryland. 


Throughout our history, PEF has awarded more than $50,000 in scholarships to high school and college students who are Maryland residents. In 2021 alone, PEF awarded 10, $1,500 scholarships to outstanding students. Since 2018, PEF has awarded $33,500 in scholarships to entering or current HBCU students. PEF’s micro-grant program has awarded a total of $5,000 in grants annually since 2020, to worthy applicants.


PEF believes that supporting other non-profit organizations who are providing needed services is essential to ensuring the wellbeing of our connected communities. We donate $3,000 annually to local non-profit organizations to supplement community support within our service area.

“We give to help others” is the cornerstone of why the Pearl Elegance Foundation continues to perform service projects and raise funds to support the needs of our community, especially during the ongoing global pandemic. For more information about the Foundation visit us at

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Pearl Foundation, Inc.

Pearl Foundation, Inc. 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.

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Kappa Community Development Foundation, Inc. / College Park - Sandy Spring (MD) Alumni Chapter

Kappa Community Development Foundation, Inc. is a Maryland non-profit corporation, registered Maryland charity and 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Founded in 2006, the charitable mission of the Kappa Community Development Foundation is to raise money to fund programs and initiatives designed to assist DMV-area families in need and provide young people with the guidance and resources they need to succeed. 

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For more information about KCDF or to donate, please visit

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Metropolitan Kappa Youth Foundation, Inc. / Silver Spring (MD) Alumni Chapter

The Metropolitan Kappa Youth Foundation, Inc. exists as the philanthropic arm of the Silver Spring (MD) Alumni Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. The Foundation was incorporated July 23, 1999 and granted its 501(C)3 status on May 30, 2000.  

The Foundation is a full-functioning non-profit, public benefit charitable foundation. The Metropolitan Kappa Youth Foundation, Inc. was formulated and conceived as an outgrowth of Silver Spring Alumni Chapter’s Guide Right Program. The Foundation is in Montgomery County, Maryland.  

Metropolitan Kappa Youth Foundation, Inc.’s mission is to provide scholarships and mentoring programs for minority and disadvantaged youth in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area. The Foundation supports and conducts activities with the implicit purpose of helping youth “Achieve.” Our activities include scholarships, mentoring, and an urban golf initiative. The goals are to develop leadership skills, personal enhancement and career achievement.

The Metropolitan Kappa Youth Foundation, Inc. depends upon donations to operate and fulfill its mission. Through an alliance with our communities and corporate sponsors, the Foundation succeeds.

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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Montgomery County (MD) Alumnae Chapter

The Montgomery County (MD) Alumnae Chapter (MCAC) was chartered on March 7, 1970 by twenty-eight women under Past National President, Soror Lillian P. Benbow, and Past Eastern Regional Director, Soror Christine Moore. For over 50 years, MCAC has dedicated itself to the ideals set forth by the Sorority's Founders.

With over 300 members and 15 service programs, MCAC remains at the forefront of supporting and meeting the needs of the Montgomery County community; creating opportunities for educational development through mentoring, literacy and STEM activities, and promoting political awareness and involvement through legislative advocacy, voter education and registration and public engagement on policies that impact the county’s minority population.

To date, MCAC has awarded over $400,000 in scholarships to Montgomery County students starting and continuing their college education. In addition, MCAC has been recognized for its emergency response to community needs, leadership development, and its commitment to advancing the financial literacy of the community through the economic development program at both the regional and national level.

Through the ever-growing needs of Montgomery County, MCAC remains committed to empowering the community for success through service, scholarships, and social action. 

For more information about the national organization and the Montgomery County chapter, please visit and   

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Prince George's County (MD) Alumnae Chapter

Chartered in March 1974, the Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter (PGCAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is a non-profit organization of over 850 college educated women. PGCAC, an award-winning chapter, is devoted to providing empowering public service programs and initiatives that address the emerging complex challenges of African Americans and their families across generations.  The chapter remains in the forefront: crafting the debate on public policy and social issues, creating opportunities for higher quality education through the provision of annual scholarships and innovative youth development programs, and stimulating economic growth through its evolving and diverse community-based partnerships in Prince George's County.  

In alignment with the long-standing five-point programmatic thrust of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., PGCAC continues to advance its efforts within and beyond Prince George’s County, Maryland through diverse programs. This comprehensive approach lends a collective focus on economic and educational development, international and political awareness and involvement, and physical and mental health. As the needs change within the county, PGCAC also evolves by enhancing its enduring programs, designing new initiatives, and advancing efforts to transform lives, ultimately developing a new generation of leadership.

PGCAC continues to focus and provide durable programs for youth development and mentorship.  

Below are some of our youth programs:  

  • Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy for young ladies ages 11 – 14
  • Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta GEMS (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully) for teenage girls between the ages of 14 – 18 in grades 9 – 12
  • EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence) for high school male students ages 14 – 18  
  • Jabberwock Cotillion (Biennial) for girls ages 8 -12 (Little Miss Jabberwock) and young ladies who are high school juniors and seniors (Miss Jabberwock)  

Every year, PGCAC provides support to high school students through informational seminars in addition to awarding scholarships to deserving students. To date, PGCAC has awarded more than 1.5 million dollars in scholarships to Prince George’s County students starting and continuing their college education. Collectively, the officers and members of PGCAC tremendously value the extraordinary opportunity to respond to the growing needs of the community through a passionate, unified commitment to public service.

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