Zeta Phi Beta Sorority
National Educational Foundation, Inc.
History, Purpose, and Mission
On August 23, 1975, a Trust Agreement was approved and executed by the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. national executive board, officially establishing the National Educational Foundation, Inc., as the 501©(3) arm of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. with the sorority being its principal donor. Though 1975 represents the official signing of the documents legally establishing the Foundation, the organization had its beginning in 1970 as the scholarship and education arm of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. The Foundation was created and operated exclusively as a Private non-profit charitable organization.
On April 23, 2008, a Letter of Determination was received with tax exempt status retroactive to the date that the Foundation was incorporated which was October 19, 2006 with a Business Entity Conversion Trust to Non-Profit Corporation, as a Public Charity. The Certificate of Incorporation was issued October 19, 2006. The new tax I.D. was issued December 4, 2006.
The 2013 Foundation By-Laws and Policy Manual and are in keeping with Board Policy and Sarbane Oxley Laws. Policy calls for annual face-to face Board meetings and teleconference meetings in-between. Annual financial audits are provided by an hired External Auditor with biennial Internal Audits. The Foundation’s Logo is trademarked under the Trademark Act of 1946, as amended, on October 24, 2006.
The Principal Activities and Purpose of the Trust Agreement are to support higher education achievement through scholarships/fellowships and conduct community education outreach programs and related research to improve individual and community living standards.
The Foundation is governed by a Board of Managers which includes seven Trustees, (four elected by the national body at national conferences and three appointed by the International President of the Sorority.) Also, the Board consists of four Founding Members Emeritae (three deceased) and three ex-officio members (International President, Second and Third International Vice-Presidents.) The Foundation Board of Managers established two groups to serve as resources to assist the Foundation in reaching its goals. They are the Advisory Council and the Z-NEF Network. The Foundation has hired staff and provides training development for Board and all support members, as well as orientation for all new members of Board and support groups. An NEF office is maintained at national headquarters in Washington, D.C. and Regional Office in residence city of the Chairman of the National Educational Foundation.
Scholarship and Funding Sources
Since 1975, the Foundation has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships and fellowships for higher education to both Zetas, Non-Zetas and Males. The Foundation has processed hundreds of other scholarships as a part of its Chapter Designated Scholarship Program, established in 1980. Under the program, local scholarships and fellowships are awarded by chapters throughout the country.
The Foundation’s scholarship program is funded by support of its principal donor, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. through chapter tax, life member fees and by contributions and gifts from members and chapters, by the Board of Managers’ contributions and fundraising, private foundation grants, State License Plate programs, memorial scholarships as well as fund-raising at Regional and State levels. Endowments have been established for the Foundation at the national level,(One million dollars), chapter level and by the Board of Managers.
Community Outreach Service and Funding Sources
In bettering the human condition, over the years, the National Educational Foundation has sponsored many community outreach service social and healthcare programs, thereby raising the awareness of young people and minority communities, including Asian-American, Native-American, Latino-American, African-American communities and others who are interested. The NEF has planned and presented career, health-care, political, and self-development educational workshops and community cultural programs for students and members of the public. One such highly visible, well-known, much needed, and very effective project has been the education and information program for minority communities regarding the Human Genome Project, through Human Genome Project conferences and workshops in urban and suburban communities across the country, abroad and at the United Nations.
The National Educational Educational Foundation has been a leader in disseminating information about the Human Genome Project in New Orleans, Louisiana in April 1999, Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, 2000, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in July 2000, Atlanta Georgia in July 2001, Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus in August 2001, Washington, D.C, in October 2001, Chicago, Illinois in 2003, Little Rock, Arkansas in 2006, Los Angeles, California in 2007, as well as many other smaller communities throughout the country. During that time this information was new to the medical and judicial fields. There was significant outgrowth from these conferences into the medical and judicial fields, specifically in the area of DNA, with ramifications for healthcare, ethical, legal and social issues in their line of work. Judges and doctors took information back to their peers and began to have their own conferences regarding information gleaned from the Foundation’s conferences and other research.
The Foundation extended that leadership to facilitate community involvement in a new cancer genetics initiative with the Mid-Atlantic Cancer Genetics Network, Johns Hopkins University, as well as a partnership with Harvard University, The University of Pennsylvania, and the Black Women’s Perspective on Genetic Research. These programs have been implemented with the assistance of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority members, in eight regions numbering over 100,000 women, and with the assistance of many local communities. Grant funding was received from the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, Consumer Health Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, Cancer Genetics Network at Johns Hopkins University, Merck Pharmaceuticals, Benedict College, and the March of Dimes. Other funding sources are from Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Human Genome Center at Howard University Center of Medicine, Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., and individuals. Strategic Planning, which was grant funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, produced plans for positioning the Foundation for future years.
Upon completion of the Human Genome Project the Foundation expanded its programmatic work into healthcare and cancer prevention through “ Healthy Choices for a brighter Future” workshops for youth participants and “Healthy Eating and Healthy Lifestyles” partnerships with elementary schools. The Foundation also partners with UNICEF and the United Nations’, “Commission on the Status of Women.”