Prince George's County Delta Alumnae Foundation, Inc. 

DELTA Alumnae Foundation,Inc.

PGCDAF History

The Prince George’s County Delta Alumnae Foundation (PGCDAF)  was formed in 1996 as a non-profit, service-based organization that is committed to improving the cultural, educational, health and economic opportunities, services and programs available to the residents of Prince George's County. In spite of the optimistic statistical data that affirms positive health indicators and significant wealth when comparing Prince George’s County with neighboring jurisdictions, growing pockets of children and their families face serious disadvantages. Honoring the legacy to help those in most need, PGCDAF felt compelled to address and ultimately reverse these shortcomings by forming a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

As an initial outreach effort, the Board of Directors of the Foundation focused on financial literacy across the spectrum of ages and incomes of County residents. The goals were to help the community  understand credit, debt, banking, mortgages and home ownership, retirement and estate planning, and overall money management. With this initial project, the Foundation developed one of its lasting partnerships with the Association of African American Financial Advisors. Collaboratively, financial experts offered evening seminars and workshops at local libraries. Building on that success, the Foundation diversified its outreach and focused on youth enrichment and development, believing that higher education is a fundamental requirement for productivity in an increasingly competitive world. In collaboration with Greek letter organizations throughout the county, these connections advanced to include public and private schools; colleges and universities; local libraries; churches; businesses; other foundations; and the residents of Prince George’s County.   

The Foundation understands the nurturing role of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Modeling its college scholarship strategy the Foundation partners with the Prince George's County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. (PGCAC) on a weeklong tour of HBCUs  for high school students in grades 10, 11, and 12 and one-day tours for students in grades 7, 8, and 9. The Foundation promotes the long-standing essential responsibility of HBCUs in assisting students attain goals of higher education. The scholarship program has become increasingly diverse over the past decades and now targets the college bound student majoring in business and education, enrolling at the Prince George’s Community College, attending Bowie State University as a single mother, and the student pursuing a vocational trade, along with the traditional categories of merit, merit need, and most improved scholars. Scholarship awards totaled $100,000 in 2013.

The Foundation continues its sponsorship with PGCAC of the biennial Jabberwock cotillion. This effort represents a competitive pageantry, scholarship fundraising, and a community-outreach benefit. Preteen and teen-aged girls center their efforts on positive image building, cultural enrichment, leadership development, and academic excellence. In the past, the Foundation collaborated with PGCAC to target childhood obesity with an Annual Walk/Run to Prevent and/or Reverse Childhood Obesity. The Foundation also worked internationally with PGCAC to develop and support a mobile library in Papua New Guinea, supplementing the efforts of the Honorable Ambassador Teddy Taylor and Mrs. Antoinette Corbin-Taylor. The library continues to operate with a collective Foundation/Chapter donation of 600 new books for children in pre-K through grade 7.

In May 2009, the Foundation purchased property and created a Cultural Development Center (CDC). Donations from the United Way and Combined Federal Campaigns, critical grant funding from Prince George's County and the state of Maryland, and generous contributions from donors who supported the fundraising efforts of the Foundation resulted in the successful outcome of this acquisition. The long-sought CDC officially opened in 2012.   

Efforts are being accelerated to serve Prince Georgians with centralized activities sponsored by the Foundation and other community partners. The CDC houses the executive offices for the Foundation and offers opportunities for the community across the age span including reading circles, a computer laboratory, health and wellness programs, educational/cultural seminars, and book readings/signings. The CDC provides a gathering place for thought leaders and partnering organizations engaged in community work. The Board of Directors looks forward to managing an ongoing aggressive agenda for change while offering life-altering opportunities for the Prince George’s County community.

 “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” – Pericles.

 

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