In 1991, Gloria Malone, the President of
Alpha Tau Omega Chapter, and Attorney Monica Certui
discussed the possibility of organizing a 501(c)(3)
account for the sorority because of the generosity of
two past Chapter Presidents, Onita B. Chretien and
Lucille Bonnett. Their gifts totaled more than $20,000,
generating funds for scholarships to deserving high
school students. The chapter was already receiving
scholarship funds from other sources such as, Robbie B.
Hilliard, Yvonne Holloway, Leona B. Williams, Audrey
Northcutt, Invest in Our Youth, and African American
Male. In 1991 the ATΩ Chapter added an HBCU Scholarship
for students planning to attend St. Philipís College.
The idea, presented to both the Alpha Tau
Omega Executive Board and to the Chapter was approved
and the 501(c)(3) became a reality. The Foundation was
appropriately named The Alpha Tau Omega Educational
Fund, Inc. and the Incorporators were members of the
current ATΩ Executive Board and members of the
Scholarship Committee. Initial financial goals and
projected account maintenance was set at $25,000.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. issued
new guidelines governing foundations and chapters which
became effective September 15, 2011. Guidelines mandated
that foundations could no longer serve under the
umbrella of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. The
foundations had to become a separate legal entity which
conducted business in its own name. Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority, Inc.ís name could not be used in any part of
the foundationís name. Therefore, on April 4, 2012, the
Alpha Tau Omega Education Fund, Inc. legally changed its
name to San Antonio Ivy Educational Fund, Incorporated.
In addition to the name change, the foundation also
requested and was approved from IRS to expand its
charitable services to the community in the furtherance
of the purposes for which the foundation was organized.
These purposes would be realized through scholarships to
youth and other projects which meet the approved
criteria. The SAIEF was also approved by IRS to support
other organizations through grants and programs on a
charitable basis in the furtherance of the purpose upon
which the foundation was organized.
The additional activities include the
To promote artistic programming that will help the
community of different ethnic backgrounds appreciate
their differences and similarities.
To support and enhance the physical, social,
emotional, and economic well-being of senior citizens.
To evaluate and study the needs of seniors, identify
opportunities and mobilize resources within the
community to assist in satisfying the needs of senior
To provide assistance to volunteer
organizations who assist in planning and promoting
programs, projects and services which will further the
agencies general purpose for assistance to senior
Social Justice and Human Rights
To assist in promoting programs and organizations with a
focus on the Social Justice and Human Rights. Activities,
and projects will be designed to enable, support, and
access to community resources that will strengthen the
Black family, with an emphasis on domestic
violence, services for children with incarcerated
parents, youth aging out of foster care, and children in
homeless shelters. To empower voters, to enhance access
to technology, to train parents as advocates for the
educational and health care needs of children, and
support of the arts.
To promote programs designed to help impact the lives of
at risk youth through innovative programs with a focus
on: leadership skills development, civic engagement,
enhanced academic preparation and character building;
thus providing a sound foundation to achieve personal
To promote mentoring programs for high school aged
African-American girls focusing on career orientation,
character building, cultural arts, CIVIC responsibility,
college preparation, critical thinking, self-esteem and
To promote and participate in programs and events whose
goals are to end hunger, preserve the environment and
empower women. This program will provide food production
skills and training in self-reliance through gifts of
seeds, livestock and training in environmentally sound
agriculture. Education in sustainable food practices
will make women equal partners in ending poverty and
We will engage with global partners for
self-help projects and awareness campaigns in the San
Antonio area and abroad.
To promote activities, programs and projects that are
designed to address the many health issues and crises
that face in the Black community in the San Antonio
area, the United States and globally. Our goal is to
focus on providing information about complimentary local
health advocacy resources while administering free blood
pressure checks and diabetes screenings to the citizens
of the community and citizens that are at risk.
Create partnership with other organizations in the
community with the same focus such as Methodist
Healthcare Ministries, American Heart Association,
American Kidney Foundation, the American Cancer Society
and other such charitable entities.
To promote an educational activity during Black history
month in the form of an African-American history
competition for youth from 3rd to 8th
grade to learn about the historical experiences and
contributions made by African-Americans.
The purpose of this competition is strengthens team
building skills and promotes a positive attitude toward
The purpose of this program is to utilize reading and a
means to educate children on what it means to live a
healthier, more natural and environmentally safe
lifestyle through reading.
Children will be inspired to think green by thinking
about the world,
their relationship to it, and their ability to influence
Reading tutorial sessions will be provided to at risk
youth in the community and activities will be planned
that will enhance
reading skills of inner city youth.
The implementation of a scholarship program, including
establishing the criteria of scholarship applicants,
scholarship recipients, monitoring the
recipients' continued eligibility for participation in
the program and mentoring recipients.
Organized exclusively for charitable,
religious, scientific, literary, and educational
purposes. The San Antonio Ivy Educational Fundís mission
is to support programs that provide opportunities for
educational advancement and quality of life improvements
for the citizens of San Antonio and Bexar County, Texas.
The San Antonio Ivy Educational Fundís
resources are used to fund programs that significantly
enhance the San Antonio and Bexar County, Texas
communities with a focus on health, economics,
education, strengthening families, scholarship programs,
educational enrichment, charitable donations and
collaboration with other organizations.
2016 Officers and Board of
The San Antonio Ivy Educational Fund, Inc. (SAIEF) Board
of Directors are elected by the membership of the Alpha
Tau Omega Chapter to serve a 5-year term. The President,
Vice-President and Treasurer of Alpha Tau Omega Chapter
are automatic members of the Board of Directors during
their tenure of office in Alpha Tau Omega. SAIEFís
day-to-day affairs are managed by the Board of
Directors. The board meets during the months of
January, March, May, August, October, and December to
shape policy and develop fund-raising strategies.