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SAIEF HISTORY

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 following:

 

Arts  

To promote artistic programming that will help the community of different ethnic backgrounds appreciate their differences and similarities.

 

Senior Services  

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 citizens. 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 citizens.

 

Social Justice and Human Rights

To assist in promoting programs and organizations with a focus on the Social Justice and Human Rights. Activities, programs, and projects will be designed to enable, support, and provide 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.

 

Youth Leadership  

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 success.

 

Youth Enrichment  

To promote mentoring programs for high school aged African-American girls focusing on career orientation, academic success, character building, cultural arts, CIVIC responsibility, college preparation, critical thinking, self-esteem and leadership development.

 

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 hunger. We will engage with global partners for self-help projects and awareness campaigns in the San Antonio area and abroad.

 

Health  

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.

 

Educational Enrichment  

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 racial identity.

 

Reading Programs  

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 the reading skills of inner city youth.

 

Scholarships 

The implementation of a scholarship program, including establishing the criteria of scholarship applicants, selection of scholarship recipients, monitoring the recipients' continued eligibility for participation in the program and mentoring recipients.

 

SAIEF Mission

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 Directors

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.

 

H. Donna Millhouse ~

President

Hilda S. Penn ~

Vice President

Maria Greene ~

Secretary

Sandra Jolla ~

Treasurer

LaNell M. Taylor  

Financial Secretary

Precious Chavis Coleman

Secretary 

Annette Burleson

Member 

 

Madelyn Carol Jones

Member 

 

       

Dr. Brenda Jones

Member

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Dr. Yonne Holloway-Cunningham

Member 

Dr. Ramona T. Pittman

Member 

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Claudette Anderson

Member  

 

 

       

 Monica Robinson

Member 

 Beverly Johnson

Member  

Gloria Malone

Emerita Member  

 

       

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