Who We Are: Established in 1988, the Pearl and Ivy Educational Foundation, Inc. (PIEF) is a 501(c)(3) organization whose primary mission is to provide scholarships to deserving and exemplary college-bound high school seniors and continuing college students in the District of Columbia. PIEF is comprised of college-educated, professional women – community volunteers who are dedicated to serving the needs of District residents.
What We Do: PIEF serves as the fundraising arm of its sister organization, Xi Omega Chapter, the oldest and largest graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. established in Washington, DC. In addition to annually awarding thousands of dollars in scholarships with PIEF, Xi Omega also provides an array of service programs that focus on educational enrichment, health and wellness, family strengthening, environmental ownership, and global impact. PIEF is the primary funder of Xi Omega’s service programs through community grants, and often partners with Xi Omega in promoting and executing these programs.
To meet fundraising goals, PIEF hosts annual signature events and campaign drives. These include the Pink Hat Tea, Norma E. Boyd 5K for Education, Save Our Students (S.O.S.) campaign, and participation in the international Giving Tuesday online philanthropic movement. These and other initiatives support the heart of PIEF’s fundraising – in 2016, PIEF awarded more than $30,000 in scholarships.