The Twenty Pearls Foundation, Inc. was established in 2003 by the members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Xi Gamma Omega Chapter in Oakland Ca. The purpose of the non-profit 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization is to expand the reach, increase impact and deliver more abundantly on the sorority’s mission to provide “Service to All Mankind.”
The Twenty Pearls Foundation, Inc. is committed to leading efforts to address some of the most critical needs of the Oakland community through community based events focused on health and wellness, economic empowerment and impact, higher education and the arts. In addition to our community events and service programs, the foundation awards scholarships annually to graduating seniors who are enrolled in a four year college or university.
Under the leadership of President Julie Hadnot, the Xi Gamma Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. approved establishing a non-profit foundation, a separate entity from the chapter with it’s own unique operations, bylaws and operating fund. This effort was led by Vice President Erma Cobb and under her direction, the research was conducted, paperwork filed and fees were submitted for the establishment of the Twenty Pearls Foundation Inc. a 501(c)3 public foundation.
The foundation bylaws were adopted to include all members of Xi Gamma Omega as members of the Twenty Pearls Foundation. Members of the foundation who meet qualifications can run for positions of the board. The board is comprised of nine members who serve a two year term. The president of Xi Gamma Gamma Omega and the Fundraising chairmen are de facto members of the board. The first meeting and board election was held in 2003 where Cheryl Chambers was elected the first president of the Twenty Pearls Foundation.