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Serving the Oakland Community Through Scholarship & Service

Our Mission, Vision & History

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About us

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.


President's MESSAGE

More than 20 years ago, the Twenty Pearls Foundation, Incorporated, was created to provide scholarships and to give support to the Oakland community. The activities of this non-profit foundation are funded through fundraising and donations.

Over the years, we have granted more than $200,000 to qualifying graduating seniors.  These selected students have shown high academic achievement and have been accepted into some of the country’s best colleges and universities.  Their potential for service to the community is considered in the selections.  Several recipients have planned to attend the HBCUs.  We have some scholarships, called “named scholarships,” which are separately funded by individuals, often in honor of family members and have specific criteria, as determined by the donors.  Most, of the scholarships, however, are funded by the Foundation.  Selected students must, also, show the need for the scholarship to continue their education.
Our fundraising efforts have taken many forms, holding golf tournaments, hosting professional authors, selling tee-shirts, and holding formal dinner dances.  Our current fundraiser is a dinner-dance with silent and live auction, called “Glitz and Glamour.”   We invite you to join us.

For our community service, we have addressed the needs of the community.  Each year, we have held a Community Health Expo where we join with other service providers in the Oakland community.  Some of the partners over the years include the West Oakland Health Center, the Ethnic Health Institute, the Alameda County Health Department, the Oakland Fire Department, the Black Nurses Association. State Farm Insurance Company, Lifelong Medical, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Kidney Fund, American Diabetes Association, Breath Mobile Asthma Clinic, Oakland Unified School District, and multiple community-based organizations.

We have been joined at the Health Expo by other members of the Divine Nine, the Kappa Alpha Psi and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternities, and sometimes, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.Of all fundraisers and donations, the Twenty Pearls Foundation, Inc., uses less than five (5) per cent of those funds for administrative costs.  In other words, for every dollar raised, 95 cents funds scholarships and service to the community.

We invite you to join us in this worthy effort.

Erma Cobb, Ed.


Erma Cobb

Twenty Pearls Foundation President

About Us

"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members."

Coretta Scott King

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Off the Vine & Silent Auction

Join us at our Signature Off The Vine & Auction Fundraising Event! We are excited to bring this event to you in a virtual format this year. From the comfort of your home you will enjoy wine from our featured vintner, Theopolis Vineyards, bid on some amazing items, along with some entertainment. If you enjoy wine and are interested in travel & unique experiences, fine art, sports and entertainment memorabilia, and shopping for fashion and home decor this event is for you.

The best, and most important, part is you will be contributing to a great cause. The proceeds go towards scholarships for college bound high school seniors in Oakland, CA and surrounding areas who excel academically and are making an impact in their communities.

Virtual Wine Tasting Experience Includes:

  • 2020 Yorkville Highlands Symphony

  • 2018 Theopolis Vineyards Estate Grown Petite Sirah

  • FREE Shipping

Questions? Email

Payments by check:

Twenty Pearls Foundation, P.O. Box 30095, Oakland, CA 94604


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