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                      VOLUME NINE

The Delta Foundation Celebrates 40th Anniversary
at Delta Days in the Nation’s Capital

        he Delta Foundation
        presented a gala recep-
        tion to celebrate its
40th Anniversary fund raising
campaign on Sunday, February
24th at the Omni Shoreham
Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Approximately 1,000 guests
were in attendance at the gala
reception, which was held in
conjunction with the annual
“Delta Days in the Nation’s
Capital” social action event.
The 40th Anniversary recep-
tion was sponsored by the
Coca-Cola Company and the
KeyBank.                           Maryland Giving Circle's Violets of Vision: standing (L-R) Sheila Eley, Shirron L. Scott, Harrietta Wallace, Debbie Tijani and
                                   Deborah Peaks Coleman; seated (L-R) Robin Jacobs, Joe Ann Oatis, Ernestine Jones Jolivet, Mabel Lake Murray, and Sheila
At the reception, the Founda-
                                   Ogilvie. (PHOTO BY MARVIN T. JONES)
tion honored outstanding lead-
ers in three categories. A crys-   generous donation would be                 will join Maryland in forming              into a larger, $10,000 gift for
tal award was presented (post-     designated to the 40th Anni-               a giving circle. “This is so easy          the Foundation in a couple of
humously) to Oleta L. Crain        versary Campaign’s top level               to do, yet so powerful in mak-             years.” said Peaks Coleman.
for legacy leadership; Congress-   of giving—The Legacy Circle                ing our Foundation prosper to
                                                                                                                         To date, $150,000 has been
woman Stephanie Tubbs Jones        ($100,000 and above dona-                  tremendous strength. Our
                                                                                                                         raised for the anniversary cam-
for legislative leadership; and    tions). The goal of The Delta              small gifts of say $50 or $100
Dr. Louise A. Rice for leader-     Foundation is to raise                     each month can easily grow
ship in education.                 $400,000 for operations and
                                   grantmaking, using the con-                  The Delta Foundation at the 49th
Dr. Alison J. Harmon, president    cept of Giving Circles as a
of The Delta Foundation,           strategy to raise substantial
                                                                                National Convention of DST: New Look,
announced that the anniversary     donations. At the gala recep-                Workshops, Special Presentations

campaign was entering its sec-     tion, the first giving circle                         t the 49th National             Delta Foundation, will be one
ond year, having been launched     established by Delta members                          Convention of Delta             the presenters during the
in 2007 during the Delta Sigma     to benefit the anniversary                            Sigma Theta Sorority            Plenary V Session held from
Theta Sorority Regional            campaign was announced. Ten                  being held in Orlando, FL on             10 a.m. until noon. Dr.
Conference Cycle at which time     Delta members from Maryland                  July 24-30, 2008, there will be          Harmon will give an update
a major gift of $500,000 was       have formed a giving circle at               several opportunities for you to         and share a special video pres-
donated by Oleta L. Crain, a 60-   the $10,000 level. Deborah                   learn about the services of The          entation on the Foundation,
plus year Delta member of          Peaks Coleman, who spear-                    Delta Foundation and how it              explaining how it supports the
Denver Alumnae Chapter.            headed this effort, stated at                can benefit your chapter. On             mission of the Sorority. She
Dr. Harmon explained that          the reception that she hopes                 Tuesday, July 29th Dr. Alison            will also share news and infor-
$100,000 from Ms. Crain’s          Delta members in other states                J. Harmon, president of The                        (Continued on page 2)

Greetings from the DREF President
Dear Supporters of The Delta                                     vide greater charitable       In reference to strengthening our infrastruc-
Foundation:                                                      funds to Grand Chapter        ture, our staffing pattern at the Foundation
                                                                 and local chapter initia-     office has been re-structured, enabling us to
We are starting this new fiscal
                                                                 tives. We applaud the         expand services to chapters. We have added
year (2008-09) on a very high
                                                                 leadership of Dr. Louise      two new positions: program manager/grants
note. We were successful in
                                                                 A. Rice and the Sorority’s    writer and administrative assistant. These
fulfilling our goals and objec-
                                                                 National Executive Board      two positions are vital to managing develop-
tives last year as it related to
                                                                 for being visionary sup-      ment and grantmaking activities.
strengthening and improving
                                                                 porters of the Founda-
the Foundation’s infrastructure                                                                At the 49th National Convention of DST,
                                                                 tion. On behalf of The
and we were able to provide                                                                    the Foundation will unveil its new logo,
                                                                 Delta Foundation Board
more grants and technical                                                                      present a special video presentation and two
                                                                 of Directors, I extend my
assistance to our constitu-                                                                    powerful workshops on fund raising, all in
                                                                 deepest gratitude and
ents—the chapters of Delta                                                                     an effort to let you know that we are on the
                                                                 appreciation to Grand
Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and                                                                 move—progressing so that we can aptly
                                                                 Chapter for ensuring that
other community based organ- Dr. Alison J. Harmon                                              advance our mission and continue uphold-
                                                                 the Foundation is strong
izations. We are now posi-                                                                     ing our theme: Creating Possibilities…
                                                                 and steadily growing into
tioned to do even more to advance the pub-                                                     Improving Lives.
                                              becoming a major philanthropic resource.
lic service mission of the Sorority.
                                              Now, with our infrastructure and daily oper-     Catch the spirit of giving…check out all
The Foundation has received major funding ations on solid ground, we can focus on gar-         that The Delta Foundation has to offier.
from the Grand Chapter of DST for its         nering more support from individuals
                                                                                               Sincere regards,
operating costs. This gives us a stronger     (Deltas and others), the private sector, and
                                                                                               Alison J. Harmon, Ed.D.
capacity to conduct more extensive fund       other foundations.
raising and development activities to pro-

The Delta Foundation                            Presenters in the planned giving workshop      son (Farwest), Cristyna Rogers (Midwest),
(Continued from page 1)                         will include Dr. Harmon, Mona Bailey,          and Minnjuan Flournoy (South Atlantic)
                                                17th National President of Delta Sigma
mation about the Foundation’s direction for                                                    The “Raising Funds for Delta Programs”
                                                Theta, Inc. and Chair of the Foundation’s
the 2008-2010 biennium. During her pres-                                                       also involves training for Delta members
                                                Resource Development Committee,
entation, she will also unveil The Founda-                                                     throughout the nation; this is a special
                                                Vivian Tate, Esq. and Darrel Gibson, both
tion’s new look which includes a new logo.                                                     project made possible by a grant from the
                                                of whom are planned giving professionals.
                                                                                               Cultures of Giving Fund established at
The Delta Foundation will also present          This workshop will repeat on Wednesday,
                                                                                               Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
two workshops designed to empower               July 30 from 10:30 a.m. until noon.
                                                                                               through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg
Delta sorors and chapters in fund raising.
                                                Following the planned giving session,          Foundation. Come and learn more about
The first workshop will be held on Tues-
                                                there will be a second part of the work-       this fund raising training program at The
day, July 29 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00
                                                shop that focuses on “Raising Funds for        Delta Foundation Workshop.
p.m. and will focus on planned giving. If
                                                Delta Programs.” Presenters for this second
you are interested in learning how to                                                           The FRONT PAGE is published by the Delta
                                                segment will include Dr. Harmon, Made-          Research and Educational Foundation several
leave a legacy to a charitable cause or to
                                                liene H. Dobbins, Esq., director the            times a year to report news and information
your family, this workshop will be a great                                                      about its programs, activities, and fund raising
                                                Foundation staff, and Delta trainers from
learning opportunity. Planned giving                                                            efforts. The publication is distributed nationally
                                                the Sorority’s various regions. Ten Deltas      to donors, partners, and supporters of the
refers to charitable gifts that require some
                                                representing the seven geographical             Foundation; circulation typically totals 2,500
planning before they are made. Planned                                                          per issue. The DREF office is located at 1703
                                                regions of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
giving is very appealing to individuals                                                         New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
                                                were trained last fall to conduct fund rais-    20009; 202-347-1337.
because it can provide valuable tax bene-
                                                ing training workshops in their respective        
fits and/or income for life. Whether a
                                                regions. The regional trainers conducting       DREF Staff
donor uses cash or other assets, such as
                                                this portion of the Foundation’s workshop       Madeliene H. Dobbins, Esq.
real estate, artwork, or jewelry, the bene-
                                                will be Danyale Ellis (Midwest), Carolyn        Director
fits of planned giving can be very attrac-                                            
                                                Grant (Southwest), Theresa Loveless
tive for the donor as well as the charity.                                                      Veronica Lewis
                                                (Central ), Sheila Ogilvie (Eastern),
                                                                                                Donor Services Coordinator
Come learn about how you can leave a            Cheryl Turner (Southern), and Gloria R.
legacy to your family, favorite charity, alma   Williams (Farwest). The other trainers are      Delta Research and
mater or some other special interest.           Carol A. Weir (Central), Racquel Robin-         Educational Foundation:
                                                                                                Creating Possibilities...
              The New DREF CFC Number is 11213                                                  Improving Lives

2 L DREF’s Front Page                 
   D       E       V       E       L          O       P       M        E       N       T              N       O       T       E      S

Grace L. Hewell                                   efit The Delta Foundation’s 40th Anni-         Alumnae chapters in North Carolina
                                                  versary Campaign. You can be an integral       received a $15,000 grant award for their
Scholarship Fund                                  part in creating a successful, ongoing         science programs; the award was made
Upon the death                                    fund raising effort for the Foundation by      possible by Burroughs Wellcome. Last fis-
of Dr. Grace L.                                   forming a giving circle in your local com-     cal year, the Foundation also presented a
Hewell on March                                   munity or local Delta chapter. A giving        $2,500 award to Wilson Senior High
7, 2008, her rela-                                circle is a collective giving fund, which is   School Concert Choir for performance
tives, friends,                                   a flexible way of contributing to a chari-     attire. For the last three years, the
sorors and col-                                   table cause on a consistent basis.             Wilson choir has performed at the
leagues have been                                                                                Foundation’s forum that is presented at
encouraged to                                     Giving circle members organize around a
                                                                                                 the annual Delta Days in the Nation’s
make a contribu-                                  common interest, such as environmental
tion to the schol-                                conservation, education reform, the arts,
arship fund estab-                                eliminating domestic violence—whatev-          Beginning September 1, 2008, grant
lished in her        Grace L. Hewell              er cause the group decides it wants to         applications will be available online for
honor and main-                                   support. Each circle member contributes        the 2008-09 fiscal year for programs end-
tained by The Delta Foundation. Dr.               the same amount at regular intervals.          ing June 30, 2009. Visit www.deltafound-
Hewell, a Delta member for more than 60           These individual donations are combined for an application.
years, was a visionary leader who con-            as a collective resource, creating a larger
tributed much to the growth and devel-            sum of charitable dollars.                     Phonathon Held to
opment of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority              Think about it, identify others who may        Benefit Foundation
and to America.                                   share your interest in supporting the                                     During the fall
Dr. Hewell is a former member of the              Foundation and get it started today. You                                  of 2007, a
Delta National Executive Board; she               can invite Delta members and others to                                    phonathon was
served as chair of the National Informa-          be a part of your giving circle. It is not                                held to benefit
tion & Communications Committee                   limited to the members of the Sorority. If                                The Delta
which lead her to create a 17-year master         you have questions about starting a giv-                                  Foundation. A
plan for telecommunications for imple-            ing circle, call The Delta Foundation                                     core group of
mentation by the Sorority. She was a              Office @ 202-347-1337 or stop by their                                    volunteers from
noted authority on adult education, edu-          booth in the Exhibit Trade Show at the                                    the Washing-
cation, environmental justice, public             49th National Convention of DST.                                          ton, DC,
health, telecommunications, human                                                                                           Maryland, and
rights, and consumer advocacy. Her life
                                                  Grant Awards                                   Barnelle Herring           Virginia area
was committed to public service and               In support of the DST 49th National                                       came to the
helping others.                                   Convention, the Foundation awarded a           Foundation office to make telephone
                                                  $40,000 to Delta for its Delta GEMS            calls soliciting donations. Approximately
The Spelman College graduate served as            initiative. A portion of the grant award       $13,000 was raised.
education chief of the House Committee            ($10,000) was made possible a contribu-
on Education and Labor, First Session of                                                         The top phonathon volunteer caller was
                                                  tion from Enterprise, the car rental           Barnelle “Bonnie Herring, a past chapter
the 89th Congress. During this session of         company.
congress, 15 bills were enacted into law.                                                        president of Washington, DC Alumnae
While serving as the legislative affairs          The Delta Foundation awarded a total of        Chapter.
director for New York Congressman                 $7,000 to seven Delta Chapters to repli-       Thanks to all the callers and persons
Adam Clayton Powell, Dr. Hewell wrote             cate and create strategic implementation       responding to the call to support The
legislation creating the Basic Educational        of the Sorority’s Education Symposium.         Delta Foundation.
Opportunity Grant (BEOG) for college              Recipients of the grants were Denver
students. Her leadership also resolved an         Alumnae (Central Region),                      Charitable Giving Service
impasse surrounding Titles I and III of the       Washington, D.C. and Federal City
                                                                                                 The role of The Delta Foundation as the
Higher Education Act of 1965. In recog-           Alumnae (Eastern Region), Seattle and
                                                                                                 charitable entity for chapters to receive
nition of her exceptional advocacy for            Tacoma Alumnae (Farwest Region),
                                                                                                 tax deductible gifts continues to grow.
getting an education, your contributions          Milwaukee Alumnae (Midwest Region),
                                                                                                 The number of Delta chapters using the
to the Grace L. Hewell Scholarship Fund           Greensboro, N.C. Alumnae (South
                                                                                                 Foundation to manage their charitable
will ensure that her life’s work of creating      Atlantic), West Palm Beach Alumnae
                                                                                                 funds totals approximately 140. Monies
educational opportunities will continue           (Southern Region), and Baton Rouge
                                                                                                 paid to Delta chapters as gifts, grants,
to be a strong legacy. Send in your contri-       Delta and Baton Rouge Sigma Alumnae
                                                                                                 contributions and other charitable pur-
bution today.                                     (Southwest Region).
                                                                                                 poses are tax deductible when the checks
                                                  Other awards include a $20,000 grant to        are made payable to The Delta Founda-
Do You Want to Be a Part                          Seattle Alumnae and Columbia Basin             tion and meet all Internal Revenue
of a Success Story?                               Alumnae Chapters for their science pro-        Service requirements.
One answer to the question raised in the          gram. This award was made possible by
headline is to form a giving circle to ben-       Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories.

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Director’s Memorandum
TO:        Supporters of The Delta                Speaking of “Delta Days,” thank you for
           Foundation                             attending the forum presented by the
                                                  Foundation entitled “Stakeholders’
FROM:      Madeliene H. Dobbins, Esq.,
                                                  Agenda for Racial Justice and Economic

                                                  Empowerment.” Williams S. Spriggs,
Thank you for
your continued
                                                  Ph.D., professor and chair of the
                                                  Department of Economics at Howard                                        th
support of The                                    University presented a proposal for an
Delta Foundation.                                 action agenda to achieve racial justice
For those persons
attending the 49th
                                                  and economic empowerment. Check the
                                                  Foundation website this fall for details on
National Con-                                     this plan.
                                                                                                       of the
vention of Delta
                                                  In closing, I would like to remind you
                                                                                                Delta Research &
Sigma Theta
                                                  that we do offer the capability of online
Sorority, you are
                                                  giving. When you are preparing to con-                Foundation
invited to visit our Madeliene H. Dobbins, Esq.
                                                  tribute to the Foundation, simply sit
informational dis-                                                                                  Creating Possibilities...
                                                  down at your computer and visit
play in the Exhibit Trade Show. We have                                                                   Improving Lives
                                         This is a secure
a new look, new incentives, and new
                                                  online method, where major credit cards
information to share with you. It will be
                                                  are accepted.
great to see you. Haven’t seen many of
you since Delta Days in the Nation’s              Best regards.
Capital or the DST Regional Conference
Cycle last year.

             Delta Research and Educational Foundation
             1703 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
             Washington, DC 20009
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