About Us

The Pearl Foundation, Incorporated was incorporated in 1998 under the laws of the State of Maryland as the partner  of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated of Iota Lambda Omega Chapter. 

The purposes of the Pearl Foundation, Inc. (Corporation) are stated in Article III of The Pearl Foundation, Inc., Articles of Incorporation dated February 3, 1998. The purposes stated in the Article III of the Articles of Incorporation include, among other activities, raising funds to support broad educational, charitable, and community service programs and performing related services. Article III examples of proper use of Corporation funds include: assisting families and seniors; advancing the cultural arts; promoting economic well-being; awarding scholarships; providing educational experiences to youth and improving global conditions. Article III also expressly provides for raising funds for and managing a facility dedicated to community uses.

We encourage donations to support our community service and scholarship initiatives.


Pearl Foundation, Incorporated

P.O. Box 178
Columbia, MD 21045


The Pearl Foundation, Incorporated supports broad educational, charitable, and community service programs that uphold the mission and values of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in the communities we serve.


Educational Enrichment

We support programs focused on student achievement, self- awareness, communication, engagement, networking and developmental skills. Our scholarship program has awarded over $700,000 to Howard County, Maryland seniors with high scholastic standing and a demonstrated passion for serving their community. The Educational Foundation of Howard Community College was awarded $15,000 to benefit the Silas Craft Endowment Fund.

Health Promotion

Foundation funds provide support for workshops and activities in three areas: Alzheimer’s disease, Stroke and Mental Illness. Donations fund workshop materials and health events.

Family Strengthening

We work with underserved populations through family assistance programs with a focus on fiscal responsibility programs such as home ownership and resource management.

Environmental Ownership

The foundation supports the implementation of high impact programs to provide healthy environments and improve the quality of life in the underserved communities.

Global Impact

The foundation has a strong tradition of funding global organizations such as Africare and the J. A. Clermont Foundation for homeless youth in Haiti.