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IOTA PHI FOUNDATION, INC.
A 501(c)(3) Non-profit Corporation
EIN 23-2907335
United Way Number 1300342
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Iota Phi Foundation Programs


Achievement Awards Dinner

The program recognizes leaders in the Pittsburgh community in the areas of business, education, medicine, community advocacy, Citizen of the Year and an Omega Man who has most demonstrated the principles of the Iota Phi Foundation. In the past 10 years alone, more than 75 individuals have been recognized for making a difference in the community.

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Student Scholarships

Iota Phi Foundation provides five (5) $2,000 scholarships each academic school year to deserving African American high school graduating seniors who demonstrates academic excellence. These scholarship are merit based and awarded during our Achievement Awards Dinner. Each of the scholarship recipients receive a plaque and $2,000 to attend the college or university of their choice. Since 1984, 165 young African-American men and women have received scholarships totaling more than $330,000 to further their education.

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Thanksgiving Food Baskets

Every year the program provides over 300 complete food baskets, with all the trimmings, so needy families who otherwise may not have a Thanksgiving meal will enjoy one that day.  Since its inception, more than 5,000 needy families have received a Thanksgiving basket.

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Christmas with Santa

For more than 25 years, a Christmas celebration party is held at the Community Center. The program provides toys treats, books, and photos with Santa to hundreds of children. Santa helpers read stories to the children to help them learn about the true meaning of the holiday season. Overall, more than 6,250 kids have participated in this charitable program.

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Carter G. Woodson Academy

Carter G. Woodson Academy  for ten weeks, with students in K-12 and focuses on teaching the students the contributions and impact of Carter G. Woodson on African-American history, culture and STEAM. In the past 4 years, 150+ students have attended the Academy.

NOTICE : Dear friends and supporters of the Omega Dr Carter G Woodson Academy, we deeply regret to share that there will not be a 2017 session. We will return in 2018! We thank you for your support and look forward to reconnecting with parents and students next year.

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Historical Black College and University Tour

Since its inception over 2,000 high school juniors from the Pittsburgh area have visited 14 HBCU’s annually, including Tennessee State, Fisk, Tuskegee, Norfolk State, Hampton, Virginia State, Howard, Spelman, Morehouse, Claflin and South Carolina State.  Approximately 44% of the students who go on the tour actually enroll at a HBCU. During the tour the students visited several historical landmarks including the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church (site of the 1963 bombing that killed 4 young girls), George Washington Carver Museum and the Martin Luther King Visitor’s Center and the Black Wax Museum.

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Talent Hunt

The Talent Hunt provides exposure, encouragement, and financial assistance to talented young people participating in the performing arts. Many have gone on to perform at the Apollo Theater, Radio City Music Hall, and other notable venues across the country.  The Talent Hunt program continues to be a mutually beneficial experience for our organization and the communities we serve.  As public funds dwindle in the support of the arts, we  will continue to search for new funding sources to support our gifted youth.


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Ron Foster Memorial Golf Tournament

The tournament was established in 1996 to raise funds for the Iota Phi Foundation Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship fund supports the educational aspirations of deserving high school students. All proceeds benefit Iota Phi Foundation Scholarship Fund.

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Please note that these programs are excellent opportunities for exposure for organizations that are committed to the community. Thank you in advance for your support.

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