Message from the President


On behalf of the members of the Pearls of the Ivy Foundation, Incorporated®, I would like to thank you for visiting our website.

The Pearls of the Ivy Foundation, Incorporated®, a non-profit 501©3 organization, is the fundraising entity for the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® Upsilon Lambda Omega Chapter. The Foundation was organized in 2008 to provide scholarships to exemplary high school students who are accepted by an accredited college or university, assist students in college with demonstrated financial need, and provide funding for programs and activities identified as community service needs primarily in the Best Southwest Cities of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Lancaster, Midlothian, Oak Leaf, Ovilla, Red Oak and Waxahachie.

In conjunction with The Pearls of the Ivy Foundation, Inc. the Upsilon Lambda Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., supports local, national, and international non-profit programs and organizations that serve the public, and sponsors fundraising events to support and/or fund our programs.

Charitable contributions are critical to the success of our fundraising efforts. The generosity of our donors allows us to use proceeds from our annual “Day at the Races event” and Fall Raffle to be allocated to community service projects, including our high school mentoring program, wellness workshops, donations to local food banks, and scholarships. Donations to The Pearls of the Ivy Foundation, Incorporated® are tax deductible. For information on ways to donate, click the donate button shown below.

Once again, thank you for expressing an interest in our website. We hope that you enjoy learning about our Foundation and will want to learn more about our desire to serve all mankind and work to improve the communities we love and serve.

Yours in Service,

Dr. Ramonda Widemon Busby,



Message from the Executive Director

Welcome to the Pearls of the Ivy Foundation online! Whether you are an existing supporter, a community partner, or you are interested in leading more about The Pearls of the Ivy Foundation, we hope that this website will help you lean about our mission and vision.

The 65 plus woman that make up the Pearls of the Ivy Foundation have been serving and are committed to promoting an enhanced quality of life throughout the Best Southwest Cities of North Texas and the entire Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

The philanthropic efforts implemented through this 501(c)(3) organization support:

  • Higher education through the provision of scholarships to graduating seniors, donations to several local school district education foundations, and an annual gift to the UNCF

  • Community programs and volunteerism provided by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Upsilon Lambda Omega Chapter

  • Programs provided by an Alpha Kappa Alpha consortium of chapters from all over the DFW Metroplex who collaborate to provide necessary programs and services city-wide

  • Monetary and in-kind donations as well as volunteer assistance to our fellow not-for-profit agencies and organizations that provide invaluable specialized services to the community

    It is our hope that you would join our service efforts. You have taken the first step by visiting our site. We hope to consistently increase our monetary support of the aforementioned programs and services, making the support of sponsors and donors like you essential. We anxiously look forward to possibly partnering with you to ensure that our efforts increase as we move forward.

    The Pearls of the Ivy Foundation is honored to serve the Best Southwest Cities of North Texas community. As the foundation enters her 7th year of service, we look forward to developing new partnerships, growing the next generation of community leaders, and creating a legacy of impact in North Texas—and beyond—that serves our community for decades to come. We invite you to partner with us in this mission!


    Evelyn Canady

    Executive Director

  • Community Service

    Message from the President

    The Pearls of the Ivy Foundation’s primary service area includes the cities of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville and Lancaster, TX. Per the 2000 Census, this area had a population of 132,000 with per capita income of $22,674 and median household income of $53,293. With a population consisting of 47% minorities, the Best Southwest Cities is one of the most demographically diverse regions in the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex. Per a 2007 report issued by Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, 31.5% of children in Dallas County were growing up in single-parent families in 2005, a 49% increase from 1990.

    The Foundation has supported, among others, the following organizations and agencies with monetary, in-kind and/or volunteer hour donations:

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Heart Association
  • American Kidney Fund
  • Heifer International
  • Susan G. Komen
  • City of Lancaster
  • City of DeSoto
  • DeSoto Educational Foundation
  • Cedar Hill Food Pantry
  • Duncanville ISD
  • Williamsburg Village Nursing Home
  • Brighter Tomorrows
  • Genesis Women’s Shelter
  • St. Jude’s Ranch