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 learning more about The Pearls of the Ivy Foundation, we hope that this website will help you gain an understanding about our mission and vision.

The 180 plus women that make up the Pearls of the Ivy Foundation have been serving and are committed to promoting an enhanced quality of life throughout the cities of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Glenn Heights, Lancaster, Midlothian, Oak Leaf, Ovilla, Red Oak, and Waxahachie, Texas.

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

  • Higher education through the provision of scholarships to graduating seniors.

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

  • 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.

    The Pearls of the Ivy Foundation is honored to serve the Best Southwest & Ellis County cities of the North Texas community. As the foundation enters her 13th 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