Pearls of Service Foundation, Beta Gamma Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc
PO BOX 684
LEXINGTON KY 40588-0684
Contact Information
Nonprofit Pearls of Service Foundation, Beta Gamma Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc
Address PO BOX 684
LEXINGTON, KY 40588 0684
Phone (859) 272-0094
Contact Name Margie Wilson
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2014
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Ways to donate to Beta Gamma Omega (BGO) Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. include:
1) mailing a check to Pearls of Service Foundation, PO Box 684, Lexington, KY 40588-0684 to support the scholarship program and various other programs;
2) making donations of backpacks and school supplies for our school drive;
3) donating jackets, socks, scarves and gloves for our seasonal wrap drive;
4) and donating dolls or toys for our Christmas drive. 
5) contacting us to donate to or assist with efforts to clean and mulch neighborhood playgrounds and day care centers.    
 
Individuals and companies are asked to purchase tickets to our major events, including: 
1) The Miss Fashionetta Scholarship Cotillion on December 2, 2017 and
2) The 13th Annual Coretta Scott King "Spirit of Ivy" Awards Luncheon on January 13,  2018. 
 In addition, individuals and businesses may purchase advertisements in the program booklets for the Miss Fashionetta Cotillion and for the "Spirit of Ivy" Awards Luncheon. 
For more information on Beta Gamma Omega events, please visit our website at http://akalexington.org.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Statements
Mission Statement

Pearls of Service Foundation was established to support the programs of Beta Gamma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA), the oldest African American female Greek-lettered organization in the country, founded in 1908 to provide “service to all Mankind.” Since its founding, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated has implemented programs of service impacting countless lives; and since its chartering in 1934, the Beta Gamma Omega Chapter of AKA in Lexington has sponsored programs to award scholarships for post secondary education and implemented programs to improve the health, wealth, and well-being of the citizens of Lexington and Central Kentucky. For over 80 years, BGO Chapter has donated thousands of volunteer hours and thousands of dollars promoting service that positively impacts a large variety of organizations, individuals, and schools in this community.

Pearls of Service Foundation operates exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, including for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations under section  501 (3) (c) of the Internal Revenue Code (or the corresponding section of any future Federal tax code).   
Background Statement

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) was founded on January 15, 1908 on the campus of Howard University by nine visionary women who had the desire to start an African-American Greek letter organization with the basic principle "to be of service to all mankind."  Since 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated has implemented programs of service impacting countless lives.

Beta Gamma Omega Chapter, the local chapter of  AKA, is located in Lexington, KY.  Since 1934, the members of the Beta Gamma Omega chapter have been seen working diligently in our community.  When you see the colors pink and green, you know that ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. are present.
Under the leadership of our 28th International President, Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, our theme for the 2014-2018 administration is “Launching New Dimensions of Service”. Our work in the community is focused on the following five targets: Educational Enrichment, Health Promotion, Family Strengthening, Environmental Ownership and Global Impact.
Since its chartering in 1934, members of Beta Gamma Omega Chapter have worked tirelessly in the Metro Lexington area and have never lost their commitment to service.  The chapter has sponsored dynamic programs, awarded numerous scholarships, and have consistently worked to improve the health, wealth, and well-being of this community and its citizens.
For over 80 years, thousands of volunteer hours and thousands of dollars have been donated to benefit many in this community.  Benefactors have included the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Boys and Girls Club of America, Grace Coleman House, God’s Pantry, Hope Center, Jarrett’s Joy Cart, March of Dimes, MLK Memorial, Robert H. Williams Cultural Center, Salvation Army, United Negro College Fund, YMCA Black Achievers, and YWCA Spouse Abuse Center, and several schools within the district.
We are excited to implement the 2014-2018 International Program targets under the theme, “Launching New Dimensions of Service,” designed to help us fulfill our mission and live up to our purpose by promoting service in the spirit of our founders. Beta Gamma Omega Chapter, along with 290,000 Alpha Kappa Alpha members in 1,005 chapters throughout the world will address community needs with programs in the five target areas.

For detailed information on our upcoming programs and activities, please visit the ‘Upcoming Events’ page on our web site: http://akalexington.org.

Impact Statement
Local chapters of AKA nation-wide target five dimensions of service under AKA’s national theme, “Launching New Dimensions of Service:”  1) Educational Enrichment, 2) Health Promotion, 3) Family Strengthening, 4) Environmental Ownership, and 5) Global Impact.   While BGO Chapter conducts projects to address all five dimensions of service, two of the five dimensions of service which BGO Chapter targets for service, "Educational Enrichment" and "Family Strengthening," involve helping children and families.  Two of the initiatives under "Educational Enrichment are giving scholarships and supplying backpacks with school supplies to students, complementing one of the initiatives under "Family Strengthening," which is to address childhood hunger.  Working to address childhood hunger, we have supplied food for the school backpack program which provides food to students who have inadequate access to food when school is out, specifically on weekends and holidays away from school.  In addition to these two areas of service, BGO Chapter supplied seasonal wraps (jackets, hats, scarves, socks, gloves) for children and adults; provided food and monthly volunteer hours at God's Pantry; contributed financial donations and/or volunteer hours to the Alzheimer's Association, the American Heart Association, the Fatherhood Initiative, and other organizations; cleaned and mulched playgrounds and child care centers for our "Playground Mobilization Day"; donated dolls and toys for the fire department Christmas drive; and provided scholarships to college students.   This year, BGO will address the same five targets of service and, with the help of Pearls of Service Foundation, will increase the numbers of people served.
The primary purpose of Pearls of Service Foundation is to support Beta Gamma Omega Chapter financially in accomplishing its goals.  
Needs Statement
The top five needs of Pearls of Service Foundation to help  BGO Chapter of AKA accomplish its mission are:
1) Financial contributions to help expand our outreach programs and increase fundraisers, including Miss Fashionetta (a scholarship and mentoring program for high school females) and The Spirit of Ivy Awards Luncheon (which honors Lexington area women who exemplify the spirit of the ivy).  For the Miss Fashionetta program, donations will help with transportation for a college tour for program participants, help participants in need of assistance to cover program fees, and help the Chapter cover costs for the six-month mentoring program.
2)  We need the public to purchase tickets to the 2017 Miss Fashionetta Scholarship Cotillion on December 2, 2017.     
3)  We need the public to purchase tickets to BGO's 13th Annual Spirit of Ivy Awards luncheon on January 13, 2018.
4)  We need companies and individuals to purchase ads for the Miss Fashionetta Scholarship Cotillion and the Spirit of Ivy Awards Luncheon. 
5)  We need donations for our food drives; backpacks and school supplies for students; seasonal wraps (coats, jackets, hats, scarves, and gloves) for adults and children, and financial donations and/or volunteers for clean-up and mulching of playgrounds or day care centers.  
 
Service Categories
Geographic Areas Served
Areas
Kentucky
Beta Gamma Omega Chapter of AKA Sorority, Inc. serves the Lexington and Central Kentucky community. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Dana Branham
Company Affiliation Lasting Legacy Wealth Management
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2017
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Ms. Samantha Anderson Community ActionVoting
Ms. Shermeicka Bacon Commonwealth of KentuckyExofficio
Ms. Pamela Black Eastern Kentucky UniversityVoting
Ms. Marlene Black-Johnson Fayette County Public SchoolsVoting
Ms. Dana Branham Lasting Legacy Wealth ManagementVoting
Ms. Dana Carter Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Patricia Crawford RetiredVoting
Ms. Donna George Georgetown College (adjunct faculty, part time)/ Retired Fayette County Public SchoolsVoting
Mrs. Glenda Humphrey George Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Department of LawExofficio
Ms. Wenda Higgins RetiredExofficio
Ms. Kimberly Parker-Brown Midway UniversityExofficio
Ms. Willa Riggs RetiredVoting
Ms. Teresa Searcy RetiredVoting
Ms. Margie Kennedy Wilson RetiredVoting
Ms. Jill Chenault Wilson William Wells Brown Community CenterVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 15
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 15
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 56%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Ms. Pamela Black
Company Affiliation Eastern Kentucky University
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Standing Committees
By-laws
Education
Finance
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Dana Branham
Term Start Jan 2016
Email ms.branham@ymail.com
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 14
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Description

1.  Educational Enrichment

ASCENDSM
HBCU Awareness Week, Tour, & Enrollment Drive
One Million Backpacks & School Supplies
 
Category
Population Served , ,
Program Success Monitored By


Examples of Program Success


Description

2.  Health Promotion

    • Pink Goes Red for Heart Health*
    • National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Walk
    • The Longest Day ~ Alzheimer’s Support Activities*
    • Mental Health Awareness Day*
    • Minority Mental Health Week

Category
Population Served , ,
Description


  1. 3.  Family Strengthening
    • God’s Pantry Volunteer Days
    • Seasonal Wraps Drive
    • Fatherhood Initiative/Restoration of Voting Rights Awareness
    • Childhood Hunger Awareness Day*
    • Buy Black Monday
    • Minority Doll Drive
    • Financial Literacy Workshops

Category
Population Served , ,
Program Short Term Success

Educational Enrichment

    • ASCENDSM
    • HBCU Awareness Week, Tour, & Enrollment Drive
    • One Million Backpacks & School Supplies
  1. Health Promotion
    • Pink Goes Red for Heart Health*
    • National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Walk
    • The Longest Day ~ Alzheimer’s Support Activities*
    • Mental Health Awareness Day*
    • Minority Mental Health Week
  2. Family Strengthening
    • God’s Pantry Volunteer Days
    • Seasonal Wraps Drive
    • Fatherhood Initiative/Restoration of Voting Rights Awareness
    • Childhood Hunger Awareness Day*
    • Buy Black Monday
    • Minority Doll Drive
    • Financial Literacy Workshops
  3. Environmental Ownership
    • Acts of Green
    • 1908 Playground Mobilization Day*
  4. Global Impact
    • Coretta Scott King Spirit of Ivy Awards
    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service*
Description

4.  Environmental Ownership

    • Acts of Green
    • 1908 Playground Mobilization Day*
Category
Population Served , ,
Description

5.  Global Impact

       Coretta Scott King Spirit of Ivy Awards
    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service*
Category
Population Served , ,
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Financials
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $29,499.00
Projected Expenses $29,499.00
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
------
Government Contributions$0$8,938$0
Federal----
State----
Local----
Unspecified--$8,938
Individual Contributions$14,045$1,700--
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$10,647$28,380--
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues$825$380--
Special Events$5,397----
Revenue In-Kind------
Other------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense--$6,368--
Administration Expense$4,213$455--
Fundraising Expense$37,917$4,548--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.733.46--
Program Expense/Total Expenses0%56%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue195%43%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$18,340$29,596--
Current Assets$18,340$29,596--
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$18,340$29,596--
Form 990s
2016 990-EZ
2015 990-EZ
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Address PO BOX 684
LEXINGTON, KY 405880684
Primary Phone 859 272-0094
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Dana Branham
Board Chair Ms. Dana Branham
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lasting Legacy Wealth Management