The realization of a dream is often bittersweet, especially when it comes after a loss. The unexpected passing of our beloved and longtime vice president, Pamela McCullough McEwen (Epsilon), has been hard on all members of the sorority, especially the Board of Directors (formerly the National Executive Board). In Pam’s honor, the board made it a priority to fulfill her biggest dream—establishing the Omega Phi Alpha Foundation, a federally recognized, 501(c)3, nonprofit charity. As envisioned by Pam, the OPA Foundation will be able to accept tax-deductible donations, apply for grants, and receive employer matching gifts. These funds will be used to support service, educational, and leadership programs of the sorority and chapters.
The Foundation’s purpose, as described in the IRS Form 1023, “Application for Recognition of Exemption,” is as follows:
“Omega Phi Alpha Foundation is organized and is to be operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. Within the scope of the foregoing purposes, Foundation is organized and is to be operated to support the charitable and educational programs and activities of the national Omega Phi Alpha National Service Sorority and related organizations by encouraging and securing charitable contributions to the Foundation and by managing and directing such funds for charitable and educational programs and activities that develop leadership, provide service to humanity and promote friendship.”
The Foundation Board of Directors will consist of five lifetime members, four of whom were appointed by the elected NEB last spring plus the current president of the sorority. The Foundation officers are Kristen Sanders (Epsilon), board president, Cheryl Roberts (Beta), secretary, and Jan Titsworth (Delta). Former VP Lifetime Membership Suzy McTaggart Gamma) was appointed after the convention. The fifth board member will be appointed in the fall, and the process for donations and distribution will be determined by October.
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