About Us

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Kappa Alpha Psi (the Fraternity) was founded in 1911 on the campus of Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and is among the oldest Greek-letter fraternity organizations in the world. It is an international organization, comprised of college-educated men of color who are dedicated to achievement, upward mobility and service to communities. Today, the Fraternity has approximately 23,000 financial members and is comprised of over 750 undergraduate and alumni chapters on college campuses, across the nation in big cities and small towns, and throughout the world. Our members are represented across the spectrum of professions and are significant consumers in the marketplace. The average annual income of our members is $83K.

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The Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation (the Foundation), established in 1981, was formed as the philanthropic arm of the Fraternity. The Foundation is a non-profit, tax exempt, publicly supported organization as described in Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. Its mission is to identify and invest in opportunities that engage today’s generation of young people in leading the social, economic and educational transformation of underserved and underrepresented communities. The Foundation makes investments in six core areas and they are Advocacy, Education and Youth Development, Community Development and Empowerment, Economic Advancement, Health and Wellness, and International Aid and Relief. The investments are made in promising programs and advocating for policies that have the best opportunity to bring equity to all. The funding is provided through grants, fellowships, human capital (in-kind professional service volunteers) and scholarships.

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In the area of Education and Youth development, the national Guide Right program is one of our key initiatives delivering national impact. It has been in existence since 1922 and is one of the nation’s largest and longest initiatives focused on college readiness. The Kappa League, one of the core programs under Guide Right, was established in 1969, and its purpose is to train young men of color in grades 6-12 for leadership, academic achievement and service in their communities. Currently, 150 Kappa League programs have been chartered across the country, with 3,000 enrolled youth. Ninety-eight percent of the Kappa League seniors graduate from high school and 85% go on to attend a four-year post secondary institution. Three Kappa Leaguers have been awarded the Gates Millennium scholarship and 20,000 hours of community service have been logged by Kappa Leaguers. Another core program under Guide Right is Diamonds In The Rough, established in 2011. This program was launched on a national scale to address the challenges of post secondary access and affordability for young men of color in inner city and underserved communities throughout the country. The program supports young men who have the potential to achieve even in the most adverse environments. Over 3,000 youth are enrolled in the Diamonds In The Rough college initiative. Four thousand-five hundred students and parents have been provided with college and financial aid advisement, with $15M dollars in academic scholarships awarded.

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The Undergraduate Leadership Institute, established in 2004, is another key initiative and is focused on career opportunities. We have trained over 500 men for leadership roles in their communities, while attaining a high degree of excellence in their academic pursuits.


The Building the Dream Klassic is one of the major fundraising events for the Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation. Only through collaboration, partnerships and investments, can we meet the needs of our key initiatives. For more information about the Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation, please visit our website at www.thekappafoundation.org.

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Grand Chapter Officers

Thomas L. Battles, Jr.
Grand Polemarch


Reuben A. Shelton III, Esq.
Senior Grand Vice Polemarch

Chastin L. Gammage
Junior Grand Vice Polemarch

Chester Leaks
Grand Keeper of Records & Exchequer

Brandon T. Grant
Grand Strategus

Denzel B. Washington
Grand Lt. Strategus

Chauncy E. Haynes
Grand Chapter Nominating Committee Chairman

Kevin Scott
Grand Historian

Grand Board of Directors

Linnes Finney, Jr., Esq.
Alumni

Matthew N. Simmons
Undergraduate

Ronald V. Julun
Alumni

Deion L. Garner
Undergraduate

Jimmy McMikle
Alumni

Edward Desmond Taylor
Undergraduate

Foundation Board of Directors

Michael DuBose
President

Rodney C. Adkins
Vice President

Chastin Gammage
2nd Vice President

Michael M. Adkinson
Secretary

A. Ronald Berryman
Treasurer

L-Mani S. Viney
Executive Director


Thomas L Battles

Reuben A. Shelton III, Esq.

Jacquelene Sharp-Massey

Donald Bland

Linnes Finney, Jr., Esq.

Cain Hayes

Chester Leaks

Pierre Le Veaux

Steve Pemberton

Adolphus Pruitt

Margie Southard

Greg Thomas

Kennis Wilkins

The Klassic Committee

Rodney Adkins
The Klassic Chair, Miami & Stamford Alumni

Bill Allen
Wilmington Delaware Alumni

Rich Coleman
Sponsorship Committee Chair, Cincinnati Alumni

Earnie Ellison
West Palm Beach Alumni

Thornton Fears
Decatur Alumni

Linnes Finney, Jr., Esq.
Fort Pierce Alumni

Clifford Franklin
Marketing & Communications Chair, St. Louis Alumni

Leonard Herring, Jr.
Celebrity Chair, Beverly Hills/Century City Alumni

Kelly Holloway
Golf Committee Chair, Stamford Alumni

Bruce Hunter
Evanston Alumni

John Jacob
St. Louis Alumni

Sherman Kizart
Chicago Alumni

James Simms

Anthony Stepney
Winter Park Alumni

Larry Thomas
Operations Chair, Delray Beach Alumni

L­‐Mani Viney
New Jersey City Alumni

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