The Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation, Inc. (the Foundation), was established in 1981 as the philanthropic arm of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (the Fraternity). Since its establishment, the mission of the Foundation has evolved over time and is focused on supporting and investing in programs and initiatives that result in the social, economic and educational advancement of youth and communities that are underserved and underrepresented.
The Foundation makes investments in six core areas: (1) Advocacy, (2) Education and Youth Development, (3) Community Empowerment, (4) Economic Advancement, (5) Health and Wellness, and (6) International Aid and Relief. Its investments are made in promising programs and initiatives that have the best opportunity to bring positive transformational impact to the individuals and communities it supports. The Foundation has made substantial progress in expanding its social impact in these six core areas, providing funding through grants, scholarships, fellowships and human capital (in-kind professional service volunteers). With a specific focus on improving the life outcomes for youth through educational advancement and mentoring, significant capital has been invested in K-12 schools, other non-profit organizations, as well as the Fraternity’s National Guide Right program. This approach impacted over 20,000 youth throughout the country.
With the support of the Foundation, the National Guide Right program has been able to expand the reach and impact of its youth leadership program, Kappa League, from 1,500 to 4,000 young men in grades 6-12. In addition, under the Diamonds In the Rough initiative, launched in 2011, Guide Right and Kappa League programs have produced a 98% annual high school graduation rate of its seniors, with 85% being accepted to 4-year institutions and over $36M in academic scholarships being awarded, including four Gates Millennium and several Quest Bridge scholarship awardees. Beyond the Fraternity’s programs and initiatives, the Foundation has invested in the development of STEM based labs in schools and increased volunteerism in communities suffering from natural disasters.