The Pearl Foundation
       As the charitable arm of Xi Mu Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., The Pearl Foundation takes a holistic approach to servicing the community. Exemplifying the ideals of scholarship, service and sisterly love, the organization funds three annual scholarships, partners with community based organizations to provide service, and mentors youth through the youth auxiliaries of the sorority. The Pearl Foundation also provides funding for signature programs developed by Xi Mu Zeta Chapter to fulfill the demonstrated needs of our community.​

       Signature programs are developed with the support of The Pearl Foundation to fulfill specific needs of the community. These programs have included an Annual Holiday Toy Drive, an Adopt-a-Family project, and the Girl Power project. The Holiday Toy Drive garners enough gifts to make the holidays a little brighter for each child residing at the Family Rescue Shelter and Transitional Housing Project, and toys for the families of the Adopt-a-Family project. The Adopt-a-Family project also provides the adopted families with food, staples and other items needed during the holiday season and beyond. The Girl Power project was developed to address the myriad of issues currently affecting young women and girls today, including high self-esteem, building healthy relationships, and the importance of good credit. The signature programs may change or evolve depending on the need. 


       The Pearl Foundation and Xi Mu Zeta Chapter opened it’s first Stork's Nest, a nationally sponsored program in association with the March of Dimes, in partnership with Ingall’s Memorial Hospital located in Harvey, IL. The Nest opened in March of 2004 and has been well received by the young mothers as they participate in parenting and prenatal workshops. 

       You can help The Pearl Foundation while you are shopping online. The Pearl Foundation is listed as a supporting cause at iGive.Com. iGive.com is the first and largest network of members, worthy causes, online merchants, and web sites, brought together to enable shoppers like yourself to list and support their favorite worthy causes through online shopping. Each time you shop online at one of the supporting merchants, a percentage of your purchases will be donated to The Pearl Foundation, at no extra cost to you. Many of your favorite stores are right at your fingertips. Just become an iGive member and make sure The Pearl Foundation is selected as your worthy cause. It's absolutely FREE. Log on to enroll at www.iGive.com/PearlFoundationand shop to your hearts content. Remember that each time you make a purchase, the merchant will give a percentage of the purchase to The Pearl Foundation.

       The Pearl Foundation has a sincere desire to touch the pulse of the community through its programs and partners, by being an example for others to follow. Your tax-deductible gift will make a real difference in furthering the programs that have been developed to assist women and children in need. We hope you will join us in helping to make a difference in someone’s life. Your financial support will enable us to provide programs that help uplift the women and children we work with.
a 501 (c) 3 ORGANIZATION of Xi Mu Zeta Chapter

The Pearl Foundation Scholarships

THE DEBBIE GAYDEN-LAVIZZO SCHOLARSHIP ​​​
South Suburban High School Seniors in school Districts 205 and 228

CHARLENE DRAKE SCHOLARSHIP 
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Undergraduate Member

FIVE PEARLS SCHOLARSHIP ​
Undergraduates that previously received the Debbie Gayden Lavizzo or Bonita Woods-Harris scholarships.

Applications available as of Tuesday, November 1, 2016. 
Application deadline is Friday, January 13, 2017 (by 11:59 p.m. CST via email only).

BONITA WOODS-HARRIS SCHOLARSHIP 
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Youth Auxillary Archonette