The Sigma Omega Zeta Education Foundation, Inc. was established in 2021 by the members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Sigma Omega Zeta Chapter in Clayton County, Ga. The purpose of the non-profit 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization is to expand the reach, increase impact and deliver more abundantly on the sorority’s mission to "foster the ideals of service, charity and scholarship.”
The Sigma Omega Zeta Education Foundation, Inc. is committed to leading efforts to address some of the most critical needs of the Clayton and Henry County community through community based events focused on health and wellness, economic empowerment and impact, higher education and the arts. In addition to our community events and service programs, the foundation awards scholarships annually to graduating seniors who are enrolled in a four year college or university.
Under the leadership of President Shanda Ross, the Sigma Omega Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. approved establishing a non-profit foundation, a separate entity from the chapter with it’s own unique operations, bylaws and operating fund. President Ross led the entity's formation and under her direction, the research was conducted, paperwork filed and fees were submitted for the establishment of the Sigma Omega Zeta Education Inc. a 501(c)3 public foundation.
The foundation bylaws were adopted to include all members of Sigma Omega Zeta as members of the Sigma Omega Zeta Education Foundation. Members of the foundation who meet qualifications can run for positions of the board. The board is comprised of 15 members who serve a two year term. The president of Sigma Omega Zeta and the Second Vice President are de facto members of the board. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors that conducts business according to bylaws established for the organization.
As the charitable arm of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Sigma Omega Zeta Chapter, Sigma Omega Zeta Education Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit corporation created to operate exclusively for charitable and educational purposes under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.