About Us

Founded in 1995 by the members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Rho Theta Omega Chapter, The Ivy Legacy Foundation (TILF) is a charitable entity fully committed to develop programming, secure resources, and effect an impactful change in the Greater Philadelphia community.   

TILF was initially created to raise scholarship dollars for college-bound graduating high school seniors as well as non-traditional students pursuing higher education. To date, over $300,000 in scholarships have been awarded. The Foundation also supports other charities in our area due to the tremendous need that exists among our local population.

President's Message

Welcome to The Ivy Legacy Foundation website. Since its founding in 1995, the Foundation has consistently worked toward making a difference in the Greater Philadelphia community through educational and cultural programs. None of our endeavors would be possible without the support we have received from you, the community. Raising the stakes to increase our involvement, fundraising, and community outreach are at the top of our list of goals as we enter our 20th year of service.

Your tax deductible contribution will help us reach our goal of $50,000.00 to award scholarships and support the community service programs of Rho Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Throughout the year we fund programs focused on the following themes:

Target I: HBCU for Life
Target II: Women's Healthcare and Wellness
Target III: Build Your Economic Legacy
Target IV: The Arts!
Target V: Global Impact
Our ongoing service programs are supplemented by Community Impact Days where we join our efforts with national partners and members of Alpha Kappa Alpha across the globe. They include:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (January)  
Pink Goes Red for Heart Health Day (February)
Global Impact Day (April)
International Day of Prayer (August)
National HBCU Week (September)
Breast Cancer Awareness Day (October)
AKA Caregivers’ Day (November)

You can join us in the mission to create a greater Philadelphia, state, country and world.

• Join us or sponsor our signature fundraiser Philly’s Men Are Cookin’
• Make a donation directly or through the United Way donor option-The Ivy Legacy Foundation (recipient code 12517).
• Participate in any of our community service activities

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and learn about The Ivy Legacy Foundation. We look forward to the opportunity to serve the community in partnership with you.

With warmest regards,

Gail Lewis
The Ivy Legacy Foundation​


Executive Officers

Celeste L. Merriweather, PhD.

Gail Lewis

Sabrina Brooks
​Vice President, Development

Angela Medley
Vice President, Programs

Shaquanna Lomax

Jocelyn Jarret

Barbara Mosley
Financial Secretary

Board Members
Celia Berry
Rachel Branson
Kia Buckner
Robyn Jones
Tracey McLaughlin
​Gail McFadden Roberts
​Deborah Stephens
Vanessa Thomas Smith
Shelley Sylva
Angela Taylor

Advisory Board Members

Patty Jackson

William A. Smith

Service Committees

Scholarship Committee
Deborah Lee, Co-Chair
Gail McFadden Roberts, Co-Chair
Daaiyah White, Co-Chair