The Kappa Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization designed to promote education and community service in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Inkster and surrounding communities

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Our Programs

  • Scholarship Program
  • Kappa League Mentorship Program
  • Corporate Partners Program
  • Community Initiatives

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Leadership

The Executive Officers and Board of Directors of the Kappa Foundation are comprised of business professionals, educators, and academic administrators who want to increase the number of college graduates in the communities served by the Kappa Foundation and support community initiatives. 

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Events

The Kappa Foundation holds events anually to enhance our efforts to provide scholarships to deserving students and to showcase scholarship recipients. 

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Kappa Foundation Programs

Scholarship Program

The Kappa Foundation awards scholarships to students based on high school achievement while also acknowledging the special needs of applicants. The chapter and the Foundation have awarded over $375,000 in scholarships since the inception of the program. Scholarships are awarded to male and female applicants from the Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, and Inkster areas, including Canton, Salem, and Plymouth. 
In 2021, the Foundation will award $1,000 scholarships to seventeen (17) outstanding students. Funds are raised through donations and a variety of events including the Kappa Foundation’s signature event, “Women of Achievement.”

Kappa League Mentorship Program

In addition to numerous other programs, the Kappa Foundation supports the AAYI Chapter’s commitment to its Kappa Leaguers. Kappa League recruits primarily African American high school males during their freshman to junior years and maintains an annual membership of approximately 30 young men. The program is structured with activities throughout the year built around formal business meetings where Kappa Leaguers plan club-like activities in several areas, including community service; college and career planning, leadership development, and special events.

Each year mentors from the AAYI Alumni Chapter host workshops to provide increased exposure for the short and long-term development of young men. Workshops cover topics such as conflict resolution, planning, management and organization, interviewing skills, college readiness and family financial planning, values, and leadership styles

Corporate Partners Program (CPP)

The Kappa Foundation’s Corporate Partners Program (CPP) was established in 2020 shortly after the Covid 19 pandemic began. The primary purpose of CPP is to raise donations to assist with the Foundation’s scholarship program and support worthy causes in the community.  In 2020, the Foundation gave $24,000 in scholarships with the help of generous donations from our corporate friends.  Our goal in 2021 is to raise $15,000 to  support our programs.  The Kappa Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization and all donations to the  Corporate Partners Program (CPP) are fully tax deductible.

Corporate Partners

  • Zingerman’s Community Giving of Ann Arbor
  • Weber’s Inn and Restaurant of Ann Arbor
  • Bank of Ann Arbor

We are always looking for corporate partners to assist us in our endeavors to help others.  If you are interested in becoming part of the Corporate Partners Program (CPP) please contact The AAYI Kappa Foundation for more information.

Email: darrellw@umich.edu
Cell: 734-845-2721

Community Initiatives

The Kappa Foundation has been involved in many community programs and activities over the years. More recently, the foundation joined forces with Zingerman’s Community Giving in support of the University of Michigan’s Health Care Heroes effort during the Covid19 pandemic. In 2021 the foundation provided backpacks for educational purposes to students at Holmes Elementary School in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The foundation has provided disaster relief for local communities and supported other charitable causes permissible under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 

Contact Us

Please contact The Kappa Foundation for inquiries or more information.

Address

23800 West 10 Mile Road Southfield, MI  48033

Phone

734 845-2721

Email

info@aayikf.org

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