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Charitable Engagement

The Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF) provides opportunities in keeping with our mission to promote research which identifies and fashions solutions to issues affecting African American women and their families, nationally and globally, through funding and support of the charitable and educational programs of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and collaborative organizations.

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                                 Charitable Engagement Service

Support is available to Delta Chapters through DREF’s Charitable Engagement Service. More than 200 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Chapters receive technical assistance in fundraising for charitable and educational programming in their local communities and manage scholarship funds with awards made to high school graduates who are enrolling in college and for collegiate students returning to campus

The Charitable Engagement Service Manual is available to provide guidance on how to use DREF's services.  Learn more>

Annual Community Empowerment Grant Making Program 

The Annual Community Empowerment Grantmaking Program supports community service-based programs. The Delta Research and Educational Foundation, in collaboration with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, will award program grants to DST chapters in two categories.

 Category 1: Mental Health Across the Lifespan (MHAL) Initiative; programs in this category must educate and raise awareness, through targeted outreach efforts in underserved communities, on one of the following areas: Bullying, Postpartum Depression, Successful Aging Later in Life, or Depression and College Students.  The Mental Health initiative must also aim to reinforce the importance of recognizing the signs of mental illness and of seeking help and treatment from healthcare providers.  A program can be conducted by a Delta chapter or sponsored in partnership with a community organization with similar missions and goals as those of the Foundation or the Sorority. 

Category 2:  Community Empowerment Focus includes program grants in areas relating to any of the following areas:  Civic Engagement, Education, Financial Literacy, Health and Wellness, and International Awareness and Involvement.

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