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Our Mission 

The corporation is organized and operated by professional, educated African-American males who volunteer to improve the quality of life of people in the greater Pittsburgh community.

Our Vision

To be recognized as a leader throughout Western PA, and to uplift our community, especially our youth, by providing sustainable programs and services that positively impact their daily lives.

Iota Phi Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Iota Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. The Iota Phi Foundation partners with the Iota Phi Chapter in many of its community initiatives. Additionally, we explore opportunities to collaborate with other noteworthy organizations to achieve our vision of meeting the needs of Pittsburgh's multicultural community. 


In addition to individual contributions from members of the Foundation, revenue raised by the sponsorships and contributions from the Foundation has been the source of funding support for all activities.

New location planning...
For more than 25 years, 123 Meadow Street has been the headquarters and community center of the Iota Phi Foundation. It is bitter sweet that we share the Foundation has sold this property and is in the process of acquiring new property. Please stay tuned as we look to achieve greater impact through our service in a new facility.

 Collaborative Programs 

Achievement Awards Dinner

The program recognizes leaders in the Pittsburgh community in the areas of business, education, medicine, community advocacy, Citizen of the Year and an Omega Man who has most demonstrated the principles of the Iota Phi Foundation. In the past 15 years alone, more than 135 individuals have been recognized for making a difference in the community.

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Student Scholarships

Iota Phi Foundation provides five (5) $2,000 scholarships each academic school year to deserving African American high school graduating seniors who demonstrates academic excellence. These scholarship are merit based and awarded during our Achievement Awards Dinner. Each of the scholarship recipients receive a plaque and $2,000 to attend the college or university of their choice. Since 1984, 181 young African-American men and women have received scholarships totaling more than $370,000 to further their education.

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Since its inception over 2,600 high school juniors from the Pittsburgh area have visited 14 HBCU’s annually, including Tennessee State, Fisk, Tuskegee, Norfolk State, Hampton, Virginia State, Howard, Spelman, Morehouse, Claflin and South Carolina State.  Approximately 44% of the students who go on the tour actually enroll at a HBCU. During the tour the students visited several historical landmarks including the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church (site of the 1963 bombing that killed 4 young girls), George Washington Carver Museum and the Martin Luther King Visitor’s Center and the Black Wax Museum.


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The tournament was established in 1996 to raise funds for the Iota Phi Foundation Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship fund supports the educational aspirations of deserving high school students. All proceeds benefit Iota Phi Foundation Scholarship Fund.


Ron Foster Golf Tournament


In recent years the program has increased its outreach to provide over 500 complete food baskets, with all the trimmings, so needy families who otherwise may not have a Thanksgiving meal will enjoy one that day.  Since its inception, more than 6,500 needy families have received a Thanksgiving basket.


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Christmas with Santa

For more than 25 years, a Christmas celebration party is held at the Community Center. The program provides toys treats, books, and photos with Santa to hundreds of children. Santa helpers read stories to the children to help them learn about the true meaning of the holiday season. Overall, more than 7,500 kids have participated in this charitable program.

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Carter G. Woodson Academy

Carter G. Woodson Academy  for ten weeks, with students in K-12 and focuses on teaching the students the contributions and impact of Carter G. Woodson on African-American history, culture and STEAM. In the past 4 years, 150+ students have attended the academy. 


The Talent Hunt provides exposure, encouragement, and financial assistance to talented young people participating in the performing arts. Many have gone on to perform at the Apollo Theater, Radio City Music Hall, and other notable venues across the country.  The Talent Hunt program continues to be a mutually beneficial experience for our organization and the communities we serve.  As public funds dwindle in the support of the arts, we  will continue to search for new funding sources to support our gifted youth.

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Please note that these programs are excellent opportunities for exposure for organizations that are committed to the community. Thank you in advance for your support.

United Way Number 1300342
Please call United Way at 412-456-6824 to direct your pledge to 
Iota Phi Foundation