Our Purpose

The Corporation is organized exclusively for education and charitable purposes, including the following:

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It is a great honor to serve as President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ivy Heritage Foundation 2021-2023. The foundation was established in 2014 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit associated with the Upsilon Omega Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Since our establishment, our sole purpose has been to provide educational and charitable support to individuals residing in Greater Columbia and the surrounding area.

Over the past seven years, we have developed valuable partnerships that allow us to impact the community positively. We accomplish this by providing families, individuals, and other organizations with innovative programs that promote educational advancement, improving quality of life, entrepreneurship, self-sufficiency, and cultural enlightenment.

For more information on the Ivy Heritage Foundation or if you would like to attend one of our fabulous events, please utilize the contact form below.


Joann Moore Thompson, DDS

President and Chair of the Board of Directors, Ivy Heritage Foundation of Irmo

Purpose Statement


The Corporation is organized exclusively for education and charitable purposes, including the following: to cultivate the academic, health, social, and cultural development of individuals residing in the Greater Columbia and surrounding areas.  Our purpose is to make a positive impact in the community at large by helping individuals, families and organizations to achieve their highest potential by promoting programs that provide options for advanced education, improved quality of life, entrepreneurship and self-sufficiency and cultural experiences.

To carry out purposes of Upsilon Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in promoting unity within the community in matters of educational, cultural, and civic life, and the general welfare of the community.

Board of Directors

Joann Thompson

Kimberly Snipes

Sheral Bowman

Joy Price

Sharonda Sutton

Natasha Thompson

Sandra Randolph

Tawanda Webb

Appointed by President

Catrena Britton
Lil Eaves
Camelia Atkinson
SeRina Brown
Vivian Coaxum
Robyn Watson


Jamesetta Lovett, President
LaTarsa Williams, Vice President
Kendra Brown, Treasurer
Tia Geiger, Fundraising Chairman
Tiffany Scott, Scholarship Chairman


Congratulations to our 2021 Scholarship Recipients! Click Read More to view a special tribute.

A very big congratulations to all the scholars graduating from high school this year and gearing up to embark on their collegiate journey. To assist in offsetting the cost of earning their college degree, the Ivy Heritage Foundation of Irmo was able to award seven scholarships to students from the local community. After reviewing scholarship applications and essays, the following recipients were awarded scholarships:  Amber Burton, Olivia Pinckney, ZaMaria Jacobs, Deronne Davis, Da’Corin Johnson, Ari McNeal, and Micah Washington. Congratulations to all of the 2021 recipients! View a special video below highlighting the 2021 winners and their achievements.   *we do not own the rights to this... read more

Ivy Heritage Foundation Secures Grant From the Central Carolina Community Foundation

The Ivy Heritage Foundation has received a grant from the Central Carolina Community Foundation to support the work of our Irmo Community Garden, which serves as a learning laboratory for students from the community and civic organizations in Irmo.  The award is part of the Central Carolina Community Foundation’s commitment to addressing top community needs. The grant was awarded through the organizations Beyond the Table mini-grant initiative. Read more... read more

IHF Scholarship Application is NOW OPEN! 

Scholarship applicants must be high school seniors planning to enter a four-year college/university in the fall of 2021. Applicant must be attending a high school in Lexington County, Richland/Lexington School District Five, Upsilon Omega Omega Chapter #CAP℠ student, or a 2019-2020 Emeralds of Excellence Debutante. Applicant must have a cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. Deadline: Applications accepted March 8, 2021 – April 30, 2021. All applications must be postmarked by April 30,... read more

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