The Edward G. Irvin Foundation was established in 2001, as the philanthropic arm of the Chicago Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. It is a separate non-profit, tax exempt, publicly supported organization. This Foundation is organized exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary and educational purposes within the meaning of section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Edward G. Irvin Foundation Center was formerly a Jane Addams Hull House Association affiliate, known as Parkway Community House. Parkway Community House had a long and rich history in Chicago, first in Bronzeville and later Woodlawn. Edward G. Irvin Foundation Center will extend that legacy by housing our programs, and serving as a beacon of light in our community.
The Foundation’s major goal is to foster critical skills and positive personal choice decisions by strengthening African-American youth, especially males, who face challenges to achieving personal success and in reaching their full potential to become contributing members of society.
The vision of the Foundation is to be the premier philanthropic organization in Chicago by delivering culturally relevant, effective and efficient services to African-American youth.
The mission of the Foundation is to serve as a major transformative force in enabling the success of minority male youth and economically disadvantaged persons in the Chicago metropolitan area.
The purpose of the Foundation is to engage in community service, by providing programs that help produce a better quality of life through leadership training, health and wellness programs, educational advancement and housing opportunities to the community.
The Foundation will provide young people with academically oriented services such as tutoring, drug awareness seminars, leadership training, career exposure and financial assistance to institutions of higher learning in the form of college and university scholarships. The Foundation will also assist the community, seniors and social service organizations.