In 1990, a group of women of the Southfield Alumnae Chapter (SAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated planted the seed for acquiring a facility, where youth and families could go for educational support, mentoring and recreation. And in 1993, the Torch of Wisdom Foundation, Inc., a 501c3 tax-exempt public charity, was established to provide charitable-giving initiatives and to award grants to organizations that help improve the condition of and the education for targeted individuals living in Southeastern Michigan. Each program grant addresses values-based objectives to find sustainable solutions that increase economic, social, and educational opportunities, creating boundless possibilities…Changing Tomorrow Today©.
In September 2011, the vision the these civic-minded women was brought to fruition, when the Torch of Wisdom Foundation, Inc. (TOWF) acquired a commercial office building, located at 21819 West 9 Mile Road, Southfield, Michigan. The facility houses its official office, SAC office, and available space for meetings, training sessions and other community events. It is believed that this is the first African-American public charity to make such an investment in Oakland County. “Based upon the demonstrated value of the Torch of Wisdom Foundation and its goal to significantly serve more youth and the community-at-large, we were pleased to approve the foundation’s mortgage to help it achieve this milestone,” said CEO Dean Trudeau of the Public Service Credit Union.
The Torch of Wisdom Foundation, Inc. exists to support scholarship, cultural arts and community enrichment.
The Torch of Wisdom Foundation, Inc. is the premier organization that benefits families, youth and communities based upon identified needs.
We seek and provide funding to organizations that support three major purposes:
We award scholarships to students who qualify based on academic excellence, financial need and community service.
2. Cultural Arts
We advocate programs that heighten awareness of the arts and expose the works of local and national artists.
3. Community Enrichment
We enhance the lives of youth and their families committed to funding programs that build stronger communities.
Our thanks to the committed members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority-Southfield Alumnae Chapter for their vision, commitment and assistance in the establishment of the Torch of Wisdom Foundation, Inc.