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Delta Research and Education Foundation


Delta Research and Educational Foundation promotes research which identifies and fashions solutions to issues affecting African American women and their families, nationally and globally through funding and support of public service programs of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and collaborative organizations.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, established the Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF) in 1967. DREF helps strengthen and expand the charitable and educational programs of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and other organizations with similar community service goals. DREF provides technical assistance to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Chapters in the areas of fund raising and charitable giving. Additionally, program grants are awarded annually to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. chapters and community-based organizations for charitable and educational programming.

Investing in our Mission

As a 501 (c) (3) organization, DREF offers donors an opportunity to receive a federal income tax deduction for dollars invested in our charitable work. Supporters may contribute directly to the Foundation through our Annual Fund Campaign (via mail or our website); support our special fundraising events; or participate in special giving opportunities such as the Foundation's Leadership Club or the Combined Federal Campaign for federal employees (Giving #11213).

Research and Program Initiatives

The Center for Research on African American Women (The Center) focuses on critical issues relevant to African American women that can be of significance for policy decision making. The Center engages in research oriented projects that examine the lives of African American women in the areas of education, economics, and health in the United States and abroad. Program areas include: a scholarly journal, the Vivian A. Ware Research Fellowship, the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Social Justice Institute, and the National Reading Circle. The Center produces a scholarly publication entitled PHILLIS: The Journal for Research on African American Women, with the Sister Scholars Advisory Council serving as the Editorial Review Committee.


  • Carolyn E. Lewis, Board President
  • Patricia W. Lattimore, CEO
  • Delta Research and Educational Foundation
  • 1703 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
  • Washington, DC 20009
  • Telephone: 202-347-1337
  • Fax: 202-347-5091
  • Email:
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