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Minvera Education and Development Foundation

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OUR VISION | Passing on Our Passion for Philanthropy                                      OUR MISSION | Promoting Education and Economic Development

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Mission: To improve the quality of life in Metropolitan Detroit by supporting and intitiating educational and economical development programs that foster community growth. 


The Minerva Education and Development Foundation (MEDF) is a 501(c)(3) Michigan non-profit corporation established in 1992 by the dynamic women of the Detroit Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. MEDF was created in order to focus and drive charitable giving to support philanthropic initiatives in the areas of educational and economic development. MEDF supports future leaders and service organizations that work in the trenches to provide programs that benefit the people in our community. To this end, MEDF provides grants to organizations that provide inter-generational community services, education, arts, health, or economic development programming. It also funds initiatives that support the development of leadership skills for girls and women and sponsors a variety of scholarship programs to assist students obtain college degrees.


MEDF has awarded over $400,000 in grants, scholarships, and sponsorships to community organizations and individuals.

MEDF’s success is attributable to the dedication of its volunteer Board of Trustees and to the financial support provided to MEDF by members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the community at large, corporations, and foundations. For almost 20 years, MEDF has been a partner in the effort to create a strong Detroit area. Recognized by BLAC, formerly the African American Family magazine, in 2009 as one of five African American philanthropic organizations that continues to make a difference in the lives of the black community despite economic hard times, Minerva Education and Development Foundation is proud of its history of creating financial legacies to support the needs of today, tomorrow, and the future.

MEDF has awarded over $400,000 in grants, scholarships, and sponsorships to community organizations and individuals.

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