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The Yellow Tea Rose Foundation, Inc., established on April 5, 2021, is a 501c3 tax-exempt, non-profit organization. The foundation serves as the charitable arm of the Theta Omega Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Our Mission
The Yellow Tea Rose Foundation, Inc., in collaboration with the Theta Omega Sigma chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., provides programs and services to the most economically and educationally marginalized members of our community. Through action, education, and service, the foundation seeks to create an equitable Rochester by furthering Sigma Gamma Rho's motto, "Greater Service, Greater Progress."

Our Vision

To ignite and accelerate equitable change in the greater Rochester region by:

  • Encouraging generosity and civic unity;

  • Addressing urgent and persistent challenges;

  • Engaging donors, nonprofits, and other advocates;

  • Escalating strategic responses and resources;

  • Elevating broad community voice; and

  • Inspiring positive, enduring community change.

Known as the steward of charitable funds and endowments, the Community Foundation connects donors with the region’s current and evolving needs. As a leading grantmaker, the Foundation is focused on two broad goals:

  • Creating an Equitable Community: Working to close the academic achievement and opportunity gaps, fostering racial and ethnic understanding and equity, and partnering against poverty to help neighbors in need. 

  • Strengthening Our Region’s Vitality: Supporting vibrant and diverse arts and cultural offerings, preserving our region’s rich historical assets, and promoting successful aging.

Learn more about these goals and the accompanying action areas.

We maintain rigorous standards for effective grantmaking, and are confirmed in compliance with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.

  • Founded – 1972

  • Number of Funds – 1,420

  • Charitable Assets – $577 million*

  • Permanently Endowed Assets – $395 million

  • 25-Year Annualized Endowment Return – 9.2% net of fees*

  • Grants Awarded Since 1972 – $556 million

  • President and CEO – Jennifer Leonard (since 1993)

  • Board Chair – Thomas S. Richards

To confirm that we are in good standing as a charity, check our profile and financial details on GuideSpark, which gathers and disseminates information about every IRS-registered nonprofit organization.

*As of 3/31/2021