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Zeta National Educational Foundation Receives $250,000 Donation from Macy’s

Zeta National Educational Foundation (ZNEF), a prominent non-profit organization dedicated to funding higher education for young individuals, recently celebrated a significant milestone. Macy’s, in a generous show of support, donated $250,000 to ZNEF to bolster the foundation’s campaign aimed at assisting students in their college pursuits. The check presentation ceremony took place at Macy’s Metro Center store in Washington, D.C., where several members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, along with executives from Macy’s and The Kasper Group, gathered to witness the impactful donation.

This donation is part of a broader initiative launched in 2022, when Macy’s and The Kasper Group introduced an exclusive collection inspired by the signature colors of various Divine Nine® Sororities. The collection, which features an evolving assortment of sizes and styles, aims to allow members to proudly represent their organizations year-round. Initially comprising dresses, skirts, blazers, and pants, the collection has now expanded to include menswear and accessories inspired by the Divine Nine® Fraternities. This unique line is available online at and is marketed by members of the respective sororities.

Macy’s plans to further this impact with an anticipated $3 million donation to various Divine Nine Fraternity and Sorority foundations by January 2025. So far, Macy’s has contributed $1.75 million, divided equally among Zeta National Educational Foundation, Delta Research and Educational Foundation, and Sigma Public Education and Research Foundation. Since 1975, through its partnership with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, ZNEF has awarded millions in scholarships and fellowships, significantly benefiting both Zetas and non-Zetas. The foundation’s Chapter Designated Scholarship program, established in 1980, has processed hundreds of other scholarships, and its annual $125,000 Founders Centennial Scholarship has already supported four female high school seniors in their pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.

Expressing her gratitude, Valerie Hollingsworth Baker, Chairwoman of Zeta National Education Foundation, stated, “We thank Macy’s for the generous investment in ZNEF as we continue to share our donations with deserving students who are seeking higher education. We are going to continue utilizing these funds to give out scholarships. I believe we have to do more for our children. I am going to lead the charge of giving back to the community. We feel good when the community benefits from our goodwill.”

Simone Harris-Laws, Macy’s Senior Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, echoed this sentiment, saying, “As we continue to build a brighter future with bold representation as part of our social purpose platform, Mission Every One, we are proud to partner with ZNEF to empower and support these future leaders with scholarships to further their educational journeys and pursuits.” The collaboration between Macy’s and ZNEF exemplifies a shared commitment to enhancing educational opportunities and supporting the next generation of leaders.