What We Do

Changing Tomorrow Today©

Solicited funds to give qualified students financial support, based on academic excellence, financial need and community service. These efforts garnered over $250,000 in scholarships to deserving students.

In 1990, the women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, Southfield Alumnae Chapter (SAC) envisioned acquiring a facility where youth and families could go for educational support, mentoring and recreation.

In September 2011, the vision was brought to fruition. The Torch of Wisdom Foundation, Inc. (TOWF) acquired a commercial office building, located at 21819 West Nine Mile Road, Southfield, Michigan, which houses their official office and SAC office, along with 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.

We Fund – Support – Mentor Our focus is to raise funds for scholarship (academic achievement); programs that heighten awareness of the arts and expose the talents and works of local and nationally known artists; and for initiatives that strengthen and enrich our communities

Our signature “Golf Classic” event in partnership with SAC raises much-needed dollars to fund scholarships and community initiatives

Our special arts events have showcased numerous local and national artists along with raising scholarship and program funds

Our singular events have helped to donate hundreds of shoes to Africa through a partnership with SAC; to support hurricane victims; to enhance domestic violence education; and to recognize local leaders and organizations making a difference in our community, state and the world.

June 28, 2014

Dear Learning Network Mentors,

We want to tell you how much we enjoyed The Learning Network program. We learned quite a few valuable things that we will take as we go on to the next level. (Marcus was able to secure a summer job as a camp counselor and Lindsay will be prepared for college and part-time job interviews). Additionally, we came to good understanding about how we should conduct ourselves with respect to social media, how to conduct a job interview and how to create and improve our personal brand. This was a unique experience that will set us apart in this competitive market.

By the way, all of the presenters were outstanding, the stipend was appreciated and we will be sure to recommend this program to our friends.

Thank you for your hard work and dedication to our generation. We will work hard and make you proud.

Lindsay Wright
Marcus Wright

Click here to learn more about The Learning Network

Dr. Betty Shabazz Academy for Adolescent Girls

This multifaceted program enhances the education of minority girls by exposing them to scientific and technological careers, which are historically underrepresented by minority women. The Torch of Wisdom Foundation, Inc. has provided more than $20,000 to fund this program, benefitting more than 200 young girls between the ages of 11 and 14 in Detroit and surrounding communities.

Impact100 Metro Detroit The Torch of Wisdom Foundation, Inc. will be featured on Birmingham/Bloomfield local community access TV stations through Impact100. The interview will air the week of Dec 11th and Dec 25th on Monday at 10:30 am and Wednesday at 9:30 pm. Impact100 Show host Linda Kleist interviewed President/Board Chairperson Yolanda Durfield and Volunteer Program Chairperson, Whitney Lewis.

We want to count you among our donors who have chosen to invest in the future.

Partial Donor Listing

  • AAA Michigan
  • Black Enterprise
  • Black United Fund of Michigan
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • Comerica
  • D. Augustus Straker Bar Ass.
  • Dalgeish Cadillac
  • General Motors
  • Globalhue
  • Health Alliance Plan
  • HUMC, United Methodist Women
  • Johnson Controls
  • Les Stanford Cadillac
  • Minerva Ed Development Foundation
  • Northwest Dodge
  • UAW
  • Zonta Club of Southfield

Grant Recipients

  • Autism Speaks
  • Black Girls Rock
  • Cass Community
  • Detroit Fathers and Families Coalition
  • Detroit International Jazz Festival
  • “Flip the Script”, Goodwill Industries of Detroit
  • Michigan Roundtable for Diversity
  • Mosaic Youth theatre
  • S.K.I.P. Community Resources
  • Southfield Athletic Baseball
  • Sphinx Organization
  • VIP Mentoring
  • Volunteers of America
  • Westchester Deltas

When you give, you are investing in programs that help build stronger families and more robust communities. Your contribution validates the vision that creating possibilities can improve lives. Please join us. We want to count you among our donors who have chosen to invest in the future.

Will you partner with us in Changing Tomorrow Today©?