Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was founded January 16, 1920, on the campus of Howard University by five illustrious women. These women were dedicated to the principles of scholarship, service, sisterly love, and finer womanhood. These women shared the simple belief that sorority elitism and socializing should not overshadow the real mission for progressive organizations – to address societal ills, prejudices, poverty, and health concerns of the day. Since its inception, the Sorority has chronicled a number of firsts: Zeta Phi Beta was the first Greek-letter organization to charter a chapter in Africa; to form adult and youth auxiliary groups; to centralize its operations in a national headquarters; and to be constitutionally bound to a fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated. Zeta’s national and local programs include endowment of its National Educational Foundation, community outreach services, and support of multiple affiliate organizations.
The Nu Xi Zeta was charted November 29, 1986, to serve the Alexandria, Virginia community. The Chapter has always been committed to empowering youth and vulnerable populations. In 2010, the chapter realized its need to establish a philanthropic arm, the Helping Alexandria Virginia Excel (H.A.V.E.) Foundation. It is designated as a non profit 501(C)(3) organization to support the work of the sorority, improving the personal and educational development of youth in the City of Alexandria and Arlington, VA.
The H.A.V.E. Foundation strives to ensure youth have access to greater educational opportunities by providing scholarships and sponsoring skill building workshops, such as the youth technology workshops, and build self esteem and leadership skills through interactive activities and forums.