Educational Institutions

Black Women in Sisterhood for Action, Inc. (BISA)

  • Washington, DC
  • www.bisa-hq.org

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Mission Statement

BISA is a national non-profit organization whose purposes are to develop and promote alternative strategies for educational and career development of black women in the world of work, provide scholarship assistance to deserving youths, provide support and social assistance to senior citizens in the community, share information and resources in meaningful ways with the community-at-large, and to provide leadership, role models, and mentors for our young people.

ruling year

1983

Principal Officer

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Dr. Verna Cook

Keywords

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BISA,Black Women,Scholarships,Calendar,Outreach/Library,Volunteer

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Also Known As

BISA

EIN

52-1234388

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs

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Program 1

Since 1981, BISA has been operating a successful scholarship program targeted for inner-city and financially needy young black high school women to attend college and universities across America. First criterion for selection is financial need, second, they demonstate potential for academic growth and leadership and third, they are able to provide some clues about their career goals. BISA's scholarship assistance program is clearly targeted for disenfranchised and economically disadvantaged young black women. For the last 25 years, BISA has published annual calendars and books on Distinguished Black Women, who serve as role models and mentors for members and scholarship recipients. These publications are disseminated across America in libraries of schools, universities, colleges, bookstores, public libraries, conferences and BISA's scholarship recipients.

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BLACK WOMEN IN SISTERHOOD FOR ACTION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Black Women in Sisterhood for Action, Inc. (BISA)

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. Verna Cook

BIO

Verna S. Cook, National President of Black Women in Sisterhood for Action, Inc. (BISA), is a graduate of The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC with a doctorate in guidance and counseling and educational psychology; post-doctoral studies in geriatrics and gerontology at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland; a Master of Science from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan in teaching and supervision. Dr. Cook taught at Georgetown University, The Catholic University of America, University of the District of Columbia and Strayer University. Dr. Cook has taught and counseled both graduate and undergraduate students academically and personally. Dr. Cook, now retired, had been employed by the Department of Health and Human Services for over 24 years. The last 16 years, she was within the Administration on Aging. Since BISA's inception in 1980, under Dr. Cook's leadership, it has published 24 annual calendars of distinguished black women, four major resource books, educational travel to eight African countries, assisted over 50 young women to complete four years of undergraduate work, and sold over 100,000 calendars to help finance the scholarship program. On an annual basis, BISA helps to support at least 40 young women to continue their education in at least 20 colleges and universities across America. For her volunteer work, Dr. Cook has received numerous accolades. In 1991, she received The Distinguished Volunteer Award from the Administration on Aging; and on May 1, 1992, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services designated BISA and its community service program as one of the 1,000 Points of Light of America. In 2004 Dr. Cook was honored by the Minority Business & Profession Network with the "Community & Civic Service Award."

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