Chairman's Message

I bring you greetings on behalf of the Board of Directors of the International Talent Hunt Foundation.

In 2006, the International Talent Hunt Committee of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. saw a need for additional financial support for students in the fine arts. We determined that a nonprofit organization could provide the vehicle required to garner the necessary support. After much discussion, in 2014, the International Talent Hunt Foundation (ITHF) was founded and organized exclusively for charitable, economic, and educational purposes, but without limitations to serve as a publicly supported, exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 2006. All donations to the foundation are tax-deductible.

The ITHF’s sole purpose is to provide financial support directly, or in concert with interested institutions or organizations, to Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s International Talent Hunt Program. The foundation solicits grants, contributions, and legacies to dispense for support of the International Talent Hunt Program.

The general nature of the foundation is:

  • To provide the opportunity for artistic youth to develop and give full expression of their talents
  • To provide support for high school students who participate in all forms of the visual and performing arts
  • To expose rising artists to a variety of entities related to different genres of the arts that will provide them with skills for moving their careers to higher levels of entertainment

You can make a difference! Consider making a tax-deductible donation (www.internationaltalenthuntfoundation.org) which will be used to support and enhance projects, programs, and activities for the talented and motivated youth of our communities. It will also help to provide an appropriate competitive forum for the display of their talents in the performing and visual arts.

Sincerely,

Larry C. Pough
Chairman, Board of Directors
International Talent Hunt Foundation

“Enhancing Culture Through the Arts”

Vision – A world-class organization dedicated to the development of youth in the performing and visual arts.

Mission – To support and enhance projects, programs, and activities for talented and motivated youth in the performing and visual arts.

Purpose –The foundation is organized for the purpose of providing financial support in collaboration with other organizations to advance the International Talent Hunt Program.

Goals

  • To generate funds via fundraisers, grants, contributions, legacies, and corporate sponsorships for support of the International Talent Hunt Program.
  • To provide grants and other support for high school students who participate in various forms of the performing and visual arts.
  • To sponsor programs for young artists to participate in developmental activities related to presenting their talents, marketing their talents, and participating in relevant workshops (e.g., portfolio development, recording and production, appropriate artistic attire, stage presence and presentation, artistic adjudication, and critique, choreography, etc.), that will provide them with skills for moving their careers to higher levels of entertainment and exposing them to a variety of entities related to different genres of the arts.
  • To sponsor projects to enhance the fine arts programs at under-resourced schools.

International Talent Hunt Foundation, Inc.

In 2006, the International Talent Hunt Committee (ITHC) of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. held its first retreat in Atlanta, Georgia. Meetings were held at the International Headquarters (IHQ) in the Supreme Council Conference Room, where 9 of 12 District Talent Hunt Chairmen were in attendance, along with the chairman and vice-chairman of the ITHC and the Assistant Director of Operations at IHQ. During the weekend of the retreat, there was a great deal of discussion about the International Talent Hunt Guidelines and other concerns and issues, as well as ways to enhance the Talent Hunt efforts. A major point of conversation was ways to enhance funding for Omega’s International Talent Hunt Program. It was recommended that the ITHC establish a 501(c)(3) foundation focused on promoting the arts and advancing the artistic opportunities for our young people. After a series of conference calls and written correspondences, it was decided to make a recommendation to the Grand Conclave of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. to create a Talent Hunt non-profit organization. That recommendation was submitted for consideration on April 21, 2010. It was at the 77th Grand Conclave in Raleigh, NC that the Conclave delegation approved the establishment of a foundation to support the visual and performing arts endeavors of the ITHC. The foundation would be a separate body with no input into the operation of the Talent Hunt Program.

The official name of the organization is the International Talent Hunt Foundation, Inc.(ITHF), which was approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization in December 2014. Since its establishment, the ITHF has created by-laws to govern its work, selected 10 board members with tiered terms, developed an informational/donor brochure, signed a licensing and branding agreement with OPPF, Inc., convened for its inaugural in Las Vegas, NV, and held a silent auction of some prints of famous professional athletes who are members of the Omega Psi Ph fraternity, Inc. – MichaelJordan, Steve McNair, Alonzo Mourning, Shaquille O’Neal, and Charlie Ward. 

Going forward, plans are in the works to enhance its fundraising efforts to include an individual giving campaign. The ITHF was formed to support the International Talent Hunt Program at the International and District levels. The hope is to eventually offer financial support to the Talent Hunt Program at the chapters levels for the visual and performing arts programming for young people.