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Our Mission

To revitalize high-poverty communities through the delivery of essential support services, innovative educational and workforce development programs, and creative entrepreneurship opportunities to high-need families.

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TIS Foundation.


We believe we can end the cycle of poverty one family at a time by investing in educational and economic opportunity initiatives for individuals and families in need. Since 1994, TIS Foundation has provided critical support services and economic empowerment programs to families in crisis in the United States and West Africa. Through our partnership with AFRICAN COMMUNITY BRIDGE FOUNDATION (ACBF) in Africa, TIS has brought purpose and hope to some of the most impoverished and underserved individuals in rural African communities – most especially women, children and youth. In Africa, we are developing a new generation of women entrepreneurs, providing skills training for jobs in emerging industries, and educating deserving children. Since inception, TIS has raised over $4M in cash and material donations to provide critical support services to over 10,000 children and youth every year.
Today, TIS is tackling many of the same issues in high-poverty communities in the United States. Our family and youth-centered initiatives are focused on filling gaps in critical community services necessary to move families from crisis to stability and growth, including community outreach, education, youth development initiatives and workforce development programs. Our goal is to leverage innovative industry partnerships to create seamless pathways to economic opportunity by connecting low-skilled workers to jobs, and offering skills training and entrepreneurship opportunities while addressing their most critical support needs.

Meet Our President

Ogechukwu (Ogay) Irono

Dr(Mrs) Ogay Irono is the Founder and President of TIS Foundation. A native of Nigeria, Mrs. Irono has a background in molecular biology and a Master’s in Public Administration and in International Community Development. As a non-profit leader, educator, counselor and mentor, she has been serving youth and families living in poverty in the U.S. and Africa since 1994. Through her work with TIS’ international partner, African Community Bridge Foundation, Mrs. Irono is leading entrepreneurship and business development programs in Nigeria to move women and youth out of poverty.

She continues to leverage her global philanthropic experience and insights to advance economic mobility in the U.S.  As President of TIS Foundation, she is fulfilling her passion for empowering underserved individuals to overcome poverty and fulfill their economic potential. 

Our Staff

Director of Institutional Advancement
Program Development Manager
Grants & Community Engagement Manager
Health Education Specialist
Program Coordinator
Fandraising and Development
Bi-lingual, Learning & Development Specialist
Health Education Initiatives Adviser
Parent & Youth Program Specialist
Learning & Development Specialist
Vice President of global Initiatives
Learning & Development Specialist
Community Relations Director



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