In 1978 the Tau Lambda Chapter established the Legacy Education Foundation (formerly known as the Tau Lambda Education Foundation), a separately incorporated and free-standing 501(c) (3) charitable organization to support the charitable needs of the fraternity, particularly scholarships for deserving young men and women in the community.
In order to resolve the ongoing and divisive conflict between the brothers regarding the chapter’s budget of $250 to the Martin Luther King Scholarship Committee, Brother Calvin O Atchison proposed that the chapter incorporate the Tau Lambda Educational Foundation, Inc. to resolve the conflict. The proposal was presented to the fraternity for adoption with the purpose 1) the Foundation assuming the function of the Martin Luther King Scholarship Committee and all other charitable commitments of the chapter, i.e., Boy Scouts, UNCF, and the like 2) the chapter provide the foundation with seed money of not less that $500 each year until the Foundation could be self sustaining.
Its charter included Bros. Atchison, Eddie T. Goins, Arthur L. Fox, Charles D. Proctor, John H. Tisdale, Wilson Q. Welch, Jr., and Ronald A. Wooding.
Since 1981, the Foundation has risen to a higher level by sponsoring an annual Founder’s Day Luncheon. It is an all-purpose affair: commemoration, public informer of Alpha Phi Alpha’s National Programs and Tau Lambda’s programs; presentation of scholarship recipients, reclamation of brothers, fund-risers, etc. Many have helped, but Brothers Battle and Fox have been recognized leaders for this annual event.