The Karima Gordon Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization that educates on the dangers of illegal cosmetic procedures.
The purpose and mission of the Karima Gordon Foundation (KGF) is to keep Karima’s memory alive by providing self-confident, goal-setting educational and cultural programs for girls and women, while networking and getting the intended message out to the public. KGF’s underlying thread, for all experiences, will be to empower participants to save their lives and the lives of others through exposure to the dangers of illegal body enhancement cosmetic procedures, as well as to encourage self-esteem building through workshops, seminars, scholarships, pageantry and the arts.
KGF is designed to develop and prepare girls and women educationally, socially and intellectually to reach their highest potential. The underlying theme of all program areas is to build self-esteem and self-concept. The programs offered through this foundation are geared towards areas Karima enjoyed and excelled in.
Seminars Topics include Self-Image, Health & Fitness, Self-Esteem, and the dangers of underground cosmetic surgery. Seminars Topics include Self-Image, Health & Fitness, Self-Esteem, and the dangers of underground cosmetic surgery.
One of the goals of the Foundation is to raise funds to provide scholarships for deserving and qualified persons interested in pursuing careers in the various arts such as modeling and dance. Scholarships assist with registration fees and tuitions costs. Karima excelled in modeling and dance throughout her earlier years. Helping others to excel in these areas would be something she would have wanted.
Fundraising in this area is to provide scholarships for deserving and qualified persons interested in pursuing careers as artists and other related fields. Scholarships will assist with registration fees and tuitions costs to art schools and for entry into art exhibits and the like. Karima excelled as an artist in her high school’s art program. Helping others to achieve that and more would also be something she would have wanted.
This fundraising initiative is to assist a young woman (contestant) interested in vying for titles in pageants by sponsoring her in full or in part depending on financial needs of the contestant. Although more persons would be interested in entering pageants, the cost to do so can be discouraging. Therefore, the Foundation would assist to make a young woman’s dreams come true by at least giving her the opportunity to enter and possibly capture a title to represent her state or country. Karima was the first runner-up in the Miss Virgin Islands Pageant in 1993.
Along with the various arts, the Foundation will promote academic excellence as well. In doing so, it will strive to provide scholarships to graduating high school students for college and higher education to include tuition, books and housing needs. Students will have to apply and be selected to receive scholarships starting at $1,000.00 per recipient. The goal is not only to underscore the importance of academic excellence but to encourage young women to follow their dreams and know they can accomplish them.
The Foundation, among other things, will strive to host at least two major events each year such as a fashion show, dance and art exhibit which will highlight the various programs for which the Foundation provides funding while raising monies to realize the aforementioned initiatives.