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Pi Beta Phi Awards 50,000 Books to Programs Across North America  

Published On: 2018-09-27

Pi Beta Phi® Fraternity for Women awarded 50,000 brand-new books to schools, after-school programs and community programs serving students from low-income families.

The donation took place in celebration of Pi Beta Phi’s Read > Lead > Achieve® month, held annually during the month of September. Pi Beta Phi invited their 138 chapters and nearly 300 alumnae clubs to nominate groups in their areas to each receive 500 books through FDS500 grants. After a lottery selection, more than 100 groups were chosen.  

The Literacy Fund at Pi Beta Phi Foundation provides funding for FDS500 grants each year, thanks to the generous support of donors. The Literacy Fund supports all Pi Phi reading initiatives within Pi Beta Phi’s Read > Lead > Achieve philanthropy. Over the past several years, Pi Beta Phi has donated well over $1 million to literacy causes through The Literacy Fund, given more than one million books to children in need and impacted over one million lives through Read >Lead > Achieve. First Book® is a valued partner that assists in distribution of the books.  

“Our Fraternity of more than 300,000 women is united in the cause to promote the importance of reading,” said Pi Beta Phi President Paula Shepherd. “According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, one in four children grows up functionally illiterate, and we believe that is one too many. Pi Beta Phi is thrilled to participate in this effort because we believe reading transforms individuals, creates leaders and is the foundation of all that we can achieve in life.”  

About Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women: Founded in 1867 at Monmouth College in Illinois, Pi Beta Phi has installed 204 collegiate chapters and nearly 300 alumnae clubs worldwide. Pi Beta Phi promotes friendship, develops women of intellect and integrity, cultivates leadership potential and enriches the lives of members and their communities. The Fraternity believes in the power of reading; and through its philanthropy, Read > Lead > Achieve®, promotes a lifelong love of reading that can unlock true potential. Its charge is for each and every Pi Beta Phi to find a way she can participate, donate or advocate for Read > Lead > Achieve. For more information, visit www.pibetaphi.org or follow Pi Phi on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.