Pi Beta Phi’s Philanthropy Initiatives

Pi Beta Phi is committed to making a difference in the lives of others. Our philanthropy initiatives include supporting literacy and education, as well as helping those affected by cancer.

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Introduction to Pi Beta Phi

Pi Beta Phi is a philanthropic organisation that has been around since 1867. The organisation has over 200,000 initiated members and supports various philanthropic initiatives. Some of their initiatives include Reading is Fundamental, Pi Phi Angels, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.

What is Pi Beta Phi?

Pi Beta Phi is a national women’s fraternity founded on April 28, 1867 at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois. The Fraternity now has collegiate chapters and clubs at 143 colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. There are more than 289,000 initiated members of Pi Beta Phi.

What makes Pi Beta Phi unique is our focus on developing women of intellect and integrity – women who make a difference in the lives of others. Our Fraternity promotes a lifelong commitment to sisterhood, intellectual development, philanthropic service, community engagement and leadership development.

Our philanthropic initiatives include:
-Read>Lead>Achieve®: We partner with First Book to provide new books and educational resources to children in need. To date, we have distributed more than 8 million books to schools and programs serving children living below the poverty line.
-Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: We support Arrowmont’s mission to engage people in artistic experiences that nourish creativity, build self-confidence and enrich lives.
-The Pi Beta Phi Elementary School: We built this school in Gatlinburg, Tennessee following the devastating 2016 wildfires. The school serves kindergarten through third grade students living in the Sevier County School District.
-Pi Beta Phi Foundation: The Foundation provides financial support to the Fraternity’s programs and initiatives – including scholarships, leadership training, literacy promotion and educational programming for members – that enable us to live out our Mission.

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What are Pi Beta Phi’s core values?

The Core Values of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women are personal growth, scholarship, leadership and philanthropy. These values have been a part of Pi Beta Phi since its founding in 1867 and continue to be evident in the lives of members today.

What is Pi Beta Phi’s philanthropy?

Our philanthropy is literacy. Not only do we promote literacy but we also help with confidence, background and family.

We have many programs like Pi Beta Phi Elementary and the Pi Beta Phi Literacy Crusade. We also tutor children in our area and have an amazing program called PiBetaReads that helps students One-on-One to improve their reading skills!

Pi Beta Phi’s Philanthropy Initiatives

Pi Beta Phi is committed to improving the lives of children through our philanthropy, Pi Phi Promise. Our signature events include Pi Phtionary, a benefit concert featuring top musical acts, and Pi Phi in the Park, a carnival for local children. We also partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses.

Pi Beta Phi Foundation

The Pi Beta Phi Foundation supports the charitable and educational initiatives of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women. The Foundation strives to provide educational opportunities and build upon the philanthropic projects of Pi Beta Phi to foster personal growth for members and positively impact our communities.

Established in 1945, the Pi Beta Phi Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity. The Foundation is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees, which includes Pi Phi alumnae and friends from across the country. The Board works with staff to set strategic direction, maintain financial stability and uphold the high standards set by our Founders over 127 years ago.

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Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

In 1948, Pi Beta Phi established Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee as a national center for craft education. Today, Arrowmont offers workshops in a variety of mediums led by renowned instructors from across the country. All proceeds from tuition support Arrowmont’s educational programming and operations.

The Literacy Fund

The Literacy Fund was created in 1989 to address the issue of illiteracy among school-age children. To date, the fund has distributed more than $1 million to various literacy organizations, including Reading Is Fundamental, the National Right to Read Foundation, and the Pi Beta Phi Elementary School in Memphis, Tennessee. In addition to its financial contributions, the Literacy Fund also sponsors an annual essay contest for elementary school students.

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