Congratulations to the 2022 FDS500 Recipients

At Pi Beta Phi, we believe reading is a powerful step toward a life of enduring impact. Members dedicate their time and resources to ensuring all children have the necessary resources to establish a lifelong love of reading. Through Pi Phi’s Read > Lead > Achieve® initiatives, our members are making a difference in communities across North America. 

The FDS500 grant program is a way for chapters and clubs to nominate organizations within their communities and make an impact at the local level. Recipients are awarded $2,000 to purchase books and school supplies from First Book®, which are then distributed to children in need. In 2022, FDS500 grants were awarded to 50 recipient groups—for a total of $100,000.

Recipients use the grant in varying ways depending on the unique support their organization needs. Whether it be tailored resources for children at different reading levels, representation for diverse communities or better access to learning materials for low-income families, FDS500 grants provide assistance where it’s needed most.  

Thank you to the Pi Beta Phi alumnae clubs and chapters that nominated organizations to receive FDS500 grants. Learn more about the ways Pi Beta Phi Foundation supports Pi Phi’s commitment to literacy here

2022 FDS500 Grant Recipients

American Baseball Foundation
Nominated by the Birmingham, Alabama, Alumnae Club   
Nominated by the Tennessee Delta Chapter 
Arizona Center for African American Children
Nominated by the Phoenix, Arizona, Alumnae Club
Atwood McDonald Elementary
Nominated by the Southlake Area, Texas, Alumnae Club
Books for Keeps
Nominated by the Georgia Alpha Chapter
Books for STL Kids
Nominated by the St. Louis, Missouri, Alumnae Club
Boys and Girls Club of Boone County-Lebanon Area
Nominated by the Indianapolis, Indiana, Alumnae Club
Boys and Girls Club of Southern Illinois
Nominated by the Southern Illinois Alumnae Club
Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area—Troy Clubhouse
Nominated by the New York Epsilon Chapter
Bret Harte Elementary School
Nominated by the Illinois Kappa Chapter
Brevard Schools Foundation
Nominated by the Brevard County, Florida, Alumnae Club
Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Christmas Mother Program
Nominated by the Richmond, Virginia, Alumnae Club
Children’s Literacy Center of Colorado Springs
Nominated by the Colorado Springs, Colorado, Alumnae Club
Cleveland Kids Book Bank
Nominated by the Cleveland East, Ohio, Alumnae Club
Community Transitional School
Nominated by the Lake Oswego-Dunthorpe, Oregon, Alumnae Club
Cordova Gardens Elementary
Nominated by the Sacramento, California, Alumnae Club
Donley Elementary School
Nominated by the Michigan Gamma Chapter
Fairview Elementary
Nominated by the Bloomington, Indiana, Alumnae Club
Giving and Receiving Assistance for our Community’s Essentials
Nominated by the Northern New Jersey Alumnae Club
Jim Allen Elementary School
Nominated by the Pensacola, Florida, Alumnae Club
Literacy Council of Southwestern Pennsylvania
Nominated by the Pennsylvania Zeta Chapter
Look It’s My Book
Nominated by the Peoria, Illinois, Alumnae Club
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital School 
Nominated by the Palo Alto, California, Alumnae Club
Lucy Laney Cleveland Park Community School
Nominated by the Minneapolis, Minnesota, Alumnae Club
Manor Heights Elementary School
Nominated by the Casper, Wyoming, Alumnae Club
Maxfield Elementary School
Nominated by the St. Paul, Minnesota, Alumnae Club
Meadowfield Elementary School
Nominated by the Columbia, South Carolina, Alumnae Club
Methodist Children’s Home Society
Nominated by the Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Alumnae Club
Muwekma Ohlone Middle School
Nominated by the San Jose, California, Alumnae Club
Niner University Elementary School
Nominated by the Charlotte, North Carolina, Alumnae Club
Old Mill Center for Children & Families
Nominated by the Corvallis, Oregon, Alumnae Club
President Avenue Elementary School
Nominated by the South Bay, California, Alumnae Club
Promise Academy
Nominated by the Tyler, Texas, Alumnae Club
Reach Out & Read Kansas City
Nominated by the Greater Kansas City, Kansas, Alumnae Club
Read-Pattillo Elementary
Nominated by the DeLand, Florida, Alumnae Club
Resurrection Catholic School
Nominated by the Montgomery, Alabama, Alumnae Club
Rio Grande Academy of Fine Arts
Nominated by the Albuquerque, New Mexico, Alumnae Club
Sequoyah Elementary School
Nominated by the D.C. Alpha Chapter
Stewpot of Jackson
Nominated by the Jackson Metro, Mississippi, Alumnae Club
Sunny Sands Elementary School
Nominated by the Palm Springs-Desert Cities, California, Alumnae Club
The Elizabeth Peabody House
Nominated by the Bostonian, Massachusetts, Alumnae Club
The Family Care Center
Nominated by the Lexington, Kentucky, Alumnae Club
Nominated by the Washington Alpha Chapter
Vista Hill Foundation
Nominated by the North San Diego, California, Alumnae Club 
Washtenaw Promise
Nominated by the Michigan Beta Chapter
Webster Hill Elementary
Nominated by the Manchester Area, Connecticut, Alumnae Club
West Park Place Elementary School
Nominated by the Delaware Alpha Chapter
Winbourne Elementary School
Nominated by the Louisiana Beta Chapter
Women’s Storybook Project
Nominated by the Austin, Texas, Alumnae Club 
Youth and Family Services Enid
Nominated by the Enid, Oklahoma, Alumnae Club

Photo from @sanjosepiphialumclub
Published October 27, 2022