Read > Lead > Achieve

Read > Lead > Achieve® is Pi Beta Phi’s philanthropic effort, which inspires a lifelong love of reading that can unlock true potential, creating a more literate and productive society.  We believe in the power of reading. We believe reading always has been — and always will be — a powerful step toward a life of enduring impact. We believe that when one out of four children grows up unable to read, that’s one child too many. For more than a century, we’ve committed ourselves to creating a more literate and productive society.

One child … one moment at a time … one life changed forever.


Every Pi Phi is asked to be ONE who will participate, donate and advocate for Pi Phi's Read > Lead > Achieve reading initiatives.

I am ONE who will participate in Pi Beta Phi’s Read > Lead > Achieve reading initiatives.

Champions are Readers is a unique reading enrichment program for students in pre-kindergarten through third grade. 

Our Signature Events, held the weekend of Fraternity Day of Service in major cities across North America, give volunteers the opportunity to distribute 20,000 new, age-appropriate books to children in need.

Our FDS500 program awards grants to First Book® recipient groups, nominated by Pi Phi clubs and chapters, who then use the grants to purchase $1,000 worth of new books for children in need.

I am ONE who will donate to make an impact in communities across North America.

The Literacy Fund at Pi Beta Phi Foundation plays a critical role in the success of Read > Lead > Achieve.

During the 2019-2021 biennium, grants from our Foundation provided funding for 100% of Pi Phi’s Read > Lead > Achieve programs and events thanks to the generous support of our donors.

I am ONE who will advocate for the importance and value of literacy.

Pi Phi members, chapters and alumnae clubs across North America promote literacy and raise awareness for Read > Lead > Achieve reading initiatives by celebrating Read > Lead > Achieve Month in September.

To expand our impact on literacy awareness, Pi Phi developed the Literacy Advocacy Project, which explores all aspects of literacy advocacy — why it’s important, how you can make an impact and what is needed to become an agent of change.

Will You be one?

What will you do to participate, donate and advocate for literacy with Pi Beta Phi?

Share your experiences on social media using #ReadLeadAchieve!

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