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Local Impact Grants Program Reaches Milestone

Published On: 2019-05-03

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 Shawn Eagleburger

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Pi Beta Phi Foundation's Local Impact Grants Program Reaches Milestone    

Pi Beta Phi Foundation's Local Impact Grants Program Reaches Milestone Five years after its launch at the 2013 Convention, Pi Beta Phi Foundation's Local Impact Grants program has surpassed an impactful and inspiring milestone. In that time, members of Pi Beta Phi have provided more than half a million dollars in grants to literacy-focused organizations and programs across North America.  

As the link connecting Pi Beta Phi's Read > Lead > Achieve® initiatives, financial support from The Literacy Fund and the local literacy work being done by chapters and alumnae clubs, the Local Impact Grants program gives Pi Phis an opportunity to advocate for literacy first-hand and strengthen the future of their own communities. Developing relationships with local organizations gives members a tangible way to translate their passion for literacy work into meaningful impact on a local level and make a positive difference for children in cities and towns across the United States and Canada.  

“Chapters and clubs wanted to support Pi Phi’s literacy work, as well as literacy-focused organizations within their local communities,” said Betsy West McCune, Missouri Alpha, Director of Operations and Programs at Pi Beta Phi Foundation. “The Local Impact Grants program was specifically created to help our members make an impact at both levels.”  

As chapters and clubs fundraise for The Literacy Fund, the Local Impact Grants program gives them the opportunity to nominate 25 percent of their gifts to a local nonprofit organization with a mission or special program focused on literacy. Pi Phi then matches that 25 percent, dollar for dollar. To nominate a grant recipient, a chapter or club simply completes Foundation giving forms available online in the Resource Library.  

“Read > Lead > Achieve is unique in that our programs are able to reach every community where our members live,” said McCune. “By nominating local organizations to receive grants, our members are growing and expanding Pi Phi’s impact in innovative ways, and truly moving the needle towards reducing the illiteracy issues so prevalent in our society.”