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Pi Beta Phi Celebrates 150 Years

Published On: 2017-05-16

Pi Beta Phi was founded on April 28, 1867, at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois. The organization’s 12 young founders had a vision to form the first secret society for women patterned after men’s groups at a time when only five state universities even admitted women. They had few rights. They couldn’t vote. Yet these pioneering women set the stage for a thriving organization continuing to enrich the lives of many during their collegiate years and beyond.

This year on Founders’ Day we celebrated our 150th birthday with sisters around the world. Through Facebook Live, chapter and club celebrations and Pi Phi Giving Day, members and friends internationally had many ways to celebrate.

Pi Phi Giving Day

  • Pi Phi Giving Day 2017 was a great success! 
  • On April 28, 1390 donors came together to raise $126,618.67 in honor of our founding. 
  • Thank you to all who honored Pi Beta Phi’s 150-year legacy with your gift — the Foundation can’t wait to put these dollars to work in Pi Phi leadership training, academic scholarships, literacy efforts and much more!
  • Click here for a fun infographic showing the incredible power of Pi Phi in action. 

How YOU Celebrated  

  • On Founders’ Day over 50,000 people watched our Facebook Live address with Fraternity Grand President Paula Pace Shepherd. 
  • Over 5,000 posts on Instagram have used #PiPhi150 to help share and celebrate our milestone.
  • We saw close to 20,000 comments, likes and shares on our social media pages on April 28! 
  • Over 250,000 people visited our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to celebrate Founders’ Day. 
Want to Keep the Celebration Going?
  • You can re-watch our Facebook Live event here
  • Find ways to celebrate with your sisters, friends and family here
  • Share your pictures and Founders’ Day stories with us at socialmedia@pibetaphi.org.
  • Click here to see how chapters, clubs and Pi Phi Headquarters celebrated Founders’ Day.
  • Join us at convention! You helped us celebrate on April 28, now you can help us celebrate at Dinner by Chapter at convention here in St. Louis.
  • Back by popular demand, HaloHeaven.org will be launching Tuesday, May 23. Mark your calendars to honor sisters with halos from Halo Heaven.