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Pi Phi Awards 100 Literacy-Focused Grants to Local Nonprofits

Published On: 2019-10-17

Next spring, more than 50,000 children from low-income families across North America will receive new books of their own Pi Phi's annual FDS500 grant program.

The FDS500 program is part of Pi Phi's Read > Lead > Achieve® Month, held each September. Pi Phi chapters and clubs nominated local schools, enrichment programs and nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to purchase 500 new books for the children they serve. The 100 grant recipients were chosen through a lottery selection process, and the nominating chapters and clubs will help distribute the books in March, in connection with Pi Phi's Fraternity Day of Service celebration.

"We know giving children access to books is a critical step in improving literacy skills and fostering a lifelong love of reading," said Dr. Jenn Plagman-Galvin, Pi Phi's Vice President Community Relations. "We're honored to help our clubs and chapters make a difference for children in their communities through the FDS500 program."

Pi Beta Phi Foundation fully funds the FDS500 program each year through The Literacy Fund. Gifts supporting literacy help our Foundation provide financial backing for all Pi Phi Read > Lead > Achieve initiatives. Thanks to the generosity of donors, Pi Phi can continue to make an impact through premier literacy programs.

About Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women: Founded in 1867 at Monmouth College in Illinois, Pi Beta Phi promotes friendship, develops women of intellect and integrity, cultivates leadership potential and enriches the lives of members and their communities. Pi Beta Phi has more than 300,000 initiated members, and has installed more than 200 collegiate chapters and nearly 300 alumnae clubs worldwide. The Fraternity believes in the power of reading and through its philanthropy, Read > Lead > Achieve®, promotes a lifelong love of reading that can unlock true potential. Learn more by visiting pibetaphi.org or following Pi Beta Phi on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.