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Read > Lead > Achieve® is Pi Beta Phi's philanthropic effort, which inspires a lifelong love of reading that can unlock true potential and create a more literate and productive society. At Pi Beta Phi, we believe in the power of reading.

We believe that reading has been - and always will be - a powerful step toward a life of enduring impact. We believe that when one out of four children cannot read, that is one too many. We believe in inspiring readers, sparking imaginations and igniting the desire to learn. We believe that readers become leaders. And, we believe reading is the foundation of all that we can achieve in life. For more than a century, we've committed ourselves to creating a more literate and productive society. We've changed with the times, but never shifted our vision. So at Pi Beta Phi, we honor the past while we build for the future.

All of Pi Beta Phi's reading initiatives are built on one simple premise, which is the impact we can have when we connect with one child through the power of reading. To learn more about the Story of One, we courage you to watch this video.

Read > Lead > Achieve Reading Initiatives

First Book®
In June 2007, Pi Beta Phi announced its corporate partnership with First Book, an international nonprofit organization founded in 1992 with a single mission to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. Together, through innovative programs, First Book and Pi Beta Phi are committed to bringing new books to children from low-income families in communities across the United States and Canada.

Fraternity Day of Service
Since 2005, members of Pi Beta Phi have been giving their time, talents, and treasures to their local communities to promote reading in honor of Fraternity Day of Service on or around March 2nd. Through Read > Lead > Achieve initiatives like Fraternity Day of Service, Pi Phis make a huge impact in their communities by creating awareness around the importance of reading to children and providing service to others.

Champions Are Readers®
Pi Beta Phi's unique program, Champions Are Readers® (CAR) is a reading enrichment program for students in prekindergarten through third grade. The program focuses on providing a mentoring relationship between volunteers and students while focusing on reading strategies for learning. Since its launch, more than 30,000 students have participated in CAR in the United States and Canada

Arrow in the Arctic
Pi Phi's Canadian philanthropy, Arrow in the Arctic, supports literacy in Canada's Northern library systems: the Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. Established at the 1967 Convention to commemorate the centennials of Canada and Pi Beta Phi, Arrow in the Arctic donations are also helping to preserve the language and culture of the Inuit and First Nations

Read > Lead > Achieve and the Pi Beta Phi Foundation
The Literacy Fund at Pi Beta Phi Foundation provides the financial support for all Read > Lead > Achieve reading initiatives. Chapter support of The Literacy Fund is critical to the success of Read > Lead > Achieve and The Story of One campaign, which will positively impact one million lives through reading over the next four years. Click here to learn more about the Foundation and its support of Pi Beta Phi and reading.

Pi Beta Phi Foundation

The Pi Beta Phi Foundation exists to support the Fraternity and ensure the future of sisterhood. A portion of each member's local dues is donated to the Pi Beta Phi Foundation and benefits the Holt House, the Friendship Fund, the Literacy Fund, scholarships, and Emma Harper Turner grants to members of Pi Beta Phi in need. In addition to the portion of dues sent to the Foundation, the Atlanta Alumnae Club also raises money through the monthly Angels' Night Out events and our large event: Rockin' for Reading featuring Gareth Asher and the Earthlings. For more information on how this money is used, please visit the Pi Beta Phi Foundation.