National Philanthropy


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.

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 encourage you to watch this video. 

Read > Lead > Achieve Reading Initiatives:

First Book®

In June 2007, Pi Beta Phi announced its corporate partnership with FirstBook, 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, FirstBook 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, andNunavut. 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 FirstNations