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The Power of Reading

Pi Beta Phi believes reading always has been — and always will be — a powerful step toward a life of enduring impact.

Did you know that in today’s society, one in four children will grow up functionally illiterate? That’s not Pi Phi’s statistic. That’s according to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy. This statistic sums it up for Pi Phi because we believe reading is an invitation to possibilities.

According to the National Education Association, the more children read, the better they will read, which is why Pi Beta Phi aims to provide positive reading experiences through Read > Lead > Achieve initiatives, such as Champions are Readers® and Fraternity Day of Service. Providing access to books with the support of organizations like First Book®, improves interest in reading, increases desire to learn and boosts reading at home. To learn more about why literacy is so important in our society, click here.

Prepare your Read > Lead > Achieve Elevator Speech

Alumnae Clubs




Pi Phi has developed a video presentation for alumnae club leaders to help educate others on what Pi Beta Phi's philanthropy, Read > Lead > Achieve is all about. The video is also a helpful resource for alumnae members to learn how to discuss and promote Read > Lead > Achieve.


Help your chapter prepare for philanthropy round of recruitment! Pi Phi has developed a video presentation to help your chapter learn how to talk about Read > Lead > Achieve to Potential New Members and educate your chapter on Pi Phi’s literacy efforts. Watch the presentation below to learn more!


First Book Partnership

In June 2007, Pi Beta Phi and Pi Beta Phi Foundation 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.

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. Since the beginning of the partnership, Pi Phi and First Book have donated more than $1 million — the equivalent of 2 million brand-new books. For more information about First Book, visit www.firstbook.org.

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