In keeping with the mission of Pi Beta Phi, the Denver Alumnae Club is involved in several local philanthropies, as well as with the Pi Beta Phi national ones. Read on to learn more about all of these excellent organizations and see how you can get involved. If you have ideas for philanthropies, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Denver Alumnae Club proudly supports the following local and international philanthropic endeavors:
The Gathering Place and Betsy's Cupboard This is Denver's only daytime drop-in center for women and children experiencing homelessness or poverty. It offers a safe daytime refuge to women and children, and provides resources for self-sufficiency and opportunities to learn new skills. This supportive environment allows these women to make positive life changes for themselves and their children. Learn more at their website: www. the-gatheringplace.org. Several times a year, Denver Pi Phis serve afternoon snacks to the women and children, and gather items to stock Betsy's Cupboard.
Pi Beta Phi Foundation The Pi Beta Phi Foundation is committed to fund programs which promote the intellectual, ethical and leadership development of members of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity and, through its philanthropic efforts, to benefit the larger society. Go directly to the Foundation's website, www.pibetaphifoundation.org, to learn more.
The Literacy Site This site provides an easy way to help give underprivileged children books. Simply go to www.theliteracysite.com and click on the FUND BOOKS FOR KIDS button.
Read. Lead. Achieve. For 100 years, Pi Beta Phi has been a pioneer in service and philanthropy particularly in the field of education and literacy. Read. Lead. Achieve., is the Fraternity's literacy platform, which encompasses our literacy initiatives and literacy vision for the next 100 years: Pi Beta Phi leads the way to a more literate society. Pi Beta Phi will accomplish this vision by providing tools, which support literacy skill development and engaging initiatives aligning with the following principles:
Pi Beta Phi’s philanthropic work will be rooted in friendship.
Pi Beta Phi’s philanthropic work will be uniquely Pi Phi.
Pi Beta Phi’s philanthropic work will make its impact locally.
Pi Beta Phi’s philanthropic work will encourage reading.
Pi Beta Phi’s philanthropic work will allow members to give of time, talents and treasures.
Read. Lead. Achieve. initiatives encompass the following aspects of literacy philanthropy:
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 also preserve the language and culture of the north's Inuit and First Nations. Pi Beta Phi is the only National Panhellenic Conference group to have its own Canadian philanthropy.
CAR Connect Launched in 2011, CAR Connect allows Pi Beta Phi alumnae organizations and chapters the ability to connect Champions are Readers (CAR) sites to First Book, automatically providing the CAR program with $200 to spend in the First Book Marketplace. If the CAR site refers a peer program, they will earn an extra $100 in First Book Marketplace credits and the peer program will then receive $200 in Marketplace credits. Any CAR site can participate in CAR Connect by registering as a First Book recipient group. All you have to do is help your CAR site register with First Book, and then it is off to the races!
Champions Are Readers (CAR) Pi Beta Phi’s unique program, Champions are Readers (CAR) is a monthlong reading enrichment program for third-grade elementary students. CAR encourages students to develop daily reading habits and provides Fraternity members with an easy-to- implement program encouraging literacy. This program is designed to supplement reading activities already provided by schools. The CAR program can be used for one classroom or several and is specifically designed to complement other local literacy programs.
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, such as First Book Speed Read™, CAR Connect and the Local Literacy Initiative, 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. Pi Phi and First Book have already donated $1 million, the equivalent of 2 million brand-new books, since the beginning of the partnership. For more information about First Book, visit www.firstbook.org.
Local Literacy Initiative Through the Local Literacy Initiative, Pi Phi alumnae organizations can now bring new books to children in their local area through the First Book Marketplace. This initiative has been expanded to:
Promote and improve literacy in Pi Phi communities.
Reaffirm the Fraternity’s commitment to and impact on youth education.
Provide an opportunity for Pi Beta Phi alumnae organizations to see the direct impact of their work with First Book and how it affects children in their communities.
First Book’s Marketplace has a new capability to allow alumnae organizations to raise funds and designate their donations to a First Book recipient group in their community. Donations will be used to purchase “credits” on the First Book Marketplace for registered recipient groups. The credits are similar to a gift certificate to an online store.
Upcoming Philanthropy Opportunities:
Watch this space for upcoming philanthropic opportunities.
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