About Our Philanthropy
Philanthropic involvement is extremely important to Pi Beta Phi members across the country. Nationally, Pi Beta Phi places and emphasis on literacy as a cornerstone of education and personal development. Locally, the members of the Indiana Beta Chapter of Pi Beta Phi host their own philanthropic event, Pi Burger Phi. In addition, many members participate in a wide range of events and volunteer opportunities on campus and in the community.
Pi Beta Phi at Indiana University holds their local event, Pi Burger Phi, annually to raise money for national and local Pi Phi literacy initiatives. Members of the Indiana University and Bloomington Community are invited for a night of food, music, and fun hosted by enthusiastic Pi Phis.
Additionally, members of the Indiana Beta Chapter of Pi Beta Phi are also extremely involved in Indiana University Dance Marathon, an event that raises over one million dollars a year for Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. Members of Pi Phi participate as dancers, committee members, and directors in a 36 hour event that culminates a year-round fundraising effort. On average, 50+ members of the Indiana Beta Chapter participate in IUDM as dancers where they play games, meet Riley patients, eat, dance-- anything but sit down for 36 straight hours!
Last Year's Philanthropy
In the past year their Chapter has raised thousands of dollars for their philanthropy First Book, an organization supporting literacy, through their second annual fundraising event, Pi Burger Phi. They also were chosen among other Pi Beta Phi chapters to partner with Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazines to host “Kisses for the Troops”, an event in which they all showed their support for the men and women overseas. Since the event was so successful, they were also awarded an additional $1,000 toward their philanthropy. The members of Indiana Beta keep themselves busy by staying involved in many organizations like Indiana University Dance Marathon, Panhellenic, IUSA, IU Cheerleading, Greeks Go Green, and many more.
To date, First Book has distributed more than 100 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada. First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education by making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis.
Contributions and Donations
First Book is determined to see that all children, regardless of their economic conditions, can achieve more in school and in life through access to an ongoing supply of new books. With the help of their partners, donors and dedicated volunteers they have provided more than 100 million new books to schools and programs serving children in need.