The current national philanthropy of Pi Delta Psi is the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBS) program. BBBS seeks to provide the opportunities and resources for children to reach their potential through professional supported, one-to-one relationships with volunteer mentors. As the largest and oldest youth mentoring organization in the United States, BBBS has continued to mentor children of all ages in communities nationwide.
In 1904, a young New York City court clerk named Ernest Kent Coulter was seeing many boys come through his courtroom. He recognized that caring adults could help many of these boys stay out of trouble, and he set out to find volunteers. That marked the beginning of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City and the Big Brothers movement. By 1916, Big Brothers had spread to 96 cities across the country.
Every individual chapter is required to participate in a set number of philanthropy events to remain in good standing. All chapters are expected to work closely with the Big Brothers program in their own campus community.
At the Chapter level, each Chapter is required to participate in a set number of philanthropy events each year depending on the Chapter’s size; failure to achieve these annual criteria will result in the chapter having its status revoked.
March of Dimes is a previous beneficiary of Pi Delta Psi’s national philanthropy and Pi Delta Psi has continued to be an official team youth partner. Pi Delta Psi raised $18,718 nationwide for March of Dimes in 2009.
Pi Delta Psi is also a longtime sponsor and supporter of the APIA Vote campaign.