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Join Phi Beta Kappa from December 4th to December 9th
for an action-packed week sure to make our
241st anniversary really count.
12.04 Key into PBK Awards, Programs and Publications
12.05 Show your PBK Pride on our 241st Anniversary
12.06 Use the Toolkit
12.07 Give a Hand to Chapters and Associations
12.08 Make PBK stronger with 241 Gifts
12.09 Celebrate Learning for All of Life
Become a key to action

This year, we want you to make the 241st anniversary of our founding day, December 5, 1776, really count. Join us for an action-packed week designed to celebrate and advocate excellence in the arts and sciences.

Whether you have only a few minutes or can spare a few hours, you’ll find plenty of suggestions here to make an impact, have some fun, meet other members, and even learn something new. Or, come up with your own ways to celebrate the arts and sciences this week. How will you become a Key to Action?

Monday, December 4

Key into PBK Awards, Programs and Publications

  • Update your email and mailing address to ensure that you receive your member newsletter and complimentary Key Reporter

  • Enjoy free access to public lectures given by leading arts and sciences Visiting Scholars at chapter campuses. Find a calendar of events here.

  • Congratulate this year’s Phi Beta Kappa Book Award winners and support quality arts and sciences writing for the general-interest reader by purchasing their books at your favorite bookstore.

  • Subscribe to Phi Beta Kappa’s award-winning The American Scholar, listen to their podcast Smarty Pantsand visit their website for free daily updates.
Tuesday, December 5

Show your PBK Pride on our 241st Anniversary

  • Take a #PBKSelfKey (a photo of yourself with either your Phi Beta Kappa key or this paper version that you can download here) at work, volunteering, enjoying cultural events, or doing anything else that you think conveys a love of learning for all of life.

  • Upload it to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and tag it with #PBKSelfKey and tag @PhiBetaKappa. Not on social media? Simply email your picture to Amanda DiMartini at Amanda DiMartini

  • Check out some of the new items in the Key Collection. You can now purchase a Phi Beta Kappa travel cup, coffee mug, bow tie, watch, messenger bag, and more.

  • Join Phi Beta Kappa’s Linkedin group and add us to the honors section of your individual profile.

Our favorite #PBKSelfKey entry will win a Phi Beta Kappa tote bag and other swag from the new Key Collection.

Wednesday, December 6

Use the Toolkit

*A Reminder for Chapter Faculty and Staff at Public Colleges and Universities: Consult with your institution’s government relations team before sharing the toolkit through your official campus email or social media channels to ensure compliance with your state’s advocacy rules.

Thursday, December 7

Give a Hand to Chapters and Associations

  • Like, share, or retweet our social media #PBKKeystoAction messages today to give chapter and association volunteers a virtual round of applause.

  • Find your local association and commit to attend an event in your area.

  • Email or send this letter to your alma mater expressing support and thanks for your chapter.

  • Volunteer! Gain board experience and activity-planning while growing your professional networks at one of our 50 Phi Beta Kappa alumni associations. If you are a faculty member at a Phi Beta Kappa chapter institution, chapters can always use your help. Find your chapter contact.
Friday, December 8

Make PBK stronger with 241 Gifts

At Phi Beta Kappa, we work every day to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, foster freedom of thought, and recognize academic excellence. But we can’t do it alone. We need you to make this possible by giving a tax-deductible gift to the Society.

Our goal is 241 gifts by midnight tomorrow to cap off our action-packed anniversary week.

When you make a gift, you become a part of Phi Beta Kappa's future. You generosity--
  • Fuels 100 two-day campus visits and free public lectures by our esteemed panel of Visiting Scholars
  • Grows public recognition of the value of the arts and sciences through our National Arts & Sciences Initiative
  • Makes possible publication of our award winning journal, The American Scholar
  • Provides our 286 chapters with support they need as they induct the best liberal arts and sciences .
We hope we can count on you to make your 241st anniversary gift right now to ensure that Phi Beta Kappa remains a strong legacy for bright futures.

Give a Gift
Saturday, December 9

Celebrate Learning for All of Life

  • Attend an event hosted by your local Phi Beta Kappa alumni association

  • Recreate the Old Raleigh Tavern experience by meeting up with four friends. Talk about public affairs, great works of literature, scientific discoveries, or other creative endeavors.

  • Take a friend, partner, children or grandchildren to a museum or cultural event.

  • Host or attend a book club featuring one of this year’s Book Award Winners

  • Find a volunteer opportunity in your area that encourages lifelong learning.
    • Donate books that you no longer use to a community center, local library, long-term care facility, school or shelter.

    • If you already tutor or mentor, make a point to talk with your student today about the value of higher education.

    • Spend some time reading to an older adult at a local nursing home.

    • Find out what supplies or projects teachers in your community might need through programs like
No matter how you choose to act, please tell us how you are celebrating learning for all of life by sharing your photos, quotes, and ideas with us by tagging #PBKKeystoAction, #PBK241, or @PhiBetaKappa on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Give a Gift

Spread the Word
Like and follow Phi Beta Kappa on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram to connect with the Keys to Action campaign.
Share your Keys to Action activities, quotes, and photos with us: #PBKKeystoAction, #PBK241 and @PhiBetaKappa.
Retweet and share our posts to help us become a trending topic.

We greatly appreciate your efforts to make Phi Beta Kappa’s 241st anniversary count for more this year. You clearly appreciate the value of celebrating and advocating for excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Thank you for making Phi Beta Kappa a strong legacy for bright futures.

Questions? Contact Anne Wise
for more information.

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