The PIPs Education Fund (PEF) is a New York State 501(c)(3) whose charitable purpose is to help bridge the education equity gap by turning student engagement in personal, community and planetary action into financial support for school.
PEF owns PIPs Rewards LLC which operates the PIPs mobile engagement platform. Fundamentally an action motivation and tracking platform, the PIPs App utilizes time-tested behavioral strategies — a rewards currency (Positive Impact Points or PIPs) and games — to continuously drive verifiable engagement in positive impact actions, including those that help advance progress toward the UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).
Adding the scholarship component knits together the whole endeavor of points-for-good in the higher education sector. The agency it gives students is appealing, and it should be attractive to individual donors and foundations who want to support scholarships and the kinds of 'goods' that PIPs rewards.
P4S Scholars offers essential ‘guardrails’ to students whose lives often have none. When students are recognized for developing good habits, they come to connect those behaviors with success.
When you become conscious of what you are doing, the impact it has, it motivates you to keep on doing it.
PIPs is about developing skills, being more open, [and] being more aware that there are problems in the world and [that] we have the power to change things.
We are very concerned, of course, with keeping college affordable. We’re also very concerned with just the overall financial wellness of students. When PIPs was presented to us, it really aligned with our strategic goals.