Who We Are, What We Do

P.E.O. is a sisterhood based upon the principles of friendship and loyalty. Since our founding in 1869, P.E.O. philanthropies have provided approximately $432 million in financial assistance to more than 125,000 women.

Two members in front of a P.E.O. banner at the 2023 convention

Mission Statement

P.E.O.—Where women motivate, educate and celebrate women.

1884 P.E.O convention

Our Legacy: Over 150 Years of P.E.O. History

P.E.O. was founded on January 21, 1869, by seven students at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. This circle of kindred spirits, bonded by friendship and their enthusiasm for educational opportunities for women, eventually expanded to include women off-campus as well. Through membership, the P.E.O. Sisterhood has brought together more than a half a million women in the United States and Canada who are passionate about helping women advance through education.

Our Commitment to Inclusion and Belonging

The P.E.O. Sisterhood is a nonprofit volunteer women’s organization grounded in our loving concern for each other and our mission of supporting women to pursue their educational goals. Joined by a shared commitment to these two foundational tenets, P.E.O. strives to offer a sense of belonging to current and future members by embracing each person’s unique talents, background and perspective.

P.E.O. Values Sculpture

International Chapter Leadership

Get to know the leadership of the International Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. These dedicated volunteers lead the Sisterhood by serving in officer roles at the international and state/provincial/district levels and as chairs for each of our philanthropic projects and boards/committees.

Contact P.E.O.

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Careers at the P.E.O.
Executive Office

P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) is a philanthropic organization where women motivate, educate and celebrate women. Our beautiful office, friendly staff and dedicated volunteer leaders make working at P.E.O. an ideal opportunity to add positivity to the world.

P.E.O. Executive Office