Community Engagement: Guiding Principles

PNC builds strategic relationships with community-based nonprofits that promote growth and cultural enrichment through economic development initiatives, as well as initiatives that enhance educational opportunities for young children. Among other criteria, organizations that receive PNC’s support must have a current Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) tax-exempt designation, be eligible to receive charitable contributions and operate in areas where PNC has a significant presence.

Our focus on early childhood education, specifically through PNC Grow Up Great®, leads us to collaborate with nonprofit organizations that provide quality programming to improve children's school preparedness.

In addition to supporting several key areas, including math, science, the arts and vocabulary development, the organizations that receive funding from PNC adhere to the following criteria:

  • Provide direct services for children in the classroom or community
  • Support teachers' professional development
  • Facilitate families' engagement in their children's education
  • Offer volunteer opportunities for PNC employees

PNC also supports economic development organizations, including those that enhance people’s quality of life through neighborhood revitalization, cultural enrichment and human services.

Priority is given to community development initiatives that promote the growth of or provide services to targeted low- and moderate-income communities. These initiatives focus on the following issues:

  • Affordable housing
  • Community development
  • Community services
  • Revitalization and stabilization of low- and moderate-income areas
  • Arts & culture

Seeking Opportunities to Enhance Our Communities

Our culture is built on a set of values and a commitment by our employees to always do what we know to be right by those we serve.

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Recognized for our Efforts

Corporate Awards & Recognition

High-Performance Franchise

  • Most Admired Companies (superregional banks), Fortune (2017)
  • Fortune 200 company (2016)

Diversity & Inclusion

  • "Best-of-the-Best" Top 30 Corporations for Inclusion, National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce/National Business Inclusion Consortium (2016)
  • One of the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign (2016)
  • Top 50 Companies for Executive Women, National Association for Female Executives (2016)
  • Diversity Leader Award, Profiles in Diversity Journal (2015)
  • Top 10 Regional Companies for Diversity, DiversityInc (2016)
  • Top 25 U.S. ERG & Diversity Councils, Association of Diversity Councils (2015)
  • Top 50 Employers, CAREERS & disABLED (2015)

Employer of Choice

  • Great Workplace Award for Employee Engagement, Gallup (2016)
  • 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers, Working Mother (2016)
  • 2020 Women on Boards Winning "W" Company, 2020 Women on Boards (2015)
  • Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles®, National Business Group on Health® (2015)

Military & Veteran Support

  • Top 100 Military-Friendly Companies, G.I. Jobs (2016)
  • Top Veteran-Friendly Companies, U.S. Veterans (2016)
  • Top 25 Military-Friendly Supplier Diversity Programs, National Association for Veteran-Owned Businesses (2016)


  • Community Reinvestment Award, Excellence in Cross-Sector Community & Collaboration Development for PNC’s Grow Up Great Early Education Initiative (2014)
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Awards, Best Commitment to Education (2014)
  • Outstanding CRA Rating


  • Net-Zero Energy Certification (PNC's net-zero energy branch in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), International Living Future Institute (2016)
  • Game Changer Award for Project Finance Innovation, Canadian Solar Industries Association (2016)
  • Leader in Climate Disclosure, Carbon Disclosure Project (2015)