Our Philanthropic Efforts

PNC Foundation

At the heart of PNC’s civic engagement is the PNC Foundation, which is committed to understanding and addressing the issues facing the communities we serve. To address these issues, PNC offers solutions that align with its values and resources and leverages its ability to form partnerships with successful, community-based nonprofits.

The Foundation focuses its philanthropic initiatives on early childhood education and community and economic development, including the arts and culture.

In 2016, PNC was able to combine its support for both the arts and early childhood education by initiating a grant program that sustains Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera’s Academy of Musical Theater. This program led to the establishment of the PNC Children’s School, which allows young children to learn about music, dance and theater as they develop the social and cognitive skills needed for long-term learning.  

The PNC Foundation has a history of supporting communities in times of need. In the past, it has provided relief grants in response to a variety of domestic natural disasters and some international catastrophes. Through its support of the American Red Cross, among other agencies, it helps organizations that provide immediate assistance to residents in affected areas.

Most recently, PNC donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross to support disaster relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Matthew.

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PNC Arts Alive

The PNC Foundation always has believed that engagement in the arts enriches lives and builds stronger, more vibrant communities. While government and corporate support for the arts has waned, the PNC Foundation launched PNC Arts Alive, a multiyear initiative to make the visual and performing arts more accessible in four of PNC’s communities.

Since its debut in 2009, PNC Arts Alive has awarded approximately $13 million in grants to enterprising cultural organizations in Columbus, Ohio; St. Louis; greater Philadelphia and southern New Jersey.

In 2016, PNC introduced a new Arts Alive initiative in eastern Florida, which includes the city of Jacksonville, as well as Broward and Palm Beach counties.

PNC expanded its Arts Alive initiative to Eastern Florida. Arts organizations qualified for the grants by supporting emerging arts programs, value-added public programming and the creative use of technology while also seeking to expand audiences.

Shadowbox Live’s Stacie Boord stars in the original, multi-sensory production “The Tenshu,” presented by PNC Arts Alive. Shadowbox joined forces with Japanese choreographer/director Hiromi Sakamoto and The New York Times bestselling author David Mack to create a one-of-a-kind, cultural-artistic collaboration. “The Tenshu" featured live martial arts, magic, supernatural experiences and giant puppets, and was accompanied by an original rock score.

Arts Alive enriches the arts and culture by awarding grants to organizations that support public programming, emerging art programs and the creative use of technology. Among other events and programs, it has supported new exhibitions and festivals, pop-up theater and music performances, and mobile art vans.

Grant recipients represent a wide range of disciplines, audiences and participatory experiences, including both small and large and city and suburban arts groups.

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PNC Charitable Sponsorships

Through its charitable sponsorships, PNC supports community and economic development, including the arts, culture and financial education. We proactively seek community sponsorships in which PNC employees, community leaders, and local clients and residents can work together to make a positive impact in our communities.

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PNC Grow Up Great®

When PNC decided to focus its resources on a specific philanthropic cause, it polled employees to determine the issues that they cared about most. As the topics of greatest interest were children and education, PNC looked at the significant body of research supporting the importance of high-quality early childhood education, which is strongly tied to a reduction in school dropout, poverty and crime rates, as well as a stronger U.S. workforce. With this information, PNC launched Grow Up Great as its signature cause.

The $350 million, multiyear, bilingual initiative helps prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life, and has benefited more than 3 million children since its 2004 inception.

Students at Minadeo Elementary in Pittsburgh, Pa., participated in Halloween activities, including working with glowing Play-Doh and dressing up for the Halloween parade. PNC volunteers facilitated various activities and helped the students dress up in their costumes, the most common of which were Superman, Pokemon, dragons and princesses.

To create Grow Up Great, PNC partnered with some of the nation’s most highly respected early childhood experts, who shared their perspectives on how PNC could maximize its community impact. These experts coordinated focus groups and advisories to support the research and development of educational materials, messages and strategies, and conducted independent evaluations of its programs to identify successes and opportunities for improvement.

Through these evaluations, PNC found that its grant-funded preschool programs positively impacted children, teachers and families. Across all locations offering Grow Up Great arts and science programs, teachers expanded their knowledge and skills related to the subject matter, and participating families became more engaged in their children’s education.

Another major component of PNC Grow Up Great is its community vocabulary initiative. Through this initiative, local nonprofits collaborate with families and other community partners to enhance children’s vocabulary development. Numerous arts and science organizations provide parents and caregivers with simple tips and strategies to help young children learn new words in different contexts. An independent evaluation of the program found that participating families engage in strategies to increase their children’s vocabulary more often than nonparticipating families.

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2016 Giving At-a-Glance

PNC Foundation Grants totaled $48.3 million

PNC Charitable Sponsorships giving totaled $24.4 million

Giving by Focus

  • Education - $25.7 million
  • Community & Development - $16.6 million
  • Health & Human Services - $13 million
  • Culture & Arts - $11.4 million
  • Civic - $6.1 million


in Charitable Gifts

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In 2016, PNC was recognized as one of the 20 Most Generous Companies of the Fortune 500.

Together, We Prosper
2016 Corporate Social Responsibility

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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)