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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PNC Foundation Grants totaled $48.3 million
PNC Charitable Sponsorships giving totaled $24.4 million
In 2016, PNC was recognized as one of the 20 Most Generous Companies of the Fortune 500.
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