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Pre-K Teachers Change Lives

See the impact one preschool teacher has had on a student of hers. It’s a story like this that makes us proud to support pre-K classrooms in our communities through DonorsChoose.org.

Together, we can help teachers set students on a path to success.



Supporting Pre-K Requests Through $5 Million Grant

PNC and DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that connects individual donors with classrooms in need, have teamed up to help teachers obtain quality resources and experiences for students in public pre-K, charter and Head Start classrooms across the country.  

On April 4, 2017, the PNC Foundation funded hundreds of pre-K project requests as part of a new, $5 million initiative with DonorsChoose.org to help teachers obtain the resources and experiences they need to inspire their students’ love of learning. The initiative enables DonorsChoose.org to expand its education funding platform, for the first time, to include project requests from Head Start teachers.

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Our work with DonorsChoose.org reflects our commitment to helping children get a strong start in life. This program will directly improve pre-K teachers’ ability to help more students reach their full potential and, through their successes, will strengthen the communities we serve.

- Bill Demchak, PNC Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer


Our Donation Matching Footprint

Qualifying pre-K projects in the dark orange states will be eligible. Qualifying pre-K projects in certain geographies in light orange states, as specified below, will be eligible.

Full states: AL, DE, FL, GA, KY, IN, IL, MD, MI, MO, NC, NJ, OH, PA, DC, WI
Kansas: Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami and Wyandotte
Minneapolis: Anoka, Carver, Chicago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Sherburne, Washington, Wright
New York: Boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island
South Carolina: Greenville, Richmond, York
Texas: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Tarrant, Ellis, Johnson
West Virginia: Monongalia

We're Making an Impact

An initial donation of $504,000 flash funded 849 projects in public and charter pre-K classrooms in 22 states and Washington, D.C., where PNC does business.

Currently, PNC is matching dollar-for-dollar, donations that help support eligible pre-K and Head Start projects listed on DonorsChoose.org in PNC’s footprint.

Since Our Flash Funding in April 2017:


New pre-K projects


Pre-K projects have been fully funded,
with a total cost of $2.2MM+


Projects have benefited Head Start classrooms


More Resources are Needed

Supplemental resources such as art supplies, technology, books and field trips can enhance the preschool learning environment, though many teachers find that funding these resources can be difficult.

A 2017 study by the National Head Start Association showed that 94 percent of Head Start teachers say they need more resources to enrich the classroom, but 84 percent say they are unable to fund the experiences they want to provide.

The study also showed:


Have or would purchase supplies with own money


Spend up to $500 of own money


Spend more than $500 of own money