Our Alliance with DonorsChoose.org

Inspiring Brighter Futures

The PNC Foundation and DonorsChoose.org have joined together to help preschool teachers obtain more classroom resources through DonorsChoose.org's education funding platform.

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Supporting Pre-K Requests Through New $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, public charter and Head Start classrooms across the country.

On April 4, 2019, all 50,000+ PNC employees received a $25 electronic gift code for DonorsChoose.org. The PNC Foundation funded these gift cards 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. PNC’s alliance with DonorsChoose.org launched in 2017 with an initial $5 million grant, and we’re excited to continue our work together.

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

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.

Since Our Flash Funding in April 2017:

18,000

Pre-K and Head Start projects have been fully funded

630,000

Pre-K and Head Start students impacted

$6.5M

Total project cost of fully funded pre-K and Head Start projects

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:

93%

Have or would purchase supplies with own money

88%

Spend up to $500 of own money

10%

Spend more than $500 of own money