Charitable Trusts

Supporting communities through the legacies of our donors

Grants are awarded to eligible nonprofit organizations from over 175 perpetual charitable trusts and private foundations for which PNC is trustee.


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Advancing the Causes Our Donors Believe In

The PNC Charitable Trust Grant Review Committee serves charitable trusts and private foundations for which PNC is trustee. The Committee's mission is to implement the legacies set forth by the individual donors who established these trust relationships with PNC by distributing grants to worthy 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations at local and regional levels.

In accordance with the provisions of the trust agreements, the Committee funds grant requests that demonstrate a capacity and commitment to charitable service and enhance the quality of life for the people and their communities.

$50 Million

In Grants Issued Annually

Recipients in the fields of Health, Social Services, Education, the Environment, Religion,
the Arts and the Welfare of Animals


Our Grantmaking Priorities

  • Organizations that are direct providers of services, with projects and programs that meet our donors' intent
  • Programs in communities where donors lived and/or engaged in their grantmaking activities
  • Applicant demonstrates a capacity to meet the stated objectives of the request; and those objectives are clearly articulated and measurable
  • The critical nature of the need being addressed by the proposed program
  • Organizations with strong leadership, diversified income streams, and long-term sustainability that have demonstrated efficiencies in delivering their services

Our Committee supports projects and programs that:

  • Reflect the core social mission of the applicant's organization
  • Address a need in the community and for which there is a demonstrated demand
  • Have broad impact or benefit underserved populations
  • Have measurable outcomes and a plan for documenting results
  • Have detailed project budgets and demonstrate effective financial accountability
  • Involve collaboration with other organizations
  • Support year-round programming
  • Complement rather than duplicate the work of other non-profit organizations

The grants are one-time awards and are not pledges of continued support. Size of grants depends on the fit with donors' intent, availability of funds, breadth of organizations represented in the grant proposal mix, and the project's social impact.


Application Timetable

Application deadlines vary according to geographic location. Please find your region for specific information.

In the quarterly process, application deadlines are February 1, May 1, August 1 and October 1. Unless otherwise specified, organizations who receive funding are asked to wait 18 months before applying again.

Ineligible Proposals

As much as we would like to fund every worthy cause presented to us, the number of requests for consideration exceeds the trusts' ability to fund them all. We generally do not provide grants for the following:

  • General operating costs
  • Event, conference or seminar sponsorships or entry fees
  • Pilot or new programming
  • Multi-year commitments
  • For-profit organizations
  • Individuals or private foundations
  • Fraternal, political, advocacy or labor organizations
  • Organizations that discriminate based on race, color, creed, gender, or national origin
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Important Legal Disclosures & Information


PNC Charitable Trusts administer grants only to select regions based on the donor's preference.

Currently, these areas include: Pittsburgh, PA, Western PA, Philadelphia, PA, Pottstown, PA, Dauphin and Cumberland Counties, PA, Lancaster, PA, Oil City, PA, Titusville, PA, Clarion County, PA, Forest County, PA, Venango County, PA, Weirton, WV, Camden, NJ, Central NJ, Northern NJ, Plainfield, NJ, Lancaster, OH, Fairfield County, OH, Steubenville, OH, Youngstown, OH, Mahoning and Trumbull Counties, OH, Tiffin, OH, Zanesville, OH, Cleveland, OH, Cincinnati, OH, Peoria, IL, Fort Wayne, IN, Hardin and Jefferson Counties, KY, Washington, DC, and Baltimore, MD

Please address all inquiries to the local PNC representative listed for your particular region. Contact information can be found in the regions listed above.

The contact information contained here is for the purpose of contacting PNC for philanthropic purposes related to the PNC Foundation, PNC Charitable Trusts, and Charitable Sponsorships only. All other questions and inquires not related to PNC's philanthropic activities should be directed to 1-888-PNC-BANK.

The PNC Foundation and PNC Bank, NA will not provide support for organizations that discriminate with regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity / expression, age, ancestry, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status.