PwC Charitable Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The PwC Charitable Foundation is the philanthropic arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers, giving grants across 35 states plus Washington, D.C. in the areas of education, youth development, workforce training, and humanitarianism.

IP TAKE: K-12 education is a major focus area for the PwC Foundation. It gives directly to schools (public, private, and charter), school districts, and organizations working in the K-12 realm. Connect yourself with an area PwC employee in order to position yourself for a grant application. 

PROFILE: The PwC Charitable Foundation is the philanthropic arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers, which is most known as an accounting firm, but self-describes as focusing on “audit and assurance, tax and consulting services.” 

Its foundation giving is only somewhat defined by its corporate business, but more so by its corporate geography. That’s because the thrust of PwC Charitable Foundation giving is to provide meaningful support to its corporation’s local “markets” (what other foundations would, perhaps, call “communities”) and people within the markets. These markets span 35 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. You’re also in luck if you’re looking for support in Washington, D.C.

The PwC Charitable Foundation doled out $12.5 million in grants in 2014, focusing on two giving areas: Education and Humanitarianism. Its education giving comes with the name “Earn Your Future.” As the title and the work of the foundation’s corporate namesake suggest, this includes an emphasis on financial education, but financial education is far from the foundation’s only priority.

In fact, the foundation’s definition of its education priority is broadly rendered. It seeks “to support the development of the next generation of leaders” through charitable organizations “that create innovative programs and initiatives that lay a sustainable foundation for educational growth.” The foundation further clarifies that its education grant giving focuses on creating “better access to education” and to supporting underserved populations.

Recent K-12 giving—which is substantial—bears out these focus throughlines. Examples include $25,000 each to Covenant Preparatory School and Grace Academy, both in Hartford, CT. Each of these schools is a private but tuition-free middle school. The grants are earmarked for STEM curricula, updating technology, and teacher development. The foundation supports K-12 charter schools as well, including a recent $75,000 grant to the Chicago International Charter School for afterschool and enrichment programs. The foundation also gives to a substantial number of public schools throughout its markets (typically in the $10,000 range), as well as to school districts (including Denver and Miami, ranging from $10,000 to $20,000).

The PwC Charitable Foundation also heartily supports outside nonprofits that serve K-12 education needs. It recently gave $150,000 to the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council in Chicago for its Paso a Paso initiative, which supports students transitioning into public middle school and high school with enrichment programs.

So how do you wrangle a PwC Charitable Foundation grant? It starts with connecting with your local PwC office and introducing them to your organization. That’s because while there is a PwC Charitable Foundation grant application, it’s up to PwC employees to complete and submit them (though they might ask you to participate in that application process on their behalf). Like many foundations with a corporate parent, the PwC Charitable Foundation likes to support programs that offer an opportunity for its employees to volunteer.

PEOPLE:

Shannon Schuyler, President