The PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc. was established in 2001 with a mission to support the people of PwC in times of need and invest in emerging solutions to society’s greatest challenges in education and humanitarianism. Commitment to these cause areas continues to guide our approach to grantmaking and drive our investments in transformative solutions. We invest in people and organizations dedicated to system-level change and poised to make a sustainable impact through their bold initiatives, innovative thinking and creative solutions.
The Foundation’s investment in our priority areas continues to expand year after year, in response to evolving societal challenges and with our goal of supporting organizations and initiatives focused on addressing their root causes. This increasingly means driving innovations and scale that help bring financial capability and technology skills to underserved populations as well as investing in programs that educate the broader population about the essential contributions of minorities.
The PwC Charitable Foundation (the Foundation) began as an organization powered by the people of PwC, and that’s still an indelible part of who we are. The people of PwC are compassionate, caring, and motivated to make a difference — and the Foundation amplifies that spirit. We support the people of PwC, and the communities where they live and work, in times of emergency financial hardship and unexpected challenges, and celebrate with them to honor their successes and achievements.
The Foundation addresses urgent issues in education by supporting solutions that strive to not merely fill in the gaps, but to help to eliminate them. Through our support of innovative organizations offering access to digital lessons on topics from personal finance and technology, to the history of female entrepreneurs and African-American activists, we strive to inspire and empower individuals to attain high goals. At the same time, we know that improving high school and college graduation rates for underserved communities increases access to meaningful opportunities for future career success. Our support of programs that target and teach relevant technological skills for 21st century employment will help students thrive. With each lesson taught from our portfolio of grantees, we are one step closer to leveling the education playing field.
The Foundation supports victims and their communities at every stage of an urgent crisis or natural disaster. We work to put support systems and relationships in place in advance so that we can address immediate needs while also enabling mid- and long-term recovery efforts. We continue to invest in programs that address inequalities in access and opportunities, and the resulting disparities in financial health, stability, and well-being particularly for underserved communities whose lives are most significantly disrupted by disasters. And, as disasters continue to become more frequent and more severe, we are taking innovative, tech-enabled approaches to assist communities in crisis.
Charlotte Coker Gibson
Executive Director, Charitable Foundation, PwC US