Building thriving communities
September 16, 2014
“For our company to thrive, our community has to thrive,” says Laura Gamble, PNC Bank regional president for Greater Maryland. “PNC supports many of the same initiatives that BCF does, particularly in terms of pre-school education and neighborhoods. They are two primary pillars of our philanthropy, and there is a lot of synergy with what BCF is doing with the Judy Centers and school readiness and strengthening communities.”
Grow Up Great, PNC’s $350 million, multiyear early childhood education program, for example, aligns with BCF’s educational initiatives. “School readiness is one of the best investments you can make with your philanthropic dollars,” Laura says. “The return puts a child in a better place scholastically and also yields benefits in career and life success.”
PNC is the successor to Mercantile-Safe Deposit and Trust, one of the five founding banks of BCF, and it has maintained a strong, supportive role throughout BCF’s history. Laura, in fact, is vice chair of BCF’s board, has a BCF family donor-advised fund, and led BCF’s most recent strategic planning task force.
In addition to working on common education goals, PNC has also contributed generously to BCF’s Civic Leadership Fund. “BCF helps lead the way, bringing together the philanthropic and business communities around issues that are important to moving Baltimore forward,” Laura says. “PNC uses human capital—our employees’ volunteer efforts—and also our philanthropic capital to improve neighborhoods and strengthen the regional economy, and our work with BCF magnifies the impact.”
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