PNC Bank wins Philanthropy Award, nominated by Graceworks

PNC Bank has been awarded the 2013 Philanthropy Award as Outstanding Large Corporation, as nominated by Graceworks Lutheran Services, as part of the National Philanthropy Day celebration by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Dayton Region Chapter.

The Philanthropy Awards program recognizes outstanding achievement by individuals, foundations and corporate philanthropists. Awards will be presented on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 at Sinclair Community College Ponitz Center. PNC has been a major contributor to Graceworks’ Consumer Credit Counseling Service.

National Philanthropy Day is the special day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy – and those people active in the philanthropic community – have made to our lives, our communities and our world. Philanthropy is so powerful and inspiring precisely because it is voluntary – that through the goodness of our hearts, through our need to connect, through our desire to see a better world, we come together to improve the quality of life for all people. National Philanthropy Day is formally supported by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the leading professional association in the world dedicated to harnessing the spirit of philanthropy.

“PNC’s commitment to education is evident with their community support of a variety of initiatives throughout the Dayton region,” said Gloria Hurwitz, Manager, Resource Development, Graceworks Lutheran Services, in her nomination of PNC. “At Graceworks Lutheran Services the mission includes helping people experience dignity and wholeness in relationship to God, family and the community.”

“PNC’s support of the Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) financial literacy education program since 1999 has been especially inspiring,” Hurwitz said in the nomination. “Over the years, PNC has contributed over $250,000 to Graceworks Lutheran Services in support of Consumer Credit Counseling Service.”

CCCS is a local non-profit counseling agency that is a program of Graceworks Lutheran Services. CCCS has helped people in the Miami Valley since 1980 by providing individuals financial counseling, housing counseling, bankruptcy education and counseling, basic budgeting and credit classes, and financial literacy workshops.

In 2012, CCCS launched a pilot project: “Ready to Earn: Financial Literacy for the Young College Student” addressing the student loan debt crisis. In 2012, Consumer Credit Counseling Service provided more than 1,700 people with one-on-one financial counseling and helped 877 people manage their debts through the CCCS debt management program. CCCS housing counselors assisted 28 families to become homeowners and helped 208 families avoid foreclosure and assisted 61 individuals with rental issues. Nearly 430 individuals received bankruptcy pre-filing counseling and 208 individuals received bankruptcy pre-discharge financial education. Approximately 950 individuals learned how to manage their finances through financial literacy education classes or workshops.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service has offices in Moraine, Springfield, and Sidney, Ohio.

PNC Bank has 42 branches in the Dayton area. PNC is committed to community involvement and development for the people who live and work where they provide services. PNC has invested over $73.1 million in their communities in 2012 forming partnerships with nonprofit organizations to advance mutual objectives especially in the areas of early childhood education and community and economic development.

Through their Community Development programs, they offer affordable housing for lower-income families and give support to organizations that help stabilize communities working together toward economic revitalization. This commitment to neighborhoods results in improved living and working conditions.

To learn more how Consumer Credit Counseling can help you take charge of your finances, see www.graceworks.org/cccs or call 937-643-2227.