PwC San Francisco Invests in Financial Literacy Education Programs with Local Organizations

PwC Foundation Donates $160,000 and Creates Volunteer Programs with Non-Profit Organizations in San Francisco
Mar 18, 2014 1:00 PM ET

SAN FRANCISCO, March 18, 2014 /3BL Media/ – PwC US today announced that its San Francisco office will donate $160,000 to three Bay Area-based non-profit organizations, funded through grants from the PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc. The grants also complement the professional services firm’s Earn Your Future campaign dedicated to addressing youth education with a combination of donations and skills-based volunteer programs across the United States.

The cornerstone of the local initiative is a $100,000 grant over three years to Larkin Street Youth Services, a non-profit organization committed to helping homeless and at-risk youth to get off the street by offering them confidence, skills, and opportunities through housing, education, employment and health services. 

The grant will allow PwC to work with Larkin Street to develop, pilot and fully implement a financial literacy program for its youth. The initiative will effectively leverage PwC’s financial literacy expertise to create a robust curriculum, train staff on its successful implementation and provide the longevity required to guarantee Larkin Street is providing the services necessary to help facilitate the youth’s ultimate success.

As part of its financial literacy efforts in the market, PwC is also working with San Francisco Beacon Initiative and Faith Network of the East Bay on financial literacy programs, and each organization is receiving a $30,000 grant from the PwC Foundation.

San Francisco Beacon initiative is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming public schools into youth and family centers that act as beacons of activity for the surrounding neighborhoods and empower their communities. PwC will help design and implement a financial literacy curriculum aligned with the new Common Core Standards for Math to be piloted in two Beacon Centers this year with the plan to implement across all the remaining Beacon Sites. The donation will support the planning and implementation at the pilot sites as well as a grant for the youth cohort to apply their learned skills in a real world scenario using funds.

Faith Network of the East Bay is a non-profit organization aimed at working closely with local schools to provide hands-on enrichment programs designed to introduce science, technology, engineering and math experiences to under-privileged youth. PwC has been working with several schools in the district teaching financial literacy modules, and this grant will enable these lessons to be applied in a real-world setting and provide an enhanced learning experience through the stipend internship program.

“PwC San Francisco is thrilled to further its commitment to the San Francisco Bay Area through our support of Larkin Street Youth Services, the San Francisco Beacon Initiative and Faith Network of the East Bay missions,” said Jim Henry, Managing Partner of PwC’s San Francisco Market. “Improving education and providing opportunities for personal growth for local students and their families is a top priority for us at the firm and also a key part of the Foundation’s mission. We take great pride in our community and believe that it’s the individuals who contribute to its prosperity and character. I’d like to thank our PwC San Francisco professionals for their dedication and the countless hours they’ve donated to empowering the lives of our local youth.”  

In its first year, PwC's Earn Your Future campaign impacted 500,000 youth and 18,000 educators, and partners and staff contributed 150,000 volunteer service hours to youth education and development across the US. Additionally, PwC donated $12 million to support youth related causes. For more information on our year-one impact, view PwC's Earn Your Future Year 1 in Review.

Through Earn Your Future, PwC is working to help close the educational gap by collaborating with schools and community organizations to drive improvement around financial literacy. Through this five-year multimillion dollar commitment, which aims to impact 2.5 million students and educators, PwC is leveraging its more than 39,000 people and their core skill set to improve the financial competency and education of our nation's youth.

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The PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc., a section 501(c)(3) organization, makes contributions to the people of PwC in times of financial hardship, and to nonprofit organizations that support and promote education and humanitarianism.

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