PwC begins collaboration with DonorsChoose.org
22/07/2011
Collaboration adds new element to PwC's Sixth Annual Summer of Community Service; the firm's partners and staff can direct funds to public schools.

Fuente:  www.consultant-news.com  Fecha:  22.07.2011

 

PwC begins collaboration with DonorsChoose.org

As part of its sixth annual Summer of Community Service, PwC US announced a strategic relationship with DonorsChoose.org, a leading non-profit that leverages citizen philanthropy to connect individuals to classroom and teacher needs. PwC is making $5 gift cards available to all 30,000 partners and staff in the United States so that they may direct funds to public school teachers to enhance the learning experience in classrooms. PwC will also make available a $20 donation card to staff that volunteer for a firm-sponsored project taking place during the Summer of Community Service.

The Summer of Community Service enables all 30,000 US partners and staff at PwC to donate their time and skills to help communities around the nation—from tutoring children in math and financial literacy to refurbishing schools and parks—in order to advance the firm's long-standing culture of service and giving back. In 2010, PwC employees volunteered more than 53,000 hours, raised more than $145,000 and impacted more than 70,000 children through Summer of Community Service.

"As one of the country's largest professional services firms, PwC has a vested interest in helping develop our future leaders and giving back to the communities where our people live and work," said Shannon Schuyler, corporate responsibility leader, PwC. "We see great alignment between DonorsChoose.org and our firm's commitment to positively impact youth education and help underserved classrooms across the country."

"We applaud PwC for its commitment to education and service and are thrilled to be collaborating with them," said Charles Best, founder and CEO, DonorsChoose.org. "Youth education is one the nation's foremost priorities, and through commitments like this we are helping provide teachers and students with the tools and resources they need in the classroom."

PwC's Summer of Community Service builds upon the firm's commitment to corporate responsibility and its focus on supporting youth education. The firm seeks to address issues affecting all points in the learning continuum, from its relationship with Feeding America to ensure that children are nourished enough to focus in schools to its collaboration with MIND Research Institute, which helps develop the basic building blocks in mathematics.

PwC collaborates with United Way to help identify opportunities, such as after-school programs, where PwC partners and staff can volunteer their skills. The firm also has a national relationship with The First Tee, whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. PwC staff will have an opportunity to engage to volunteer their skills to help students engaged in The First Tee programs.

In addition to unlimited time for firm sponsored volunteering projects, PwC provides 10 hours of paid time off for staff to engage in discretionary volunteer opportunities.