Case | HBS Case Collection | March 2009 (Revised July 2014)

PNC Financial: Grow Up Great (A)

by Christopher Marquis, V. Kasturi Rangan and Alison Comings


In 2003, PNC Financial focused its corporate citizenship and philanthropic resources on a ten-year, $100 million investment in early childhood education called PNC Grow Up Great. The case tracks the origination of Grow Up Great, how it was developed and implemented within PNC, and some of the key challenges and successes of the program during its first 5 years of operation. Key elements of the case are the process by which PNC decided to focus on Grow Up Great as its signature program, and how the program was designed to provide extensive volunteering opportunities for employees. The case also explores how PNC leadership has engaged in extensive advocacy on the issue of early childhood education. The branding and marketing issues associated with Grow Up Great and how it fits in PNC's organizational structure are also highlighted in the case.

Keywords: Early Childhood Education; Giving and Philanthropy; Leadership; Brands and Branding; Corporate Social Responsibility and Impact; Organizational Structure; Business and Community Relations;


Marquis, Christopher, V. Kasturi Rangan, and Alison Comings. "PNC Financial: Grow Up Great (A)." Harvard Business School Case 409-108, March 2009. (Revised July 2014.)