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The Rocky Mountain Summit Committee and the RMAFP took a few moments to learn more about our 2020 Title sponsor PNC bank. PNC believes in participating in their community as vital piece of their corporate responsibilities. Ellen Sandburg, Vice President of Client and Community Relations at PNC was able to give us some background on a great community program the bank sponsors called Grow Up Great.

Tell us about the “Grow Up Great” program and what it has meant in the communities you serve?

 Since 2004, the program has:

·         Distributed $160 million in grants to organizations that support early childhood education.

·         Served 5 million children with grant-funded programs and mobile educational tours

·         Provided 850,000 hours of employee volunteer time

 What sorts of projects have PNC employees worked on for this initiative?

 Our employees do a myriad of activities including reading to children in the classroom, accompanying staff on fields trips, donating reading materials, refurbishing playgrounds, painting interiors, delivering food from local food banks, and fundraising.

 I see that PNC has partnered with some impressive groups who support early childhood education like Donors Choose, Sesame Workshop and The National Head Start Association. Are there other local organizations you work with. Tell us about how you all work together on this initiative?

 Local organizations that PNC collaborates with to support the cause of early childhood education include Mile High United Way to help train at-home care providers; Mile High Early Learning and Family Star Montessori to engage directly with low & moderate income children and families; Think 360 Arts for Learning to help train teachers to integrate the arts into pre-K classrooms; Cleo Parker Robinson Dance & Denver Center for the Performing Arts to introduce live theater to preschoolers; Colorado Ballet to introduce dance to children at Warren Village; One Book Colorado to provide every 4-year old in the State with a book once a year; and the Children’s Museum of Denver to provide field trips for low and moderate income students in Adams and Jefferson Counties.

Finally, tell us about the advisory council for the program and how they guide the program?

We've assembled an Advisory Council of leaders in the early childhood education field that provide ongoing strategic direction and guidance for the Grow Up Great program. 

The Council is constantly ensuring we're a leader in advocating for early childhood education, identifying opportunities for strategic partnerships, tracking our progress and ensuring that all of our efforts reach, resonate and benefit young children in their early development phases.

PNC recognizes the importance of community involvement as good business so they have partnered with RMAFP this year through their Title Sponsorship to bring our financial community valuable educational opportunities at the Rocky Mountain Summit.

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