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Corporate Giving – Arkansas Guidelines

We appreciate your interest in Wells Fargo's philanthropic goals and objectives. At Wells Fargo, we believe that grant-making decisions are more effective when made locally. That's why Wells Fargo is actively involved in the communities where we live and work, and why our team members are leaders in helping our communities succeed.
Wells Fargo makes contributions in areas that we believe are important to the future of our nation's vitality and success. Our first priority is to support programs and organizations whose chief purpose is to benefit low- and moderate-income individuals and families. We look for projects that keep our communities strong, diverse, and vibrant.
Wells Fargo makes grants in three primary areas:
Community Development
We support the improvement of low- and moderate-income communities through programs that:
  • Create and sustain affordable housing
  • Promote economic development by financing small businesses or farms
  • Provide job training and workforce development
  • Revitalize and stabilize communities
Education
We support organizations that:
  • Promote academic achievement for low- and moderate-income students
  • Provide training for teachers and administrators working with low- and moderate-income students
Human Services
We consider requests from social and human service organizations that work primarily in low- and moderate-income communities to:
  • Provide basic needs assistance
  • Ensure access to health education programs and quality health care
  • Offer child care services
Wells Fargo also considers requests from organizations that help enhance a community’s quality of life through arts and culture or civic projects.
Wells Fargo makes contributions to organizations with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, as well as qualified tribal and governmental agencies, including public school systems. Please note that Wells Fargo is unable to consider grants for the following:
  • Individuals
  • Purchase of advertising
  • Start-up funding for new organizations
  • Political campaigns or activities
  • Organizations designed primarily for lobbying
  • Endowment campaigns
  • Video or film production
  • Promotional items
  • Labor activities
  • Vehicles
  • For-profit entities
  • Travel, including student trips
  • Small start-up businesses
If your organization meets Wells Fargo’s eligibility requirements and fits in with our philanthropic goals and objectives, we encourage you to submit a proposal that includes all items listed below. The proposal should not exceed five pages, including the organization’s mission and major accomplishments.
Proposal Checklist
  • 501(c)(3) letter from the IRS, or non-profit designation as a governmental or tribal entity
  • Federal Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)
  • Specific dollar amount requested
  • Agency’s current operating budget
  • Most recent audited financial statement
  • Project budget
  • List of board members and key staff members and their responsibilities
  • List of major funding sources
  • Evidence that requested funds will serve low- and moderate-income populations, if applicable
Wells Fargo will return any incomplete proposals, but you are welcome to resubmit the following year. Any additional items other than those listed will be disregarded, and we cannot return them.
Send completed proposals via U.S. mail to:
Peggy Wilkinson
Wells Fargo
2900 Saint Michael Drive, 2nd Floor
MAC T6346-020
Texarkana, TX 75503-5209
903-223-3518
margaret.e.wilkinson@wellsfargo.com
1. How do you define “low- and moderate-income” individuals and families?
“Low- and moderate-income” is defined as income less than 80 percent of the area median income for the community served.
2. How long does it take for a proposal to be reviewed?
Grant proposals are reviewed throughout the calendar year. You will typically be notified of our decision no later than 60 days after we receive your fully completed application.
3. May I call during the review period to check on our application status?
We respectfully request that you wait 60 days after submitting a proposal before calling to check on your status. In most cases, you will have heard from us within that period.
4. Will someone from Wells Fargo make a site visit to our organization?
Due to the volume of requests we receive, it is not always possible to personally visit each organization. When we do make site visits, they are only to requesting organizations that have submitted complete proposals, or organizations that have previously been funded.
5. If we are declined, may we reapply?
Wells Fargo receives far more grant requests from worthy organizations than we can support. If your request is declined, you are welcome to reapply the following year.
6. When can we expect the check if we are approved?
A check is normally sent out within 30 days of approval.