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Corporate Giving — California 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 serves California counties organized into the following regions:
Region Counties
Central California Amador, Calaveras, Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles (Antelope Valley), Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Monterey, San Benito, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne
Greater Bay Area Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara (Southern), Santa Cruz
Los Angeles Metro Los Angeles, Ventura
Northern California Alpine, Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo, Yuba
Orange County Orange
Southern California Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego
San Francisco Bay Lake, Humboldt, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara (partial), Solano, Sonoma
Wells Fargo is proud to support organizations that work to strengthen our communities. We look for projects that keep our communities strong, diverse, and vibrant. In addition to programs offering financial support, Wells Fargo has built an internal culture of giving back to our communities through the promotion of volunteerism among our team members. Through the volunteer efforts of our enthusiastic team members and our contributions, we share our success with the communities in which we live and work.

While we make grants in three primary areas: Community Development, Education, and Human Services, we are also supportive of those nonprofit organizations for which Wells Fargo team members have made a commitment to volunteer via direct service or through committee or Board membership.

In California, 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 with a priority emphasis on K-12
  • 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 art, cultural, 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 to qualified tribal and governmental agencies, including public school systems.

Please note that Wells Fargo is unable to consider grants for the following:
  • Individuals
  • Political action committees, candidates, causes, and lobbying
  • For-profit entities including start-up businesses
  • Endowments
  • Video or film production
  • Promotional items
  • Political, labor, religious, or fraternal activities
  • Travel, including student trips
Proposals to fund the following items are considered but receive lower priority:
  • Equipment, including computer hardware and software
  • Sports or athletic groups or activities
  • Hospitals
  • Vehicles
  • Multi-year programs
  • Capital campaigns
Please view the guidelines and application process for your region:
Central California Show Details
If your organization meets Wells Fargo’s eligibility requirements and fits in with our philanthropic goals and objectives, we encourage you to proceed with our online application.



The Central California Region accepts applications from January 1 to September 30. However, we recommend that you submit as early in the year as possible.

For more information, please contact:
Sandy Cha, Community Affairs Manager
Wells Fargo Foundation 8405 North Fresno, Suite 302,
MAC A0827-032
Fresno, CA 93720
(559) 437-7660
Email: Sandy.cha@wellsfargo.com

Greater Bay Area Show Details
If your organization meets Wells Fargo's eligibility requirements and fits our giving priorities, we encourage you to proceed with our online application.



For more information, please contact:
Randy Chun, Regional Vice President
Wells Fargo
(415) 396-5830
Email: chunran@wellsfargo.com

Los Angeles Metro Show Details
If your organization meets Wells Fargo's eligibility requirements and fits our giving priorities, we encourage you to proceed with our online application.



For more information, please contact:
Jonathan Weedman, Senior Vice President
Wells Fargo Foundation
333 S Grand Ave.,
11th Floor
MAC E2064-114
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 253-6513
Email: weedmanj@wellsfargo.com

Northern California Show Details
If your organization meets Wells Fargo’s eligibility requirements and fits our giving priorities, we encourage you to proceed with our online application.



In order to be considered for funding for the current year, applications will be accepted January 3 through September 30. Only one grant or sponsorship per calendar year per agency will be considered.

Please submit your request through our online application; requests sent via U.S. mail, e-mail, by fax, or through a Wells Fargo team member will not be considered.

For more information, please contact:
Kären C. Woodruff
Vice President/Community Affairs
400 Capital Mall, Suite 2150
MAC A0716-21F
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 440-4001
Email: karen.c.woodruff@wellsfargo.com
Orange County Show Details
If your organization meets Wells Fargo’s eligibility requirements and fits in with our philanthropic goals and objectives, we encourage you to proceed with our online application.



For more information, please contact:
Jack Toan, Regional Vice President
Wells Fargo Foundation
2030 Main St., Ste 1100
MAC E2231-11G
Irvine, CA 92614
(949) 251-4414
Email: jack.toan@wellsfargo.com

Southern California Show Details
If your organization meets Wells Fargo’s eligibility requirements and fits in with our philanthropic goals and objectives, we encourage you to proceed with our online application.



For more information please contact:

San Diego and Imperial Counties
Jack Toan, Regional Vice President
Wells Fargo Foundation
2030 Main St., Ste 1100,
MAC E2231-11G
Irvine, CA 92614
(949) 251-4414
Email: jack.toan@wellsfargo.com

Riverside and San Bernardino Counties
Robin Hought, AVP - Community Support Representative
Wells Fargo Foundation
74199 El Paseo, 1st Floor, Suite 104
MAC E2545-012
Palm Desert, CA
92260-4149
Phone (760) 836-0406
Email: robin.l.hought@wellsfargo.com

San Francisco Bay Show Details
If your organization meets Wells Fargo's eligibility requirements and fits our giving priorities, we encourage you to proceed with our online application.



In order to be considered for funding for the current calendar year, the San Francisco Bay Region will be accepting applications from January 1st to September 1st. However, we recommend that you submit as early in the year as possible.

Due to the increased demand for support, we can only accept one grant per agency per calendar year. If you are having an event, you will need to decide whether to submit for program support or event support but not for both. It is the Region’s preference that you submit for program or project services support. Please do not send requests via U.S. Mail, e-mail, fax or through a Wells Fargo team member as they will be returned.


For more information, please contact:
Mario Diaz, Vice President/Community Affairs Officer
Wells Fargo
1 Montgomery Street, 19th Floor,
MAC A0190-198
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 623-7598
Email: diazm@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 120 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 90-120 days after submitting your proposal before calling to check on its 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 organizations that have submitted complete proposals, or to organizations we have previously funded.
5. If we are declined, may we reapply?
Wells Fargo receives far more grant requests from worthy organizations than we can support each year. If your proposal is declined you are welcome to reapply the following year.
6. When can we expect the check if we are approved?
Once a completed application is approved, it is given to processing for payment.