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Corporate Giving – Colorado 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 is proud to support organizations that keep our communities strong, diverse, and vibrant. Our contributions are primarily directed to arts and culture, education, economic development, health care, and human services.

In addition, Wells Fargo has consistently been one of the leading contributors to United Way organizations in the Rocky Mountain Region, in terms of both employee and corporate contributions.
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:
  • Organizations that are not designated 501(c)(3) by the IRS
  • Organizations outside of Wells Fargo communities
  • For-profit entities, including start-up small businesses
  • Political action committees, candidates, causes, and lobbying
  • Labor, religious or fraternal groups
  • Individuals, including scholarships or fellowship assistance
  • Travel
  • Sports and athletic groups and activities
  • Endowment campaigns
  • Equipment requests, including computer hardware or software
  • Marketing and promotional activities or merchandise
  • Start-up costs for organization
  • Video or film production
  • Research projects
  • Vehicles
  • Promotional merchandise
  • Animal related causes
  • Multi-year requests
If your organization meets Wells Fargo’s eligibility requirements and fits in with our philanthropic goals and objectives, we encourage you to apply for the appropriate request listed below. Please carefully read the information below to determine if your organization should request a Wells Fargo Donation/Grant or a Wells Fargo Sponsorship. Nonprofits may only apply for 1 request per calendar year.

Community Assistance Fund Grants
If your organization’s annual operating budget is $350,000 or less, you are eligible to apply for our Community Assistance Fund. (Applies only to Colorado and is not an online application process.)

Established in 1993, the Community Assistance Fund was designed to help Colorado grass-root 501(c)(3) organizations in the communities where Wells Fargo does business. Grant applications for this fund are available at Wells Fargo locations across Colorado from May 15 through June 30 each year.
  • The application should be submitted to the local Wells Fargo store in the community your organization serves. This is not an online application process.
  • Each organization may submit only one application to its local Wells Fargo store.
  • Submitting more than one application to different stores will result in the decline of all applications from that organization.
Wells Fargo Donation/Grant
If your organization’s annual operating budget is over $350,000 and is requesting program or general support only you are eligible to apply via our online donation application.

Funding requests are reviewed on a quarterly basis and deadlines for each quarter are February 1, May 1, July 1 and October 1. Only one grant per calendar year per agency will be considered. Please submit your request through our online application by clicking on apply now below. Requests sent via U.S. mail, e-mail, fax, or through a Wells Fargo team member will be returned.
Wells Fargo Sponsorship
If your organization is requesting sponsorship support for an upcoming event you are eligible to apply via our sponsorship website. Please note all requests must be submitted a minimum of 90 days prior to an event for consideration. To apply for a Wells Fargo sponsorship (i.e. event, dinner, luncheon, golf tournament, parade, advertisement, festival, etc.) please click on the link below.
For more information, please contact:
Katie Rollyson, Wells Fargo Community Affairs
1740 Broadway Street
MAC C7301-018
Denver, CO 80274
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. Are there deadlines?
Proposals and applications are reviewed quarterly. Deadlines for each quarter are February 1, May 1, July 1, and October 1. Event sponsorships should be submitted at least 90 days prior to the event.
3. How long does it take for a proposal to be reviewed?
Proposals and applications are reviewed quarterly. You will typically be notified of our decision no later than 90 days after we receive your fully completed application.
4. May I call during the review period to check on our application status?
We respectfully request that you wait 90 days after submitting your proposal before calling to check on its status. In most cases, you will have heard from us within that period.
5. 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.
6. If we are declined, may we reapply?
Wells Fargo receives far more grant requests from worthy organizations than we can support each year. You are welcome to reapply the following year.
7. When can we expect the check if we are approved?
A check is normally sent within 30 days after a proposal has been approved.
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