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Corporate Giving – Washington, D.C. 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.
We direct our contributions to non-profit organizations that work to advance these focus areas:
Community Development
  • Preventing foreclosure and promoting home ownership
  • Creating and sustaining affordable housing
  • Revitalizing low-income neighborhoods
  • Aiding the path to employment with workforce training and job-readiness skills
  • Providing financial literacy training (please visit before applying; we will not fund the cost of supplies for similar financial literacy programs)
  • Eliminating the pre-K – 12th grade achievement gap through services that support low- and moderate-income students
  • Providing mentoring and out-of-school programs
Health and Human Services
  • Addressing critical needs such as hunger and homelessness
  • Ensuring access to quality health care, particularly for low-income and uninsured populations
  • Enabling and sustaining independence for individuals and families
Arts and Culture
  • Supporting art, culture, science, and history organizations that advance education through school partnerships or outreach programs
  • Facilitating access to and participation in cultural experiences
  • Ensuring the availability of a broad array of artistic opportunities and venues that reflect the community’s diversity
  • Preserving our environment through education programs that teach green practices
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:
  • National initiatives (however, we do encourage requests from local affiliates for programs occurring in our region)
  • Individuals seeking scholarships, fellowships, or sponsors for a particular cause
  • Individual K-12 schools
  • Animal-related causes (for example, rescue societies)
  • For-profit entities, including start-up businesses
  • Political, labor, religious, or fraternal activities
  • Organizations other than 501(c)(3) nonprofits, governmental or tribal entities
The following requests receive lower priority:
  • Organizations that have been operating for less than two years
  • Sports or athletic groups
  • Capital campaigns

Wells Fargo prefers to fund outcome-driven programs versus unrestricted sponsorships and events for non-profits. However, if you would like to request support for a non-profit fundraiser or event, you may apply without regard to the focus area application process below. All sponsorship requests must be submitted online at least 90 days in advance of the event and no later than August 31, 2016.

Focus Area Application Process

Please visit the Our Giving Priorities tab to review our focus areas and determine the focus area category that corresponds most closely with the program for which you plan to request funding. You are invited to submit your funding request during the application period listed below for the focus area you have identified for your program. Requests that are incorrectly categorized or received outside these application periods will be declined. 

  • Health and Human Services: December 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016
  • Education and Environment: February 15, 2016 – April 15, 2016
  • Community Development: May 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016
  • Arts and Culture: July 15, 2016 – September 15, 2016
For more information or assistance in determining the focus area that best matches your organization or program, please contact:
Ashley Williams
Community Support Rep
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. 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.

3. Is there someone locally I can submit my request to?
All requests should be submitted through the online application only. The online application is available on the “How to Apply” tab.

4. Are there deadlines?
Yes, we have different application periods and deadlines based on which focus area best matches your program. Please review the application process in the “How to Apply” tab for complete details.

Event and fundraiser sponsorship requests must be submitted online at least 90 days in advance of the event and no later than August 31, 2016.

5. May we apply in more than one focus area or more than once a year?
No. Organizations may only submit one grant application per year. If that request is declined, you are asked to wait until the following calendar year to resubmit.

6. Do you have any advice for how best to structure the proposal section of the online application?
The “Funding Purpose - Project Description” section of the application serves as the executive summary of your request. You will be also asked to upload “Detailed Project Information." Describe who you serve, the need for support, how funding would be used and what impact you plan to expand or sustain. Please be concise and limit the detailed project information document to 2-3 pages. In addition, if you received a grant from Wells Fargo in the prior year, please include an explanation of the impact of that funding.

7. May I call during the review period to check on our application status?
We respectfully request that you wait 90 days after submitting a proposal before contacting us regarding your application status. In most cases, you will have heard from us within that period.

8. When can we expect the check if we are approved?
A check is normally sent out within 30 days of approval.