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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 www.handsonbanking.org before applying; we will not fund the cost of supplies for similar financial literacy programs)
Education
  • 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
Environment
  • Preserving our environment through education programs that teach green practices
Civic Engagement
  • Enhancing a community’s quality of life through events and activities that promote cultural diversity and involve public policy, community beautification, civic leadership, and citizen education
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
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:
Tasha Brokenberry
Community Affairs Rep
Wells Fargo
Tasha.brokenberry@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 an application to be reviewed?
Our local Contribution Committees meet at varying frequencies. Please expect approximately a 90-day turnaround.
3. May I call during the review period to check on our application status?
We respectfully request that you wait 90 days after submitting an application before calling to check on your status. In most cases, you will have heard from us within that period.
4. Is there someone locally I can submit my request to?
Please submit your request through our online application.
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 requesting organizations that have submitted complete proposals, or organizations that have previously been funded.
6. If we are declined, may we reapply?
Wells Fargo receives far more grant requests from worthy organizations than we can support. If your application is declined, you are welcome to reapply the following year.
7. When can we expect the check if we are approved?
A check is normally sent out within 30 days of approval.
8. When is your deadline?
We accept online applications January 1 – August 31. Prospective grantees should avoid waiting until the end of the application period to apply.