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Corporate Giving – Illinois 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 work to strengthen our communities. We look for projects that keep our communities strong, diverse, and vibrant. Our first priority is to support programs and organizations whose chief purpose is to benefit low- and moderate-income individuals and families.
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The Chicagoland Charitable Contributions Committee makes grants in the following areas:

Community Development
We support the improvement of low- and moderate-income communities through programs that:
  • Create and sustain affordable housing
  • Promote economic development
  • Provide financial education and promote economic empowerment
  • Provide job training and workforce development
  • Revitalize and stabilize communities

Education
Wells Fargo accepts requests for financial support of nonprofits whose primary focus is to help educational institutions. The primary focus of grant requests should be to promote academic achievement for low- and moderate-income students. We will also consider requests that provide GED and ESL programs.

As part of our commitment to financial literacy Wells Fargo has developed Hands on Banking® / El Futuro en Tus Manos®, a comprehensive modular curriculum targeting age groups ranging from grade 4 to senior citizens.

Human Services
Wells Fargo is committed to supporting social and human service organizations whose work chiefly benefits low- and moderate-income individuals. These organizations may be involved in a variety of areas, including:
  • Addressing critical needs such as hunger and homelessness
  • Enable and sustain independence for individuals and families
  • Provide access to community services

Arts and Culture
Wells Fargo will consider requests from organizations that work to enhance community diversity through:
  • Access to cultural experiences for low- and moderate-income individuals
  • Availability of a broad array of artistic opportunities and venues that reflect the community’s diversity

Environment
Wells Fargo will consider requests from organizations that work to create strong environmental practices that:
  • Conserve natural resources
  • Provide environmental education
  • Support the transition to a sustainable environment
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In Western Illinois, we make grants to organizations in Fulton, Henderson, Henry, Knox, Peoria, Rock Island, Tazwell, Warren, Woodford and Whiteside counties in three primary areas:

Community Development
Wells Fargo supports the improvement of our local communities through programs that:
  • Create and sustain affordable housing for low and moderate income individuals
  • Promote economic development by financing small businesses or small farms
  • Provide job training and workforce development
  • Provide financial education and promote economic empowerment
  • Help to revitalize low and moderate income communities

Education
Wells Fargo supports organizations that:
  • Promote academic achievement for low to moderate income students
  • Advance teaching through professional development and support
  • Facilitate merit-based access to higher education for underrepresented groups

Human Services
Wells Fargo supports social and human service organizations whose work chiefly benefits low and moderate income individuals and provide:
  • Basic needs assistance
  • Child care
  • Health services and education

Wells Fargo also considers grants in the following areas:

Arts and Culture
Wells Fargo will consider requests from organizations that work to enhance community diversity through:
  • Access to cultural experiences for low- and moderate-income individuals
  • Availability of a broad array of artistic opportunities and venues that reflect the community’s diversity
  • Educational programs

Community Engagement

Wells Fargo will consider requests from organizations that enhance a community's quality of life through projects involving:
  • Community Beautification
  • Community Education
  • Cultural Diversity

Environment
Wells Fargo will consider requests from organizations that work to create strong environmental practices that:
  • Conserve natural resources
  • Provide environmental education
  • Support the transition to a sustainable environment
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We strive to assist our communities by supporting non-profit organizations that provide human services, community development, educational, artistic, cultural, civic and environmental programs.
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.
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Please note that Wells Fargo is unable to consider grants for the following:
  • Advertising and promotional items
  • Animal related causes
  • Capital campaigns
  • Endowments
  • For-profit entities including start-up businesses
  • Hospitals
  • Individual higher education institutions
  • Individuals, including scholarship or fellowship assistance
  • International organizations
  • Marketing activities
  • Political, labor, religious or fraternal activities
  • Publications, films or production underwriting
  • Purchase of tables/tickets to fundraising events
  • Recreational programs
  • Single disease issues
  • Sports/athletic group activities
  • Start-up funding for new organizations
  • Travel, including student trips
  • Vehicles
  • Video or film production, including documentaries
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Organizations must have broad community support and address specific community needs, and must be able to demonstrate fiscal and administrative stability.

Please note that Wells Fargo is unable to consider grants for the following:
  • Individuals
  • International organizations
  • Political, labor, religious, or fraternal activities
  • Travel, including student trips
  • Sports and athletic groups and activities
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Please note that Wells Fargo is unable to consider grants for the following:
  • Individuals
  • Advertising
  • Start-up costs for new organizations
  • Political action committees, candidates, causes, and lobbying
  • Endowment campaigns
  • Video or film production
  • Promotional items
  • Labor activities
  • Vehicles
  • For-profit entities including start-up businesses
  • Travel, including student trips
Please view the guidelines for your region:
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If your organization meets Wells Fargo’s eligibility requirements and fits our giving priorities, we encourage you to proceed with our online application. Applications are accepted throughout the year.



For more information, please contact:
Andrew Ruehl, VP/Community Affairs Officer
Wells Fargo Community Relations
100 East Wisconsin Ave, Suite 1200
Milwaukee, WI 53202-4107
MAC N9811-121
414-224-7485
andrew.ruehl@wellsfargo.com
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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.



Grant requests may be submitted and are reviewed throughout the calendar year. All requests are reviewed locally. Please allow 60 days for a response to your request.

For more information, please contact:
Kathy Murphy
Vice President - Community Support
Wells Fargo Bank
666 Walnut Street
N8200-01A
Des Moines, IA 50309
515-245-3136
Email: Katherine.M.Murphy@wellsfargo.com
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Organizations serving the other areas in Illinois are encouraged to contact their nearest Wells Fargo store to submit a grant proposal.
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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?
Grant applications 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. Applications received between October 1 and December 31 may not be reviewed until the first quarter of the next year.

3. May I fax or e-mail the grant request to you?
No, we ask that you apply by using our online application process.

4. May I call during the review period to check on our application status?
We respectfully request that you wait 60 days after your fully completed application has been submitted 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 requests or those 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. You are welcome to reapply the following year.

7. When can we expect to receive a check if we are approved?
A check is normally sent within 30 days of approval.
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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?
Grant applications are reviewed throughout the calendar year. In order to be considered for funding for the current year, applications should be submitted by October 15. You will receive notification of the decision within 60 days of submitting your 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 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 request 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.
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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 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 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. You are welcome to reapply the following year.

6. When can we expect the check if we are approved?
A check is normally mailed within 30 days of approval.