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Corporate Giving – Minnesota 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. Because of this local community model, Wells Fargo does not fund statewide projects. Organizations are encouraged to contact their local Wells Fargo store about its neighborhood community involvement priorities.

In addition to our programs which offer 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.
Organizations that serve specific neighborhoods and citiesShow Details
Please contact your local Wells Fargo store to learn about its neighborhood community involvement priorities. You will need to make your request in writing with your 501(c)(3) letter attached. To locate your neighborhood Wells Fargo store, go to www.wellsfargo.com/locator/.
Organizations that serve the Twin Cities or Metropolitan Contributions Committee prioritiesShow Details
Wells Fargo Twin Cities Metropolitan Contributions Committee (MCC) is a committee of Wells Fargo senior executives that support the following priorities and strategies:

The Metropolitan Contributions Committee is currently accepting new requests for the following giving priorities:

Economic Development/Employment – Request for Proposal: Wells Fargo primarily focuses on programs that support employment and economic development for low-income families or low-income households, particularly programs that address employment issues for single-parent heads of households, people of color and the working poor, such as:
  • job-seeking skill development and readiness
  • skill and career assessment
  • workplace literacy for English language learner
  • job placement services
  • youth work readiness
  • small business management and technical training

Housing – Request for Proposal: Wells Fargo Metropolitan Contributions Committee provides support to intermediary housing agencies who work with neighborhood housing organizations serving Twin Cities, Minneapolis, or St. Paul. For all other agencies providing Home Buyer Education programs please see the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation website at www.wellsfargo.com/about for funding opportunities.

Capital Campaign – Request for Proposal: The committee has very limited funds available for capital campaign contributions. Capital Campaign grants are limited to organizations where there is a strong tie to Wells Fargo’s contribution priority in Economic Development/Employment as well as Major Arts & Culture and/or when the campaign represents a major safety net social service agency or a special community priority.

Due to limited resources, the Wells Fargo Twin Cities Metropolitan Contributions Committee has developed specific policies for the following areas and is currently not reviewing new grantees:

Social Services/Basic Needs: Wells Fargo is one of the largest corporate contributors to the Greater Twin Cities United Way, which funds programs in early childhood development, reduction of hunger, and homelessness. Because of Wells Fargo’s significant contribution to the United Way, Wells Fargo is not accepting requests for basic needs social services.

Education (Pre K-College): Wells Fargo provides significant financial support to education through its corporate Educational Matching Gift program for Wells Fargo team members. Through this program, Wells Fargo contributes approx. $1.3 million annually to Pre K-College schools in Minnesota. In addition, through the Wells Fargo Twin Cities Metropolitan Contributions Committee, Wells Fargo supports: The Minnesota Private College Fund - which provides scholarships to approximately 45 low-income Minnesota students, and the University of Minnesota Jackie Robinson Scholarship Program. Because of these significant efforts, Wells Fargo is not accepting individual requests from Pre K-College educational institutions.

Financial Education: In the Twin Cities, Wells Fargo is supportive of and provides a significant number of volunteers to Junior Achievement and BestPrep, both of which work with schools to provide supplemental curriculum in economics and financial education taught by volunteers.

In addition, Wells Fargo is proud to help provide every person the opportunity to learn about banking basics, savings and checking accounts, budgeting, credit and investing through a free, interactive, non-commercial program ©Hands on Banking. Due to Wells Fargo’s significant support of these specific financial education programs, Wells Fargo is not accepting new requests for financial education programming.

Hands on Banking Program Highlights:
  • Available via online, CD-ROM, and printed instructor guides
  • Age-appropriate courses for kids, teens, young adults, and adults
  • Resources for individuals, educators, non-profits, small business, and workplace
  • Available in English and Spanish
  • Designed for individual or classroom learning
  • Aligns with state and national educational standards for mathematics, reading, and economics
  • Free, non-commercial content
  • Animated, interactive, and entertaining


For further information, please visit © 2012 Hands on Banking www.handsonbanking.org or e-mail David Wiese david.o.wiese@wellsfargo.com

Arts and Culture: Wells Fargo provides financial support to a select number of major arts and culture organizations. Support for small- and mid-sized arts organizations is provided through an annual grant to the Minnesota State Arts Board. Wells Fargo is not adding additional Arts grantees.
Organizations that meet Community Funding Council guidelines for 7 County Metro AreaShow Details
Organizations that meet Community Funding Council guidelines for 7 County Metro Area

Wells Fargo Community Funding Council is comprised of 50 Twin Cities-area Wells Fargo team members, who annually award grants to nonprofit organizations in local Twin Cities communities served by Wells Fargo. The council was formed in 1976 to tap team members’ knowledge of their communities and to support their community involvement.

Counties Served: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington

Funding Focus: The Wells Fargo Community Funding Council selects a new funding focus each year. The funding focus is announced annually in the Minnesota Council of Nonprofit’s “Grant Alert” and at our option, also through an RFP mailing in early April.
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:
  • 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:
Organizations that serve specific neighborhoods and citiesShow Details
Please contact your local Wells Fargo store to learn about its neighborhood community involvement priorities. You will need to make your request in writing with your 501(c)(3) letter attached. To locate your neighborhood Wells Fargo store, go to www.wellsfargo.com/locator/.
Organizations that serve the Twin Cities or Metropolitan Contributions Committee prioritiesShow Details
Request for Proposal: Wells Fargo reviews proposals quarterly in the following Giving Priorities: Economic Development, Employment, Housing and Capital Campaign. Please review our Giving Priorities prior to submitting a grant application. Giving Priorities

Funding Guidelines:
  • Funding is provided for one-time, non-recurring expenses such as equipment needs, technology, train-the-trainer program enhancements, merger expenses, facility improvements, etc. Startup expenses for new programs/initiatives may be considered if your organization is able to provide evidence of program sustainability.
  • Funding will be evaluated based on the overall results/outcomes/impact of the agency’s programs/services for clients. Additionally, the request will be evaluated based on the degree of impact/benefit the grant would have on your program and/or organizational needs. Organizations will be required to report on organizational accomplishments, outcomes and the use of the grant one year from the time of the grant;
  • The committee does not consider general operating or ongoing program support expenses largely due to the fact that Wells Fargo is the second largest funder of the Twin Cities United Way.
  • If your organization has been funded previously, you must provide a one year grant report prior to submitting a new request.
  • When using percentages anywhere in your proposal include the correlating numerical value next to the percentage. Do not use percentages out of context.

Grant application deadlines: April 1, July 1*, September 1, December 1**. Committee meetings and grant decisions are approximately 3-6 months after the application deadline. Please take this timing into consideration Due to the significant increase in the number of proposals the MCC receives, incomplete proposals will delay the response time.

*Capital campaign requests should be received no later than July 1.
** December proposals are reviewed the following year in March.

How to submit a grant request: Please use our online grant application to apply to Wells Fargo. In addition, please also provide the following supplemental information as an attachment to your online application if it applies to your project. Please include all supplemental information as one PDF file.

Technology/Website Supplemental Information:
  • Assessment of current technology needs and recommendations
  • Board approved implementation plan
  • Qualifications of your technology vendor who will be doing the work, project bids & estimates
  • If your total technology project budget is greater than $40,000 please include a narrative of your due-diligence in selecting your technology vendor, project plan, timeline, and a copy of your contract/proposal from the vendor if you have one.
  • If your total technology project budget is greater than the amount being asked from Wells Fargo, please include your fundraising strategy.
  • Best Practice Technology Grant Request Sample Proposal (PDF*)


Capital Campaign Supplemental Information:
  • Itemized breakdown of the campaign components and proposed/ committed sources of income
  • 3-5 year income and expense projections to include a narrative of your assumptions
  • Contingency plan(s) if campaign goal is not met
  • Organizations should include an analysis of the impact that a new/expanded facility will have on the organization’s operating expenses. If an organization projects that operating expenses will increase, please include your assumptions about the source/s of increased income that will be required.

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:

MayKao Fredericks, Program Officer
Wells Fargo Foundation
109 South 7th Street, 4th Floor
MAC: N9312-043
Minneapolis, MN 55402
612-667-7860
maykao.fredericks@wellsfargo.com

Organizations that meet Community Funding Council guidelines for 7 County Metro Area Show Details
Request for Proposal: The Wells Fargo Community Funding Council selects a new annual funding focus during the first quarter of each year. The funding focus is announced each year during the first week of April through the Minnesota Council of Nonprofit’s “Grant Alert.” This announcement will provide a hyperlink to our RFP letter which includes the application deadline and a time sensitive invitation code that expires on the date of the RFP deadline. This code must be entered into the online grant system when applying in order for an application to be considered. We regret that paper submissions will not be accepted.

The Wells Fargo Community Funding Council accepts grants from organizations located in: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties

Funding Guidelines: Online Grant Guide & Required Budget Worksheet

Eligible nonprofits must have a minimum of three years of direct senior programming. Due to limited funding, we are unable to fund home health care agencies, senior housing, or hospitals.

Grant application deadlines: Refer to the information under “Request for Proposal” above.

How to apply using the current year funding focus invitation code: If your organization meets Wells Fargo’s eligibility requirements and fits our current year funding focus and time line, we encourage you to proceed with our online application by clicking the Apply Now button below. When prompted, you must enter the current year funding focus invitation code. Applications received without the invitation code will not be considered.



For more information, please contact:
MayKao Fredericks, Vice President
Wells Fargo Foundation
109 South 7th Street, 4th Floor
MAC: N9312-043
Minneapolis, MN 55402
612-667-7860
maykao.fredericks@wellsfargo.com
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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. 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.
3. If we are declined, may we reapply?
Wells Fargo receives far more grant proposals from worthy organizations than we can support. You are welcome to reapply the following year.
4. When can we expect to receive a check if we are approved?
A check is normally sent within 30 days of approval.