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Corporate Giving – Rhode Island 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 know that our company can only be as strong as the communities we serve. That is why we are committed to making sure that cities, towns, and neighborhoods across our region are strong, vibrant places to live, work, and grow. 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.

As part of its commitment to financial literacy Wells Fargo has developed Hands on Banking® , a comprehensive modular curriculum targeting students that range in age from grade 4 through senior citizens. The program has been designed and developed by professional educators and is suitable for either classroom use or self-study. Lessons are aligned with State Education Standards for grades 4 through 12. It is available in both English and Spanish and can be found online at or

Wells Fargo makes grants in three primary areas:

Community Development
Wells Fargo supports the improvement of our local communities through programs that:
  • Promote economic development
  • Provide job training and workforce development
  • Help to revitalize low and moderate income communities
  • Promote economic development by financing micro-lending firms that specialize in supporting small businesses
  • Create and sustain affordable housing
Wells Fargo supports organizations that:
  • Promote academic achievement for low to moderate income students
  • Work to eliminate the pre-K – 12th grade achievement gap in public education through curriculum-based or school-sponsored programs
  • Advance teaching through professional development and support
  • Encourage school partnerships with parents and guardians, the local community, and the business community
  • Facilitate merit-based access to higher education for underrepresented groups
  • Provide GED and ESL programs
  • Provide mentoring and out-of-school programs
Health and Human Services
Wells Fargo supports organizations that:
  • Provide basic needs assistance, especially focused on critical needs such as hunger and homelessness
  • Ensure access to health education programs and quality health care
  • Enable and sustain independence for individuals and families
  • Offer childcare services
  • Provide access to community services
  • Promote collaboration and coordination among organizations in the market
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:
  • Alumni organizations
  • Animal-related causes (for example, rescue societies)
  • Beauty pageants
  • Capital or endowment campaigns
  • Film or video production, including documentaries
  • For-profit entities
  • Foundations, including community and family foundations and single-issue or cause-related foundations
  • Fundraising dinners or events and tickets to fundraising events
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Individual sports teams including youth sports teams and leagues
  • Individuals including those seeking scholarships, fellowships, or sponsors for a particular cause
  • International organizations
  • Labor, religious, fraternal, military, and professional association activities unless they are engaged in programs that are non-sectarian, benefit a broad base of the community, and have a separate 501(c)(3) designation
  • Marketing, advertising and promotional items or merchandise
  • Multi-year commitments and pledges
  • National initiatives (however, we do encourage requests from local affiliates for programs occurring in our region)
  • Organizations designed primarily for lobbying
  • Organizations outside of Wells Fargo communities
  • Personnel and operating expenses
  • Political action committees, candidates, causes, and lobbying
  • Research projects
  • Single disease issues
  • Travel, including conferences, seminars, tours and student trips
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 are reviewed throughout the calendar year. Local decisions are typically made within 90 to 120 days of application.

Wells Fargo will consider cause-related sponsorship requests submitted through our online application system. Please submit sponsorship requests at least 60 days prior to the event.

For more information, please contact:
Krista Van Tassel
Community Affairs Manager
Wells Fargo
One Boston Place, 19th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
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?
Applications are accepted between January 1 and November 1 and reviewed at quarterly meetings throughout the year. Once an application is received it can take from 90-120 days to receive a response.
3. May I call during the review period to check on our application status?
We respectfully request that you wait 120 days after submitting a proposal before contacting us regarding your application 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.