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Corporate Giving – South Carolina 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.
In South Carolina, we serve the following regions and counties:
Region Counties
Columbia Allendale, Bamberg, Calhoun, Fairfield, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland
UpstateAbbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens, Saluda, Spartanburg, Union
CoastalBeaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton, Jasper
Northeast Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon , Florence, Georgetown , Horry, Kershaw, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter, Williamsburg
For York, Chester, and Lancaster Counties, please view the North Carolina Guidelines.
For Aiken, Barnwell, and Edgefield Counties, please view the Greater Georgia Guidelines.
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.
Wells Fargo makes grants in two primary areas:
Community Development
We support the improvement of low- and moderate-income communities through programs that:
  • Create and sustain affordable housing
  • Facilitate financial literacy and empowerment
  • Provide job training and workforce development
  • Revitalize and stabilize communities
We support organizations that promote academic achievement for low- and moderate-income students by:
  • Eliminating the pre-K – 12th grade achievement gap in public education through curriculum-based or school-sponsored programs
  • Facilitating merit-based access to higher education for underrepresented groups
  • Advance teaching through recruitment, professional development, support, and retention of teachers
Wells Fargo also considers grants in the following areas:
Arts and Culture
We consider requests from organizations that work to enhance community diversity through:
  • Access to and participation in cultural experiences for low- and moderate-income individuals
  • Availability of a broad array of artistic opportunities and venues that reflect the community’s diversity
Civic Engagement
We consider requests from organizations that work to enhance a community’s quality of life through projects involving:
  • Public policy
  • Community beautification
  • Civic leadership
  • Citizen education
  • Cultural diversity
We consider requests from organizations whose primary purpose is:
  • Preservation and conservation of natural resources
  • Protection of endangered species
  • Preservation of the global environment
Human Services
We consider requests from social and human service organizations that work primarily in low- and moderate-income communities to:
  • Enable and sustain independence for individuals and families
  • Ensure access to health education programs and quality health care
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
  • For-profit entities
  • International organizations
  • Religious organizations, 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
  • Political action committees, causes, or candidates
  • Fraternal activities
  • Endowments
  • Alumni organizations
  • Individual schools (private, public, charter, or parochial)
  • Travel or conferences for non-profit agency personnel
Requests that receive lower priority:
  • Private foundations
  • Recreation, athletic, or sports teams, programs, or leagues
Wells Fargo will consider cause-related sponsorship requests.
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.
Please allow 90 days for a response to your request. Decisions are made monthly on a rolling grant cycle.  Applications should be submitted prior to August 31st.
For more information, please contact your local Community Affairs Manager
South Carolina:
Susan B. Bankson
Community Affairs Officer
Wells Fargo
408 S. Irby St, 2nd Floor
MAC D3634-020
Florence, SC 29501-4710

Juan Austin
Community Affairs Manager
Wells Fargo
100 N. Main St, 6th Floor
MAC D4001-061
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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 receive notification of the decision 90 to 120 days after submitting your application.
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.