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Corporate Giving – Tennessee 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 Tennessee, we serve the following regions and counties:
Region Counties
MemphisShelby County in Tennessee; DeSoto County in Mississippi
NashvilleDavidson and Williamson
For Sullivan County, See VA Guidelines
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. 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.
Wells Fargo makes grants in two primary areas:
Community Development
We serve low-and-moderate income communities in the areas of:
  • Affordable housing
  • Financial literacy
  • Employment training and workforce and job development
  • Community Revitalization and Stabilization
Education
We support organizations and programs that:
  • Work to eliminate the pre-K – 12th grade achievement gap in public education through curriculum-based or school-sponsored programs
  • Facilitate merit-based access to higher education for underrepresented groups
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 enhance a community’s quality of life through projects involving:
  • Public policy
  • Community beautification
  • Civic leadership
  • Citizen education
  • Cultural diversity
Environment
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 services organizations that:
  • 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
  • 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
  • Private foundations
  • Political action committees, causes, or candidates
  • Alumni organizations
  • Individual schools (private, public, charter, or parochial)
  • Recreational, athletic, or sports teams, programs, or leagues
  • Travel or conferences for non-profit agency personnel
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.
Grant requests are reviewed throughout the calendar year but should be received no later than August 30. 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:
Paula Beck
Community Affairs Manager
Wells Fargo
420 20th Street North, MAC W0125-046
Birmingham, AL 35203
205-254-4826
paula.beck@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?
Grant applications are reviewed throughout the calendar year, with online applications due no later than September 30. 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.