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Community Giving

Wells Fargo volunteers assemble packages of food for donation.

Creating solutions for stronger, more resilient communities

We know that our long-term success is directly linked to the success of our customers and the communities we serve. Through a combination of strategic relationships with local and national nonprofits, grants, volunteer activities, and other community investments, we’re creating solutions that help strengthen the communities in which we operate and grow local economies around the world.

Philanthropy

We support thousands of national and community-based nonprofits annually to help revitalize and strengthen communities. We are among the top corporate cash donors among U.S. companies, donating $286.5 million to 14,500 nonprofits in 2017 to support critical social, economic, and environmental challenges.

Wells Fargo and the Wells Fargo Foundation provide monetary support, expertise, and volunteers to national and local nonprofit organizations and causes that align with our business priorities, values, business expertise, and geographies. We focus our philanthropic activities on creating long-term, strategic relationships with nonprofits and other organizations to create innovative, sustainable solutions to meet local needs. Our team members help us make an even bigger impact through their passion, time, and expertise.

Community outreach and grant programs

Sustainable homeownership and affordable housing: Through the NeighborhoodLIFT ® program and other LIFT programs, we’ve provided more than $372 million in down payment assistance and homebuyer education since 2012 to help more than 15,800 people and families in 57 communities buy homes.

Disaster relief and housing: In 2017, we donated a total of $10.6 million to the American Red Cross and other community-based nonprofits to aid communities affected by wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, and other natural disasters in the U.S. and abroad.

Military and veterans: Since 2012, we’ve contributed more than $100 million to support members of the military, veterans, and their families who may be facing financial hardships through sustainable housing, career transition programs, financial education, and home donations to wounded veterans. Our contributions include more than 350 mortgage-free home donations, valued at over $55 million, to veterans in all 50 states through the Military Home Donation Program.

Financial education and capability: In 2017, more than 1.5 million people visited Hands on Banking® via handsonbanking.org and 3,864 team members educated 227,007 children and adults about responsible money management. 40.3% of surveyed adult participants reported increased confidence in their ability to gain control of their financial situation. Hands on Banking is a public service offered by Wells Fargo that is a free, engaging, non-commercial program that provides people with the knowledge and skills to help them take control of their financial future.

Higher education: In 2017, we provided $4.6 million in scholarships and programming that specifically benefit students from lower- and middle-income backgrounds and those who are first-generation college attendees. Partners include:

Environmental grants: We donated $22.5 million in environmental grants in 2017 to nonprofits, universities, and other organizations that support clean technology, environmental education, and strengthening community resiliency. We committed an additional $20 million to expand Innovation Incubator (IN2) . Launched in 2014 with an initial $10 million commitment by the Wells Fargo Foundation, IN2 is now a $30 million program supporting innovative technologies and innovators.

Team member volunteering and giving

Our success as a company results from the care and compassion of our team members who bring our culture to life each day. Our team members generously give hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours each year, making their communities stronger for everyone and improving lives. In 2017, our team members volunteered an internal record of 2 million hours, representing an estimated $48 million in volunteer time.

  • Volunteer groups. In 2017, Wells Fargo increased participation in volunteer groups, Volunteer Chapters, Team Member Networks, Green Teams, and the Innovators Club by 27 percent from 2015.
  • Reading First®. Since 1999, thousands of team members have participated in Reading First, our interactive read-aloud program designed to support early childhood literacy and increase company volunteerism.
  • Volunteer Service Awards. To recognize team members for their service, we award more than $500,000 in grants annually to nonprofits and schools where our team members volunteer.
  • Volunteer Leave Program. We provide selected team members with full pay and benefits from 3 days to 4 months, while they volunteer on projects of significant impact at a nonprofit or school of their choice.
  • Global Fellows Volunteer program. Each year, 12 team members are selected to participate in Wells Fargo’s Global Fellows Volunteer program. The program, which is part of Grameen Foundation’s Bankers without Borders® initiative, provides volunteer consultants to microfinance- or social-enterprise organizations focused on alleviating poverty in communities outside of the U.S.
  • Housing Foundation Team Member Volunteer Program. During 2017 – in the 20th anniversary of the program – team members volunteered more than 58,300 hours to build, renovate, paint, or repair 500 homes for families and individuals in need. The program also awarded $7.5 million to more than 320 organizations. Since its inception in 1993, the program has helped to build or rehabilitate 7,600 homes and counting.

Our workplace giving campaign

In 2017, team members pledged $85 million to 40,000 nonprofits in their communities. For the ninth consecutive year, United Way Worldwide named Wells Fargo’s workplace giving campaign No. 1 in the U.S.

Apply for grants

Wells Fargo welcomes applications year-round from qualified nonprofits and educational institutions. To apply, select your State below and select Go. On the State page, familiarize yourself with the content, select How to Apply tab and Apply Now icon to complete a short survey. You will then be taken to the log in page for the application. You will have an opportunity to review the Application Guide prior to log in to familiarize yourself with what information will be required.

Creating solutions for stronger communities

We understand that our long-term success is directly linked to the success of our customers and the communities we serve.

Community murals

Our custom-designed historical artwork offers lessons in local history and celebrates the diversity of our communities.

Community Mural Program