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Community Giving

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Paving a path to stability and financial success for underserved communities

Wells Fargo has a long legacy of serving and supporting communities, and we have long been one of the most generous corporate foundations in the U.S. The company, through its business and the Wells Fargo Foundation, uses its resources and expertise to solve complex societal problems and pave a path to stability and financial success for underserved communities.


The Wells Fargo Foundation

The Wells Fargo Foundation, established in the U.S. as a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization in 1980, is the company’s primary philanthropic funding arm.

As part of our long legacy of investing in community impact, we’ve increased our philanthropic giving 25 times over the past 28 years. In 2018, we reached a new milestone of donating $444 million to directly benefit nearly 11,000 nonprofit profit organizations. Beginning in 2019, Wells Fargo is targeting 2% of after-tax profits to philanthropy annually through the Wells Fargo Foundation and company donations.

Our philanthropic giving priorities

We concentrate our philanthropic investments on three key areas critical for economic advancement and prioritize the needs of populations and communities suffering from the greatest economic disparities:

Housing affordability

Beginning in 2019, Wells Fargo will donate $1 billion through 2025 to increase the availability of affordable homes and reduce the cost burden of housing for the one in six U.S. households paying half or more of their income on housing. We seek to collaborate with nonprofits and other community partners to develop scalable solutions to homelessness, transitional housing, rentals, and homeownership.

Small business growth

Wells Fargo focuses on programs that will help create jobs and deliver more stability to small business, particularly in underserved communities, including initiatives that provide access to capital, training, and technical assistance and other development opportunities that support the growth of diverse-owned businesses.

Financial health

We invest in financial education and coaching, homebuyer counseling, and other tools and resources to help underserved people, families, and small businesses to manage their money, establish healthy financial habits, and achieve financial independence and income mobility.

As part of Wells Fargo’s commitment to strengthening local communities, we also provide grants to local nonprofit organizations to support a wide range of needs in the communities in which we operate.

Community outreach and grant programs

The long-term success and resiliency of our communities, and our business, depends on our ability to collaborate internally and across the public and private sectors to create sustainable solutions that meet local needs. We collaborate with a wide range of public- and private-sector organizations to develop and scale new ideas and activate solutions in communities of need. Here are a few examples:

Sustainable homeownership and housing affordability: Since 2012, Wells Fargo has provided more charitable grants for homebuyers than any other bank in the U.S. through the NeighborhoodLIFT® program and other LIFT programs in collaboration with NeighborWorks® America. More than 21,000 homeowners, have been created through over $460 million in down-payment assistance grants and homebuyer education.

Disaster relief and housing: 2018 was another year of extreme weather disasters that affected millions of our customers and team members, leading us to more than double our donations to support disaster relief and recovery efforts. We contributed $9.7 million to the American Red Cross and other local nonprofits to support communities hit by devastating hurricanes, flooding, and wildfires, up from $4.1 million in 2017.

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: The Hands on Banking® program by Wells Fargo is a free online learning program that offers resources for anyone who wants to learn more about responsible money management. For more than 16 years, this program has provided individuals and families with the knowledge they need to take control of their financial future, including educational articles on a variety of topics, classroom resources for educators, and self-directed courses for everyone from seniors and military members to entrepreneurs and kids. In 2018, more than 1.7 million people learned about money management through the Hands on Banking® program.

Supporting diverse small businesses: The Wells Fargo Works for Small Business®: Diverse Community Capital program provides grants and capital to Community Development Financial Institutions serving diverse-owned businesses that may not qualify for conventional bank loans. The program, conducted in collaboration with Opportunity Finance Network, has so far helped create more than 46,000 local jobs through assistance to minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses in 36 states; Washington, D.C.; and Puerto Rico.

Environmental sustainability: We donated $16 million to support the work of nonprofits helping communities become more resilient in 2018, including environmental education, resiliency planning, green infrastructure, and bringing renewable energy to low-income communities. For example, we expanded the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) program to advance technologies that address the interconnection of food, water, and energy. To support this new focus area, we added the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the world’s largest independent plant science institute, as a strategic partner to help develop and validate promising agricultural technologies that address critical sustainability challenges.

Team member volunteering and giving

Part of what makes Wells Fargo unique is the generosity of our team members who multiply our community impact, locally and collectively.  For the second consecutive year, Wells Fargo team members in 2018 donated 2 million hours of volunteer time, which is equivalent to nearly 1,000 people working full-time for a year. More than 96,000 team members across the U.S. volunteered at local schools, Wells Fargo offers 16 hours of paid volunteer time annually for team members.

  • Volunteer groups: Today about one-third of Wells Fargo team members actively participate in volunteer groups including Volunteer Chapters, Green Teams, and Team Member Networks (resource groups).
  • Community Care Grants: Through this program, our team members can qualify for grants, and then direct those funds to an eligible charity or school, for taking action and generously giving their time, talent, and financial support to charities around the world.
  • 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. 
  • Wells Fargo BuildsSM program: Each year, thousands of team members volunteer to build, renovate, paint, or repair hundreds of affordable homes for families and individuals in need.

Our workplace giving campaign

In 2019, for the 10th year in a row, United Way Worldwide has recognized Wells Fargo as No. 1 in workplace giving. This distinction comes from thousands of team members who collectively pledged $75.4 million throughout 2018 and during Wells Fargo’s companywide Community Support Campaign, which aims to lift communities and direct resources to pressing community challenges like education, hunger, homelessness, and more.

Apply for grants

Our current grant application process is closed for 2019.  We recently announced a new national philanthropy strategy focusing on housing affordability, small business growth, and financial health. Beginning in February 2020, additional details will be available and new applications will be accepted. Please check back. In the meantime, any questions should be directed to

Paving a path to stability and financial success

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