Wells Fargo Foundation: Grants Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The Wells Fargo Foundation supports local, regional, and national girls and women’s organizations.

IP TAKE: Grantseekers should contact their local Wells Fargo community relations consultants when applying for a grant.

PROFILE: Established in 1979, the Wells Fargo Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the financial services company Wells Fargo. According to Wells Fargo, it dedicates its philanthropy to community-based nonprofit organizations to “help revitalize and strengthen communities.” Areas of grantmaking priority include financial education, community development, affordable housing, education, disaster relief, clean technology, job training, environmental education and “other critical social, economic, and environmental challenges around the world.”

The foundation prefers a broad-approach to grantmaking in the girls and women space rather than dedicating a specific program to it. According to its tax filings, past grantees include local chapters of the Girl Scouts of America and the Girl Talk Foundation. Wells Fargo awards a large number of grants each year, though award amounts are modest, typically ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

The foundation generally accepts unsolicited grant proposals throughout the year. Applicants should expect a response within 60 days of their submissions. Grantseekers should note that certain states and regions have specific deadlines, for example, in Alaska funding cycles are February 1, May 1, and August 16. Click here for state specific information.


  • Jon Campbell, President
  • Jimmie Paschall, Vice President
  • Michael Rizer, Vice President
  • Mary Schaffner, Secretary