Wells Fargo Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Wells Fargo Foundation supports local, regional, and national disease organizations across the country.

IP TAKE: Grantseekers should contact their local Wells Fargo community relations consultants when applying for a grant. Wells Fargo Foundation’s giving is subdivided by state, and sometimes also by regions within those states. Of the 44 states where the foundation gives, the vast majority of them emphasize arts and culture. 

PROFILE: Established in 1979, the Wells Fargo Foundation, also the philanthropic arm of the big banking and financial services institution, seeks to create "solutions for stronger, more resilient communities." Its corporate sister remains the fourth largest bank in the United States; it made $22 billion in profit in 2013. Wells Fargo continues to undergo investigation by the SEC and federal government for its lending practices, before and after the financial crash. Its grantmaking invests in the environment, veterans, disaster relief, sustainable housing and ownership, financial education, and education.

While the foundation does not maintain a dedicated program in disease grantmaking, it sometimes supports such organizations. Its grantmaking patterns in this space, however, are broad and do not appear to reflect specific interests. 

Wells Fargo grants range from $1,000 to $10,000, and are awarded to many grantees each year. Past grantees include the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the ALS Association, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 

Currently application to Wells Fargo is by invitation only.


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