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.
PROFILE: Financial giant Wells Fargo strives “to be a leading corporate citizen and...create more resilient, sustainable communities,” which it does through “donations to nonprofits and schools, team member philanthropy and volunteerism, community development loans and investments, environmental initiatives, and other corporate citizenship initiatives.” Much of its giving is channeled through areas where it has a corporate presence, as indicated by this helpful map. Fortunately for most grantseekers, Wells Fargo has a corporate presence in nearly every state in the United States. Wells Fargo funds education, affordable housing, disaster relief, military and veterans, financial education, and the environment.
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. Past grantees include the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the ALS Association, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Wells Fargo’s grants range from the hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars. It does not have a searchable grants database, but it publishes annual reports.
Wells Fargo accepts grant applications all year round, however it is important to note that every state has different guidelines and a different application process. Grantseekers should select their state from the drop down menu on the philanthropy homepage in order to familiarize themselves with the unique requirements.
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