Giving addresses community issues around affordable housing, small
businesses, education, sustainability
COLUMBIA, S.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Wells Fargo today announced the company donated more than $5.3 million
through 389 grants to local nonprofits, schools and community
organizations in 2018 to help the communities and people of South
Wells Fargo’s philanthropic contributions build on a long history of
collaboration with local nonprofits and community leaders to make a
positive impact by addressing urgent community issues such as affordable
housing, small-business growth, access to education and sustainability.
When combined with the nearly $565,000 donated by the company’s South
Carolina team members, nonprofits in the state received nearly $5.9
million from Wells Fargo and its team members in 2018. That amounts to
an average daily donation of more than $16,000.
“Across our community, many residents are working hard to make ends
meet,” said Susan Bankson, Wells Fargo’s South Carolina Community
Affairs consultant. “Here in South Carolina, we want to help people find
a stable place to live, help small business owners expand, and help
young people gain a quality education that prepares them for the
workforce. We are determined to help people and communities, especially
in underserved areas, succeed financially. We will continue to provide
philanthropy, volunteers, expertise and other resources to revitalize
and strengthen local neighborhoods.”
Beyond philanthropy, Wells Fargo team members in South Carolina
volunteered more than 44,640 hours in 2018 to support nonprofits and
causes important to them.
“Part of what makes Wells Fargo unique is the generosity of our team
members who help multiply our community impact,” said Bankson.
“Sometimes giving time is even more valuable than money, because it puts
our desire to build a strong community into action and gives us a
tangible way to personally make a difference.”
United Way Worldwide recently recognized Wells Fargo for having the No.
1 workplace giving campaign in the U.S. for the tenth consecutive
Making an impact in South Carolina
Wells Fargo concentrated its local philanthropic contributions on
addressing urgent community issues such as:
Affordable housing. To help increase affordable, stable housing
and homeownership in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, Wells
Fargo collaborated with grantees such as Homes of Hope, Homeless No
More, Habitat for Humanity and Greenville County Human Relations
Commission to provide homebuyer education, down payment assistance and
other affordable housing solutions.
Small business growth. Small businesses are critical to job
creation and a vibrant community. Many diverse-owned small businesses,
especially those in rural and low- to moderate-income communities,
face unique challenges and often lack access to the full spectrum of
resources necessary for growth and success. Nonprofits serving small
businesses — including CommunityWorks, the South Carolina Community
Loan Fund and Black Pages International — received grants to provide
access to capital and training for entrepreneurs in rural and urban
Economic equity and inclusion. Support included grants to
nonprofits that directly serve diverse and historically underserved
groups, including initiatives focused on the development of women and
diverse talent, education and vocational training, and other solutions
for communities with limited access to traditional financial services.
For example, Wells Fargo collaborated with the Center for Women, the
Columbia College Summer Leadership Institute and the Clemson
University Emerging Scholars Program.
Access to education. Support included grants for local K-12
schools, scholarships for post-secondary or vocational training, and
financial education, including Increasing Hope Financial Training
Center, Jubilee Academy and Greenville Technical College.
Minimizing the impacts of climate change. The company supported
the work of nonprofits helping communities become more resilient in
the face of a changing climate, including environmental education,
resiliency planning, green infrastructure and bringing renewable
energy to low-income communities. For example, Wells Fargo supported
the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition and the Pee Dee Land Trust.
About Wells Fargo
Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo &
Company (NYSE:WFC) provides banking, investment and mortgage products
and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,800
locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com).
Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy customers’ financial needs and help
them succeed financially. With approximately 259,000 team members, Wells
Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo &
Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2018 rankings of America’s
largest corporations. In 2018, Wells Fargo donated more than $444
million to nearly 11,000 nonprofits in support of affordable housing,
small business growth, financial education, and sustainability, among
other community needs. For 10 consecutive years, Wells Fargo has held
the honor of No. 1 in workplace giving by United Way Worldwide. Wells
Fargo team members also make a difference by donating more than 2
million hours of volunteer time in the last year. News, insights and
more information on the company’s corporate responsibility are available
Rosanna Fiske, 305-523-2583
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