Our commitment to communities
Paving a path to stability and financial success for underserved communities
We concentrate our philanthropic investments on three key areas critical for economic advancement -housing affordability, small business growth,
and financial health - and prioritize the needs of populations and communities suffering from the greatest economic disparities. Learn more‡ about the Wells Fargo Foundation and our work with nonprofits to pave a path to stability and financial success for underserved communities.
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. Through Wells Fargo's donor advised giving program with United Way Worldwide, and with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross, Wells Fargo supports a number of organizations in Canada.
On February 6, several team members from Wells Fargo helped kitchen staff and member volunteers prepare and serve the noon meal for the clients at Haven Toronto, a charity and drop-in centre where elder homeless, marginally housed and socially isolated men can feel safe, form and cultivate friendships, and become part of a community.
For the second year in a row, Wells Fargo's Canada Diversity & Inclusion Council warmly welcomed the Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professionals (CAUFP) to the Toronto office to celebrate Black History Month, and host their monthly general meeting and networking event.
Caring for Montreal's homeless for over a century
The summer BBQ held annually by Accueil Bonneau (AB) is a happy event in the lives of the many disadvantaged people who use the services provided by this 143-year-old charity. The charity today provides 298,000 meals every year for anyone in the community who is hungry.
Riding to support the Dog Guides
Among the 73 bikers taking part in the Ride for Dog Guides this year was Wells Fargo client Rob Stanley of Samuel, Son & Co., Limited, on his new 2020 Yamaha Venture. Starting out at the Oakville Dog Guide training school and ending at the puppy breeding facility in Breslau, the ride raises funds for the Lions Foundation of Canada which has been providing Dog Guides since 1983.
Encouraging and empowering Indigenous youth across Canada
We are working with Indspire, a national charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people. We recently established a Wells Fargo Indigenous Student Award to help students with their post-secondary education. Furthermore, our team members are participating in the Rivers to Success mentorship program, and we will be sponsoring a youth empowerment workshop in 2019.
Helping vulnerable children and families
Our collaboration with Peel Children's Aid Foundation supports programs to help vulnerable children, youth, and disadvantaged families in the Peel region. Our team members participate in back-to-school and holiday drives, helping to collect donations as well as volunteering time.
Practicing STEM skills while benefiting communities
Nine rural schools in the Enoosean village of the Kilgoris region of Kenya received the gift of light for their classrooms, thanks to the efforts of local student volunteers, our team member volunteers in Toronto, and the We Share Solar program. Combining solar energy and engineering education with real-world applicability, together they built 15 portable, robust solar lighting systems, all contained in convenient "suitcases."
Every little bit counts
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto is a place like home for seriously ill children and their families. The House accommodates 81 families. For the event, our volunteers helped RHMC's Meals on the Go program which provides healthy, packed meals for families who stay at the House. Our team also presented a cheque to RHMC Toronto that will be used for general costs of maintaining the House, as well as for food and other resources needed.
Helping at-risk youth build confidence, courage, and their inner leader
DAREarts brings hope to children challenged by life by exposing them to opportunities, engaging them in creativity, and empowering them to be leaders. Our Financial Institutions Group regional manager serves on the board and has been helping the Toronto-area children's summer camp art program raise money and launch performances.
- In 2019, organizations in Canada received US$116,285
- In 2018, organizations in Canada received US$90,050
- In 2019, Wells Fargo team members contributed over 2,900 volunteer hours in Canada
- In 2018, Wells Fargo team members contributed over 3,000 volunteer hours in Canada
Learn more‡ about how we are creating long-term economic growth and working to make every community in which we do business better.