Wells Fargo Foundation

26 survey respondents

Location: 550 S 4th St, Minneapolis, 55415 MN

EIN: 41-1367441

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Top descriptors for this funder

9Friendly7Responsive6"Gets" nonprofits and issues6Builds relationships6Positive leader in the field4Gives more than money3Bureaucratic3Culturally sensitive3Insightful3Worth the time to pitch2Difficult to work with2Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues

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Wells Fargo Foundation

Nov 13, 2017

Reviewer 2126 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Definitely appreciate their history of support and contributions to our organization. Getting to a contact person other than their reporting staff is something of a challenge.


Positive leader in the field, Responsive

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Oct 24, 2017 1

Reviewer 216 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

Recognize that you are dealing with a corporate foundation and their corporate objectives/timing are paramount.


Risk taker, Friendly, Responsive

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Oct 05, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

They've been a little inconsistent in what they wanted us to do. We had to pull one application at their request and then submit another. That's pretty rare - you should know where the funder's head is before hitting the button.


Builds relationships

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Sep 14, 2017 2

Reviewer 293 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Like with many corporate funders, so much depends on having a Board member who is an executive with Wells Fargo to get sufficient attention to have your request seriously considered.

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Sep 07, 2017 1

Reviewer 554 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

It is difficult to get funded even with a connection and as a past grantee.

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Aug 29, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Don't be afraid to ask questions. The feedback you get will be realistic, which lets you make a sound decision on whether to apply or not. We were turned down in the past. Was told a capital request was a long shot and still do a program request even though we had a capital request pending review. We got the capital with no employee involvement or bank connection.

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Aug 29, 2017

Reviewer 627 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Our Program Officer really takes the time to understand our strategic vision. Grantees should be prepared to articulate their goals over the next few years. They actively encourage collaboration among grantees within their portfolio. Great support, great communicators and a key partner in our success.


Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Aug 22, 2017

Reviewer 215 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

Personal contact. Cultivate the relationship. Get representative to visit and tour your facility. What makes your organization special that WFF would want to fund you? How might you collaborate with Wells Fargo team members going forward?


Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Culturally sensitive, Friendly, "Gets" nonprofits and issues

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Aug 16, 2017 2

Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

We were basically told that unless we had someone from the bank on our board, we wouldn't get funded, even though we align with their funding criteria.



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Jul 24, 2017 2

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Wells Fargo Foundation application asks redundant questions, is bureaucratic, and doesn't offer a format for the nonprofit to express its mission how it accomplishes meeting that mission.
Even though we have been funded for three years in a row, we have had zero contact with an actual person at the Foundation.


Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Bureaucratic

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