Pooja Samtani of Gold River, California, gives back because her mother lost her battle with breast cancer. She walks in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer to help raise awareness for a cure.
“Every year, rain or shine, I participate in this event hoping I can make a difference,” said Samtani, a personal banker at Wells Fargo. “I do it in memory of my mother and hope that a cure is found soon for others out there.”
Samtani is just one of the 82,035 Wells Fargo team members who reported 1.73 million volunteer hours in 2016 to support more than 50,000 nonprofits. Another team member, Jeffrey Bousquet of Wilmington, North Carolina, said Wells Fargo’s emphasis on volunteering is the main reason why he wanted to work for the company.
“It is rewarding to see the lunches that I help pack getting passed out at schools, the smiles of the kids participating in the Special Olympics when we cheer them on, or the gratitude from the family that gets the home we helped build from Habitat for Humanity,” he said. “There are so many things I love about this company, and one of my favorite things is volunteering with my fellow team members in Wilmington.”
In addition to giving their time, team members also supported more than 30,000 nonprofits with their wallets. In 2016, team members donated $98.87 million to nonprofits, including $60.7 million during Wells Fargo’s Community Support Campaign. United Way Worldwide recently named the monthlong effort the No. 1 workplace giving campaign in the U.S. for the eighth consecutive year.
As a company, Wells Fargo donated $281.3 million to more than 14,900 nonprofits in 2016.
The company also continued to work toward its 2020 corporate social responsibility priorities. Nationally, the company donated $36.4 million to support diversity and social inclusion, $87.9 million toward economic empowerment, and $15.6 million to support environmental sustainability.
“Year after year, our team members continue to demonstrate, through their actions and their dollars, just how important it is to support their communities,” said Jon Campbell, head of Government and Community Relations. “This is a commitment that’s deeply embedded in our team members, and it’s deeply embedded into who we at Wells Fargo are — a company focused on making our neighborhoods stronger, helping our communities thrive, and philanthropic giving that supports inclusive, sustainable, empowering causes.”