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Viewpoints

Viewpoints features thoughts and perspectives from leaders of the community-driven organizations Wells Fargo is proud to work with.


Environment

‘Climate change is a racial justice issue’

Viewpoints: Underresourced communities need a comprehensive and equitable model to cope with climate change and build thriving, resilient communities, writes Emi Wang, associate director of capacity building for The Greenlining Institute.


Small Business

‘Wouldn’t it be incredible if pay inequity for women entrepreneurs was no longer a problem?’

Viewpoints: An early-stage entrepreneur has a unique opportunity to set up her business with fair pay and compensation practices from the start in order to build the strong, fair, equitable, and resilient company of her dreams, writes Nicola Corzine, founding executive director of Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center.


Diversity & Inclusion

‘Supporting HBCUs is critical for solving racial inequity in America’

Viewpoints: HBCUs possess the power and the people to create a more equitable society, writes Dr. Harry L. Williams, president and CEO of Thurgood Marshall College Fund.


Diversity & Inclusion

‘We ask our Indigenous allies to help us change the structural and systemic issues facing our Native students and our people’

Viewpoints: The higher education system in the United States fails to serve Native students equitably, and we call on our allies to help bring awareness to these issues, writes Angelique Albert, CEO of the American Indian Graduate Center.


Diversity & Inclusion

‘It’s imperative to support small business owners during these turbulent times’

Viewpoints: Latino, Black, immigrant, and poor communities — and the small businesses within these communities — will bear the brunt of the short- and long-term economic impacts of the pandemic, writes Tom Espinoza, president and CEO of the Raza Development Fund, or RDF.


Diversity & Inclusion

‘To open the opportunity pipeline, we need to think differently about talent’

Viewpoints: The current hiring and advancement ecosystem is ultimately not expanding opportunity and upward mobility across a diversity of talent cohorts, writes Maurice Jones, CEO of OneTen.


Diversity & Inclusion

‘When a woman business owner finds other women who embolden her … the world will benefit’

Viewpoints: Three themes consistently emerge when you examine the most successful women business owners and founders, writes Nicola Corzine, executive director of the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center.


Diversity & Inclusion

‘For LGBTQ students, obstacles to equality remain’

Viewpoints: Tackling systemic racism and other inequities in areas such as education can help break down barriers many LGBTQ students face, writes Jorge Valencia, executive director and CEO of Point Foundation.


Small Business

‘Asian American small businesses continue to reel from the weight of the battles they face on two fronts’

Viewpoints: It is essential that we all draw on the lessons of the past year and see them as opportunities for advancement in the future, writes Susan Au Allen, national president and CEO of US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation.


Environment

‘Aligning entire sectors of the economy with climate goals is a complex process’

Viewpoints: During the critical drive toward net zero emissions, collaboration with diverse stakeholders is essential for scaling innovation and deploying clean energy solutions at scale, writes Jules Kortenhorst, CEO of RMI.


Financial Health

‘To fight poverty, we must have civil legal aid’

Viewpoints: For people experiencing poverty and facing challenges like eviction, paying for legal services is often difficult without the necessary resources and support, writes Steve Gottlieb, executive director of Atlanta Legal Aid Society.


Diversity & Inclusion

‘There is still work to be done to create equity for underserved communities of color’

Viewpoints: As the voice for Black-owned banking institutions, the National Bankers Association works to create financial programs and policies that benefit all Americans, writes Kenneth Kelly, chairman and CEO of First Independence Bank.


Housing

‘The benefits of affordable homeownership are too tremendous to ignore’

Viewpoints: As housing costs continue to rise, low-income families of color need more access to affordable housing and a pathway to homeownership, writes Donald Gilmore, executive director of Community Housing Development Corporation.


Volunteering & Giving

‘Our ultimate goal is more than food — it is a community where all residents experience prosperity’

Viewpoints: As people across the country deal with food scarcity and hunger this holiday season, it is on all of us to help our fellow Americans overcome this challenge, writes Eric Cooper, CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank.


Diversity & Inclusion

‘Talking about racism isn’t brain surgery — it’s harder’

Viewpoints: Undoing systemic racism in the U.S. means replacing the paradigm that some people matter more than others and lifting up the vision of a human-centered nation, writes Liz La quen náay Medicine Crow, CEO of First Alaskans Institute.


Diversity & Inclusion

‘Disability is rarely the only or most significant barrier to employment’

Viewpoints: By helping companies remove barriers at every step of the employment process, people with disabilities are able to find jobs where they can thrive, writes Lindsey Braciale, founder and CEO of Advocations.


Diversity & Inclusion

‘If we are united, anything is possible’

Viewpoints: By weaving financial empowerment into their work, organizations can help break down barriers to financial security for the Latino community, writes Janet Murguía, president and CEO of UnidosUS.


Financial Health

‘The people we serve are in effect financially invisible’

Viewpoints: For the 63 million unbanked and underbanked people in the U.S., the cost of living in the financial shadows is tremendous and further compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, writes José A. Quiñonez, founder of Mission Asset Fund.


Environment

‘Without the chance to continuously learn, we can become very good at our jobs while better opportunities pass us by’

Viewpoints: By thinking beyond 18- to 22-year-old students, institutions of higher learning can help power the next wave of sustainable innovation, writes Christopher Boone, dean of Arizona State University’s College of Global Futures.


Diversity & Inclusion

‘Ending homelessness among LGBTQ youth requires structural change’

Viewpoints: LGBTQ youth are 120% more likely to experience homelessness than their straight and cisgender peers, writes True Colors United Executive Director and CEO Gregory Lewis.


Volunteering & Giving

‘Veterans leaving the military often feel ill-equipped to handle the transition’

Viewpoints: As more veterans are exiting the military, more transitional programs are needed to support them, writes retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Leroy Sisco, Military Warriors Support Foundation’s founder and CEO.


Environment

‘Finding creative answers to today’s energy challenges’

Viewpoints: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is focused on transforming the way the nation and the world use energy, writes Bill Farris, associate laboratory director for Innovation, Partnering, and Outreach at NREL.


Diversity & Inclusion

‘100% participation in the 2020 census is critically important’

Viewpoints: As citizens and taxpayers, we can do no less to see that we have a larger voice in the conversation and more seats at the table, writes Dr. Johnetta Cole of the National Council of Negro Women.


Diversity & Inclusion

Increasing access to higher education for APIA students

Since 2003, APIA Scholars has worked to fulfill its vision to cultivate academic, personal, and professional success for Asian and Pacific Islander American students.


Financial Health

The importance of good credit in achieving financial stability

Credit Builders Alliance is an innovative, nonprofit social enterprise that empowers hundreds of CDFIs and other nonprofit lenders to help low- and moderate-income individuals and families build strong credit and other financial assets.


Financial Health

Tearing down barriers to employment for America’s military and their families

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative is connecting veterans, service members, and military spouses with meaningful employment opportunities.


Diversity & Inclusion

GLSEN — Changing the world for LGBTQ youth

Since 1990, GLSEN has led a national effort to create safe and affirming schools for all K-12 students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.


Volunteering & Giving

United Way CEO: ‘When we come together, we can do amazing things to improve our communities’

Brian A. Gallagher, president and CEO of United Way Worldwide, discusses partnering with and mobilizing the caring power of communities and organizations like Wells Fargo to advance the common good.


Environment

GRID Alternatives: Powering change in communities

Why is free, clean electricity from the sun not available to everyone? GRID Alternatives, a nonprofit in Oakland, California, is working to make solar energy more accessible.


Housing

Improving the path to homeownership for America’s diverse communities

Since 1994, HomeFree-USA has worked to educate and empower African American and other diverse communities with the guidance they need to achieve and sustain homeownership.


Diversity & Inclusion

A lifeline for LGBTQ youth in crisis

Over the last 21 years, The Trevor Project has saved countless young LGBTQ lives by providing 24/7 support through free and confidential suicide prevention and crisis intervention programs.


Volunteering & Giving

On a mission to reduce veteran underemployment

American Corporate Partners is a nationwide nonprofit combating veteran underemployment by pairing post-9/11 veterans with volunteer mentors from Fortune 500 companies like Wells Fargo.


Volunteering & Giving

Points of Light: Celebrating ‘the power of the best people’

During National Volunteer Week, nonprofit Points of Light honors extraordinary individuals for their efforts and impact, and recognizes the changing world of service and volunteerism.


Diversity & Inclusion

The ongoing fight for LGBTQ civil rights

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City, a pivotal moment in the pursuit of LGBTQ equality and civil rights in the U.S.


Financial Health

National Urban League: Dedicated to economic empowerment

In recognition of Black History Month, Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, reflects on the state of economic justice in the U.S.


Diversity & Inclusion

Advocating for the 40 million Americans with disabilities

As it fulfills its mission to build a better economic future for Americans with disabilities, National Disability Institute is fighting to ensure the rights of this underserved population are legally acknowledged and protected.


Volunteering & Giving

Providing American children and families with nourishment and strength

With support of civic-minded organizations like Wells Fargo, Feeding America helps hungry families put food on the table during the holidays and throughout the year.


Diversity & Inclusion

Hire Heroes USA: Helping veterans find their next career

Now in its 11th year, Hire Heroes USA continues to transform the landscape of veteran employment with a steadily evolving suite of services for job seekers and the employers that want to hire them.


Volunteering & Giving

Every 8 minutes, the American Red Cross responds to an emergency

From small house fires to multistate natural disasters, the American Red Cross goes wherever help is needed — ensuring individuals, families, and communities have clean water, safe shelter, and hot meals when they need them the most.


Diversity & Inclusion

Overcoming our barriers to find peace and purpose

No Barriers USA uses transformative experiences, tools, and inspiration to help people embark on a quest to contribute their absolute best to the world.


Diversity & Inclusion

Recognizing unconscious bias

Understanding how unconscious biases can influence our language and decision-making can help transform human potential and align individual performance with organizational results.


Volunteering & Giving

Habitat for Humanity: Creating ‘a safer place to sleep at night’ for millions of people

For 40 years, Habitat has helped individuals and families improve their living conditions and shape a better future.


Diversity & Inclusion

SAGE: Ensuring dignity and respect for LGBT elders

As the leading advocate for LGBT elders, SAGE is more than just an organization. It’s a movement of caring activists dedicated to providing advocacy, services, and support to older members of the LGBT community.


Volunteering & Giving

Giving back goes beyond the golf course

At tournament stops across the country, the PGA TOUR brings financial and economic support to local communities — and some pretty good golf, writes Andy Pazder, its chief tournament and competitions officer.


Environment

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation — Conservation for today and tomorrow

Chartered by Congress in 1984, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation protects and restores the nation’s fish, wildlife, plants, and habitats — funding conservation projects across the U.S.


Housing

NeighborWorks America — Advancing opportunity for all

The organization is celebrating 40 years of helping millions with affordable housing and making homeownership a reality for Americans with low and moderate incomes.


Diversity & Inclusion

NAACP: Fighting to end racism and economic inequality

This Black History Month, the NAACP celebrates 109 years of working to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.


Small Business

Rebuilding Together – Neighbors helping neighbors

As Rebuilding Together marks its 45th year of bringing volunteers together to improve their communities, it is working with Wells Fargo to extend the revitalization effort to small businesses across the country.


Volunteering & Giving

United Way — fighting hunger to build stronger communities

In more than 11,000 communities across the U.S., United Way works to improve the health, education, and financial stability of every person, including those without enough to eat.


Financial Health

The CFE Fund: Helping cities help their residents find financial stability

Working in communities across the country, the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund is implementing programs and training leaders to help expand access to financial services and education for unbanked and underbanked individuals.


Volunteering & Giving

Preparing blind and low-vision children to ‘live the lives they want’

As we celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Carlton Anne Cook Walker from the National Federation of the Blind shares the importance of providing educational resources for blind and low-vision children as a path to a stronger adult workforce.


Volunteering & Giving

Free money: How scholarships can offset the climbing cost of college tuition

With another school year underway, Robert C. Ballard, president and CEO of Scholarship America, shares tips to help high school seniors and their families find the college scholarships that are right for them.


Volunteering & Giving

Hispanic Scholarship Fund: ‘Continuing to pay it forward’

Helping Latino students go to college is about more than personal development — it’s also about economic empowerment, writes the CEO of a fund Wells Fargo supports.


Inside the Stagecoach

‘The First Tee shaped who I am’

Pro golfer Scott Langley — an alum of The First Tee program — reflects on life and links.


Small Business

U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: ‘Changing the lives of Hispanic entrepreneurs’

Javier Palomarez, president of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, discusses his organization’s work and the challenges facing Hispanic entrepreneurs.


Financial Health

Panel: Keeping the faith in higher education despite rising costs, debt

In a program sponsored by Wells Fargo, a trio of education-finance experts offer an analysis of rising student-loan debt and make a case for still believing in the value of a college education.

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