PUBLISHED: 2:32 PM on Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Wells Fargo's Alaska community support campaign raises $223,230 for nonprofits
United Way
Wells Fargo team members from Barrow to Ketchikan donated more than $140,000 during the four-week 2006 Alaska Community Support/United Way fund raising campaign.

Wells Fargo Bank contributed an additional $80,000 for a total contribution of $223,230 to nonprofit organizations throughout the state.

Eighty-two team members made leadership-level gifts of $500 or more, totaling more than $89,000 and representing 63 percent of team member contribution dollars.

Wells Fargo team members raised funds for local United Way agencies and other charities through candy grams, silent auctions, casual days, luncheons and many other activities. Team members also volunteered at several United Way "Day of Caring" events across the state to lend a helping hand to community projects, such as cleaning for the Boys & Girls Club in Juneau.

"Our team members once again stepped up to our community support challenge and exceeded our donation goal by more than $10,000," said Richard Strutz, Wells Fargo regional president for Alaska.

"The results of this campaign demonstrate our enduring commitment to give back to our fellow Alaskans in need."

The Wells Fargo company-wide campaign was Sept. 25-Oct. 20. Alaska team members made pledges online via an internal community support Web site and with paper pledge forms.

All donations directed to eligible nonprofit accredited schools are matched dollar for dollar from $25 to $6,500 per team member per year by the Wells Fargo Educational Matching Gift Program.

Nationally, Wells Fargo team members contributed more than $26 million to nonprofit organizations during the campaign-a 15 percent increase over last year and five consecutive years of growth.

Wells Fargo was named "Outstanding Corporation in Philanthropy" in 2005 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Alaska Chapter for its "exceptional civic leadership and responsibility by providing financial support and leadership to the nonprofit sector."