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State's Wells Fargo employees set new record in philanthropic giving

Posted: November 9, 2011 - 1:03am

Wells Fargo recently announced its 50 Juneau employees donated a total of $8,000 to Alaska’s non-profit organizations and schools during the bank’s Juneau Community Support Campaign. Contributions from all of Southeast Alaska totaled $26,000, said David Kennedy, Wells Fargo Bank Alaska communications officer.

In addition to personal donations, Wells Fargo employees raised funds for local United Way agencies and other charities through silent auctions, casual days, luncheons and other activities, Kennedy said. Sixteen employees from Juneau’s Wells Fargo volunteered their time for the United Way Day of Caring at Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies here in Juneau.

Statewide, employees of the financial services company donated a record $373,000 to Alaska organizations as part of the company’s month-long Community Support and United Way Campaign in September, Kennedy said. This is the highest total ever and a 30 percent increase over 2010. Wells Fargo will invest an additional $150,000 in matching funds for a total investment of $523,000 in nonprofit organizations throughout the state.

“Year after year, our Alaska team members respond with empathy and leadership by donating their time and money to make a difference in the lives of Alaskans,” said Richard Strutz, Wells Fargo Alaska regional president.

Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage and consumer and commercial finance across North America and internationally.

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com.

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