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Wells Fargo adds donation option to ATM machines

Posted: Thursday, April 09, 2009

Wells Fargo customers can now give away money as they get it.

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Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire
Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire

The bank programmed most of its Alaska automated teller machines to include a button that says, "Donate to Charity."

The company has done it before in the Lower 48 to pull in donations after forest fires in California and hurricanes in Texas, and has a permanent campaign in Oregon. This one is intended to be permanent, according to Stephanie Garrard, who runs the bank's Alaska philanthropy.

This financial quarter, the theme is youth organizations:

• Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Alaska

• Campfire USA, Alaska Council

• Junior Achievement of Alaska, which teaches business skills and financial literacy to kids.

• Children's Hospital of Providence

• University of Alaska's Rural Alaska Honors Institute, which preps rural kids for college.

The theme may change each quarter, Garrard said. The only ATMs that won't have the donation button are older models in Barrow, Glennallen, Homer, Petersburg and Valdez.

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