Twenty-four local groups receive Wells Fargo grants

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Pikes Peak Region recipients of grants from the 21st annual Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund were announced recently by Ryan Stephens, Wells Fargo’s area president for Southern Colorado. Twenty-four locally based nonprofits received donations totaling $28,500.

“El Paso County is a great place to live, work, play and do business in large part due to the hard work and dedication of the many small, grassroots organizations that help keep our communities strong,” Stephens said. “Our Community Assistance Fund is one way we strive to show them we appreciate what they do on behalf of all of us. We’re pleased to be able to make these special contributions as part of our overall investments in the local communities we serve.”

The following El Paso County organizations received a Wells Fargo grant:

African American Youth Leadership Conference;

Assistance League of Colorado Springs;

Bear Creek Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization;

Centro de la Familia;

Civil Air Patrol, Pikes Peak Senior Squadron;

Colorado Springs Dance Theatre;

Colorado Springs Teen Court, Inc.;

Colorado Springs Therapeutic Riding Center;

Court Care for the Pikes Peak Region;

Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance of Colorado Springs;

Diakonia;

Finding our Voices;

Fostering Hope Foundation;

Friends of the Colorado Springs Senior Center;

Harley’s Hope Foundation;

Help the Needy;

Interfaity Hospitality Network of Colorado Springs;

Juneteenth Organization of Pueblo, Inc.;

Mello Memories, Inc.;

Pikes Peak Auxiliary;

Sprinkle Art/Imagination Celebration;

Suicide Prevention Partnership Pikes Peak;

Tri-Lakes Health Advocacy Partnership; and

Western Museum of Mining and Industry.

Statewide, more than 200 qualified, community-based nonprofits will receive funding from Wells Fargo through the Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund in 2014. Eligible organizations must be certified 501(c)(3) and have an annual budget of $350,000 or less.

The fund was started in 1993 to provide greatly needed support to small, nonprofits that don’t have the resources to compete with larger organizations for community support dollars, said a news release from Wells Fargo. Since its inception, more than 4,000 grants totaling more than $4 million have been awarded.

The Fund is part of the company’s overall community support efforts. In 2013, Wells Fargo donated $4.2 million to 1,100 nonprofits in Colorado, and team members logged more than 45,000 volunteer hours.