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Wells Fargo invests $6.7 million in Arizona nonprofits

Wells Fargo & Company announced that it invested more than $6.7 million to almost 900 nonprofits and schools in Arizona in 2012. Wells Fargo team members personally contributed more than $2.4 million of the total in addition to almost 100,000 volunteer hours to help Arizona neighborhoods and communities succeed.

“There are people who have been affected by economic challenges in communities all across the country. Wells Fargo is committed to meeting the challenge of bringing local solutions to local needs, and I am so proud of how our company and team members have truly helped make a difference,” said Pam Conboy, Arizona Lead Regional President. “Wells Fargo has a long history of working closely with nonprofits and other stakeholders to promote long-term economic growth and quality of life in the communities we serve – and I know our 15,000 Arizona team members will continue this tradition of support.”

In 2012 community development received the largest amount of donations, totaling $1,378,372. Wells Fargo focused its contributions in the following areas within Arizona:

Community Development: $1,378,372
Human Services: $1,149,744
Education: $1,077,969
Environment and Civic: $229,450
Arts and Culture: $219,086

Nationally, Wells Fargo invested $315.8 million in 19,500 nonprofits in 2012, a 48 percent increase over the total donations for 2011. In addition, Wells Fargo team members contributed more than $60.5 million and 1.5 million volunteer hours to 25,000 nonprofits and schools.

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Wells Fargo grants $1 million to six area nonprofits

Wells Fargo & Company, one of America’s leading community banks and the nation’s largest home mortgage lender, announced the company will make donations totaling $1 million shared across six Arizona nonprofits to help further strengthen and stabilize Arizona communities.

The local grant recipients were identified in close collaboration with the City of Phoenix and Mayor Greg Stanton.  Grants are targeted to support five key areas:  Support services for the homeless, neighborhood beautification and improvement, education and workforce programs, small business and economic development, and the environment.

Wells Fargo is making $1 million in grants to the following Phoenix nonprofits:
· Arizona Citizens for the Arts — $50,000 to support the organization’s efforts in neighborhood beautification efforts and the arts.
· Keep Phoenix Beautiful — $100,000 in support of Phoenix neighborhood beautification efforts and the environment.
· Arizona Women’s Education and Employment, Inc. (AWEE) — $150,000 in support of education and workforce programs, homelessness, and economic development.
· Maricopa County Community College (MCCC)/Arizona Small Business Development Center — $200,000 to support small business programs and economic development.
· Teach for America – Phoenix — $200,000 to support the organization’s education programs.
· Valley of the Sun United Way — $300,000 to support the homelessness community, education, employment, and economic development.

The grants are funded through the Wells Fargo’s NeighborhoodLIFTSM  program that was launched early last year.  The program is an innovative effort created to help stabilize neighborhoods and help people buy homes by making properties more affordable with down payment assistance available for eligible prospective buyers.

“Wells Fargo is the leading mortgage lender in Arizona and we are proud to support our communities to help ensure a thriving and healthy community base,” said Pam Conboy, Wells Fargo Arizona Lead Regional President.  “These nonprofits are actively leading efforts to help stabilize neighborhoods and promote jobs and education programs, and we are excited to help support their tremendous efforts with the NeighborhoodLIFTSM program local initiatives funds.”

“City government is a key player in moving our economy forward, ending homelessness and advocating for quality education for our kids, but we cannot do it alone,” said Mayor Stanton.  “Our partners in the nonprofit and faith communities are indispensable to ending homelessness and ensuring a stronger economic future in Phoenix and the region.  Thanks to Wells Fargo’s NeighborhoodLIFT program and their continued efforts in our communities and for being a conduit for boosting programs that build our city up to a more promising future.”

In addition to the local grants, the NeighborhoodLIFTSM program is helping further the nation’s housing recovery by providing down payment assistance to help more local families achieve successful, sustainable homeownership. In Phoenix, more than $2 million is still available for down payment assistance grants of $15,000 for local eligible hombuyers as part of the $8 million commitment to provide down payment assistance grants, homebuyer support programs and local initiatives to help consumers achieve successful, sustainable home ownership.  Wells Fargo collaborates with the City of Phoenix and the non-profit organization NeighborWorks America and its local affiliate, Neighborhood Housing Services of Phoenix, to implement the program.

Down payment assistance of $15,000 is available to those who qualify, buy and reside in a home in the city of Phoenix.  To qualify for down payment assistance that may be applied to mortgage purchase loans with any lender, applicants must meet certain criteria including annual income not exceeding 120 percent of the median income for the area. Income maximums vary based on family size.  An event was held in Phoenix last March to kick-off the program and nearly 1,000 prospective homebuyers attended. Wells Fargo committed $8 million in the city of Phoenix to fund the NeighborhoodLIFTSM program designed to stabilize neighborhoods and help residents become homeowners.


Sundt Foundation Awards $53,000 to Local Nonprofits

Sundt Construction’s Phoenix employees — through the Sundt Foundation — have selected 19 local nonprofit organizations to receive Sundt Foundation grants totaling $53,500 this quarter.

The foundation was established by Sundt in 1999 to give its employee-owners a means of giving back to their communities. It provides financial support to nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged children and adults.

Most grants are made to organizations in the communities where Sundt has offices and construction projects. The Foundation is funded primarily by contributions from Sundt employees and company matching. To date, the organization has awarded more than $5M in donations to organizations throughout Arizona, California, Texas and beyond.

The Phoenix organizations that recently received funding:

$7,500 Grant Recipients (1)

Save the Family Foundation of Arizona will use the grant to provide 222 bed nights of transitional housing, case management and education for 260 homeless children this year.

$5,000 Grant Recipients (4)

Child Crisis Center will use the grant to fund the costs for its Emergency Shelter Program, a 42-bed shelter where children from birth to age 11 whose families are in crisis are provided with temporary care in a safe, home-like environment.

Neighborhood Ministries Inc. will allocate the funds to support activities and purchase supplies for Kids Life, a weekly outreach to 600 at-risk K-7th graders. The program provides children with nutritious meals, character-building lessons and enriching activities.

Phoenix Revitalization Corporation will utilize the funding to expand its work with its community gardens that provide additional fresh produce for Phoenix residents.

Sojourner Center will use the grant to help cover direct program expenses of the Family Enrichment Program, which includes meals and snacks, diapers, wipes, cleaning supplies, sleep mats, pillows, blankets, books and toys to families in need.

$3,000 Grant Recipients (3)

Arizonans for the Protection of Exploited Children and Adults, Inc. will use the grant for constructing and installing security gates to ensure privacy and protection for victims at Natalie’s House, a place that provides a safe home setting to those in need.

Desert Mission, Inc. will allocate the funds to support high-quality dental care for uninsured and underinsured children ages six months to 20 years old.

New Foundation, Inc. is a residential treatment program that helps children overcome the devastation caused by abuse, neglect, addiction and mental illness. The grant will be used for its ISI program, offering a short-term stabilization experience to help children return to their home environments.

$2,500 Grant Recipients (3)

Angels on Patrol, Inc. supports families in crisis and youth who have either been abused or neglected and/or whose caregivers are facing extreme financial hardship. Awarded funds will help subsidize immediate crisis needs for families with children by providing necessities such as food, shelter and clothing. Additionally, the grant will help underwrite enrichment and educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth.

Hope and a Future, Inc. will use the funds to provide year-round life skills mentoring to 75 Arizona teens currently in foster care.

Neighbors Who Care, Inc. provides volunteer services to low-income homebound, disabled seniors such as evening meal delivery, transportation to medical appointments, errand assistance and respite service for caregivers. This grant will provide the resources necessary to recruit, background check and train an additional 100 community volunteers.

$2,000 Grant Recipients (1)

Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation will allocate the grant to provide tutoring and other educational support for children in foster care in order to prevent them from falling behind education standards.

$1,500 Grant Recipients (1)

Rosie’s House, A Music Academy for Children, Inc. is a free afterschool music academy for disadvantaged children in inner-city Phoenix. This grant will be used to sponsor a piano class for six new students from low-income families as classified by HUD guidelines.

$1,000 Grant Recipients (6)

Acts of Simple Kindness provides grants up to $200 for dependent children of widows and widowers. This grant will be used to help subsidize a program or class within the areas of education, sports, music or the arts in Maricopa County.

Blueprint Education, Inc. will use funds to cover costs for its Youth Education and Social Services (YESS) program, which brings the nationally recognized Nurturing Parenting Program to Hope and Blueprint High Schools. The program includes 16 instructional sessions and four “Put in Practice” events with parents and their children.

Flagstaff Shelter Services, Inc. will allocate the grant to underwrite the increased operational costs of expanding its emergency overnight shelter in Flagstaff, which currently has only 160 of the 1,000 beds needed to serve the city’s homeless population.

House of Refuge, Inc. hosts a no-charge, on-site donation center where food items can be obtained to assist in hunger relief and monthly budgeting of families in need. This grant would be utilized for the purchase of additional food to supplement the center.

Inn Transitions, Inc. will use funds to increase staff support of the organization, which assists those not receiving aid from other agencies, such as teenage parents, single fathers, homeless veterans with families and the disabled elderly.

The Arc of Arizona Inc., Tempe provides a life skills and recreation program for people ages 16 and older who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Funds from this grant will help develop a vocational component to the current life skills program that aims to help these teenagers find and hold jobs.


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SRP Installs Solar Energy Systems – Helps 3 Nonprofits

A New Leaf Inc., Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix and Hospice of the Valley are getting some of their electric needs directly from the sun thanks to donations of solar energy systems from Salt River Project customers.

The three nonprofits were chosen to receive solar energy systems by SRP EarthWise™ Energy customers who voted for their favorite charities. The solar energy systems, valued at about $63,000 each, enable the nonprofits to offset their electricity usage and save money on their monthly electric bills. The savings they will see will help them direct more funds to the communities they serve.

“Partnering with SRP to help our Clubs become more energy efficient really allows us to maximize every dollar for programs and services,” said Amy Gibbons, President & Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix of the system installed at the facility located at 7th Ave. and Southern.  “The solar energy systems from SRP is a great complement to our efforts to help kids build Earthwise, energy-smart habits that will follow them into adulthood and we’re thrilled to be chosen as a recipient of this wonderful program.”

In addition to saving money, the solar energy systems will result in a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. A typical 10-kilowatt solar electric system helps to avoid the release of almost 20,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions annually, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“During these times of economic recovery, the SRP EarthWise Energy solar system will save precious dollars, allowing A New Leaf to invest back into the East Valley Men’s Shelter and the men who call it home,” said Michael T. Hughes, A New Leaf CEO of the system installed at a facility in Mesa. “We extend our humble thanks for this generous gift.”

The solar donation benefitted the Lund Family Hospice Home in Gilbert, a facility of the Hospice of the Valley.

“The SRP photovoltaic system will provide our first opportunity to experience the benefits of solar power,” said Diana Murray, vice president of facilities and purchasing for Hospice of the Valley. “We are grateful for the support and generosity of SRP and EarthWise Energy customers.”

The remaining four finalists, Homeward Bound, Fit Kids Inc., Junior Achievement of Arizona and Mountain Health and Wellness each received a solar water heater for their facilities that will also help to offset electricity usage.

SRP EarthWise Energy is a voluntary program that SRP customers can participate in for as little as $3 per month, with 100 percent of the funds used to provide solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to Valley nonprofit organizations.  In addition to helping nonprofits save money, the program contributes to the growth of solar energy in the Valley and educates customers on the importance of renewable energy.

Since 2007, the voluntary fees paid by SRP EarthWise Energy customers have funded solar PV projects for community-based programs including Sunshine Acres Children’s Home, 18 Habitat for Humanity homes, Maryvale YMCA, the Phoenix Zoo, Rio Salado Audubon Center, Desert Botanical Garden, Arizona Recreation Center for the Handicapped, The Center for Habilitation, Sarah’s Place/Glencroft and Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

For more information about solar energy systems or to sign up for SRP EarthWise Energy, please visit www.srpnet.com/earthwise.