CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WCNC) — Wells Fargo announced on Thursday that the company will donate $250,000 to support Unite Charlotte, a new community fund that was established in response to the recent unrest in Charlotte.
The fund will be housed at United Way of Central Carolinas and will support programs and organizations focused on community healing, rebuilding trust and creating opportunities, including work being done by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force. The task force has been in existence for two years and has been examining the barriers to upward mobility and job opportunities, as well as discrimination in Charlotte.
“We want to take what is a tragic situation and use this opportunity to have a different kind of dialogue,
relying on what we’ve learned about institutional racism so that we can bring about true systemic change
for our community,” said Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown, co-chair of the Opportunity Task Force.
“Wells Fargo is committed to being part of the solution in responding to issues Charlotte is facing,” said
Kendall Alley, Wells Fargo’s Regional President for Charlotte. “We want to join the United Way and show
our support for Foundation For The Carolinas and the Opportunity Task Force during this challenging
The fund will be administered through a partnership between Foundation For The Carolinas and United
Way, and will have an advisory committee consisting of leaders from the faith, education, and business
communities, as well as community-based organizations and donors.
“In the coming days we will work with our partners from the various local communities and
organizations to invite them to join us in this effort,” said Sean Garrett, Executive Director of United Way
of Central Carolinas.
“Our team members, customers and the local community have all been impacted by these events,” added
Mary Mack, Head of Community Banking for Wells Fargo. “We hope this grant will play an important
role in helping Charlotte heal and move forward in a purposeful, strategic and positive way.”