Wells Fargo gives $180,00 to Twin Cities-area nonprofits

0
Wells Fargo Minnesota Region president, Joe Ravens (2nd from right) presents a check for $12,000 on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 to Minnesota Kenyan International Development Association (MKIDA) to build a secure website for a youth mentoring program. The grant is through the bank's Community Funding Council which offers onetime funding for eligible organizations. (L-R) MKIDA board members, David Kimori, Paul Morande and Gerald Nyachae received the check on behalf of the organization. Photo: Tom Gitaa/Mshale

MINNEAPOLIS – Wells Fargo Bank on Tuesday presented checks worth $180,000 in grants to 17 Twin Cities-area nonprofits whose missions span a variety of focuses, from education to employment readiness training.

The grants were awarded through the bank’s Community Funding Council which funds onetime, non-recurring expenses of up to $12,000 for area non-profits with a focus on leadership and career development.

Joe Ravens, the Minnesota Region president for the San Francisco based bank and its senior vice-president for Community Banking said during a check presentation ceremony in Minneapolis that the bank always looks at how “we strategically impact the community,” and believes Tuesday’s funding will do exactly that.

Ravens, during a question and answer session from the non-profit leaders in the room said the large employers in Minnesota, of which Wells Fargo is a part of, are keenly focused on the educational achievement gap that exists in the state. Raven sits on the board of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Among the recipients Tuesday was Minnesota Kenyan International Development Association (MKIDA) which received the maximum grant of $12,000.

At Tuesday’s ceremony, 17 organizations received grants ranging from a low of $4,550 to the maximum $12,000. Non-profits receiving grants through the bank’s Community Funding Council must have a minimum of three years of proven accomplishments and outcomes.

MKIDA, which focuses on improving the educational, economic and cultural welfare of Kenyan-Americans in the state plans to use the funding to develop a youth career networking and mentorship program that is split into two parts, a face to face option and an online option to accommodate the busy schedules of youth and the adult mentors. The funding will also be used to build a secure website for the online mentorship and networking portion of the program.

“We are grateful to Wells Fargo and its staff for this grant and for believing as we do in the community we serve. MKIDA will deliver and we look forward to serving more in our program,” said Paul Morande, MKIDA executive director, after the check presentation ceremony.

With over 20,000 employees in Minnesota, the San Francisco-based Wells Fargo which has roots in the land of 10,000 lakes is the state’s third largest private employer.

About Tom Gitaa

Born and raised in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa, Tom is the Founder, President and Publisher of Mshale. As the founder, he did a lot of the reporting during the humble beginnings of the newspaper. While he still does the occasional reporting, he now concentrates on the publishing side of the news operation. Tom was also the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the Dishnetwork satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states such as the president of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh at State House, Banjul. Tom has served and chaired various boards including Global Minnesota (formerly Minnesota International Center), the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa. He also serves on the boards of New Vision Foundation and the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium. Tom also served two terms on the board of the United Nations Association. He retired from running full marathons after turning 50 and now only focuses on half marathons.

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)
Loading...

Previous article Ilhan Omar triumphs in historical Minnesota primary
Next article Ilhan Omar can learn lessons from missteps of Minneapolis Council Member Warsame
Born and raised in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa, Tom is the Founder, President and Publisher of Mshale. As the founder, he did a lot of the reporting during the humble beginnings of the newspaper. While he still does the occasional reporting, he now concentrates on the publishing side of the news operation. Tom was also the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the Dishnetwork satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states such as the president of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh at State House, Banjul. Tom has served and chaired various boards including Global Minnesota (formerly Minnesota International Center), the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa. He also serves on the boards of New Vision Foundation and the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium. Tom also served two terms on the board of the United Nations Association. He retired from running full marathons after turning 50 and now only focuses on half marathons.