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Wells Fargo representatives present ATNI-EDC with a $257,900 grant during ATNI's winter convention in Portland. Photo credit: Timothy J. Gonzalez
Wells Fargo representatives present ATNI-EDC with a $257,900 grant during ATNI's winter convention in Portland. Photo credit: Timothy J. Gonzalez
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Economic Development Corporation Awarded $257,900 Grant to Expand Micro Lending Program (Photo) - 02/15/19

Portland, OR – February 15, 2019 – Wells Fargo has awarded the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Economic Development Corporation (ATNI-EDC) with a two-year $257,900 grant to support the expansion of a small business micro-lending program for tribal members. The nonprofit organization will use the funding to build infrastructure including hiring a loan program manager, renting office space and developing marketing materials for the loan program.

The ATNI-EDC Revolving Loan Fund provides access to capital to help Native entrepreneurs start or grow their businesses in the Pacific Northwest. The Wells Fargo grant will enable ATNI-EDC to double its lending capacity to $500,000 with a goal of 10 loans per year.

“This grant is a game-changer for our organization,” said Amber Schulz-Oliver, executive director for ATNI-EDC. “With increased capacity, we will be in a strong position to better serve the economic development needs of tribes. When we leverage the vast economic power generated by Pacific Northwest tribes, we succeed in elevating our communities out of poverty and into prosperity.”

In April 2019, ATNI-EDC will host an economic summit in Portland to help tribal leaders implement economic development initiatives, share best practices, strengthen inter-tribal relationships and advance solutions to common barriers. 

The Wells Fargo Foundation grant is part of the company’s five-year, $50 million commitment to expand its focus on tribal philanthropy to provide greater economic empowerment in Native American and Alaska Native communities. The philanthropic investment aims to increase homeownership, energy sovereignty, and workforce development on tribal lands, promote development of Native-owned small businesses, and help build capacity for nonprofits to better serve their clients in Indian Country.

“Wells Fargo has been serving American Indian and Alaska Native communities for more than 50 years,” said Jon Campbell, president of the Wells Fargo Foundation. “We believe it is important to support nonprofit and community organizations that empower tribal communities to determine their own way of life on their own lands — according to their time-honored cultures, traditions and beliefs — while also providing access to the tools and opportunities that can lead to financial success and well-being.”

National nonprofit organizations serving individuals, families and businesses in Indian Country who wish to be considered for a grant under the foundation’s commitment should contact AIANPhilanthropy@wellsfargo.com to determine eligibility. Community-based, local 501(c)(3) organizations serving the American Indian/Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities can continue to apply for grants through Wells Fargo’s online tool.


About Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Economic Development Corporation  

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Economic Development Corporation provides community and

economic services to nearly 60 Tribes in the Pacific Northwest, including all nine tribes of Oregon, all 29 tribes of Washington, and all five tribes of Idaho, as well as four tribes in California, two tribes in

Nevada, four tribes in Montana and three tribal communities in Alaska.

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,800 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 37 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 259,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2018 rankings of America’s largest corporations. In 2017, Wells Fargo donated $286.5 million to 14,500 nonprofits and Wells Fargo team members volunteered a record 2 million hours. Wells Fargo’s corporate social responsibility efforts are focused on three strategic priorities: diversity and social inclusion, economic empowerment, and environmental sustainability. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories

Astoria Realtor Victor Kee honored with $5,000 grant to Clatsop Community Action food bank - 02/05/19

Astoria Realtor Victor Kee has been honored with a $5,000 Realty Community Service Award grant from Wells Fargo for his long-term commitment to the Clatsop Community Action Regional Food Bank. Kee, a principal real estate broker with Pete Anderson Realty Office, rallies other real estate agents and the broader community to help eradicate hunger in Clatsop County through emergency food assistance.

On February 7, Kee will be joined by local real estate agents and Wells Fargo team members as they organize the food pantry and prepare food donations for delivery to Clatsop families and individuals in need.

Kee serves as the National Association of Realtor’s Good Neighbor Society Advisory Council chair, and he is a 2008 Good Neighbor Award recipient for his work with the Seaside Sunday Supper and Meals-on-Wheels programs. He also has served by mentoring and training mentors for the National Association of Realtors Volunteering Works program.

He has been appointed by the governor to serve three consecutive terms on the Oregon State Real Estate Board. He is a past president of the Oregon Certified Residential Specialists, Realtors Land Institute and the Clatsop Association of Realtors.    

WHEN:         February 7, check presentation and volunteer event from 2:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

WHERE:        Clatsop Community Action Regional Food Bank

2010 SE Chokeberry Avenue, Warrenton, OR  

WHY:            Wells Fargo’s Realty Community Service Award is part of its RealtyWINS program, which celebrates real estate agents and brokers who make an impact in their communities by awarding grants to the 501c3 nonprofit organizations they serve. These agents and brokers belong to diverse real estate trade organizations throughout the country. The $5,000 donation is part of Wells Fargo Foundation’s commitment to building stronger communities. Wells Fargo Foundation has invested more than $212.7 million in housing philanthropy efforts, along with mobilizing more than 4.75 million team member volunteer hours to build and rehabilitate nearly 7,600 homes and counting.