The corrected release reads:
WELLS FARGO DONATES $250,000 TO NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION
Donation supports mission to protect national parks, connect people to them, and inspire a new generation of Americans to enjoy nature and lead an active lifestyle
In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, Wells Fargo today announced a $250,000 donation to the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, continuing its tradition of support for national parks which can be traced back to the 1860s.
Wells Fargo’s grant will support the Foundation’s mission to protect America’s parks and connect youth and families to them, inspiring a new generation of Americans to enjoy the natural, historical, and cultural wonders of our national parks, as well as to develop an appreciation for conservation and active lifestyles.
“It is because of supporters like Wells Fargo that we are able to help more people discover their unique connections to our incredibly diverse National Park System,” said Stefanie Mathew, vice president of corporate partnerships at the National Park Foundation. “As we kick off the next century of the National Park Service’s critical work, we couldn’t be more pleased to have Wells Fargo’s support.”
The National Park Service hosted a record 307 million visitors in 2015 and recently celebrated the addition of its 411th national park. In addition to preserving the moments, landscapes, places, and stories that make up America’s diverse history, national parks create local jobs, encourage active lifestyles, and protect valuable local ecosystems. The National Park Foundation, chartered by Congress in 1967, helps protect and preserve national parks through private support, safeguarding our heritage and inspiring the next generation of national park stewards. The National Park Foundation also helps the National Park Service address mounting environmental challenges and enriches America’s parks and programs.
“Wells Fargo is deeply committed to preserving the beauty of our natural environment for current and future generations to enjoy,” said Jon Campbell, head of Government and Community Relations at Wells Fargo. “We’re proud to support the National Park Foundation’s mission to inspire the next generation of park stewards, while strengthening our local communities with rewarding jobs that help preserve our national culture and historic treasures.”
Wells Fargo has a long history of involvement with the National Park Service, which includes a former Wells Fargo express agent and politician whose legislation helped lead the creation of Yosemite National Park in California. In 1864, California Senator and former Wells Fargo express agent John Conness introduced legislation to preserve Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove of Big Trees for future generations. President Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant into law, marking the beginning of California’s State Parks system and preserving land that eventually became part of Yosemite National Park in 1892. Before serving in the U.S. Senate, Conness was Wells Fargo’s express agent in the gold rush town of Georgetown, California. Mount Conness in Yosemite National Park is named in his honor.
About The National Park Foundation
The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. In 2016, commemorating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, the Foundation launched The Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks, a $350 million comprehensive fundraising campaign to strengthen and enhance the future of these national treasures for the next hundred years. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www.nationalparks.org.
About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.8 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,800 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 269,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2015 rankings of America’s largest corporations. In 2015, Wells Fargo donated $281.3 million to support social, economic, and environmental initiatives and causes and Wells Fargo team members volunteered 1.86 million hours in their communities. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Stories and Wells Fargo Blogs.