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Bank ATM customers can give to Ore. non-profits

By KTVZ.COM news sources
Published On: Apr 29 2013 11:33:03 AM CDT

Wells Fargo ATMs in Oregon are once again CSMs (Community Support Machines).

Customers can donate to five selected regional nonprofit groups at any of Wells Fargo's 231 ATMs in the state, including Bend, Redmond, Prineville and Madras.

The free service enables Wells Fargo customers to anonymously give from one penny up to $249.99 in a single transaction. Donations are debited directly from the donor's account and sent electronically to the nonprofit organization the customer chooses.

The customer is not charged any fee for using the service; 100 percent of the donation is sent to the nonprofit.

Wells Fargo has partnered with these nonprofits for this program: Mercy Corps, Oregon Food Bank, Oregon Mentors, Start Making a Reader Today (SMART), and Freshwater Trust.

To protect customer privacy, Wells Fargo does not share donor information with the nonprofit group. The donation will appear on the customer's monthly account statement.

"This feature offers our customers a convenient way to make donations to support nonprofits in their communities," said Regional President Don Pearson. "Our previous effort in 2008-10 raised more than $53,600 for Oregon nonprofits."

The donation may be tax-deductible. The donor's ATM receipt serves as proof of the gift.

All five nonprofits serve the community on a state-wide basis. Wells Fargo will review the list of nonprofit groups on a regular basis to determine if it should make any changes to it.

"Our local nonprofit organizations are in great need of support. Our generous customers have responded by using our ATMs to donate to these deserving groups," said Pearson. "We're happy to facilitate the giving process. This service gives these worthy nonprofit groups a new way to collect donations to support their ongoing activities."

Push A Button, Make A Donation
To make a donation, the customer simply pushes the "Donate to Charity" button on the Wells Fargo ATM screen. The customer then chooses which local nonprofit group to support, from which account to debit the donation, and the gift amount. Wells Fargo then transfers the gift into the nonprofit's account.

Serving Oregonians since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company was named the most generous bank in the nation and Oregon in 2012. This charitable donations service is an example of the financial services company's continued commitment to supporting organizations that strengthen Oregon communities.

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