Wells Fargo provides Florence Little Theatre a $10,000 grant in honor of company volunteer
To recognize the efforts of one of its team member volunteers, Wells Fargo will provide the Florence Little Theatre with a $10,000 grant. The grant will be presented in conjunction with the theatre’s opening season play How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. John Bankson of Florence received a Wells Fargo Volunteer Service Award for his commitment to the theater. The award — one of several Wells Fargo volunteer programs — recognizes team members who make an exceptional impact through volunteerism.
Bankson, head of Wells Fargo Private Bank’s Business Advisory Services group, has been actively involved with the Florence Little Theatre for more than 15 years. He currently serves as the president of the theatre’s Board of Directors, a role he has served three different times since joining the board 13 years ago. Bankson was also the treasurer and a member of the season planning committee. While he has appeared on stage in a dozen productions, such as Les Misérables and Mary Poppins, he has also helped the company backstage and in other ways. He served as president of the board when the organization relocated to its new $13 million location 10 years ago.
The $10,000 grant will support the endeavors of the Florence Little Theatre to continue to provide excellence in theatre arts in Florence, as well as the educational programs. The Florence Little Theatre serves more than 13,000 patrons for the main season shows, over 300 students in the educational workshops, and more than 7,300 students through the theatre for young audiences program, Schoolhouse Players, each year.
“We are so thankful to have such a hardworking advocate for the Florence Little Theatre,” said Jessica Coleman Larrimore, executive director of the company. “Mr. Bankson strives to ensure the theatre has a long legacy and continues to be a mainstay of the arts in the Florence area. This gift will help the theatre continue to provide excellent shows and superior educational programs for the youth of Florence and the surrounding areas.”
Bankson is one of 191 U.S. and international Wells Fargo team members to be recognized with a Volunteer Service Award in 2018. Team members are encouraged to nominate their co-workers or themselves, and a committee of fellow team members chooses the winners based on the nominee’s dedication to the nonprofit, time volunteered, effectiveness of their work, and the potential impact of the award on the community the nonprofit serves.
Chosen nonprofits are invited to apply for grants from Wells Fargo ranging from $1,000 to $25,000. This is the program’s 40th year. Nonprofits are receiving a total of $499,000 through the Volunteer Service Awards in 2018. Nearly 500 team members applied for awards. 187 U.S. team members and 4 international team members were selected.
Volunteerism is a strong component of Wells Fargo’s culture. More than 45,000 team members belong to one of 140 Wells Fargo Volunteer Chapters across the world (12 are international chapters). These community-based chapters organize local volunteer activities for Wells Fargo team members.
In 2017, Wells Fargo donated $286.5 million to 14,500 nonprofits and Wells Fargo team members volunteered a record 2 million hours.