Communities In Schools (CIS) of Atlanta will honor Wells Fargo & Company Atlanta Regional President Mike Donnelly for his significant contributions to education and the community during the 13th annual Choose Success Awards Dinner in April 2017.
CIS of Atlanta will continue its tradition of presenting the Anne Cox Chambers Champion for Kids Award
to a philanthropist who has gone above and beyond to support students and the entire community. Next year’s special recipient will be Donnelly, who was named Most Admired CEO
in the finance category by the Atlanta Business Chronicle this past year. Donnelly is the senior leader for Wells Fargo in Atlanta, one of the company’s top three markets in total consumer households served.
Wells Fargo Foundation
also supports CIS of Atlanta’s programmatic work to close the achievement gap for those students most at risk for dropping out of school. The Foundation has recently approved an additional $50,000 grant for CIS of Atlanta this year!
“At Wells Fargo, our commitment to our communities goes beyond proudly serving customers in our stores," Donnelly said. "Helping families, and the children in those families, have a more stable future is vital to the overall strength of the Atlanta communities where we do business, so I am honored that Communities in Schools of Atlanta considers me, and Wells Fargo, an ally in that important work.”
During the gala, students across Metro Atlanta will also be recognized for their academic improvements and for implementing service projects in their communities.
The Choose Success program enables CIS of Atlanta students in partner schools within Atlanta and Clayton, DeKalb, and Fulton counties to identify needs in their communities, apply for small grants, implement their projects and document their results with the support of CIS staff. The Choose Success experience allows students who face various social and economic challenges to be of service to others in need. Young people are able to see that although they face challenges, they are assets to their communities.
CIS believes that every child should have opportunities to give back to their peers and their communities.
The program will be held on Tuesday, April 18 at The Georgia Aquarium.
About Mike Donnelly:
Donnelly’s previous roles with Wells Fargo include regional president for the Mid-South region, including Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, retail banking executive, retail banking director, and financial specialist leader. Donnelly received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Radford University in Virginia. An active community leader, Donnelly chairs the Economic Development Committee of the Metro Atlanta Chamber and serves on the chamber’s executive committee and board of directors. Donnelly is Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Beltline Partnership and the Wells Fargo Foundation in Atlanta. He is a board member of Teach for America in Atlanta, the Buckhead Coalition, the Woodward Foundation, Woodruff Arts Center Board of Trustees and the Carter Center Board of Councilors. Donnelly also serves as treasurer for Georgia Partnership for Education, and Leadership Atlanta and he is an active member of the Atlanta Rotary Club. In 2016, Donnelly became campaign chair for the United Way of Greater Atlanta’s 2016-2017 capital campaign. Donnelly is married and has three children.