Beneficial State Bank
Beneficial State Bank, formerly One PacificCoast Bank, is a state chartered bank headquartered in Oakland, California with branches in California, Oregon and Washington. Founded in 2007, Beneficial State is a new kind of bank that offers customers the tools they need to build something beautiful. The bank’s commercial loans, transactional services and financial assistance are designed to serve businesses and nonprofits that are committed to building prosperity for our local communities and our environment, as well as individuals and families in need. A certified B Corporation, Beneficial State’s ownership structure is truly unique to the banking Industry; the bank is owned by a nonprofit organization, Beneficial State Foundation. When profits of the Bank are distributed, they can only be distributed to the Foundation, which is mandated to reinvest those proceeds back into the low-income communities we serve and environment upon which we depend.
Kat Taylor started a bank, a venture capital firm and an agribusiness to use capitalism’s toolbox to fight systemic racism, environmental destruction and economic inequality. Way back in 2007 (the stone age in impact investing), Taylor and Steyer launched an idea they’d talked about for years: use a charitable foundation to start a bank that would lend to nonprofits and do-gooder businesses and direct its profits back to their environmental and community charitable causes. With Taylor as CEO, Beneficial State Bank has grown into a $1.1 billion institution with 13 branches stretching from Washington to Southern California.
What role should banks play to build post-pandemic resilience? Banks were the problem in 2008. In 2020 they could speed the path to recovery, for example, by helping small businesses weather shelter-in-place orders. The banking industry has an opportunity to make good on its promise to communities as an essential service to be protected. But it takes all of us who work at banks, advocates who challenge the status quo, and customers who expect nothing less than equitable committed service.
Applications officially opened on April 3 for the new Paycheck Protection Program loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration. The program is intended to help small businesses keep or rehire employees to get through at least part of the economic disruption from COVID-19. All or most of each loan can be forgiven, based on whether borrowers maintain employee levels they had before the economic disruption from the virus took hold. Serving small cities and towns and rural parts of Arkansas and the Mississippi Delta, Southern Bancorp was already approving and wiring Paycheck Protection Program loans to borrowers back on April 3. Sunrise Banks and Beneficial State Bank are also mentioned in the article.