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.
In its largest award round to date, the U.S. Treasury Department's Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund announced Feb. 22 that more than $175.4 million in Capital Magnet Fund awards (CMF) have been distributed during its sixth funding round. The fiscal year (FY) 2020 award round also saw the largest number of award recipients with 48 organizations receiving funds. The 48 awardees were selected from 137 applications, which requested more than $642.2 million in awards this CMF round. Congratulations to CDBA members Beneficial State Bancorp, Inc., Central Bank of Kansas City, City First Enterprises, Inc., United Bank, and Virginia Community Capital, Inc. on their Capital Magnet Fund awards!
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.