Carver Federal Savings Bank
Carver Federal Savings Bank has served African-American communities traditionally denied access to debt capital for more than 60 years. From its headquarters in Harlem, the bank lends to consumers, businesses, non-profits, and faith-based institutions throughout New York City. Receiving accolades from the community, and regulatory agencies, Carver is a national leader among community development banks and minority owned institutions.
Distressed groups — whether Black urbanites or white, rural shopkeepers — have long striven, unevenly, for economic self-sufficiency as a means of mobility. Typically, Wall Street-centered firms haven't had their backs. But, in many cases, smaller banks have. If you want to help minority-owned businesses, the first best thing is to shop local. But there's a next best thing, which is to move your deposits into Black-owned banks or community banks in general. Featuring Carver Federal Savings Bank.
Black Americans have been hit disproportionately hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, and the White-led financial institutions that could theoretically offer economic support may simply not be enough. The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated a crisis for Americans already facing poor economic and health outcomes, and highlights the lack of financial services institutions run by Black founders and executives. CDBA members the Harbor Bank of Maryland, OneUnited Bank, and Carver Federal Savings Bank are mentioned.
Morgan Stanley announced $14.6 million to support long-time partner Carver Bancorp, Inc., one of the nation's largest Minority Depository Institutions (MDI). Morgan Stanley's grant enabled Carver to buy back shares and bolster its capital position to help weather the economic impact of COVID-19 in the wake of the pandemic. In addition, the grant will help the bank assist small businesses and customers that were affected by COVID-19, particularly those that did not receive federal relief loans. Previous commitments Morgan Stanley has made include $10 million in grants to support Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs) including Industrial Bank of Washington, D.C.