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.
The CDFI Fund recently awarded 23 CDFIs Capital Magnet Fund awards for FY 2019. Among the awardees were Beneficial State Bank, Legacy Bank and Trust, United Bank, and Virginia Community Capital. The Capital Magnet Fund helps to create and preserve affordable housing for low-income families and economically distressed communities by attracting private capital. The Capital Magnet Fund awards competitive grants to CDFIs and qualified non-profit housing organizations. These organizations use the grants to develop, rehabilitate, reserve, and purchase affordable housing, particularly housing targeted to Low-, Very Low-, and Extremely Low-Income families.
CDBA members VCC, Sunrise Banks, Beneficial State Bank, and Amalgamated Bank have been awarded Real Leaders Impact Awards. These awards honor the 100 top impact companies applying capitalism for greater profit and greater good. It's the annual ranking of positive impact companies in the world. These companies are driving a dynamic segment of the economy, bearing a new vision of capitalism that demonstrates every transaction is an opportunity for growth and a better world.
Few of us think about how our banking affects the environment but, in reality, putting your money with a green-minded financial institution may be one of the best things you can do to help conserve land, protect air and water, save endangered wildlife and mitigate climate change. Banks (owned by shareholders) and credit unions (owned by the customers) lend and invest some of the deposited funds they are holding, which is how they're able to pay interest back to you. A bank or credit union that limits its investments to sustainability-oriented companies and institutions is well on its way to being considered green. Responsible options include Amalgamated Bank, Sunrise Banks, City First Bank of DC, Beneficial State Bank, and Southern Bancorp.