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.
New York-based Carver Federal Savings Bank, the last remaining black-owned bank in the City, the turns 70 this year. To commemorate the anniversary, President and CEO Michael Pugh was recently interviewed live on Nasdaq Spotlight to highlight the achievements of the institution. "We know it's important to be able to support low-to-moderate income communities. One example of how we do it at Carver is... financial education. We have a laser focus on this particular pillar as a critical part of our business model," said Pugh. "Over the past nine years, we have educated more than 15,000 people through financial education programs." Pugh also talked about the bank's recent sale of its Harlem headquarters and impending relocation to the top floor of a nearby building on East 125th Street.
Carver Federal Savings Bank disclosed a regulatory filing that it will sell its corporate office building to a unit of New York real estate company Gatsby Enterprises for $19.5 million. The $656 million-asset company said that it will lease a portion of the property for its main office, through it will move its administrative staff to a nearby location in Harlem.
American Banker takes a look at the challenges facing the nation's black-run banks, including Carver Federal Savings Bank in New York. Many of the top challenges facing Carver are facing other community banks, including rising compliance costs, pressure to scale bank on commercial real estate, and an uphill battle to keep pace with technology. "There have been many, many things that the team and I are proud of, and there's no place I would have wanted to have been for the past five years," Pugh said. "Certainly some things I wish would have had a different outcome, but the journey continues for us."