Since 1934, Industrial Bank has delivered essential banking and financial services that have contributed greatly to the growth and development of the Washington, D.C. community. From that first day, when Industrial Bank had just six employees and $192,000 in assets, Industrial has grown to over 150 employees and over $333 million in assets. In addition to providing a full range of banking services, Industrial Bank works to create a vibrant local economy through public/private partnerships, banking education seminars and sponsorships.
In the wake of George Floyd's murder, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc., Wells Fargo & Co. and other large U.S. lenders began investing hundreds of millions of dollars in Black-owned banks -- an attempt to help meet the needs of underserved borrowers as systemic racism became part of the national conversation. More than a year later, executives at the Black-owned banks say the cash infusions have allowed them to increase lending and expand their staffs, giving support to the African-American community amid pandemic-era uncertainty. Still, while the funding has been useful, the lenders say they need additional investment to shrink racial inequality in financial services and ensure their longterm survival. The number of Black-owned banks has been cut in half over the past 20 years. CDBA members Industrial Bank and Optus Bank are mentioned.
NCIF invited 10 partner CDFI and Minority Banks to identify small business customers that are integral to their local communities and needed support to sustain their respective businesses through the pandemic. NCIF used over $100,000 of its own funds to pilot an unrestricted microgrant program as gap funding to these customers. Our first batch of microgrants was given to social entrepreneurs, retail businesses, community facilities, affordable housing organizations, arts nonprofits, and other small businesses across the country. These CDBA members are First Southwest Bank, Carver Federal Savings Bank, City First Bank of DC, Community Bank of the Bay, First Eagle Bank, Industrial Bank, Native American Bank, Providence Bank & Trust, Southern Bancorp, and United Bank.
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.