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JPMorgan Chase Is Partnering With Two Black-Owned Banks For The U.S. Treasury Protégé Program

JPMorgan Chase is teaming up with two Black-owned banks for the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Financial Agent Mentor-Protégé Program. The Harbor Bank of Maryland and Liberty Bank and Trust Co. will be mentored by JPMorgan to help the banks gain customers, create new business strategies, and accelerate growth within the company. The partnership comes at a time when Black-owned banks are struggling to stay alive facing operational and regulatory costs that are common strains for small banks. There are currently only 19 Black-owned banks in major cities across the country. With JPMorgan’s help, Harbor Bank of Maryland and Liberty Bank will have the chance to strengthen their presence and help their respective Black communities. Eva Robinson, Head of Treasury Services Public Sector Sales for North America, JPMorgan, said in a press release: “We’re excited about the opportunity to help black-owned community banks expand their capabilities through this program. This initiative is...

Arriana McLymore

May 14, 2019

JPMorgan Chase Will Stop Funding Private Prisons

JPMorgan Chase will no longer fund private prisons. A spokesperson for the bank informed Reuters of the decision earlier this week. Immigration activists are applauding JP Morgan’s decision. Private prisons have served as detention centers for immigrants since the government’s increased effort to detain undocumented immigrants. According to the New York Times , two of the country’s largest private prison companies — CoreCivic and GEO Group — borrowed almost $2 billion from banks, JP Morgan Chase being one them. The Times also reports that 9 percent of the country’s prison population are in private prisons, and three-quarters of immigrant detainees are housed in private prisons. Last year, activists protested outside of JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon’s apartment, highlighting issues with private prisons. Similar protests have taken place for years and many financial analysts and activists have long questioned the ethics and profitability of private prisons. Changing government policies...

Arriana McLymore

Mar 7, 2019

JPMorgan Launches New Initiative, Expanding Its Entrepreneurs of Color Fund

JPMorgan Chase announced that it is expanding its Entrepreneurs of Color Fund with $3.65 million in funding as part of its new Advancing Black Pathways initiative focused on assisting African American business owners. Advancing Black Pathways builds on some of JPMorgan’s previous efforts to create financial equality and promote diversity. In addition to JPMorgan’s multi-million dollar commitment , Capital Impact Partners is investing $2 million and the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation is providing $1 million to the Entrepreneurs of Color Fund for a total of $6.65 million. The Entrepreneurs of Color Fund model is also making its way to the Washington, D.C., according to a press release. Advancing Black Pathways is set to offer education and job training, grow careers for African Americans within the company and develop partnerships to help create financial wellness in Black households. “The Greater Washington region is thriving, but opportunity is not shared equally,” JPMorgan...

Arriana McLymore

Feb 13, 2019

JPMorgan Chase Commits $10 Million To Help Chicago's South Side

JPMorgan Chase announced its $10 million commitment to the Chicago Community Loan Fund to assist in the small business and retail storefront development in Chicago’s South and West sides. “We want our support for the South and West sides to be sustainable and to encourage others to see the benefits of investing here too,” JPMorgan Chase Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon said in a statement. The Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable financing to low-income areas for community development. JPMorgan Chase’s capital commitment to the organization is set to create sustainable loan programs and attract additional outside capital for the CCLF and is part of JPMorgan Chase’s greater initiative to create economic opportunity in Chicago. “This new investment propels CCLF’s strategic commitment to increase commercial retail in low-income neighborhoods in Chicago,” CCLF President Calvin L. Holmes said in a statement. “This substantial...

Arriana McLymore

Dec 17, 2018