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Community Giving

We're proactive about your potential.

Through a robust community development program, Pacific Western Bank has a long-standing history of supporting local communities. We actively work to improve the well-being of those we serve by committing financial and human resources throughout the state of California and beyond.

Explore our plan and see how we are proactively seeking opportunities to give back to the communities we serve. 

Review Pacific Western Bank's CRA Community Benefit Plan (PDF) 

 

Our Areas of Focus

Affordable housing • Financial education • Food distribution • Health services • Job creation and training • Small business advancement • Veteran-owned businesses • Youth programs

COVID-19 Crisis Contributions

Women's Economic Ventures

We are proud to support WEV, as they work to stabilize local entrepreneurs and small business owners by providing micro-loan funds, consulting and business training programs. 

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Durham Public Schools (DPS) Foundation

We support DPS Foundation, as they provide meals to public school students and families in need due to school closures. The foundation is also utilizing local restaurants and food suppliers to support small businesses and their employees.

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Venice Family Clinic

We are pleased to support the largest community health clinic on the Westside of Los Angeles, which provides healthcare and treatment for uninsured individuals.  Their services are critically important during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Kitchens For Good- San Diego

Kitchens For Good equips those in need with culinary and life skills training so they can move forward in life. Individuals are trained through apprenticeships to fight food waste and hunger, while preparing thousands of healthy meals for San Diegans using produce from wholesalers and farmers.

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Food Bank of the Rockies

The organization distributes food to nearly 2,000 households via a drive-thru mobile pantry set up at Mile High Stadium. Mitch Jelniker, Food Bank’s Corporate Relations Manager said, “The partnership with Pacific Western Bank has helped us keep up with the significantly increased demand for food as a result COVID-19. Together we are nourishing the community.”

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"Outstanding" Rating
FDIC CRA Evaluation Results

"Outstanding" Rating

Pacific Western Bank is proud to announce the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) rated us as "Outstanding"—the highest possible rating—for our most recent CRA evaluation period spanning January 1, 2015 through September 30, 2017.

View the press release

Recent Updates

U.S. Dept. of Treasury Bank Enterprise Award

We received a 2018 BEA from the U.S. Department of Treasury’s CDFI Fund for $233,000, recognizing donations, loans and investments to organizations that provide services to distressed communities in California and North Carolina.

BankWork$ Social Impact Initiative

Two of our valued employees who joined us through the BankWork$ program, were recently featured in a video for the Western Bank Association(WBA) social impact initiative. We value them and our ongoing relationship with BankWork$. 

Junior Achievement USA

Nearly 50 of our employees throughout California worked with over 500 students to teach them how to make wise career and financial decisions. The JA events were held at elementary and high schools in Fresno, L.A. and Orange and San Diego Counties.

Habitat for Humanity

Our teams regularly support local chapters of Habitat for Humanity throughout California. Habitat for Humanity focuses on creating homes for ownership by low-income families in need.

Contact Us

Greg Matthews

SVP, CRA and Community Development Officer
San Diego, CA

Elsa Monte

SVP, CRA and Community Development Officer
Brea, CA

Evan Sitton

VP, CRA and Community Development Officer
Durham, NC