Square commits $100 million to boost Black-owned banks and businesses

Lenore Staats

Square, the mobile payment company cofounded and led by Jack Dorsey, announced Thursday a $100 million investment to address racial inequality in the financial world. The company will commit $25 million to four areas including The Black Economic Development Fund, which funds Black-led financial institutions and businesses. The news follows […]

  • Square, the mobile payment company cofounded and led by Jack Dorsey, announced Thursday a $100 million investment to address racial inequality in the financial world.
  • The company will commit $25 million to four areas including The Black Economic Development Fund, which funds Black-led financial institutions and businesses.
  • The news follows Dorsey’s August donation of $10 million to Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research.
  • Other companies like Mastercard, Citi, and Costco have recently pledged millions to address racial inequality in the US.
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Financial services and mobile payment company Square announced on Thursday its plan to invest $100 million to address racial inequality. The company was cofounded by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who serves as its CEO and chairman. 

“Our support of black and minority owned financial institutions enables those institutions in turn to put funds into the hands of people in underserved communities – through loans, development projects and investments,” Square’s CFO, Amrita Ahuja told Business Insider. 

“Economic empowerment has been Square’s purpose from Day 1 and it is a more urgent need now than ever,” she added. 

The company will invest the money in four areas:

  • $25 million in deposits at Community Development Financial Institutions, which promote economic revitalization in underserved areas, and Minority Depository Financial Institutions, or banks and financial institutions that are owned or managed by minority groups 
  • $25 million in The Keepers Fund, a trade group representing minority-owned financial institutions that provide employment, entrepreneurial opportunities, and capital to those in neighborhoods which often have little or no access to reasonably priced financial services
  • $25 million to The Black Economic Development Fund, which funds Black-led financial institutions and businesses 
  • $25 million for future social justice programs.

“Square’s leadership to provide systemic solutions to change the narrative and trajectory on the equality issues is role-modeling the type of impact that many other organizations verbally aspire to achieve,” Kenneth Kelly, chairman of the National Bankers Association, said in a press release. 

The news follows Dorsey’s August donation of $10 million to Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research, which was founded by best-selling author and thought leader Ibram X Kendi. In June, executives from both Twitter and Square announced Juneteenth would be a permanent holiday.

Other companies are making significant investments, too. Citi recently announced a $1 billion commitment toward closing the racial wealth gap in the US. Mastercard pledged to invest $500 million to promote financial inclusion among Black people. Costco also recently committed $25 million to The Black Economic Development Fund, one of the organizations Square is donating too. 

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