Minority-owned banks and credit unions, classified as Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs) by government agencies, are financial institutions where most board members or stockholders are people of color.
MDIs play a crucial role in helping underserved communities. While such institutions don’t solely lend to minorities, they tend to provide more loans and accounts to minority communities than non-minority-owned banks do, according to data from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. This is particularly important because members of minority communities, like African Americans, often lack access to financial services and are typically underserved by financial institutions.
Supporting Black-owned or Black-led financial institutions and lenders by doing business with them can help minority communities economically.
Black-owned and Black-led auto lenders
Note that the lenders are listed alphabetically.
Andrews Federal Credit Union
Commonwealth National Bank
Democracy Federal Credit Union
First Security Bank and Trust Company
Hope Federal Credit Union
Liberty Bank and Trust Company
Municipal Employees Credit Union
SecurityPlus Federal Credit Union
St. Louis Community Credit Union
Unity National Bank of Houston
Methodology: We created this index of auto lenders based on lists of “minority depository institutions,” or MDIs, from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the National Credit Union Administration. The FDIC considers a bank or financial institution to be a MDI if at least 51% of its stockholders are “minority individuals” or most of its board of directors and the community it serves are minorities. The NCUA considers a credit union to be a MDI if more than 20% of its current members, board members and community it serves are Asian American, Black American, Hispanic American or Native American.
Note that this is not an exhaustive list.