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Our story

A legacy of access, affordability and advocacy

A bank for the people is born

In 1923, famed labor organizer Sidney Hillman and the leaders of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America decided it was time that hardworking individuals and their families get the same access to quality and affordable banking services that big businesses and wealthy people enjoyed. That simple idea grew into a powerful credo: that the financial system should be open and accessible to all. It was from that credo that Amalgamated Bank was born.

Over the years, Amalgamated Bank pioneered new programs and financial products that provided access to banking regardless of people’s socioeconomic status. As the first bank to introduce unsecured personal loans, Amalgamated helped families finance upward mobility towards achieving the American Dream. We became the first bank to offer free checking accounts to working New Yorkers, we provided second-chance accounts to those who needed a fresh start and we created the first foreign-exchange transfer service to allow immigrants to safely send remittances to relatives abroad.

America's socially responsible bank

Founded on the tenets of affordability and accessibility in banking, Amalgamated aims to serve the greater good to this day. As America’s socially responsible bank, we have grown to support thousands of people, organizations, causes and businesses committed to improving the world we live in. Nonprofits, labor unions, advocacy groups, socially responsible businesses and others sharing a vision of positive change have all found a home in our community. Customers and clients alike know that our B Corporation certification and membership in the Global Alliance for Banking on Values mean that we hold ourselves to a higher standard when it comes to building a more equitable world. 

What happens with your money is important to you, and the decisions you make about where you shop, what you eat and how you live are made consciously and with purpose. Why should where you bank be any different? Your money should align with your values, which is why Amalgamated Bank takes more than financial criteria into account when lending and investing. We look for businesses with missions that are as strong as their books, and we refuse to invest our own dollars in funds that harm people or the planet. 

Driven by a clear mission

At Amalgamated, we don’t just have a mission; we’re on a mission: to be America’s socially responsible bank. And we will continue to grow with you—our customers and clients—to provide you with the tools and resources you need to accomplish your goals and be the change you seek in the world. As a member of our family, you can take great pride in knowing that your money is in good hands and is doing good things along the way.

Putting our mission into action

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workers' rights

The light at the end of the pandemic tunnel has gotten a little brighter recently, especially as the number of U.S. COVID-related hospitalizations continues to dwindle and the number of fully vaccinated people in the country reaches nearly 40% of the population.1

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access to banking

As America’s socially responsible bank, committed to providing financial services and advocating for economic justice for all, we recognize the struggle that many communities face when it comes to accessing banking services.

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LGBTQ+ justice

Amalgamated Bank was founded almost 100 years ago to create a diverse, inclusive, and egalitarian community for labor workers. These tenets of our founding are elevated again today as we proudly announce that the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index (HRC CEI) has designated Amalgamated Bank “One of the Best Places to Work” in 2021.