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At Movement Bank, we view money differently. We see the purpose, not just the green paper or numbers on a screen. Movement is about loving the people we serve, the dreams they cherish and the communities they embrace.
Step into the chaos and restore integrity and service.
This approach to banking isn’t easy. It’s disruptive. It’s different. It’s a stark contrast to the unhealthy relationship most people have with their banks, where bankers win when customers lose. We’ve all experienced those painful moments when our misfortune created profit for a financial institution.
This broken relationship over the years has crimped our economy, created dangerous cycles of debt and cost people jobs, homes and security.
Movement Bank was born for these times. As people suffered, our founders seized opportunities to step into the chaos and restore integrity and service to the financial system. They believed financial institutions should serve people, not money.
You might say it another way: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
This conflict between love and money isn’t a modern problem. One hundred years ago America’s immigrants, entrepreneurs and pioneers pooled their money to create places where families, farmers and future businesses could find help. Unless, of course, your skin was a different color.
In 1919, a group of African-Americans in rural Virginia gathered $20,000 to form a bank that would love and value people the establishment rejected. For a century, First State Bank faithfully served its community, rich or poor, black or white. It helped farmers turn cash to crop and back to cash again, turn homes and businesses into something a family owned and made it possible for young men and women to say, “I’m the first one in my family to go to college.”
In 2017, First State Bank became Movement Bank. Their story is now our proud heritage. Their legacy is our future standard. That’s a big reason why we steward your money faithfully, serve your family with integrity and support the Movement Foundation to bring life, light and hope to people in need.
Banking today looks vastly different than when we started 100 years ago. Money moves faster than lightning. Transactions close with the tap of a finger. Data informs every decision.
But that’s not why we bank. We don’t save money because it’s easy. We don’t borrow or invest because it’s convenient. The reason why we want to be so connected to our money is the same as it was in 1919. And it’s why we still exist.
To love and serve people.