Texas banks investing in their communities

Community Investment BrochureTexas banks have been the cornerstones of their communities for more than 190 years, ever since 1822, when the Banco Nacional de Texas in San Antonio became the first chartered bank west of the Mississippi--14 years before Texas independence.

Today, there are 516 banks and thrifts in Texas that employ more than 150,000 Texans. Community involvement continues to be a primary objective of these banks and bankers.

  • Historically, banks were the first businesses in a new town and provided the necessary capital for building homes, businesses and schools.
  • Today, banks still provide capital for many community development programs.
  • Thousands of Texas bankers volunteer with community and nonprofit groups on projects throughout the state.
  • Some banks have developed financial education and outreach projects for children, as well as educational opportunities for adults to learn about homeownership, responsible use of credit and saving.
  • Scholarships have been created by banks to improve educational opportunities.
  • Other assistance for community development includes making low-interest loans for revitalization projects and charitable donations.

First National Bank Texas — Beds for Kids
First National Bank Texas — Beds for Kids

Vision Bank–Texas, Richardson — ACM Acres
Vision Bank–Texas, Richardson — ACM Acres

International Bank of Commerce — Tejano Monument
International Bank of Commerce — Tejano Monument