Our Commitment to the Community
Corporate Citizenship at First Republic
Since 1985, we have consistently donated both time and resources to provide essential services to those who need them most. In addition, we have an active and significant commitment to building strong, dynamic communities through innovative banking and engagement programs.
Our commitment to our communities goes far beyond banking. It’s simply about doing the right thing.
Community Advisory Board
First Republic's Community Advisory Board, comprised of five recognized and highly respected community leaders, is a key part of our outreach. The Community Advisory Board offers advice and strategic guidance on initiatives related to affordable housing, financial empowerment and small business and economic development.
Cristo Rey New York promotes career mentorship and financial education through its Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP). In the CWSP, students from low-income families work one day a week in entry-level positions to gain firsthand work experience and learn the value of hard work, responsibility and ambition. Last year, CWSP students worked with 136 companies across 24 different sectors, adding value to their communities and preparing for their next chapter.
La Cocina nurtures food entrepreneurs. Launched in 2005 by The Women’s Foundation of California, La Cocina provides local, subsidized commercial kitchen space, hands on technical assistance and retail opportunities to low-income individuals—primarily female immigrants—to enter the food business as entrepreneurs. Since inception, 30 businesses have emerged from what many consider to be the most important food organization in San Francisco.
Lincoln Center Education Mentor-Linc
Mentor-Linc is Lincoln Center Education’s free young artist network and mentoring program available to alumni of Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp summer intensive, a partnership with New York City Department of Education. Mentor-Linc provides opportunities for young people to develop socially, artistically and academically by accessing resources at Lincoln Center and mentoring with arts professionals.
Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) believes in the power of education to break the cycle of poverty. Its free, eight-year academic program provides supplemental education and mentoring to underserved public high school students to get them to—and through—college. While attending high school, SEO Scholars receive over 700 hours of additional instruction in English and math. And in college, Scholars enjoy ongoing, one-on-one academic, personal and career support. The result: 90 percent graduate from college, with 87 percent becoming first-generation college graduates.
First Republic Bank is committed to providing the communities we serve with access to financial fitness tools and resources. The program offers a series of short interactive learning experiences to help users get a clear understanding of critical financial topics including credit scores and reports, insurance and taxes, and identity protection.
Employee Volunteer Program
This internal program, launched in 2015, offers First Republic employees 16 hours of paid time each year to volunteer with charitable organizations that make an impact on our local communities, including those dedicated to education and human services. From January 2016 to September 2017, First Republic employees volunteered almost 13,000 hours as part of this program.