BANK OF AMERICA PLEDGES $1-B TO BATTLE RACIAL INEQUALITY
Bank of America is donating $1 billion over the next four years to community programs and small businesses to help address economic and racial inequality that has been exacerbated by COVID-19.
.CEO Brian Moynihan told Jordan Valinsky of CNN Business late on June 2, 2020 that "underlying economic and social disparities" were made worse by the pandemic and mentioned the nationwide protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody has "created a sense of true urgency" and “we all need to do more.”
The billion-dollar donation is an expansion of the several hundreds of millions of dollars Bank of America donates to nonprofits and lends to small, minority-owned businesses. Bank of America said the money will expand health services, like vaccination clinics, in communities of color, "support" small businesses, and recruitment of new bank employees in economically disadvantaged communities.
Bank of America's donation, which amounts to $250 million a year over the next four, is tiny fraction of the $27.4 billion it made in 2019. It also returned a record $34 billion in share repurchases last year, the bank announced earlier this year but also had a troubled history with minorities: It was fined $2.2 million in 2013 for discriminating against black job candidates over two decades.