It is true that the last several days have been heart-wrenching for the communities we serve, as the grief, anger, frustration and pain of generations of entrenched racism have become visible in our communities and impossible to turn away from.
As this moment in our history has begun to take shape, Bremer has largely opted to cease our social media and communications activity. This is not because Bremer is waiting for this all to “blow over” – we deeply care about what is going on. It is because we do not want to be a brand that makes sweeping value statements, posts a trending hashtag, and then goes back to business as usual. When we say something, we want it to truly mean something. Our purpose is to cultivate thriving communities. And right now, that means actively listening, learning, and understanding where we can make the most impact.
We are committed to making that impact. We believe this is a turning point. And we want to play a meaningful role in paving the path forward. We are aggressively working to define what that role can be.
Racism is endemic in America’s history and our culture. The uncomfortable truth is that for centuries, organizations, including banks, have been a part of furthering these racist structures, and that means that we have a crucial responsibility to engage in long-term work to ensure that communities that have been disproportionally disadvantaged have the chance to thrive. Bremer is committed to that work.
Bremer’s purpose is to cultivate thriving communities. We know our communities cannot thrive unless all of our neighbors have a chance to succeed, regardless of background.
In the short-term, Bremer is working to identify and support organizations that are rebuilding the corridors of local business that have been destroyed in the havoc and grief of the last several days. We are also working to identify avenues of support for social causes.
In the long-term, Bremer is engaged with nonprofit organizations, social service agencies, and in business partnerships with a goal to make real impact in this area. Our strong support for communities with the most need, including our Home Loan Impact Fund partnership with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity which more than doubles the number of local families who can attain affordable homeownership, our investments in local conversations, and our focus on diversity, equity and inclusion inside of our own organization are all ways we are working to move forward. I am personally committed to continuing and furthering this work in new and more impactful ways.