Our Community

First Eagle’s success is closely aligned with the economic health of the communities we serve.

At First Eagle, we’re committed to an inclusive, more equitable economy that works for everyone.

We're very proud of our outstanding CRA rating, which has been affirmed for five consecutive exams. It is a reflection and testament to our deep commitment to investing in all communities, including those underserved communities.



First Eagle Bank and Lawndale Christian Development Corporation.

We are excited about our partnership!

First Eagle Bank and Inherent L3C

Transforming lives, communities, and generations through affordable homeownership in Chicago’s underserved neighborhoods.

Advancing minority developers in affordable housing with FHLBC

Learn more about First Eagle's involvement with affordable housing through the FHLBC.

First Eagle Bank and Deborah's Place

Working together to provide resources to homeless women.

Supporting Small Business with FHLBC

We are excited to be supporting local small businesses!

We are Proud of our CDFI Certification

In 2010, First Eagle Bank was certified as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). Community Development Financial Institutions share a common goal of expanding economic opportunity in low-income communities by providing access to financial products and services. As one of only a few CDFI Banks in Chicago, our commitment to community development is a cornerstone of our mission. Click below to view the community leaders which make up our CDFI Advisory Board.

Our Local Non-Profit Partnerships

First Eagle Bank is actively engaged with several metro Chicago non-profits by serving on Boards and committees of these organizations. Our strategic partnerships allow us to better understand the needs of the communities we serve, with a particular emphasis on underserved neighborhoods.

Build Each Other Up

Build Each Other Up (BEOU) is a not-for-profit organization that rehabs properties in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods and then sells these properties below the market values. In doing so, they provide families with affordable, well-built homes that they can be proud of.

First Eagle Bank & PCDAC

People's Community Development Association of Chicago, Inc (PCDAC) is a nonprofit community development and housing developer, supporting low-income families through job training, youth programs, rehabilitating and new construction of affordable housing on the West Side of Chicago. The organization is led by Rev Michael Eaddy, a well-respected community leader and organizer. With his steady leadership, PCDAC is turning vacant lots into affordable housing, transforming a distant dream into a reality.

In 2015, the organization broke ground and successfully completed a 36-unit affordable multi-family residential development dubbed Harvest Homes Apartments. First Eagle Bank is proud to have played a small, yet significant role to date by providing predevelopment financing and grant money to assist PCDAC with funding the initial planning phase of this low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) project.

Five years later in 2021, the organization was ready to proceed with Phase II and started the initial planning of Harvest Homes Apartments II which will entail 43 rental units. First Eagle was able expand its relationship with the organization and provide seed money needed to secure the lots and start its predevelopment process. The development will include a series of masonry 6-flat buildings with offices and a community room. The site, which is located next to Phase I, is situated near public transportation, schools, and the Garfield Park Conservatory will provide necessary affordable housing availability to the local residents and community.

2020 Community First Capacity Building Grants from FHLBC

In August 2020, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago announced the awardees of the Community First Capacity Building Grant. FEB sponsored the applications of two recipients—Accion Chicago and the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA). We are very fortunate to have had the opportunity to continue support for these non-profits that are consistently deploying resources into the communities that need them the most. 

Mayor Lightfoot's Chicago Housing Pledge

In April of 2020, FEB was one of the first organizations to support Mayor Lightfoot and the Department of Housing by signing the Chicago Housing Solidarity Pledge. We're proud to do our part in bringing the City’s leading lenders and landlords together to address the unprecedented housing challenges brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic.


How One FEB Lender is Making a Difference with the JCUA

In an effort to extend ourselves further into the community, FEB encourages every employee to participate with a non-profit organization. Zac Braun, Senior Vice President and one of FEB’s top lenders, has sat on the board of the JCUA for eight years and has had a profound impact on their progress as an organization. Click here to check out the JCUA’s video and to hear Zac talk about what the JCUA means to him.

As a certified Community Development Financial Institution...

FEB is dedicated to making loans and providing financial assistance to the communities that need it the most. We're delighted to be recognized by the CDFI Fund for our efforts and to have earned a Financial Assistance award for 2019! 

Illinois Business Daily recognizes...

First Eagle Bank's "Outstanding" CRA rating from the feds. As one of only ten Chicago banks with the designation, FEB is unique in its dedication to community reinvestment.

Developer Plans 30 Housed on West Side

In December of 2019, First Eagle Bank finalized the financing for a project on the West Side. The project features the construction of 30 houses on the site of one of the 50 public schools that closed in 2014. The developer, Home&, will donate $5,000 to Chicago Public Schools from the proceeds of each home sold. 

Facing Forward Financial Literacy Workshop

In November 2019, First Eagle did a financial literacy presentation for Facing Forward residents which covered budgeting, saving, and building credit. The participants were actively engaged and excited to take part in the discussion and expressed interest in taking the steps to pursue financial literacy and its benefits.

The Illinois Bankers Association (IBA)...

Presented the Illinois Bank Financial Literacy award to First Eagle Bank in Chicago.

First Eagle Bank Presented with Illinois Bankers Association Community Service Award

First Eagle Bank is proud to have been honored as one of three 2015 Illinois Bank Community Service Award winners by the Illinois Bankers Association (IBA)

First Eagle Bank Reaches 48 Students through Online Financial Education Program

Two local elementary schools (Ontarioville and Parkwood) took advantage of the First Eagle Bank Financial Scholars Program, a free, online financial literacy program sponsored by First Eagle Bank, at no cost to the schools, during the 2015 fall semester.

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