85 Years Serving The Philadelphia Region

Our Purpose

Since our founding in 1934, Firstrust has been in the business of serving the financial needs of the communities we serve. From large operating companies, real estate developers, manufacturers, and doctors to young families and grandparents – we’re here for you. 

Our promise is to empower your success by offering you the most tailored, state-of-the-art banking solutions you can get, along with advice on how to best manage your finances, build your business, overcome financial challenges, and plan for your future.
The core value of always being there for our customers - especially when you need us most - has made us the largest family-owned commercial bank in our region. And it’s also why thousands of the most successful entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders come to us FIRST when they need help making their biggest dreams a reality.

Our Founding Since 1934

In 1934, Samuel A. Green opened the first branch at the height of the Great Depression under the name First Federal Savings and Loan of Philadelphia. Now a full-service commercial bank, Firstrust serves business leaders and entrepreneurs throughout eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware.

Fact:

Firstrust Bank was the first savings & loan bank in Philadelphia, and in all of Pennsylvania.
Firstrust has been family-owned and part of the community for 85 years. Three generations of the Green family – Samuel A., Daniel B. and Richard J. - have been at the bank’s helm during that time. Their legacy has been one of stability and strength.

Our History

A Classic American Success Story

The history of Firstrust and the Green family is a classic American and Philadelphia success story. Samuel A. Green, one of eight children, was born and raised in a small Hungarian farming hamlet, where his father was the village cobbler. Sam joined his family in Philadelphia in 1905, putting down roots and quickly becoming involved in the local community. 

Sam’s experiences during the Great Depression helped him develop a strong sense of survival and resiliency and a flexible and analytical mind. In these times, commercial banks would not extend mortgages easily, making it virtually impossible for ordinary Philadelphians to own a home. Recognizing the opportunity to support the needs of the community, Sam decided to start a savings and loan. He was able to raise the $70,000 needed to acquire the necessary federal charter from neighbors and his own savings.

Our Commitment To The Community

At Firstrust, excelling as a bank is only one part of the mission. A culture of caring for the vitality and welfare of the community is an equally important element of the bank’s identify and history. Every year the bank generously gives back by supporting charities that focus on education, children, health and housing. The bank also supports community events such as Southampton Days, Gladwyne’s Memorial Day Parade and Variety – the Children’s Charity. 

Firstrust employees also make a significant contribution of both their time and talents to help others.
Now in its 50th year, the Samuel A. Green Scholarship Program, a high school essay contest, has awarded more than $1 million in college scholarships to more than 1,000 graduating high school students. 

In all, the bank is proud to support over 300 non-profit organizations in the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys.