Public Policy

At Southern Bancorp Community Partners, we believe in helping working families and economically distressed communities grow through small scale, one-on-one interactions. However, we also believe in achieving large-scale national, state, and community-wide change through public policies that give everyone the opportunity to pull themselves up by their bootstraps.

Public Policy Blog

America Can Save: How Southern’s Public Policy Makes Saving Easy

America Can Save: How Southern’s Public Policy Makes Saving Easy

Southern knows a thing or two about saving. Every employee strives to be a wealth builder for everyone; each employee is a walking, talking opportunity center. At the center of our approach to wealth building is saving. It is our goal to empower 1 million people to...

Looking South by Southwest to Map America’s Unbanked

Looking South by Southwest to Map America’s Unbanked

By James Owen Editor’s note: This is the second blog in a series aimed at understanding the what, where, why, and how of unbanked and underbanked households. If you love maps, this is the blog post for you. And if you like numbers, here are two important ones: seven...

Talking about Poverty: Inflation Inequality

By James Owen Editor’s note: This is one in a series of blog posts to critically examine how poverty is defined, measured, and talked about, and how those conversations influence public policy. If you’ve been keeping up with our series on poverty, it should be...

Focus Areas

savers like Marianne Dolls inspire us to focus on public policy
Southern Bancorp Community Partners focuses on a wide range of issues that impact working families, from those that help build wealth such as savings programs and asset building programs, to those that reduce wealth such as a predatory payday lending. Our policy team works with national and state partners in Arkansas, Mississippi, and beyond to ensure that the needs of our communities are addressed by policymakers. To learn more about individual issues, sign up for our newsletter or contact our policy team at the link below.


Southern Bancorp Community Partners believes in sound research to support our policy positions. Click the link below to view our past publications and learn more about our issues.
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