What really matters?Community means a lot to us. It means building on good relationships and creating new ones. It means helping each other.
We consider all Great Southern communities part of our extended family, so we do what we can to help where we are. Watching from the sidelines simply isn't an option.
We understand what really matters.
Building communities a block at a time
Since Great Southern was first founded in downtown Springfield in 1923, its owners and management have recognized the importance of being a vital part of the community. Today, the commitment to community is stated very simply in our mission statement, to “build winning relationships with communities”. Our company’s leadership understands that we can only be as strong as the communities we serve.
Loans and Investments
Great Southern can meet the lending needs of the communities it serves, whether for large affordable housing projects, to complex historic rehabs. Through our efforts to become a “one stop shop” for developers of older properties, we can provide construction lending, “bridge loans” for tax credits, and provide equity through the purchase of tax credits.
We also know not all projects can be facilitated by a loan, so have committed millions of dollars of investments to meet community needs through low-income housing tax credits, and capital to community development corporations that are revitalizing communities large and small through their own lending and investment efforts.
Great Southern Caring & Sharing
Caring & Sharing also reflects our charitable spirit. We are fortunate to have so many worthwhile charitable organizations in our markets that truly make a difference every day in the work they do. Annually, we contribute more than $300,000 to these organizations to help them with their work. We give special consideration to those organizations where our associates provide volunteer time and leadership. We know that it takes both monetary resources and hard work to effect community change.