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Our History

When Dan meets Flo

In the summer after his freshman year of college, Daniel B. Green bought a $99 ticket on the Pennsylvania railroad and headed west. Dan stayed with family friends at his first stop in Chicago, where he met their daughter and his future wife, Florence (“Flo”) Weiss.  After just a few dates, Dan and Flo were quickly engaged and set the wedding for February 17, 1946. Dan and Flo had a loving and timeless marriage which spanned over six decades as they shared in an abundance of commonalities in family heritage, values, and interests. 

I'll

meet you

halfway

They both knew that they were perfectly matched as a couple. Of the many lessons that she learned from her mother, Flo knew that “the foundation of a successful relationship is respect”.

This was embodied in her marriage with Dan and exemplified through their motto: “I’ll meet you halfway.”

In 1947, they embarked on their journey in Philadelphia...

Flo took a leap of faith and left her family and friends in Chicago to embark on a new journey with the love of her life in Philadelphia. Dan was to work at the family business and finish his law degree at Temple University.

Sam Green, Theresa Green, and Dan Green at the opening of
the rebuilt Point Breeze Avenue office, circa 1950
First Federal Savings Bank at Castor and Cottman, circa 1957

The Family Business


Firstrust Bank, originally known as First Federal Savings and Loan of Philadelphia, was started by Dan’s father, Samuel A. Green, in the kitchen of his mother’s South Philadelphia home when he recognized the need for a community bank.

Firstrust Bank has been family-owned and part of the Philadelphia community for 86 years. Three generations of the Green family - Samuel A., Daniel B. and Richard J. - have been at the bank's helm during that time. 

Our Founders

Top row – Richard Green, Ben Green, Flo Green, Dan Green
Bottom Row- Arlin Green, Theresa Green, Sam Green, Regina (Rae) Kroenwirth

Dan and Flo accomplished a great deal throughout their marriage, supporting and pushing each other every day to be better and achieve their many goals, including starting a family.

Dan and Flo eventually bought a house together and, in 1949, they had their first son Benjamin. They had Richard in 1952, and Arlin in 1955. Flo cared for their home and family while working on her golf game, soon becoming a 16-time club champion, while Dan continued to evolve his role at the bank.

Community

Involvement

Dan and Flo were quite active in the Jewish community. They were founding members of Main Line Reform Temple where they attended services regularly, and Dan served on the board for ten years. In 2006, through the Daniel B. Green and Florence E. Green Family Foundation (The Green Family Foundation), they dedicated the Green Family chapel at Main Line Reform in memory of a dear friend. Soon after, Dan got involved with the national organization serving on the board of the Reform Congregation of America for a decade. He was in charge of the fundraising for the Philadelphia area for two years. Without Flo’s love and support, many of Dan’s accomplishments could not have been made possible.

Dan and Flo both had longstanding charitable intent from early on in their lives in Philadelphia. As Flo was beginning to get acclimated in her new city, she was introduced by her mother-in-law to the Fellowship Commission of Philadelphia. At the time, this was the nation’s largest human rights organization with a mission to combat anti semitism, discrimination, and prejudice in Philadelphia.

Additionally, Flo joined Hadassah, the American Jewish Zionist Volunteer Women’s Organization.

Deepening Commitments

Dan volunteered his time helping the Philadelphia settlement movement. He supported Federation of Neighborhood Centers (FNC Philadelphia), an organization formed in 1906 with the goal of creating equal opportunity for children, adults, seniors, and families by building and rebuilding safer neighborhoods in order for them to prosper in their communities.

Soon after, Dan got involved with the precursor to the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, an organization with a comparable mission to FNC. For four years, Dan was the head of the Philadelphia chapter, an association that the Green family still supports to this day.

Green Family Foundation

Given their reputable relationship with the community and a fierce desire to better serve the greater Philadelphia area and beyond, Dan and Flo established The Green Family Foundation in 2005. The Green Family Foundation is dedicated to cultivating and investing in innovative and impactful solutions that foster inclusive and interconnected communities so that individuals and communities flourish and reach their full potential. It was Dan and Flo’s aspiration for The Green Family Foundation to continue to serve the community for generations to come. 

Three

Generations

Their wishes are now coming to fruition as the second and third generations of the Green family are committed to and deeply involved in the work of the Foundation.  

The members of the Green family are devoted to making “PopPop Dan” and “Nanny Flo” proud by living out their legacy of working together as a family for the benefit of their beloved community.

Our Latest Stories

Education
The Green Family and City Year Philadelphia: A 23 Year Partnership
The Green family and Firstrust Bank have been strong and committed supporters of City Year since its expansion to Philadelphia in 1997. City Year was founded in 1988 as a national service program to unite young adults from diverse backgrounds for a demanding year of full-time community service.
Human Needs
Federation Housing’s Multi-Generational Partnership
The Green Family Foundation supports Federation Housing’s mission to provide quality and affordable housing for seniors as it is rooted in the Foundation’s fundamental belief in meeting basic human needs so that individuals and communities can flourish and reach their full potential.