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Find out why (and where) WaFd Bank has been awarded Best Bank!

About Us

WaFd Bank is a regional bank, but we've tried to act more like a reliable next door neighbor. Ever since we got our start back in 1917, we've been helping to build healthy, thriving communities. And, as active members of our communities, we're truly invested in clients like you—delivering simple, straightforward banking solutions to help you make the most of your money.

At WaFd Bank, we love what we do and making a difference in the communities we serve. That's why we created the Washington Federal Foundation—to facilitate giving to local nonprofits that serve the needs of low- and moderate-income individuals. See our Community Relations and Corporate and Social Responsibility pages for more information.

America's Best Midsize Employers

Forbes recognized WaFd Bank as one of America's Best Employers

Finding Meaningful Work in a Tangled Workplace

Our story is simple. Just like our approach to banking.

It all started back in 1917. A group of local businessmen established Ballard Savings and Loan Association in a fishing and lumber community just north of Seattle, Washington.

More than a century later, we continue to provide one-on-one, friendly and professional service. No phone trees. No jumping through hoops. Just the personal attention and customized, expert advice you deserve. Call our Client Care Center seven days a week at 800-324-9375.

Featured Reviews

I began trying to refinance my house after rates fell this summer. I spoke with three other banks who said they could not help or were not interested because of the uniqueness of my property (on 5 acres, 1st and 2nd loans on property) I found WaFd Bank. They were more than willing to work with me. I like the fact that WaFd does not sell their loans and has more flexibility in the process. It was not a “one size fits all” approach. I highly recommend anyone looking to refinance or switch banks to contact WaFd Bank!

Joe W.

Property owner, Denton Texas

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We are stoked that you were involved helping us. Your teams have been working like crazy and we have had numerous times in the last year and a half when one WaFd Bank employee was overlapping another WaFd employee unknowingly. That probably wouldn't happen at another bank because they don't work as hard as WaFd. Heck, the CEO called me after midnight in April 2020 to get our Ops loan approved initially. That was simply amazing. That would not happen at any bank except WaFd Bank. You and your teammates absolutely rock. THANK YOU.

T.F. - Business Owner/Developer

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Over 200 offices to serve you.

From checking, savings and retirement accounts to home loan and corporate real estate financing, WaFd Bank is ready to help bring clarity to banking. We operate in nine western states, including Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington.

Our common-sense, disciplined approach has stood the test of time and made us one of the strongest financial institutions in America. Find a location near you.

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We've updated our name but we're still the same bank you trust!


WaFd Bank

We're excited to share important news with you!

Washington Federal is launching a simplified name and logo. The previous version served us well for many years but didn't emphasize who we are, what we do, or the service we provide in our nine-states. Our solution? Become WaFd Bank. We like the sound of it and hope you do, too. Read on to learn why we've made this decision.

Why the change?

In taking a step back and studying our name and logo, we found that neither were doing their job of communicating what our company does. Over the past several years, even after Money Magazine awarded us “Best Bank” in five of our nine states, questions like these have come up:

  • Is Washington Federal part of the federal government?
  • Can I open a checking account, or is Washington Federal only an investment firm?
  • Is Washington Federal a business headquartered in Washington D.C.?

We got the message. People who don't know us yet can't tell for sure what we do. We needed to address that challenge while making sure our bank would be clearly recognizable in all our markets.

What's New?

We have adopted our longtime nickname, WaFd Bank, as our trade name. It tells people we are a bank and is an abbreviation of our current name. We pronounce it Wah-Fed.

WaFd Bank Flower Symbol

The new logo is created out of eight interlocking W's, recognizing our Washington roots and symbolizing how we're linked together as a team across the markets we serve—bankers, clients and communities working together to fuel economic growth and strengthen our neighborhoods.

WaFd Bank aligns with our NASDAQ ticker symbol—WAFD. @WAFDBank is also our name on social media.

WaFd Bank

WaFd is simple, short and straightforward.

What hasn't changed?

  • The products and services clients rely on for all their banking needs.
  • Our ownership and leadership structure.
  • Our values and commitment to our clients and partners.
  • Our common-sense approach to making banking simple and straightforward.
  • Our ongoing investment in technology to make banking easier.
  • Skilled bankers who are here when you need them.

Here's what our clients say:

Over the past two months my wife and I have set up several new accounts with your bank. Each of our visits to your establishment has been a pleasurable experience. WaFd Bank appears to be a bank dedicated to customer service.

Nicholas B.
Invested here since 2010

At a Glance

  • Parent company: WaFd, Inc.
  • Nasdaq Trading Symbol: WAFD
  • Corporate Headquarters: 425 Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101
  • President & CEO: Brent Beardall