Eighteen public bank bills were introduced in 2021

Join the growing movement to create banks that are owned by and benefit the people.

What is public banking?

Banks that the public owns through their representative government and that work to benefit local communities.

Public banking is banking operated in the public interest, through institutions owned by the people through their representative governments. Public banks can exist at all levels, from cities to state to national. Any governmental body which can meet local banking requirements may, theoretically, create such a financial institution.

Help demonstrate the growing support for publicly owned banks.

Keep tabs on public banking news from groups around the country.

Find out what local organizers are doing and how you can help.

How can public banks help?

Watch this short video.

What does Public Banking Institute do?

Educate, support, guide. PBI is the public banking hub.

our impact

In just 11 years, PBI has made great strides to make the benefits of public banking common knowledge to both legislators and the public.

Where is public banking making progress?

Take a look.

Want just the basics?

Here's why public banks make such a difference. It's much more simple than you might think.

Though the details of banking can seem daunting, the basic rationale for WHY it’s important to have public ownership of our own financial institutions is just common sense.  

Want more resources?

Find links to current and previous legislation, white papers, reports, legal memos, and much more.

Before shaping your own approach to advocacy, it’s useful to review the history of prior legislation and reports on it. With these powerful resources at our fingertips, we can learn from each other. 

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Join our monthly coalition calls, find a local group, and subscribe to our newsletter for real time updates.

There are so many ways to connect with others working on this crucial need for our communities’ economic wellbeing. Choose how you’d like to get involved and take the next step.

its mission

Decisions focus on the public good.

What makes a
public bank different?

First responder in a crisis, not a profiteer.

some of the many local groups working for public banks

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