advocates outreach

Tool Kit

As the benefits of public banking become more widely known, more potential allies are seeking answers. Several useful tools linked on this page can help you quickly communicate key concepts.

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Useful as handouts at farmers markets or group presentations.

With these trifold brochures in hand, you can set up a table at a local farmers’ market and start building awareness of how public banking can help your community. Useful for any group presentation, these brochures can be ordered directly from the online design platform Canva, or downloaded for your local print shop. Your group’s logo can be added if desired. Email us if you’d like help.

Use Canva:

  1. Open the PBI file on Canva
  2. Upload your local group's logo. 300dpi / high-resolution and CMYK color mode recommended. (Alternatively, print your group's logo onto clear labels and affix onto each brochure after receiving the printed brochures.) 
  3. Drag and drop the uploaded logo to the placement rectangle indicated on the front flap of the brochure.
  4. Resize logo as needed to fit the space.
  5. Order the number of brochures you need from Canva with the "Print Trifolds" button at the top right.

If you need help adding your logo or have any other questions, contact PBI at communications@publicbankinginstitute.org.

Use your local print shop:

  1. Check with your local print shop for the file format and color mode they prefer.
  2. Download the professional print-ready file your print shop needs from the linked versions below. (These files include print "bleeds," which enable a print shop to print colors to the edge of the brochure.)
  3. Add your group's logo if desired, using a design program such as Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. 300dpi / high-resolution and corresponding CMYK or RGB color mode recommended. Resize logo as needed to fit the designated space. (Alternatively, print your group's logo onto clear labels and affix onto each brochure after receiving the printed brochures.)
  4. Export / Save As a high-resolution JPG or Press-Quality PDF (Ask your local print shop what file format they prefer.)
  5. Send / Upload your files to your local print shop. Your local Staples and FedEx Office can also print this type of brochure. 

If you need help adding your logo, need other file formats, or have any other questions, contact PBI at communications@publicbankinginstitute.org.

Use your home desktop printer*:

  1. Download files here. (These hi-res files do not include print "bleeds," but they do have colors that go to the edge. Results will vary depending on the capabilities of the desktop printer.)
  2. Add your local group's logo if desired,  using a design program such as Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. 300dpi / high-resolution RGB color mode recommended. (Alternatively, print your group's logo onto clear labels and affix onto each brochure.)
  3. Print double-sided on 8.5 x 11 paper. 

If you need help adding your logo, need other file formats, or have any other questions, contact PBI at communications@publicbankinginstitute.org.

*Please note: Brochures printed from a home printer generally will be of lesser quality than those printed by a professional print shop. For this reason, we recommend using a professional print shop in most cases, especially for distributing to elected officials.

Useful slide deck for a 5-10 minute presentation to a local group.

Enlisting allies with common goals has been a successful strategy for building awareness of and support for public banking in communities across the country. This short, basic slide deck can introduce public banking in a way that is easily understood and broadly appealing. For suggestions and best practices for using this slide deck, please email us.

Useful to show the prevalence of public banking internationally.

Public banking is popular around the world. In fact, some of the oldest and largest banks globally are publicly owned. Communities can learn from their success and look to these examples to discover more local benefits of public banks. Our world map infographic visually illustrates the prevalence of public banking outside the U.S. 

Useful to illustrate the widespread interest in public banking.

Our heatmap of public banking activity is a useful legislation tracker. You can use it to illustrate how many states and cities across the country have taken action with recent public banking bills — 18 bills introduced in 2021 — that have had increasing success.

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