Links & Resources

The Banking Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Action-oriented information, resources, and publications on Community Banking

Move Your Money

The guys and gals who started it all. See their killer video starring George Bailey (yes that George Bailey)

Bank Transfer Day

“Every day is Bank Transfer Day!" A grassroots campaign that encourages citizens to fire their big bank and transfer their money to a Credit Union. Bank Transfer Day was started on November 5th, 2010, Guy Fawkes Day.

Local Investing Resource Center

Banking locally is part of a larger, local economies movement which aims to bring our money closer to home and empower communities. The Local Investing Resource Center is a comprehensive online resource to educate local investors and business owners and help facilitate local investing.

ProPublica Bailout Tracker

The Bailout Tracker tracks every dollar disbursed to financial institutions as part of the of Treasury's TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) bailout. The online tool tracks dollars per disbursement per institution.

The FDIC Community Bank Search

Don't just trust us, go to the source. The FDIC also has a Bank Rating App; you enter a bank name and it tells you if the bank meets the FDIC's research definition for a community bank (note the Rating App does not include credit unions)

The 2012 FDIC Community Banking Study

For those of you who feel the need to do a deep dive you can download the FDIC's 2012 Community Banking Study. The report discuss the key role that Community Banks serve in our economy and society.

Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA)

National trade association representing community banks in the U.S. See ICBA's Go Local Campaign which includes a community bank locator, and their “Too Big To Fail" resource page

Credit Union National Association (CUNA)

National trade association for state and federally chartered credit unions in the U.S. See CUNA's Credit Union Finder