NYC does billions of dollars of business with banks every year. Those banks make money from their business with NYC, which is funded by NYC’s taxpayers. But do they serve all of NYC’s diverse communities fairly?

In 2012 New York City passed a law called The Responsible Banking Act (RBA) to help make sure banks are meeting the needs of local communities. The RBA gives NYC a way to evaluate bank activities and gives community members a chance to speak up about their community’s needs, how banks are responding, and how banks can improve.

For this issue of Making Policy Public, CUP collaborated with the advocacy organization ANHD and designers Andrew Shea and Christina Beard of MANY to create Don’t Bank On It. This fold-out poster shows how the Responsible Banking Act works, the importance of community participation to making the law effective, and the dramatic impacts banks can have in shaping communities.

ANHD is distributing Don’t Bank On It to City Council members, other advocacy organizations, community members, and to the Community Investment Advisory Board itself – the board responsible for making sure the RBA works. Don’t Bank On It was officially launched at the first public hearing of the RBA, at Brooklyn Borough Hall on February 8, 2015.

Get your copy of the poster here.

Resources & Links

Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD) ANHD is a nonprofit consortium of 100 neighborhood-based community development organizations across all five boroughs of New York City. ANHD works to strengthen our communities by providing research, advocacy, and capacity-building support to our member groups on affordable housing, bank reinvestment, economic development, and all aspects of community development.

MANY is a design studio committed to the craft of visual storytelling and design that adds value to people’s lives and organizations.

Papercut is a design studio in Brooklyn that specializes in graphic and web design, animation, and fun illustrations.

Making Policy Public is a program of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP). CUP partners with policy advocates and graphic designers to produce foldout posters that explain complicated policy issues, like this one.

Funding Support

Support for this project was provided by the Nathan Cummings Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Surdna Foundation; A Blade of Grass; North Star Fund; and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Special Thanks

Christine Gaspar, Sam Holleran, Valeria Mogilevich, Pema DomingoBarker, Frampton Tolbert, Sandra Park, Barika Williams, Anne Troy, Tanisha Edwards, Ray Majewski, Mary Abbate, Susanna Blankley, Julia Watt-Rosenfeld, Peter Gee, Rolando Guzman, Sheila Garcia, Eric Williams, Roxanne Earley, Harvey Epstein, Sarah Desmond, Maya Wiley, Sondra Youdelman, Prem Krishnamurthy, Tomer Hanuka


  • CUP
  • Mark Torrey
  • Clara Amenyo
  • ANHD
  • Advocacy Partner
  • Jaime Weisberg
  • Benjamin Dulchin
  • Jonathon Furlong
  • Ericka Stallings
  • MANY
  • Designers
  • Andrew Shea
    Christina Beard
  • Papercut
  • Additional Illustrations
  • Minh Anh Vo
    Victor Schuft