How to Become a Partner

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Why Become a Financial Partner?

Our goal for Bank on Chicago is to bring thousands of residents in key targeted neighborhoods into the financial mainstream through low cost checking accounts. By becoming a partner, financial institutions can expand their marketing to these target areas and increase visibility of their existing products and develop new strategies to reach un-banked customers.

As a Financial Partner, you can:

  • Help open accounts for the unbanked by offering the Bank On Chicago qualified products at branch locations
  • Participate in Bank On Chicago outreach events
  • Develop partnership with local community organizations to reach new clients
  • Include Bank On Chicago information in mailings and newsletters
  • Display poster and window decals promoting the program in public spaces
  • Place a link on your website to the Bank On Chicago website

For those interested in becoming a Financial Partner, contact Kant Desai at Kant.Desai@cityofchicago.org

Why Become a Community Partner?

Access to traditional financial products creates wealth in the community and a path to lower-cost services at mainstream financial institutions. Further, individuals who have positive relationships at mainstream banks and credit unions build life-long financial relationships that empower them to seek access to other services for homeownership, entrepreneurship or retirement savings. Safe, convenient access to quality, affordable financial products helps communities across Chicago enter the financial mainstream and invest in a brighter, more economically viable future for themselves and their neighborhoods

As a Community Partner, you can:

  • Promote participating financial institutions and Bank On accounts
  • Participate in Bank On Chicago outreach events
  • Include Bank On Chicago information in your mailings and newsletters
  • Display posters promoting the program in public spaces
  • Place a link on your website to the Bank On Chicago website

Click Here to view the Bank On Chicago Community Partner Toolkit.

For those interested in becoming a Community Partner, contact Lucy Mullany at LMullany@heartlandalliance.org