In a media roundtable during the Financial Planning Association’s recent national conference, FPA President Elect Paul Auslander made a cogent point: Until financial planners figure out a way to provide advice to all Americans, they cannot consider themselves members of a true profession.
President Marty Kurtz argued that “regardless of net worth and income, everyone needs a third party to help them deal with the issues of life and money.”
Matching those lofty goals with practical acts, FPA and its partners are infusing national Financial Planning Week (Oct. 3-9) with a host of free clinics and other outreach efforts during the month of October to provide such advice to thousands of individual consumers. Ten FPA chapters and 200 volunteer FPA members are participating in Financial Planning Week activities serving an estimated 2,000 consumers.
In partnership with the CFP Board, the Foundation for Financial Planning, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, various media outlets and local FPA chapters, there are events planned in 27 states across the nation and 31 cities, including a number of Financial Planning Days, where FPA and non-FPA volunteer planners provide free advice to individuals and conduct public workshops on specific financial planning topics. (See the FPA website to view events in specific states and cities.)