What You Need to Know
- The donation will support initiatives including the annual Diversity Summit and 16 scholarships for diverse individuals pursuing CFP certification.
- Merrill, a longtime supporter of the Diversity Summit, becomes the center's newest founding sponsor.
Merrill Wealth Management has pledged $1.25 million to support the CFP Board Center for Financial Planning’s initiatives, including the annual Diversity Summit and 16 scholarship awards for diverse individuals pursuing CFP certification, the board said Tuesday.
As part of the pact, Merrill will also be lead sponsor of the CFP Board’s diversity efforts for the next four years.
Merrill has already been a longtime supporter of the Diversity Summit. With the $1.25 million gift, it becomes the newest founding sponsor of the center, the board said.
The added support from Merrill “directly addresses two of the Center’s main strategies — Talent Pipeline and Diversity and Inclusion,” the board said. “Since its founding in 2015, the Center’s initiatives have made a measurable impact.”
Pointing to some of the success that’s been achieved, the board noted that the number of certified financial planners under 30 has grown by 83% and, as reported in January, the number of female CFP professionals increased to an all-time high of 21,504 (accounting for 23.4% of all CFP professionals).
Also, as of Dec. 31, the number of Black and Hispanic CFP professionals had grown 13.8% since 2020, the board added.
The wirehouse’s gift “will allow the Center to further grow its event series,” the board said.