DENVER – Volunteerism is the lifeblood of any professional association, which is why the Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) has created an initiative to engage more members in organizational leadership roles.
The Volunteer Engagement Initiative, which was officially introduced at FPA Annual Conference – BE Seattle 2014
, will enable FPA to enhance how the organization engages with a wide number of volunteers in varying capacities. The goal is to have a profound impact on the organization and the profession through the combined effort of passionate, involved volunteers.
This initiative will help FPA increase awareness of the vast opportunities to volunteer within FPA; support and empower a volunteer culture where members are educated about the volunteer opportunities that fit their skills, passions and time constraints; provide appropriate recognition for volunteers; and better track volunteer activity and engagement.
Industry trends show that volunteerism is declining because members have less time to devote to such activities. A time management study conducted by the FPA Research and Practice Institute™ earlier this year revealed that advisers are struggling to gain control over their personal and business affairs – let alone their volunteer commitments. FPA is cognizant of these trends and has developed this initiative to respond to these time challenges while providing a greater variety of volunteer opportunities where members can contribute in ways that are more meaningful to them individually.
“While we have streamlined the organization and empowered the staff to take more responsibility in areas of their expertise, the role of volunteers remains an invaluable cornerstone to FPA’s success now and in the future,” said Lauren M. Schadle, CAE, FPA executive director and CEO. “The Volunteer Engagement Initiative will provide a means for members to serve in volunteer opportunities that offer a greater range of flexibility to fit their schedules, interests and passions.”
One of the key elements of the initiative is a Volunteer Engagement Center that will be powered through the FPA website (www.OneFPA.org). This center will act like a job board where members can search for volunteer opportunities and apply for positions. The initiative will also include ways to reduce the risk of volunteer burnout and the development of a recognition program to ensure all members who give selflessly to the organization are acknowledged for their contributions toward success of FPA and the profession.
“Whether it is a short, one-time commitment, or a long-term project or position – FPA welcomes and values the skills, talents and passions of all our members,” added Schadle.
The Volunteer Engagement Center can be accessed here