The Financial Planning Association and the Foundation for Financial Planning are joining forces to boost the organizations’ pro bono efforts.

Under the partnership announced Wednesday, the FFP will take over day-to-day operations of the FPA’s pro bono planning program. Leading the pro bono activities, the foundation will provide ongoing support and guidance to the FPA’s national network of chapters and will be more closely integrated with key FPA operations allowing it to more easily connect with FPA chapters and members.

“We are thrilled to more closely involve the foundation with our FPA chapter network so that they can collectively help Americanstake controlof their financial lives,” FPA President Mike Branham said.

To take on this expanded role, the foundation has increased its staff. Elissa Buie, chairwoman of the foundation, said the organization is “eager and prepared” to lead the pro bono activities. “The Foundation for Financial Planning has extensive experience in supporting and facilitating a variety of pro bono initiatives and is fully committed to expanding and enhancing the FPA pro bono program,” Buie said. The organizations will work together during the transition and expect to complete the move of the core pro bono operations to the foundation by June 1. The foundation will continue to use the FPA’s consumer-oriented resources, training programs and educational presentations.

The foundation is also a co-sponsor of the annual Financial Planning Pro Bono Awards, which honor advisors who contribute their time and talents to help those in need manage their financial lives. In the coming days, Financial Planning is set to begin accepting nominations for this year’s Pro Bono Awards, which will be announced in August. Check for more information.

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