Why OneFPA Network

To elevate the profession that transforms lives through the power of financial planning. 


It’s more than FPA’s Primary Aim. It’s the reason we chose careers as financial planners. And it’s the “why” that inspires us in what we do every day as FPA leaders, members and communities. 

How do we work together to assure we are collectively living the Primary Aim in everything we do?

The OneFPA Network will…

… empower FPA volunteers to better serve and advocate for financial planning with a shared vision and unified voice.

… attract the next generation of members because they could feel how important FPA is to elevating the profession.

… enable FPA leaders and members to have a greater impact on regulatory and legislative issues.

... allow us to leverage our buying power to benefit our communities to deliver greater value for all.

… deliver a richer member experience through better technology supporting local and national operations.

… solidify FPA’s Primary Aim as our sole organizational purpose as we work to truly elevate the profession – together.

OneFPA Network is an opportunity to come together as a financial planning community to elevate the profession that transforms lives through the power of financial planning. 

And to empower us all to focus on our passions and do what we do best.

Let’s do this together.

The Power of Alignment and Integration

More alignment and integration will better serve FPA’s vision and our members’ interests by leveraging limited resources and coalescing the passion of volunteer leaders. The result is enhanced alignment with every community, volunteer leader and staff person pulling in the same direction. And greater integration of programs, initiatives and benefits across all FPA communities that allow for a more vibrant, consistent member experience.


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The OneFPA Network Promise

Through Centralized Functionality and Participatory Governance, we can bring together the association’s many individual parts into one cohesive whole—technologically, financially and functionally. By doing so, we can:

Empower volunteer leaders and staff to focus on their passions

Deliver a consistent member experience across all communities

Elevate FPA’s brand awareness nationally and in every community

Secure a more impactful voice with policymakers, the media and the public

Realize greater buying power to support all FPA members and communities


An outside consultant assesses the chapter systems through a series of exhaustive interviews and develops a report with recommendations. The report uncovers operational and cultural issues impeding FPA's growth and success.


Chapter leaders spark discussion about better collaboration and integration, marking the beginning of the OneFPA Network. Chapter leaders express increasing concerns that the chapter system is not providing sufficient support to local communities, which leads FPA to begin a more in-depth examination.


Recognizing an insufficient level of integration and alignment, an organization-wide “Co-creating Our Future” is undertaken. Greater awareness resulted, but substantial changes to the system were
not implemented.


The two primary organizations serving financial planners—IAFP and ICFP—merge into a new voluntary professional membership organization called FPA. The national boards are fully integrated, but local communities are left wondering how they fit within the new organization—FPA.


The OneFPA Journey

After continued dialogue with the Board of Directors and staff about chapter system assessment, the Board determines ‘OneFPA’ efforts need to continue to address the important issues being raised. As a result, seven task forces composed of 50 national and chapter leaders are created as the OneFPA Advisory Group.


The Board of Directors approves advancing ‘OneFPA’ and asks for a plan at the February 2017 Board meeting. The board determines a formal endeavor titled the “OneFPA Initiative” is required and that a plan to address challenges should be developed by 2017.


In an effort to explore ideas that have emerged, ongoing beta tests are in place to directly experience draft elements of the OneFPA Initiative efforts.
The Board approves the draft OneFPA Initiative plan for distribution and feedback called the ‘OneFPA Network.’


Given the magnitude of the challenges and opportunities identified, the Board embraces the OneFPA Initiative as a top organizational priority and the transformational three-year goal of the association.

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