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Free Financial Advice for Americans Nationwide During Sixth Annual Financial Planning Days

September 30, 2015

In these uncertain economic times, Americans nationwide will have the opportunity to get competent financial advice at no cost and with no strings attached.  Between October 3 and November 7, twenty-two Financial Planning Days ( will be held in cities across the U.S.  On those days, hundreds of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals will partner with local city governments and gather in designated schools, municipal buildings, and libraries to offer free financial counsel to area residents.

In its sixth year,
Financial Planning Days is a joint endeavor by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board), Financial Planning Association® (FPA®), Foundation for Financial Planning and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The mission of the initiative is to bring free, ethical financial planning advice to the public through one-on-one advising sessions and group workshops. Highly qualified CFP® professionals will volunteer their time and offer “no-strings-attached” advice.  These professionals will not distribute business cards, take names, or sell financial products or services. 

In one-on-one consultations, financial planners are seated at tables and meet privately with individuals and couples to answer questions on budgeting, managing credit, getting out of debt, income taxes, homeownership, planning and paying for college, estate planning, insurance and many other topics. Free classroom-style workshop presentations covering key areas of personal finance are also available.

To participate:
Free registration is available at or by calling toll-free at 1-877-861-7826. Walk-ins are also welcome.  Events are planned in the following metro areas: 

Akron, OH
October 10

Atlanta (Brookhaven), GA
October 10

Baltimore, MD
October 17

Chicago, IL
October 24

Columbus, OH
October 7

Huntington Beach, CA
October 17

Indianapolis, IN
October 6

Los Angeles, CA
October 17

Lubbock, TX
October 24

Martinez, CA
October 20

Milwaukee, WI
October 24

Oakland, CA
October 10 & 13

Pasadena, CA
October 24

Phoenix (Tempe), AZ
October 17

West Sacramento, CA
October 10

San Antonio, TX
October 3

San Francisco, CA
November 7

San Mateo, CA
October 17

St. Paul, MN
October 17

Virginia Beach, VA
November 7

Washington, DC
October 17


The mission of Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. is to benefit the public by granting the CFP® certification and upholding it as the recognized standard of excellence for competent and ethical personal financial planning. The Board of Directors, in furthering CFP Board's mission, acts on behalf of the public, CFP® professionals and other stakeholders. CFP Board owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, CFP® (with plaque design) and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.  CFP Board currently authorizes nearly 73,000 individuals to use these marks in the U.S.  For more information about CFP Board, visit or call 800-487-1497.

About the Financial Planning Association

Since 2000, the Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) has been the principal professional organization for CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professionals, educators, financial services professionals and students who seek advancement in a growing, dynamic profession. More than 23,000 FPA members adhere to the highest standards of professional competence, ethical conduct and clear, complete disclosure to those they serve. Through a collaborative effort to provide members with One Connection to tools and resources for professional growth, business success, advocacy and community, FPA has become an indispensable force in the advancement of today’s CFP® professional. Learn more about FPA at and follow on Twitter at

About Foundation for Financial Planning 

The Foundation for Financial Planning, a 501(c) (3) non-profit is the only organization solely devoted to supporting the delivery of pro bono financial planning.  Its mission is to help people take control of their financial lives by connecting the financial planning community with people in need. Visit for more information and to learn how you can contribute to making a difference in the financial lives of others. The Foundation for Financial Planning meets its mission daily by connecting financial planners with underserved populations and has helped provide more than 350,000 people with pro bono financial planning. The Foundation has provided more than $5.7 million in grants to local, regional and national nonprofits in support of pro bono financial planning, including providing financial planning resources free of charge to the military and has connected more than 13,000 financial planners with volunteer opportunities.  It Matters!  

About The U.S. Conference of Mayors
The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,204 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. More information about the Conference is available at

Jessica Lewis, CFP Board: 202-379-2256 or
Dawn Butler, Foundation for Financial Planning: 770-938-1110, 404-903-1227 or