FPA-IL Celebrates Community Outreach Anniversary at Northbrook Public Library.

Since October 2007, the Financial Planning Association of Illinois (FPA-IL) North Shore Council has been sponsoring a Community Outreach Program at the Northbrook Public Library. This program entitles library patrons to attend a free, 55 minute session where a Certified Financial PlannerĀ® Practitioner is available to answer investment or financial planning questions.

Each FPA-IL volunteer is required to avoid soliciting business from anyone attending a session. The library promotes the program through their newsletter and lobby displays, maintains the schedule, and provides a small conference room. In order to make the program available to as many patrons as possible, the library staff tries to limit individuals from scheduling more than one session a year. Sessions are held on the second Thursday of each month, with the first session starting at 9:30 AM, and the second session at 10:30 AM.

Patrick Doland, a Northbrook resident and a former president of the FPA-IL North Shore Council stated “When I first approached the library in the summer of 2007 about providing the free service at the library, I had no idea that we would meet with over 120 north shore residents over the next six years.” Doland, who has served as the library’s liaison with the FPA-IL since the program started, went on to state “Many of the individuals we have met with over the years had financial questions and didn’t know where to go to have them addressed. The FPA-IL volunteers have been happy to participate in the program.”

The Financial Planning Association has close to 100 chapters throughout the U.S and has approx. 24,000 members located in more than 30 countries. The organization traces its history to a group of 13 financial services professionals who met in late 1969 at the O’Hare Hilton in Chicago.