APA Foundation Announces Its First Signature Cause

The APA Foundation announced its first signature cause, FutureShape, during a session at APA’s National Planning Conference in New York.

FutureShape is an effort to develop a strategic framework of planning and research priorities along with actionable tools to shape the future and focus of planning. It will build an authoritative blueprint for how planning can best help America’s communities.

“FutureShape is an exciting opportunity to discover the next evolution of the planning profession,” said Mary Kay Peck, FAICP, chair of the APA Foundation who made the announcement. “Planners are uniquely suited to guide communities with grace through the changes and challenges we currently face. Through planning, we can enable our communities to become stronger, more resilient, and more equitable.”

To support FutureShape and the mission of the APA Foundation with a tax-deductible donation, visit the APA Pavilion inside the expo hall at NPC17 in New York, make a contribution using the APA NPC17 app, or donate online via APA’s Foundation website.

The APA Foundation has three initiatives: provide access to educational opportunities, enrich the public dialogue about planning, and advance social equity in the profession and in communities. Over the years, the APA Foundation has fostered the next generation of planners through scholarships, making education attainable for those who have identified planning as their future career path. The Foundation has also provided support to communities rebuilding after a disaster by sending teams of professional planners to fill the planning expertise void within the communities, helping them create a path forward to a more resilient future. The Foundation is governed by an independent seven-member board of directors.

Read the full news release about the announcement.


May 6, 2017