Membership and financial data presented here offer insights into the association's current and year-over-year performance in key areas. Information about the APA Foundation describes activities in 2018 including contributions, disbursements for academic scholarships, commitments for disaster-recovery grants, and progress made on the FutureShape research agenda.
Key Performance Data: FY 2019 Q3 (June 30, 2019)
APA members are planners, commissioners, public officials, educators, students, and engaged citizens who are committed to creating vital communities. More than four in 10 APA members have obtained required education and professional experience and passed a rigorous exam to become certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
Membership in APA Divisions
APA's 21 divisions connect planners and other professionals who are passionate about a planning specialty or area of interest.
Actual versus Budget Expenses/Revenues
APA's annual budget supports the goals and related action items in the Development Plan approved by the Board of Directors.
FY2019 APA Budget and Financial Reserve Policy
In September 2018, the APA Board approved APA's FY 2019 budget, for the period October 1, 2018, to September 30, 2019. The budget development was guided by APA's Financial Reserves Policy which includes a target reserve of approximately 50 percent of fixed operating costs. We estimate fixed operating costs to be approximately $13 million. The FY 2017 costs to transition the defined benefit pension plan to a third-party provider caused us to dip into reserves, and we are currently well below this 50 percent reserve. Associations like APA often casually refer to net unrestricted assets as a financial reserve, as this is the balance available to conduct business operations in the event of an unusual situation or extremely dire straits. We have a budgeted surplus of $473,000 in FY 2019 that should move us closer to this reserve percentage, and we plan to continue to develop budgets in the future to reach or exceed the 50 percent target.
APA Foundation Contributions and Disbursements
In 2018, the APA Foundation distributed $25,000 to eight planning students for scholarships at accredited planning schools; committed to fund $78,000 for six planning disaster recovery projects as a result of the 2017 hurricanes; and convened experts in planning and related professions to begin crafting the FutureShape research agenda.