Schwab Institutional has awarded a $300,000 grant for the Financial Planning Association's pro bono financial planning services.
   The grant will be paid over three years to initiate an endowment for the FPA's Financial Planning Support Center, which was founded to help families impacted by the September 11 terrorist attacks. The center has since expanded its mission to serve low-income clients, disaster victims and people who have received credit counseling or declared bankruptcy.
   The center has also partnered with the American Red Cross to offer pro bono financial planning to military families, including reservists and members of the National Guard.
   "We are very pleased to be the first donor to support this important new endowment," says Deborah McWhinney, president of Schwab Institutional. "The FPA members who donate their time and expertise are providing an invaluable service to thousands of people, and through this contribution, we hope to enhance their efforts."