Financial Communications Society
Founded in 1967, the Financial Communications Society (FCS) is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving professional standards in financial marketing communications through a mission of community, education and philanthropy.
We provide industry professionals with a multi-faceted forum for gathering relevant information, sharing actionable ideas and building valuable relationships with fellow practitioners.
FCS Members hold senior and mid-level management positions in advertising, marketing, PR, IR, corporate communications, and social and digital media at financial services firms including banks, brokerages, asset managers, exchanges, insurance companies, etc. Non-corporate members represent agencies, including branding/creative, PR/communications, new media, research, technology, and media-buying; as well as leading publishing and media companies, such as broadcast, print, out-of-home, and online organizations. In addition, other members engage with the financial industry through their roles in professional services companies, such as recruiting and training, and in government and public policy positions. Our Young Members Circle welcomes professionals age 35 and under, including those in entry-level positions.
FCS Members work in in all disciplines of financial marketing communications, from branding and advertising to media and public relations, from corporate and client communications to digital and social strategy, from public affairs to policy making.
Through our wide variety of informational programs and networking activities, the FCS is the voice for the financial communications industry across the U.S.
We host the annual FCS Financial Marketer of the Year Award and the FCS Portfolio Awards for creative excellence in financial services branding & advertising, branded content, digital media, events, external and employee communications, media strategy/planning, and public relations. We bestow the annual FCS Jamie E. DePeau Leadership Award on an FCS member whose performance as a leader, in and beyond the workplace, has a transformative impact.
We stage more than 50 educational events virtually and across the U.S., featuring prominent marketers and compelling panel discussions.
The FCS has a long, proud history of taking the “prosperity” of our activities and providing it to a number of very worthy causes, from UNICEF to the Red Cross to Girls Inc. Our Members Only Virtual Event Series (FCS MOVES) issues a donation to a children's charity selected by our CMO-level guest speaker at each event; more than 30 charities have benefited since 2020. The capstone of our philanthropic activities is our annual FCS Race for Kids charity ski weekend in Stowe, Vermont. (www.fcsraceforkids.org) Since the year 2000 when the FCS became title sponsor of the event, we have donated more than $2,825,000 to three wonderful charities: Hope & Heroes Columbia University Medical Center, Downey Side Adoption Agency, and the Make A Wish Foundation of Vermont.
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