Celebrating its fifth year of continuing growth, the Family Travel Association (FTA) announced it plans to become a non-profit 501 (c) (6) organization in 2020, to help it grow the size and scale of the organization and help it create more value for the members.
Speaking at the 2019 FTA Summit, at Custer State Park Resort in South Dakota, FTA Founder and President Rainer Jenss discussed how he has been working with the FTA Advisory Board to devise a plan for the transition, including meeting all the legal and tax requirements. (Currently, the FTA is a privately-held LLC.)
“In five years, the FTA has made tremendous strides building a community of like-minded individuals, organizations and companies, all seeking to help more families discover the possibilities travel has to offer,” Jenss said. “This move will allow the organization to build out a full-time staff that can develop the programs that enable us to continue achieving our goals.”
The FTA’s stated mission is “to inspire families to travel – and to travel more – while advocating for travel as an essential part of every child’s education.”
This transition, Jenss said, will not only help grow the FTA in size, but it will facilitate improving the value proposition for its more than 400 travel advisor, media, supplier and destination members. “When the FTA emerges from this transition, it will have more robust management resources, improved operations and members will have a greater influence on governance.”
The advisory board is developing committees to manage specific areas critical to a successful transition, and “we will announce new developments at the appropriate time,” said Jenss, who said he plans to maintain a role with the FTA as determined by the advisory board.
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