Adrienne Doobin: What is the CFA Institute?

March 19, 2013

Founded in 1947, the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute is a nonprofit organization of investment professionals devoted to setting the standard of excellence within the investment industry. Although it had its beginnings in Charlottesville, Virginia, where it is headquartered, the CFA has expanded globally, and it had more than 100,000 members in 140 countries as of 2012.

Membership in the CFA Institute comes with a wide range of advantages, including multiple career resources and networking opportunities. Those members who are looking for work can search the CFA Institute’s JobLine resource, which is updated with new investment jobs frequently. Members can also connect with other members by using the organization’s extensive online directory. Furthermore, the CFA Institute offers a wide range of educational programs for members who are looking to advance their careers, including a graduate-level curriculum known as the CFA Program.

The mission of the CFA Institute is to promote five organizational pillars–ethics, global community, industry knowledge, professional excellence, and the greater good–that all members must uphold. To learn more about the CFA Institute, visit

Adrienne Doobin is a business professional, Chartered Financial Analyst, and a member of the CFA Institute. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, reading, and horseback riding.


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