Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria

Please see the Financial Planning's Best Workplaces in Money Management program requirements below.


We welcome all organizations that meet the eligibility requirements to participate in Financial Planning’s Best Workplaces in Money Management program. To be eligible for consideration, companies must meet the following criteria:

Must be each of the following:

  • Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or public agency
  • Have a facility in the United States
  • Have a minimum of 10 full and/or part-time employees working in the United States
  • Must be in business a minimum of one year


Best Companies Group and our partners reserve the right to exclude any participating organization that does not align with the intent and spirit of the program.

How do we define eligible organizations in Money Management?

A business or public organization responsible for managing investible assets of an institutional investor (including pension funds, endowments, foundations, sovereign wealth funds or individuals are eligible to participate. This includes internal or external managers of traditional and alternative assets, and managers of managers.

The definition of professional money manager would include all money managers, investment consultants and financial planners regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission in the U.S. as “investment advisers” under the U.S. Investment Advisers Act of 1940. It would also include any firms required to file Form 13 F or Form ADV with the Securities and Exchange Commission as well as firms that are compensated for their work based on a percentage of assets under management, assets under advisement or assets in custody. It also includes general partners that provide investment advice to limited partners with respect to partnership assets.

According to the SEC, in the case of a bank, when such services or actions are performed through a separately identifiable department or division, the department or division, and not the bank itself, is deemed to be the investment adviser. The term “separately identifiable department or division” is defined in section 202(a)(26) of the Investment Advisers Act.

How to enter your organization

All organizations will participate in one of three ways:

1. As an individual organization possessing one Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN).

2. As the parent/holding company of multiple organizations with one FEIN for all subsidiaries. The parent/holding company must register with all eligible employees working for that parent/holding company.

3. Subsidiaries of a parent/holding organization may register separately if each subsidiary organization possesses a separate FEIN. If the organization has multiple facilities, branches, factories, offices or stores, all locations must be included in the survey if they operate under the same FEIN.

Which employees to include

Include all current, full- and part-time United States employees in the survey process, from the CEO, partners, all the way to line-level employees, including remote employees. Remote employees are defined as employees that work from home or on the road who directly report to a supervisor in the United States.

Exclude all temporary, seasonal or per diem employees, PRN, 1099 employees/independent contractors, volunteers, interns, outside consultants or staffing employees placed by other organizations.