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CAI Poised for Record-Setting Membership Growth

12/13/2017  -  Falls Church, VA

New 2017 dues restructure program expands membership for community association board members

Dec. 13, 2017 — Falls Church, VA — Community Associations Institute (CAI), the leading international authority in community association education, governance, and management, is proud to announce its largest fiscal-year membership gain in the organization's 40-year history.

36k.jpgTo date, CAI's total membership of 35,889 includes volunteer homeowner leaders who serve on their association boards in homeowners associations (HOAs), condominium communities, and cooperatives, as well as community management professionals and business partners serving these communities.

The membership increase is a significant gain following the Oct. 1 announcement of CAI's new membership dues restructuring plan for its Homeowner Leader membership type, which offers community associations the opportunity to sign up to 15 board members for only $250. Prior to Oct. 1, CAI membership totaled of 34,555.

 “We understand the best community associations have the best boards—they're educated, knowledgeable, and prepared to lead their communities successfully," said Thomas M. Skiba, CAE, CAI's chief executive officer. “In the past, community associations would typically only support a CAI membership for the top three board positions—president, vice president, and treasurer. Under the new plan, communities can now sign up their entire board to join CAI at the lowest cost. We're confident our new membership structure will continue to provide association board members the best tools and resources they need to be successful."

Since CAI was established in1973 with only 200 members, education and training, networking opportunities and access to exclusive catalogues and publications have been key benefits of  membership. By 1983, the organization grew was comprised of more than 5,000 members and by 2010, CAI reached its 30,000-member milestone. Today, CAI has 63 chapters worldwide, including Canada, the Middle East, and South Africa, and relationships with housing leaders in Spain, Australia, and the United Kingdom. While education, training, and networking continue to be priority, CAI is also the leader in community association industry research and data and advocacy support for community association residents across the globe. 

According to the 2017 CAI Member Needs Assessment Survey, 89 percent of CAI members responded that they're likely to recommend CAI to their peers. Across all member types, the most important reasons for joining CAI include professional designations and certifications, connection to local CAI chapters, networking, and education.

“Our lens on the world comes directly from our members, many of whom have witnessed first-hand how community associations increasingly are being called on to play a significant role in the way we live, learn, work, and play," said Crystal Wallace, CAE, CAI's vice president of membership and chapter relations. “Forty years later, our mission remains—uniting communities worldwide by continuing to understand the influence of today's community association leaders, community managers, and business partners will help us all seize new opportunities while navigating the challenges of change."


About Community Associations Institute
Since 1973, Community Associations Institute (CAI) has been the leading provider of resources and information for homeowners, volunteer board leaders, professional managers, and business professionals in 342,000 community associations, condominiums, and co-ops in the United States and millions of communities worldwide. With nearly 36,000 members, CAI works in partnership with 63 affiliated chapters within the U.S., Canada, United Arab Emirates, and South Africa, as well as with housing leaders in several other countries including Australia, Spain, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom.

A global nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization, CAI is the foremost authority in community association management, governance, education, and advocacy. Our mission is to inspire professionalism, effective leadership, and responsible citizenship—ideals reflected in community associations that are preferred places to call home. Visit us at, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @CAISocial. ​​

Phone: 703-970-9235