News from CAI's Foundation for Community Association Research

Nov 12, 2014

Be Part of the Big Picture!
Thanks to your support, the Foundation has contributed valuable research and analysis on community association issues and trends for 40 years. As we prepare for the next four decades and anticipate the changes our communities will experience, we're inviting you to show your support in a really visible way by being part of  "The Big Picture," a new fundraising campaign that will run through the end of March 2015.   

The idea is simple: Donate to the Foundation, submit a photo or company logo and we'll display it at CAI's 2015 Annual Conference and Exposition and at the Foundation headquarters in Falls Church, Va., during the campaign. More information about the campaign is available at

Want to learn more about the Foundation? Watch our introductory video at

Get all the Data You Need
Do you need information or data about community associations in the United States? Look no further than the Foundation's online Fact Book, the most comprehensive resource for anyone who wants state and national data on common-interest communities. If you're looking for a more top-line summary, download CAI's free brochure, National and State Statistical Review for 2013. Data for 2014 and 2015 will be released during the first quarter of 2015.

What the Attorneys Say
CAI member attorneys say rules enforcement is more likely than any other issue to create potential legal liability for community associations. That is followed closely by disagreements between homeowners and their associations with respect to who is responsible for maintenance, repairs and replacements, according to a new Snap Survey conducted by the Foundation. Learn more, including how often attorneys "fire" their community association clients and the one piece of advice attorneys would offer to a homeowner who is about to join a community association board.

New Best Practices Report
The Foundation's latest contribution to the community association industry is Ethics, a 60-page resource that offers guidance on how to create and implement tools and policies to ensure that ethical behavior is clearly defined and practiced in your workplace or community. Ethics is the tenth Best Practices Report developed by the Foundation.

The report includes four case studies, a survey of management company executives and large-scale managers on ethics, CAI's various codes of ethics and related policies and standards, a sample code of ethics from two organizations and a comprehensive list of resources offering more information on ethics. The report can be downloaded for free at or purchased in book format.  

Other free, downloadable Best Practice Reports are:

Community Harmony & Spirit

Community Security

Energy Efficiency

Financial Operations


Green Communities

Reserve Studies

Strategic Planning

Transition (from developer to homeowner control)

Make Your Tax-deductible Year-End Contribution Today
Financial assistance is essential to the Foundation's work. Donations provide the support we need to conduct and sponsor research that benefits community associations, homeowner volunteers and industry professionals. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution. Donations are accepted online, or you can mail your contribution to the Foundation for Community Association Research, 6402 Arlington Blvd., Suite 500, Falls Church, VA 22042. Thank you in advance for your commitment to the Foundation's mission and work.

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