About Us


Authoritative research sponsored by the Foundation for Community Association Research supports the aspirations of the more than 74 million Americans who live and work in an estimated 358,000 U.S. community associations. Our mission — with your support — is to provide research-based information for homeowners, association board members, community managers, developers and others. Since the Foundation’s inception in 1975, we’ve built a solid reputation for producing accurate, insightful and timely information and produce:

  • Sponsor needs-based research to help community association stakeholders address specific challenges and prepare for emerging issues.
  • Publish best practices reports on critical topics like energy efficiency, governance, financial operations and strategic planning.
  • Provide research scholarships for graduate students.
  • Collect historical data on the development, operation and management of common-interest communities, including surveys analyzing homeowner satisfaction and community manager compensation.



In short, our work supports homeowner volunteer leaders and industry professionals who share a stake in the success of common-interest communities.

In addition, the Foundation supports Community Associations Institute (CAI), a national organization dedicated to fostering vibrant, competent, harmonious community associations. For more than 40 years, CAI has been the leader in providing education and resources to the volunteer homeowners who govern community associations and the professionals who support them. CAI members include community association volunteer leaders, professional managers, community management firms, and other professionals and companies that provide products and services to associations. There are close to 350,000 community associations across the country, reflecting the growth of community-based solutions to modern housing problems.

The Foundation is led by a 16-member Board of Directors. The Board is made up of dedicated volunteers who give their time and expertise to making the Foundation a leader in community association research and development. Learn more about the Foundation’s leaders.

Download a copy of the Audited Financial Statements (PDF).


The Foundation for Community Association Research provides authoritative research and analysis on community association trends, issues, and operations. Our mission is to foster successful and sustainable communities.

Diversity Statement

The Foundation for Community Association Research is committed to making diversity, equity, and inclusion a core aspect within our organization and the community association housing model at large. We firmly believe in the unique strengths of every individual and that diversity makes organizations more successful and communities more fulfilling. By actively cultivating diversity, we benefit from a vastly richer mix of ideas, perspectives, and life experiences that expand our thinking and our possibilities. We strive to foster a culture of discovery, innovation, and service as we continue to focus on our mission to build better communities.

Find out more about the Foundation

To learn more about the Foundation for Community Association Research, call 1-(888) 224-4321 or (703) 970-9220 (M-F, 9-5:00 ET) or email foundation@caionline.org.

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