March 2021

What Federal Government Policies on Equity Mean for Community Associations

  by C. Scott Canady | March 25, 2021   On January 20, President Joe Biden signed an executive order directing all federal agencies to advance equity. What is equity, and how will the executive order impact community associations? President Biden’s executive order defines equity as “the consistent and systemic fair, just, and impartial treatment of all individuals, including...

Guiding communities: New resource for association governing documents

  by Kiara Candelaria | March 18,2021   Every community association requires a set of governing documents—often a declaration of covenants, conditions, and restrictions, articles of incorporation or organization, and bylaws—to provide its legal framework and operation. Governing documents define the rights and obligations of the association and its members. They also establish...

One year later: Looking back, looking forward at the COVID-19 pandemic

  by Daniel Brannigan | March 11, 2021   Our lives officially grounded to a halt on March 11, 2020. The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Schools began closing, college and sports leagues suspended seasons, and many of us began working from home. One year later, the numbers are staggering. Nearly 530,000 Americans have died, more than 29 million cases have...

Honoring the Women Who Choose To Challenge

  By Dawn Bauman, CAE and Phoebe E. Neseth, Esq. | March 11, 2021   Each year, Women’s History Month serves as a reminder to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year’s theme, “Choose to Challenge,” could not be more appropriate to describe the female leaders who advocate on behalf of the community association industry and the...

Essential read: CAI launches new guide to community association living

  By: Kiara Candelaria | January 21, 2021       Community associations offer amenities, services, and advantages for people who enjoy convenience, preserved property values, and a sense of community. Learning how they are organized, governed, and managed avoids misinformation and misunderstandings and ensures a fulfilling community association living...

Adapting and evolving: Leveraging tools to better serve our communities

  By: James Dodson IV | February 5, 2021     Responding quickly to difficult situations is an important part of what we do as community managers, board members, and business partners. This past year brought us, among other things, a devastating pandemic and social justice movements. Thanks to member experts and resources, CAI has been there as your constant supporter,...

Relationship advice: 4 strategies for successful partnerships with service providers

  By: Katie Anderson, CMCA, AMS, PCAM   Governing and operating a community association is complex even for experienced managers, informed board members, and involved residents. Hiring service providers who offer landscaping, accounting, legal advice, maintenance, reserves analysis, insurance and risk management, or myriad other services is critical to a properly managed and...

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