Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A New (And Free!) Best Practices Guide

The press release from CAI says it as well or better than I can, so here's the release:

The Foundation for Community Association Research has published Community Security, a 50-page resource that associations can use to determine their security obligations and decide which products and services can provide an appropriate level of security for their residents. Community Security is the eighth Best Practices report developed by the Foundation.

The new report addresses association security obligations; security services; video surveillance and alarm systems; access control systems for vehicles and pedestrians; automated gate systems, and more. The publication includes two case studies and a checklist for securing communities.

The report can be downloaded for free at or purchased in hard copy by CAI members for just 12.95 ($22 for nonmembers) through Community Associations Press at The complete collection of eight best practice reports can be purchased by CAI members for $24.95 ($42 for nonmembers).

Other free, downloadable Best Practice reports are:

* Financial Operations
* Governance, Resident Involvement and Conflict Resolution
* Community Harmony/Spirit/Involvement
* Strategic Planning
* Reserve Studies/Management
* Transition (from developer to homeowner control)
* Energy Efficiency

Best Practice reports have been downloaded almost 7,000 times this year alone.

"We develop Best Practice Reports so individual community associations don’t have to start from scratch," says Foundation President Robert Browning, PCAM, RS, of Browning Reserve Group in Sacramento. "Like all of our reports, Community Security was developed by leaders in their areas of expertise. For Community Security, we relied on the knowledge and experience of multiple contributors who share practical information that can save association boards time and unnecessary expense, not to mention missteps."

The Foundation is a nonprofit, research-driven group established in 1975 by Community Associations Institute (CAI). The Foundation supports and conducts research and makes that information available to professionals and volunteers involved in community association governance.

"We help volunteer community leaders and professionals better understand the increasingly sophisticated nature of community association management and
governance," says Executive Director David Jennings, CAE. "Our goal is to provide insight and information to those who work to make communities the best they can be."

The Foundation is supported by voluntary contributions that can be made on membership renewal applications.

CAI is a national organization dedicated to fostering vibrant, effective and harmonious community associations. CAI members include community association volunteer leaders, professional managers, management firms and businesses that provide a variety of products and services to community associations. More information on CAI and its 58 local, regional and state chapters is available at or by calling toll-free (888) 224-4321.