Chapter FAQ

GET INVOLVED WITH YOUR CNU CHAPTER

1. What is a CNU Chapter?
2. How do I connect with a CNU Chapter?
3. How do I connect with members in my area?
4. Does CNU have Chapters outside of the United States?

CHAPTER HISTORY

5. How are CNU Chapters different from other chapter-based organizations?
6. How does CNU support its Chapters?
7. How do I contact the Chapter Coordinator?

CNU MEMBERSHIP

8. Do I have to pay separately to join a CNU Chapter?
9. How do I join or renew with CNU?
10. What are the benefits of joining CNU?

CHAPTER FORMATION

11. What are the steps to form a CNU Chapter?
12. How long does it take to form a CNU Chapter?
13. What resources are available for forming CNU Chapters?
14. Who do I contact at CNU to begin the Chapter formation process?
15. What is a CNU Satellite/Subchapter and how do I form one?
16. What is a non-Chapter/Local Affiliate organization and how do I form one?

STUDENTS FOR THE NEW URBANISM (SNU)

17. What is SNU?
18. How do I form an SNU Chapter?
19. What resources are available to SNU Chapters?
20. What events do you recommend our SNU Chapter should host?
21. How do I obtain a speaker for my SNU Chapter event?
22. How do I promote my SNU event on CNU.org?

CHAPTERS AT THE CONGRESS

23. What is the Congress and when is it?
24. How do I get involved with my CNU Chapter at the Congress?
25. How do I register for the Congress?
26. How do I organize a CNU Chapter-related event at the Congress?

OTHER QUESTIONS

Email the Chapter Coordinator, chapters@cnu.org or call 312-551-7300

1. What is a CNU Chapter?

Chapters are CNU’s ground game. They can identify and engage in local and regional issues, catalyze momentum, build support around where and how neighborhoods can grow, form strategic coalitions, and more. They are 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that are based at the regional/state level or major metropolitan areas.

2. How do I connect with a CNU Chapter?

Visit the Find a Chapter page here and click on the Chapter in your area.

3. How do I connect with members in my area?

Search the Member Directory by city or country.

4. Does CNU have Chapters outside of the United States?

Yes, we have Chapters throughout North America, including Ontario, British Columbia (CNU Cascadia), and Chapters actively forming throughout North and Central America. There are also international councils in Australia and Europe.

5. How are CNU Chapters different from other chapter-based organizations?

Unlike many other organizations, CNU Chapters are their own, formal non-profit 501(c)3 organizations with their own Boards and staff.

6. How does CNU support its Chapters?

CNU is committed to providing the support needed to help build and sustain strong, successful Chapters. CNU provides Chapters with access to a staff member who facilitates communication among and between Chapters and CNU’s staff and Board of Directors. To ensure that Chapter needs are met, all Chapter communications are to go through the Chapter Coordinator. In addition to assisting Chapters through the organizing steps and monitoring and supporting the work of Chapters, the Chapter Coordinator serves as an information clearinghouse and provide opportunities for Chapters to network across geographic boundaries by connecting them in touch with other Chapters working on similar issues. Learn more in the Chapter Policies Handbook under CNU and the Chapter.

7. How do I contact the Chapter Coordinator?

Email: chapters@cnu.org or call 312.551.7300.

8. Do I have to pay separately to join a CNU Chapter?

No, your CNU membership includes membership in your local Chapter with access to events, networking opportunities, and more.

9. How do I join or renew with CNU?

Visit the Become a Member page and find the level right for you, your group, or municipality, Click on Join CNU/Renew Membership or contact CNU’s Membership Assistant, Juantiki Jones, at (312) 551-7300 or jjones@cnu.org

10. What are the benefits of joining CNU?

As a CNU member you will: enjoy an alliance with like-minded CNU members, and receive membership in your local CNU Chapter. Membership also includes access to our membership benefits such as: discounts on the Congress, bike sharing, car, and shared-use mobility memberships, books, magazines, and more.

11. What are the steps to form a CNU Chapter?

Read CNU’s Steps to Organize a Chapter.

12. How long does it take to form a CNU Chapter?

The length varies based on a number of factors, including the time it takes to: organize a Chapter Interest Group and a Chapter Organizing Committee, develop a mission, a budget and the formal process of applying for nonprofit status.

13. What resources are available for forming CNU Chapters?

Visit the Chapter Policies and Resources page.

14. Who do I contact at CNU to begin the Chapter formation process?

Kristen Dunphey at kdunphey@cnu.org or 312.551.7300.

15. What is a CNU Satellite/Subchapter and how do I form one?

Satellite and Subchapters are nestled under the local Chapter non-profit 501(c)3 in order to have a local reach under the statewide/regional Chapters. Speak with your area’s Chapter president or contact the Chapter Coordinator to form a CNU Satellite/Subchapter.

16. What is a non-Chapter/Local Affiliate organization and how do I form one? 

Local affiliates are adopted by existing CNU Chapters or are a greater partner of CNU. Speak with your Chapter president or contact the Chapter Coordinator to form a non-Chapter/Local Affiliate organization.

17. What is SNU?

Students for the New Urbanism (SNU) groups are student organizations registered with their educational institution to promote awareness of New Urbanism and issues related to the built environment. Learn more here.

18. How do I form an SNU Chapter?

Download the SNU Registration form here.

19. What resources are available to SNU Chapters?

Visit the SNU page for the latest resources.

20. What events do you recommend our SNU Chapter should host?

CNU provides an SNU event kit.

21. What events do you recommend our SNU Chapter should host?

Contact your local Chapter leaders to be a speaker for your event, search the Member Directory by city or country or contact the Chapter Coordinator for assistance. CNU can only connect SNU or Chapter leaders with speakers, it cannot provide financial assistance.

22. How do I promote my SNU event on CNU.org?

Complete this form and attach it in an email to the Chapter Coordinator.

23. What is the Congress and when is it?

The Congress is the premiere national event on building great places. Each year, 1300+ attendees convene to hear from speakers, participate in workshops, collaborate on projects, and learn new strategies from leaders in dozens of fields. Congress attendees experience inspiring host cities like Detroit, Dallas, and Buffalo, helping to place national issues in a unique and challenging local context. Visit the Congress page to learn more. CNU 24 is June 8-11, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan.

24. How do I get involved with my CNU Chapter at the Congress?

Each year, CNU Chapters are encouraged to have a casual and fun get-together to create further networking opportunities for their members and to encourage participation. Find more information in the Congress program.

25. How do I register for the Congress?

Visit the registration information page for the latest information.

26. How do I organize a CNU Chapter-related event at the Congress?

Contact the CNU Program Manager, Alex McKeag at amckeag@cnu.org.