We need your insights and expertise to help shape the future of our association and industry. Your involvement in our committees, advisory groups and forums ensures that we move forward with our mission to unite all facets of the industry as a leading advocate for real estate, driving REALTOR® business success and economic development of our communities.
Committee members are selected in September for terms that take effect on Oct. 1, the start of our fiscal year. To successfully apply for volunteer positions you must be willing to attend committee meetings and actively participate. In most cases, you must also be a C.A.R. member in good standing, though there are a few committees that represent a wider range of participants by including non- C.A.R. members.
If you wish to join one of our many committees, please see the following committee list, including a brief description for each, and apply for the position(s) that best fits your area of expertise. Deadline to apply for 2019-2020 committees is June 30, 2019 (May 17, 2019 for Board of Directors and June 14th for Foundation Trustees).
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Committee Application Process
- Submit your application. Deadline: June 30, 2019 (and June 14th for Foundation Trustees).
- Depending on the committee, you may be asked to come in for an interview.
- You will be notified by September 1, 2019 of your appointment.
Get Involved in C.A.R.
Board of Directors
Applications for the 2019-2020 Board of Directors closed. Applications for the 2020-2021 year will open in the summer of 2020.
The purpose of the Audit Committee is to oversee the integrity of the Association’s financial accounting process and systems of internal controls regarding finance, accounting and use of assets. The Audit Committee should take an active role in the prevention and deterrence of fraud, as well as an effective ethics and compliance program. Term Length: 2 years Number of members: 5-7. You may apply for the 2020-2021 year here.
Chicagoland Community Impact Awards Advisory Group (formerly the Good Neighbor Awards)
The primary purpose of the Chicagoland Community Impact Awards (CCIA) Advisory Group is to assist staff with the planning and organization of the event, in addition to selecting the program’s award winners. This work group focuses on encouraging member attendance, as well as executing strategies to generate sponsorship revenue. Thank you for your interest. The Chicagoland Community Impact Awards Advisory Group has been put on hold while we revamp the event.
The purpose of the CommercialForum is to create a community of Chicagoland commercial real estate professionals to increase the likelihood of their success. You may apply for the 2020-2021 year here.
NEW! Diversity Committee – “The 77”
Named after Chicago’s 77 unique neighborhoods, our diversity committee – affectionately known as The 77 – will tackle topics like Fair Housing and economic development, as well as engage with local chambers of commerce and quasi-governmental bodies (i.e. TIF Boards). Each committee member will serve as a designated representative in their community for peers to come to for questions, advice and other association information. Apply for the 2019-2020 year.
The purpose of the Finance Committee is to provide oversight of the financial management and reporting function of the Association. The committee shall be composed of the Secretary/Treasurer plus 12 members at-large selected by the Chairperson. Staggered, 2-year terms. Each member is eligible for one additional consecutive 2 year-term (total of 4 years). You may apply for the 2020-2021 year here.
The Chicago Association of REALTORS® Foundation provides REALTORS® with educational scholarships to enhance their businesses and professionalism, fosters careers in real estate, and engages in charitable giving related to the real estate industry and housing in the Chicagoland community. The deadline to apply is June 14th. Learn more about the role of a Trustee, available positions and apply to be a Foundation Trustee. The 2019-2020 applications are closed. Applications for the 2020-2021 year will open in the summer of 2020.
Forms and Contracts Committee
The purpose of the Forms and Contracts Committee is to review and update all approved C.A.R. forms and contracts on a regular basis, as well as develop any forms and contracts that will enhance members’ businesses. You may apply for the 2020-2021 year here.
Global Real Estate Council
The purpose of the Global Real Estate Council is to support C.A.R. members who do business with global markets (inbound and outbound transactions and/or consultancy) through education and networking activities, information sharing and involvement with select global real estate organizations. The Council also fosters strong relations with local organizations representing diverse, ethnic and cultural communities in Chicagoland. You may apply for the 2020-2021 year here.
Golf Outing Advisory Group
The purpose of the Golf Outing Advisory Group is to focus on strategy and execution of generating sponsorship revenues for the golf outing, as well as engaging members to attend. You may apply for the 2020-2021 year here.
The purpose of the Grievance Committee is to review complaints received from the public and members to determine if the complaint has sufficient substance and merit to warrant an ethics or arbitration hearing or mediation procedures. You may apply for the 2020-2021 year here.
Inaugural Gala Advisory Group
The primary focus of the Inaugural Gala Advisory Group is to plan and execute table sales and generate sponsorship revenue for the event. The advisory group may also assist staff with the event planning and organization. The Inaugural Gala, an annual C.A.R. signature event, features the installation of the association’s newly elected directors and officers, in addition to honoring the recipients of the Hall of Fame and REALTOR® of the Year awards. You may apply for the 2020-2021 year here.
Professional Development Advisory Group
The purpose of the Professional Development Advisory Group is to identify professional development topics, classes, events and new programs which would be of value to the members of CAR and the greater Chicagoland real estate community. Further, the advisory group is to promote the offerings of REALTORS® Real Estate School and the programs of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® Education Fund. You may apply for the 2020-2021 year here.
Professional Standards Committee
The purpose of the Professional Standards Committee is to be responsible for enforcement of the Code of Ethics through the conduct of ethics and arbitration hearings. You may apply for the 2020-2021 year here.
Public Policy Forums
In addition, four Public Policy Forums meet, as needed, that are open to C.A.R. members and non-members to attend, please check out the Government Advocacy Forums to get more involved.
- Fair Housing Forum
The purpose of the Fair Housing Forum is to provide an open setting for speakers, member involvement and information sharing related to fair housing and anti-discriminatory matters.
- Government Advocacy Forum
The purpose of the Government Advocacy Forum is to provide an open setting for speakers, member involvement and information sharing related to government advocacy, public policy matters and related civic matters.
- Property Management Forum
The purpose of the Property Management Forum is to provide an open setting for speakers, member involvement and information sharing related to property management and leasing matters.
- RPAC Fundraising Work Group
The purpose of the RPAC Work Group is to solicit RPAC investments annually. A key focus of the committee is securing Major Investors, as well as broad-based, lower-level investments from C.A.R. members. You may apply for the 2020-2021 year here.
RPAC Casino Royale Advisory Group
The purpose of the RPAC Casino Royale Advisory Group is the planning and organization of the annual Casino Royale black-tie fundraising event. This work group focuses on encouraging member attendance and garnering sponsorships and RPAC contributions for the event. You may apply for the 2020-2021 year here.
Sales Awards Advisory Group
The primary focus of the Sales Awards Advisory Group is to encourage member attendance and generate sponsorship revenue through strategic planning and execution for the Sales Awards, an annual C.A.R. signature event. You may apply for the 2020-2021 year here.
West Towns Chapter Committee
The West Towns Chapter Committee supports the efforts of and provides real estate education, advocacy, networking opportunities and resources with the purpose of engaging and enhancing the West Towns real estate community. West Towns reach and influence extends across, Berwyn, Cicero, Forest Park/Oak Park, Riverside, North Riverside, Lyons, Stickney, Little Village, Forest View and the surrounding Midway Airport areas. You may apply for the 2020-2021 year here.
Young Professionals Network Advisory Group
The C.A.R. Young Professionals Network (YPN) is a growing group of career-minded real estate professionals who want to stay abreast of the latest tools, resources and networking opportunities available to them as REALTORS®. The YPN strives to help real estate professionals excel in their careers by giving them the tools and encouragement to become involved in REALTOR® Associations (all levels), take an active role in policy discussions and advocacy issues, create a cooperative community to share ideas with their peers and give back to the community through outreach initiatives. 2019-2020 applications are now closed. Applications for the 2020-2021 year will open in the summer of 2020.