Fill out the application above and either the Chapter Directer or your Regional Coordinator will contact you to discuss the application. You may find that the application process will answer many of your questions. At that time we can personally discuss your concerns and answer any additional questions. Do not pay the Chapter Leader Fee until your application has been approved. If you would rather discuss a quick question over email you can contact your Regional Coordinator or the Chapter Director with any other questions you have.
Yes! Please visit our International page for more information. Chapters outside of the United States do not have membership or leadership fees. An application and interview will be required.
Chapters can have as many Chapter Leaders as needed. It is great to get others involved with your chapter! They will follow the same process as outlined above. If they are not already a current ICAN member, and your chapter has funds, you can use chapter funds to pay for the chapter leader fee and membership fee of the applicant.
Some chapters have other Accredited Chapter Officers such as Treasurer and Secretary. While many chapters do thrive with only one Chapter Leader, many chapters find it beneficial to enlist the help of other volunteers as Chapter Officers. Chapter Officers must be current ICAN members and follow the same process above as well. There is no limit on number of Accredited Chapter Leaders or Officers.
Accredited Chapter Leaders receive support from their Regional Coordinator, US or International Coordinator and the Chapter Director, along with the Board of Directors. Leaders must complete the training to become an ICAN Accredited Chapter Leader as part of opening or joining a chapter. This ensures that each Chapter Leader starts out with a strong foundation. They also have access to the ICAN Leadership Center where new training, resources and tools are being added continually. As volunteer availability allows, occasionally there are also Chapter Leader teleconferences and Webinars. There is a private Facebook group for Chapter Leaders throughout the world where you can crowd-source ideas, ask questions about concerns or other issues, and build friendships!
All ICAN Chapters must:
- Hold meetings at least 6 times a year.
- Complete a Chapter Quarterly Report (CQR). This takes a few minutes and can be submitted with ease online.
- Attend a virtual continuing education meeting each quarter for one hour.
- Complete a financial report once every 6 months to send to the ICAN Treasurer. This typically takes around 15 minutes to complete, but often takes less time for new or small chapters with little or no transactions.
- Complete a yearly inventory of any chapter items (books, brochures, etc.)
- Respond to inquiries your chapter receives by phone, email, or social media in a timely manner.
Some chapters choose to go beyond these basic requirements and have monthly meetings, hold chapter fundraisers, have informational booths at local events, etc., but these things aren’t required. We understand that each area has its own unique needs, and we respect our volunteers’ availability.