Here are membership, financial, and registration data that offer insight into the association's current and year-over-year performance in key areas. Data are updated at the end of each quarter in APA's fiscal year, which is October 1–September 30.

Key Performance Data: FY 2018 Q4 (September 30, 2018)

APA/AICP Membership

APA members are planners, commissioners, public officials, educators, students, and engaged citizens who are committed to creating vital communities. More than four in 10 APA members have obtained required education and professional experience and passed a rigorous exam to become certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

Membership in APA Divisions

APA's 21 divisions connect planners and other professionals who are passionate about a planning specialty or area of interest.

Actual v. Budget Expenses/Revenues

APA's annual budget supports the goals and related action items in the Development Plan approved by the Board of Directors.

FY2019 APA Budget and Financial Reserve Policy

In September 2018, the APA Board approved APA's FY2019 budget, for the period October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019. The budget development was guided by APA's Financial Reserves Policy which includes a target reserve of approximately 50% of fixed operating costs. We estimate fixed operating costs to be approximately $13 million. The FY2017 costs to transition the defined benefit pension plan to a third-party provider caused us to dip into reserves, and we are currently well below this 50% reserve. Associations like APA often casually refer to net unrestricted assets as a financial reserve, as this is the balance available to conduct business operations in the event of an unusual situation or extremely dire straits. We have a budgeted surplus of $473,000 in FY2019 that should move us closer to this reserve percentage, and we plan to continue to develop budgets in the future to reach or exceed the 50% target.

Budget for the Twelve Months Ending September 30, 2019


In 2018, the APA Foundation distributed $25,000 to eight planning students for scholarships at accredited planning schools; committed to fund $78,000 for six planning disaster recovery projects as a result of the 2017 hurricanes; and convened experts in planning and related professions to begin crafting the FutureShape research agenda.