Apply For/Renew Membership
The Greeting Card Association benefits members in so many ways. For more information on how the GCA can work for you, visit the Benefits of Membership page.
To be considered for membership, a company must be eligible for one of the categories shown below. Once a fully completed application or renewal form, samples of the company’s work (Regular and Subsidiary members), and membership fees (see below) have been submitted, our Membership Committee will promptly review the materials and consider applications for membership. Once approved, a membership typically extends through December 31st of the appropriate year. Questions regarding this process may be referred to a GCA staff member.
GCA annual fees are based on the calendar year and annual greeting card/stationery sales (previous year, if applicable), and vary with a company’s membership category:
Membership Categories and Fees
Regular Membership – North American card makers, publishers, and artists. Any company, partnership or corporation in the United States or Canada that is engaged in the creation, publication, or distribution of greeting cards or in the creation of artwork for greeting cards, social stationery, gift wrap, and/or party ware. Apply at this level.
International Membership – International card makers, publishers, and artists. Any company, partnership or corporation outside the United States or Canada that is engaged in the creation, publication, or distribution of greeting cards. Apply at this level.
Associate Membership – Suppliers of paper, printing, envelopes, equipment, raw materials, and other business products, services, or consulting. Any company, partnership or corporation engaged in a business which is kindred or allied with the creation or publication of greeting cards in the United States or Canada. Apply at this level.
Regular Subsidiary Membership – Regular Members with brands or lines that they wish to have hold their own membership(s). Any company, partnership or corporation engaged in the creation or publication of greeting cards which is a subsidiary of a parent entity that is a Regular Member of the Association. Apply at this level.
Affiliate Membership – Retailers, sales representatives, and manufacturers of related paper products that do not include greeting cards. Any company, partnership, or corporation in the U.S. or Canada engaged in the distribution, wholesale, or retail sale of greeting cards or in the manufacture of related paper products not including greeting cards (i.e. social stationery, gift wrap, party ware), but ineligible for Regular or Associate Membership in this Association as such memberships are defined. Apply at this level.
Annual Fees for Regular Members
Based on annual greeting card/stationery sales (from previous year)
|Annual Sales||Annual Fee|
|More than $250 million||$78,750|
|$100 million to $250 million||$24,150|
|$50 million to $99,999,999||$18,375|
|$15 million to $49,999,999||$11,500|
|$5 million to $14,999,99||$8,400|
|$2 million to $4,999,999||$3,675|
|$1 million to $1,999,999||$1,825|
|$500,000 to $999,999||$875|
|$300,000 to $499,999||$550|
|Less than $300,000||$395|
*When renewing after initial membership
Annual Fees for Associate, Subsidiary and International Members
Based on annual sales (from previous year)
|Annual Sales||Annual Fee|
|Over $20 million||$3,275|
|$15 million to $20 million||$2,495|
|$5 million to $14,999,999||$1,795|
|Under $5 million||$1,295|
|Annual Fees for Other Categories|
|Regular Subsidiary Member||$5,250|
|Annual Fees for Affiliate Members|
|Sales Rep/Rep Group||$175|
The Greeting Card Association is a nonprofit 501(c) (6) trade association, Tax ID No. 13-1672624. Dues and meeting registrations paid to the GCA are not tax deductible as charitable contributions. As required by the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993, the GCA estimates that 20% of dues payments is allocated to lobbying activities and is not deductible for federal income tax purposes, but may be partially deductible as a business expense. Please consult your tax advisor for additional guidance.