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/Regular Artist Membership – Any company, partnership or corporation engaged in the creation, publication or distribution of greeting cards in the United States or Canada.
International Membership – Any company, partnership or corporation engaged in the creation, publication or distribution of greeting cards outside the United States or Canada.
Associate Membership – 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.
Regular Subsidiary Membership – 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.
Affiliate Membership – Any company, partnership or corporation engaged in the manufacture of related paper products (including social stationery, gift wrap, party ware) in the United States or Canada, but ineligible for Regular or Associate Membership in this Association as such memberships are defined.
Working closely with the USPS, the GCA Postal Affairs Committee developed the Butterfly stamp and a special indicia for cards that don’t qualify for First Class Mail, which benefits all greeting card companies as well as retailers and customers. This could never have happened without the GCA.
Annual Fees for Regular and Affiliate Members
Based on annual greeting card/stationery sales (from previous year)
|Annual Sales||Annual Fee|
|More than $250 million||$75,000|
|$100 million to $249,999,999||$23,000|
|$ 50 million to $99,999,999||$17,500|
|$ 15 million to $49,999,999||$11,000|
|$ 5 million to $14,999,99||$8,000|
|$ 2 million to $4,999,999||$3,500|
|$ 1 million to $1,999,999||$1,750|
|$ 500,000 to $999,999||$825|
|Less than $500,000||$250*|
*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||$3,125|
|$10 million to $19,999,999||$1,900|
|$1 million to $9,999,999||$1,000|
|Annual Fees for Other Categories|
|Regular Subsidiary Member||$5,000|
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.