IFPA – Independent Free Papers of America

For more information contact:
Executive Director, Douglas Fry 931-922-4171

IFPA – Address:
104 Westland Drive
Columbia, TN 38401

Frequently Asked Questions

• As an associate member can I participate in everything at the conference?
Yes, they are permitted to attend all functions of the conference with proper registration and meal packages except the IFPA Annual Meeting that has a BY-Laws restriction.
• Can a regular member attend IFPA board meetings?
All members are permitted to attend regularly scheduled board meetings. You would be permitted to have voice, but not a vote. Board meeting sites and dates are posted regularly in TIP.
• Can I correct my information in the IFPA membership directory?
Yes, and we encourage it. Please call or email Douglas Fry at 931-922-4171 or email
• Can I get extra copies of TIP magazine?
We always have a limited quantity of TIPs for filing purposes, and will supply you with what we can. You can read TIP online at, usually a couple of days before it is printed. You can also look at back issues and email separate pages.
• Can I sell CADNET classified ads?
YES! Any IFPA member in good standing can sell CADNET ads. As a member publication you receive a 30% commission for each ad you sell. For more information, visit
• Does IFPA have an attorney or retainer?
Yes and No, we have dealt for many years with King and Ballow in Nashville TN. They write a monthly column in TIP and can be reached at 615-726-5497 . Be sure to tell them that it is an IFPA call.
• How can I get a list of IFPA members?
• How do I contact IFPA?
Email us through CLICK HERE – CONTACT US or call Douglas Fry 931-922-4171.
• How do you choose where the conferences will be located?
Over the last several years the site has been dictated by the State or Regional association that we have partnered with. The location for board meetings is traditionally done by the sitting president. All sites are presented to the board for their comments and suggestions.
• How is my CADNET check calculated?
The rebate checks are calculated based on several factors:
  • The total revenue that was sold into CADNET during the last 6 months
  • How many ads did your paper run
  • What your circulation is as a % of the total circulation
Rebate checks are issued twice a year. Once in August for the first half of the year (Jan-June). And then again in February for the 2nd half of the year (July-Dec).
• What do I have to do to receive a CVC audit?
If your publication has been a member in Good Standing for 1 year from the acceptance of your application AND you participate in our CADNET program you are entitled to a FREE audit from CVC. Please contact CVC at 1-800-262-6392 and ask for Tim Bingaman.
• What are the qualifications to become a member?
There are several for both Regular and Associate members. Two that are a must for a regular member are Independently Owned and Free Distribution. These qualifications and others can be found at our website and link to CLICK HERE – HOW TO JOIN.
• What months do you pay REBATES for the classified ads that we run?
Rebate checks are issued twice a year. Once in August for the first half of the year (Jan-June). And then again in February for the 2nd half of the year (July-Dec).
• When I pay the registration for a conference, does it include everything?
IFPA underwrites a substantial amount at each conference or summit. The registration fee and meal packages are only a small percentage of the final cost of Speakers, Hotel, AV, and many others. Most of this income comes from the membership running the CADNET Ads.