The Chautauqua Property Owners Association serves as a communication link between individuals who own residences on the grounds and the administrative officers and trustees of Chautauqua Institution. As such, it has primary responsibility to represent to the Institution the interests and needs of the owners.

A corollary of this purpose is a responsibility to convey to owners the concerns and needs of the Institution's officers and trustees.

CPOA holds meetings open to dues paying owners at which its business is transacted. A Board of Directors includes officers and area representatives residing in designated sections on the Institution grounds that represent their sections and provide a personal contact for owners to convey their concerns to the Board of Directors and to the Institution.