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Neon CRM

NeonCRM by Z2 Systems helps small to large nonprofit organizations manage and automate daily operations. A cloud-based system, it allows unlimited staff users and features prospect and donor activity tracking....Read more

4.38 (469 reviews)

94 recommendations

MemberLeap

MemberLeap by Vieth Consulting is a cloud-based association management system built to support the needs of associations, nonprofits, clubs, churches and other member-based organizations. Suitable for any size organization, this s...Read more

4.74 (53 reviews)

30 recommendations

ClubExpress

ClubExpress is a cloud-based management tool for any association or club. The solution is suitable for arts and cultural clubs, environmental groups, healthcare and hospitals, higher education groups, human services organizations,...Read more

4.26 (465 reviews)

14 recommendations

Member365

This web-based system was developed for non-profit associations. Amplify offers marketing & outreach, event planning, membership management and mobile accessibility. ...Read more

4.13 (23 reviews)

9 recommendations

WizeHive

WizeHive is a flexible, cloud-based platform designed improve the collection, review, and management of applications for grants, scholarships and other mission-driven programs. The system offers tailored workflows, reporting dashb...Read more

4.78 (114 reviews)

4 recommendations

GrowthZone

GrowthZone, is an online platform designed to help associations and chambers of commerce manage their members, events, fundraising, marketing, donors and volunteers and more. It is the first AMS with built-in marketing automation ...Read more

4.43 (180 reviews)

3 recommendations

Novi AMS

Novi AMS is a cloud-based association management system that helps trade and hybrid organizations of all sizes with dues automation, accounting, and event registration. Its key features include member detail maintenance, email mar...Read more

4.86 (70 reviews)

1 recommendations

Buildium

Buildium is a cloud-based property management software that enables managers of residential and association properties to take control of every aspect of their business, whether in the office or fully remote, including online rent...Read more

AppFolio Property Manager

Run your entire portfolio on one modern platform. AppFolio’s intuitive and user-friendly experience gives your property management team the tools they need to provide excellent service to residents and owners. Whether you manage m...Read more

Cvent Event Management

Cvent is a cloud-based solution that helps midsize organizations and enterprises with venue sourcing, online event registration, budget management and payment processing. The solution enables event planners to track the attendance...Read more

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Subscription models

  • Per employee/per month: This model allows you to pay a monthly fee for each of your employees.
  • Per user/per month: Users pay a monthly fee for users—normally administrative users—rather than all employees.

Perpetual license

  • This involves paying an upfront sum for the license to own the software and use it indefinitely.
  • This is the more traditional model and is most common with on-premise applications and with larger businesses.

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Brilliant Directories

Brilliant Directories is an all-in-one directory platform designed to help businesses design and launch online communities. Administrators can utilize available themes to build membership websites or directories and personalize th...Read more

Wild Apricot

Wild Apricot's membership management software lets organization managers build public and private Web pages, create online directories, collect membership applications, process dues, track member data and manage events....Read more

StarChapter

StarChapter provides everything a public or trade association needs to manage the full scope of their organization. It tracks membership data, helps plan and organize events and meetings, and keeps members connected. ...Read more

Bitrix24

Bitrix24 is a client management solution that provides a platform for businesses to organize and track interactions with potential or existing clients and partners. The software allows users to log and manage client interactions, ...Read more

MemberClicks

MemberClicks offers a configurable, cloud-based software solution to small associations and member-based organizations. The system can stand alone as a membership website and social community or integrate with an existing website...Read more

MemberPlanet

Memberplanet is a nonprofit management software designed for both small and growing organizations. The system is applicable for use by arts and cultural organizations, associations, international and national groups and philanthro...Read more

AssoConnect

AssoConnect is an association management software that helps nonprofits design, launch and manage donation campaigns. The platform includes a drag-and-drop website builder, which enables organizations to create personalized websit...Read more

TidyHQ

TidyHQ is an association management software designed to help non-profit and government organizations, clubs, educational institutions and corporate businesses handle processes related to memberships, events, volunteers and more. ...Read more

YourMembership

YourMembership.com is Web-based membership management software used by associations and other member organizations to manage fundraising, dues renewals and collection, member communications, event registration and more....Read more

Vaave

Vaave is a cloud-based alumni engagement software that helps schools, colleges and corporations build alumni database and plan reunions. Its key features include fundraising, mentorship, employer branding and talent acquisition. ...Read more

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Buyers Guide

Last Updated: November 24, 2021

For associations to be successful, they must maintain accurate records, build relationships with constituents and manage benefits. An association management system (AMS) can help your organization’s staff do all this and more.

With this software, association leaders can use the most up-to-date information to personalize communications based on constituents’ interests and past involvement levels, generate accurate reports, effectively plan events and more.

This buyer’s guide provides a brief overview of AMSs, including:

What Is Association Management Software?
Common AMS Functionality
Benefits of Association Management Software
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Association vs. Membership Management: What's the Difference?

What Is Association Management Software?

Association Management Software is a database of contact data used by a variety of organizations to manage memberships, respond to requests and automate many time-consuming tasks.

Organizations such as professional associations, chambers of commerce and industry trade organizations use these systems to store constituent data in a central location, associations can streamline the handling of constituent requests and automate common processes, including:

  • Subscription renewals
  • Event registration
  • Class sign-ups
  • Publication submittals

An AMS also gives managers immediate access to the most up-to-date member data, which can help guide decision-making.

Common AMS Functionality

Association management software functionality varies from vendor to vendor, but typically includes the following core applications:

Constituent management Allows users to manage constituent contact information and history, track renewals and dues, set membership levels, manage benefits and discounts and more.
Conference and event management Streamlines the coordination and planning of events, meetings and conferences by providing tools to support scheduling, registration and payments.
Communications management Facilitates mass communication with members and supporters through email, social media, phone and mail.
Reporting Allows administrators create custom reports and filter constituent data for insights on engagement, satisfaction and other key indicators.

In addition to the core applications listed above, an AMS may have the following modules:

Accounting and financial management Allows users to create invoices; track transactions, dues and receipts; and handle other accounting tasks.
Certification management Allows users to track member progress and participation in certification and other education programs.
Committee management Administrators can designate which members have access to committee-related documents, such as meeting minutes, task lists and more.
Fundraising Users can create and maintain donor records, track donations and pledges and manage recurring donations.
Content management Allows associations to manage a repository of content, as well as control where it’s published and who can access it.

Benefits of Association Management Software

Institutions that adopt an association management software can realize many benefits, which include the following:

Multiple needs answered with integrated suites: Association management software offers a bundle of tools that are integral for any member-based organization. The solution acts as a one-stop shop to manage all the needs of the association. It may also include applications, such as fundraising, event management, reporting and analysis, marketing management and CRM.

Better engagement with effective communication: To improve member engagement, associations can regularly run targeted marketing campaigns and provide relevant content and products to their constituents. They can also customize predefined emails and newsletter templates to suit each member. Keeping an open line of communication helps build, and further improve, relationships between the association and its members.

Easier payment processing: The software allows associations to check various lists, such as outstanding dues or list of payees. Association members also have the flexibility to pay their membership fees via various online payment options, such as net banking, Paypal and mobile money wallets.

Handle membership management: Association management software allows nonprofits to take care of constituents more efficiently by having different categorizations, such as member types, groups and categories. This categorization helps in fixing the ticket pricing for different members and creating segmented communication for each group.

Manage events online: The solution allows users to manage events, such as conferences and conventions, without having to use additional software. Members and non-members can sign-up for events on the online events pages. The application also takes care of sending automatic communication to attendees with all the event details.

Enable self-service: Self-service portals help associations cater their members’ request 24/7. They enable members to do various administrative activities, such as profile updates, payment of dues, becoming a member, renewal of membership and record checking, on their own.

Innovate data management: Most of the nonprofits still use manual methods, such as Excel sheets and paper notebooks, to capture and manage data. Association management software helps in capturing and organizing the data and reduces the effort of manual recording.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

Almost any type of large member-based organization or association that wants to manage not only members, but also other aspects of the organization can benefit from using association management software. Here are a few types of associations that should consider buying this software:

Student associations: Almost all colleges, universities and schools across the world have student associations and committees. These organizations are run by the students themselves, who act as council members, and may also include staff or teachers in advisory positions. Managing these associations is a huge responsibility for the council members. Their most important job is to regularly communicate important information and updates that impact the everyday lives of the students on the campus.

Industry associations: Industry associations are required to manage contacts, keep them updated, add and delete members and keep the contact information constantly synced for the use of all their members. This software can help them network and build industry relationships with their peers.

Sports associations: Sports administrators are required to do various admin tasks such as facility or field scheduling, event creation, player registrations, contact management as well as membership and ticket payment processing. All of these tasks can be handled with the right association management software.

Alumni associations: These associations are focused on maintaining relationships with the alumni. They also take care of maintaining contact information, managing memberships and fundraising, which are the key offerings of some association management software.

Nonprofits: Nonprofit associations need to have multiple capabilities, such as managing donations, basic finances and membership; maintaining the content of the website; and keeping a track of the partnerships and associations.

Association vs. Membership Management: What's the Difference?

Both AMSs and membership management software products store contact information and track constituent interactions. AMSs, however, are generally better suited to the needs of large associations, such as:

  • Conferences
  • Sponsorships
  • Publications
  • Certifications
  • Committees
  • Job boards

What’s more, membership management is often a single, stand-alone application. But an AMS is typically an integrated suite of several applications that handle tasks related to such activities as fundraising and advocacy.

Furthermore, AMSs typically have higher up-front license and implementation costs than membership management systems, though there are a range of solutions to fit a range of budgets.