Association Management

Association Management Overview

Association management software automates membership processing, interactions and oversight for membership organizations. This software offers more than just membership management. It helps organize events, create email marketing campaigns, and supports financial management, fundraising, recruitment, subscriptions, publications, and awards. It is used by clubs, membership-based businesses, nonprofits, trade organizations, professional associations, faith-based organizations, student and alumni associations, organizers, owners, and members.

Association management software includes membership databases, the collection of dues, and payment processing, events registration, member communications, and self-service membership portals. Mobile app and cloud-based software streamline membership activity, allowing members to conveniently join up or renew their membership, update contact information, submit payments, participate in events, access content, and send messages.

Association management software may integrate with or include features of Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Content Management System (CMS), Accounting, and Fundraising platforms.

Association Management Products

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iMIS Engagement Management System

iMIS EMS is an Engagement Management System (EMS) – fusing database management and web publishing into a single system – to drive operational efficiencies, revenue growth, and continuous performance improvement. Harnessing the power of Microsoft Azure’s cloud platform, iMIS EMS is…

Personify360

According to the vendor, Personify360 is an industry-leading constituent management and engagement (CME) platform with the most robust and flexible capabilities on the market. The vendor promises that this product is ideal for medium to large organizations, and creates a unified…

Nimble AMS by Community Brands

Nimble AMS, from Community Brands company NimbleUser, is an association member management software for larger entities, with member portal, order processing and event registration, and other features. NimbleUser also offers Nimble Sync, a platform for integrating association members'…

Daxko Operations

Daxko in Birmingham offers their association management software system, Daxko Operations, which is trained on non-profit issues like cash flow, analytics, and as the name might suggest, operations automation.

StarChapter

StarChapter is an AMS from the company of the same name in Maryland, featuring a configurable website with ecommerce, role based permissions and access, and finally member management with dues tracking and collection, and event registration.

Hivebrite

Hivebrite is an all-in-one community management and engagement platform designed for professional networks, education/corporate alumni, and nonprofits. According to the vendor, key business benefits include: Easy to launchFully CustomizableAvailable in all languagesPowerful…

GoMembers Enterprise

GoMembers Enterprise association management system is a complete software, services, and support solution for associations and nonprofit organizations of all sizes that are looking to improve member services by streamlining the back office and enhancing front office processes all…

Raklet Membership Management Software

Raklet enables communities to meet, network and grow. Community management platform that helps users build brand engagement and opportunities, fully branded to match company colors. Users can: - Organize and enrich member database with Raklet CRM - Build custom forms and pages…

NetForum by Community Brands

NetForum is a feature-rich association member management system. From member management to credentialing and fundraising, NetForum is an open platform for integrating best-in-class providers.

YourMembership by Community Brands

YourMembership in Florida offers an association management solution emphasizing member engagement via design and marketing features, as well as in-depth customer analytics.

MemberClicks

MemberClicks in Atlanta offers what the company describes as a complete end-to-end AMS, including member database and both application and renewal process document generation and automation.

GrowthZone

GrowthZone in Minnesota offers a web-based association management software offering that includes contact and event management, one-time and recurring billing and payment processing, on a no contract basis.

Association Anywhere AMS

Association Anywhere AMS from ACGI Software in Australia is an association member management software trained on enterprise level association's need for data centralization and scaled productivity, and to that end focuses on organization and operational efficiency and automation.

Almabase

Almabase in San Francisco offers an association management software system built with educational institutions in mind and thus focuses on building alumni engagement and collecting more donations from them.

Member365

Member365 is a member-based organization management and automation platform from the company of the same name in Ottawa.

Alliance by Protech

Protech Associates in Maryland offers their association management solution: Alliance by Protech, a solution built into Microsoft 365 which the vendor boasts as future proof and scalable to meet any growth needs.

AMO

Small company AMO in Minneapolis offers an association management meant to simplify operations in total, and features operational automation, financial report generation, online payment processing, as well as engaging web content.

Impexium

Impexium is an AMS offered by the vendor as scalable and flexible to support the many types of organizations (trade associations, professional societies, etc) that use its platform.

Configio

Configio, a Community Brands company, offers a scaling event registration platform that at higher pricing tiers includes contact and member management related features and a learning management system (LMS) for delivering and optionally selling online courses and training modules.…

AffiniPay for Associations

Fintech company AffiniPay headquartered in Austin offers their eponymous Affinipay for Associations application, supporting member management for nonprofits and similar entities with payment processing, as well as reporting features.

ClubRunner

ClubRunner headquartered in Oakville offers their membership management platform.

Advanced Cloud Engage

Advanced Cloud Engage software helps UK charities and membership organisations maximise their efforts and deliver their services. The platform incorporates all elements of fundraising management and customer relationship management (CRM) into what the vendor describes as a flexible…

TidyHQ

TidyHQ headquartered in Melbourne offers their flagship association management app designed to increase productivity and save time by combining tools in what they describe as an easy to use the platform, supporting committees from clubs, schools, associations, fraternities, unions,…

Join It

Join It is a membership management service that enables organizations to effectively keep track, manage, and grow their community. At its core, Join It provides a simple database and dashboard interface for organization leaders to monitor developments in their membership. Join It…

bantu Workspace

What is bantu Workspace? bantu Workspace is a cloud-based community management and engagement platform with tools to recruit, organise, and build sustainable and modern communities. The vendor states bantu Workspace has powered the daily work of impact-driven organisations in Singapore,…

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What is Association Management?

Association management software automates membership processing, interactions and oversight for membership organizations. This software offers more than just membership management. It helps organize events, create email marketing campaigns, and supports financial management, fundraising, recruitment, subscriptions, publications, and awards. It is used by clubs, membership-based businesses, nonprofits, trade organizations, professional associations, faith-based organizations, student and alumni associations, organizers, owners, and members.

Association management software includes membership databases, the collection of dues, and payment processing, events registration, member communications, and self-service membership portals. Mobile app and cloud-based software streamline membership activity, allowing members to conveniently join up or renew their membership, update contact information, submit payments, participate in events, access content, and send messages.

Association management software may integrate with or include features of Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Content Management System (CMS), Accounting, and Fundraising platforms.

Association Management Features

Association management platforms will include many of the following features.

  • Membership management
  • Membership database and directory
  • Dues Management - track, process, and record membership dues
  • Online payment processing for dues and membership related products and services
  • Member portal - update member information, make payments, share content
  • Website management - custom forms and web pages
  • Content Management
  • Member communications
  • Event management – organization, registration for events, contests, meetings, conferences
  • Email marketing
  • Fundraising and donation management
  • Financial management
  • Subscription and publication management
  • Certification management
  • Committee management
  • Jobs board
  • Class signups
  • Social media integration
  • Analytics and reporting

Association Management Comparison

Consider the following when purchasing association management software.

Use Case: Some products are tailored for specific types of associations; others will support a wide range of use cases. Depending upon the nature of your organization, certain tools within association management software will be more beneficial for your needs. Nonprofits will seek robust fundraising and donation management tools. Membership-based businesses such as gyms will want to offer convenient app-based portals and payment gateways. Clubs may only require dues management, membership tracking, events registration, and communications features.

Scale: Association management software platforms that offer a suite of several integrated applications are better suited to the needs of larger organizations. A standalone basic membership management application may be sufficient and should be considered by smaller organizations. Association management software is more costly with greater implementation overhead when compared to basic membership software. Depending on your budget and requirements, there is a range of software that will fit your needs.

Pricing Information

Basic association management software starts around $50 a month and can range to over $500 a month. Tier pricing is based on the number of members supported and the type of features provided. Free trials are available.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does association management software do?

Association management software is used by membership-based organizations: clubs, businesses, nonprofits, and professional associations. It maintains membership databases, manages dues, collects payments, organizes events, facilitates member communications, creates email marketing campaigns, provides membership portals, and supports recruitment, fundraising, and financial management.

What are the benefits of association management software?

Association management automates membership management enabling your organization to streamline membership administration. It helps grow membership, increases revenue, tracks finances, attracts, engages, and retains members. It improves member communications and increases the effectiveness of fundraising for non-profits. The software facilitates event planning and provides a central membership directory for all membership-related information.

How much does association management software cost?

Tier pricing is based on the number of members supported. Depending on the type of features offered, association management software starts around $50 a month and can range to over $500 a month. Free trials are available.