16 Killer Resources for Membership Organizations

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Where do you go when you need help understanding all the tools that are out there for your membership organization? What are the best resources for you to use whenever you’re in a rut?

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There are many experts out there who have solutions for the same challenges that you do—these resources will help you connect with these people and tap into the information that is available to you.

Here is a list of all the various types of resources for your association/membership’s needs:

Blogs

Wild Apricot Blog

Wild Apricot took the #1 spot for most popular Membership Management solution in Capterra’s infographic.  Their blog contains a lot of general information on the Membership Management space and is not solely limited to their own product.   They can help you by providing tips on the different features of Membership Management software, how to use them to gain more customers, tips on fundraising and good tools for that, and much more.  It is especially a great resource for small groups and associations.

Associations Now Blog

Associations Now is a magazine that also runs several great blogs.  They offer two blogs useful for membership organizations: the membership blog and the technology blog.  The technology blog includes insight on many topics, such as when technology issues are really membership issues and the challenge of maintaining online communities.

Yourmembership.com Blog

YourMembership.com is an online membership management solution —their blog supplies you with ideas and tips for member engagement, renewals, and marketing, and how to use technology/software to aid you in all of those areas.

Membership180

Membership180 is a national membership development company serving client organizations—they help their clients by providing tools, strategies, campaigns and much more.  Their blog offers many useful tips and ideas for any membership organization.

WebLink International Blog

WebLink International is a software company that uses their blog to give tips and best practices on implementing membership management software and other things like social media tips, online communities, common mistakes made with membership databases, and comprehensive FAQs.

Magazines

Associations Now

Associations Now is a magazine for associations that, similar to the blog mentioned above, provides information to the association community on meetings/events, and covers topics like leadership and membership, money and business, and technology.  It is published by The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). It is available to nonmembers by subscription and is free for ASAE members.  For nonmembers the subscription is $60 for one year, $100 for two.

Association Adviser

This online magazine delivers best practices, news and leadership strategies for associations.  Some of the things that they talk about are new technology, how to use technology to connect with members, how to drive traffic, and much more. The magazine is free to read online.

Signature

The flagship magazine of Association Media and Publishing, Signature gives practical information and news about the industry, addresses current issues and technology, and keeps members informed of new developments in association publishing, among other things.   It pursues issues that are “critical to the association industry.”  Association Media and Publishing offers a free bi-monthly subscription of the print version to members (it is a paid membership), but digital versions of the magazine are free and accessible to anyone online.

Events

Blackbaud Conference for Nonprofits (BBCon)

Blackbaud Conference for Nonprofits is an annual conference for nonprofits that provides hands-on training from software gurus and experts, the ability to network with hundreds of nonprofit professionals, industry leaders, and Blackbaud staff, see interactive demos, and more.

Association Media & Publishing Annual Meeting

The Association Media and Publishing Annual Meeting is a conference that is designed for association content creators, producers, and designers.  This annual meeting focuses on ideas and expertise to save your organization money, strengthen your organization’s knowledge and expertise, and find new vendors and resources.

Associations

National Council of Nonprofits

The National Council of Nonprofits is a resource for charitable nonprofits. They have 25,000 plus members, and they also have a powerful network of36 State Associations that operates throughout the county. The National Council of Nonprofits serves as a central coordinator to help nonprofits to achieve greater collective impact in local communities across the country.  Their members are kept informed of pressing issues and given information and tools to advocate locally.

Society for Nonprofits

The Society for Nonprofits, started in 1983, is a large nonprofit management support organization. They have over 6,000 members throughout the world.  Their members are nonprofit staff members, volunteers, board members, and associations, such as the National Catholic Educational Association.  They offer many free resources, such as articles, book reviews, links, job listings, fundraising guides, social networks, and more.

American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)

ASAE has more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 10,000 organizations. They have been focused on innovation since 2007, and they are a source of learning, knowledge and research for the association and the non-profit profession. They provide resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community.

Tools

Member List Exporter for Mailman

This a completely free tool that lets you easily export member lists from Mailman.

MindMeister

This is a tool that can help your organization to share solutions and ideas all in one place and all at one time. While not necessarily aimed solely at associations, it is a great tool for many individuals, businesses, and associations throughout the world. Millions of ideas have been mapped on this platform and it allows for thousands of collaborative sessions to occur—this platform can be great for your association to use to map out their plans and ideas together in one place.

Capterra Membership Management Software Directory

A comprehensive list of several hundred membership management software products with reviews, descriptions, and the ability to filter based on features, deployment and users. Check out our Top 20 Most Popular Membership Management Software Infographic as well!

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Know of any other great resources? Add them in the comments below!

Looking for Membership Management software? Check out Capterra's list of the best Membership Management software solutions.

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Leah Readings

Leah Readings is a Software Analyst for Capterra, a company that connects buyers and sellers of business software. She specializes in church management software along with several other software directories. When she’s not helping software buyers, she is, among other things, reading, writing, and spending time with her family and friends.

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