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[Discuss] Building a non-profit membership list?

Sounds like Eric's solution and (which I believe the
FSF uses) would be good places to start investigating.  Since Eric is
offering assistance, that makes his software even more compelling.


On Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 10:56 AM, Eric Chadbourne <eric.chadbourne at
> wrote:

> On 04/20/2014 05:33 PM, Bill Ricker wrote:
> > Another member of this list, Eric, has open-sourced a CRM he wrote
> > for a non-profit, and recently announced an update here.
> > I
> > recently did a code review and it looks good on the inside. Unclear
> > if it has required features for Rich's group.
> >
> > bill
> Hi All,
> Thanks for the plug Bill.  If the nonprofit wants to use my application
> I would be willing to help set it up for free since they are small.
> Email me anytime off list.
> > As I see it, I need something that maintains a complete list of details
> > for each person, and event registration with payment processing
> > capability for memberships and event-signups but in a properly-secured
> way.
> Considering list size and the client not being technically sophisticated
> maybe it would be best to keep the solution really simple.  Where to
> keep your lists, how to contact constituents, and collecting funds are
> all interrelated and I would have to know more about your situation but
> here are a few points off the top of my head.
> 1.  Where to keep the list?
> If you don't need to store interaction info gmail contacts may be
> sufficient.  Services like mail chimp and constant contact can store
> more constituent info.  If you want more versatility free choices like
> the application I'm hacking on and civicrm work.  Nonfree solutions like
> the salesforce nonprofit start pack are compelling.  Hosted service, web
> server, or local application?  Depends on what the like.
> 2.  How to contact folks?
> A small list could easily use gmail.  They have generous daily sending
> limits.  Larger lists
> should consider a service like mailchimp or constant contact.  Creating
> pretty HTML emails are easy.  The metrics are useful.  Importing and
> exporting lists is easy in most CRMs.
> 3.  Register for events and collect funds.
> PayPal or similar can easily be embedded into your existing site to
> collect payments.  You can put a limit on the amount of items sold and
> collect buyer info.  This could cover your needs for payment and
> registration.  Eventbrite can be useful but may not be needed in your case.
> Any CRM should be able to easily import and export interactions.
> Sounds like a fun project.  You have lots of options!
> Happy hacking,
> Eric
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