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ASAE17 InfographicOur team at Unleashed Technologies recently exhibited for the third time at the ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition and each year we enjoy meeting with the top talent in the association world.

Community Brands - The Merging of AMS CompaniesThe Association market was shaken up in April 2017 when a major merger was announced combining three of the largest players; YourMembership, Aptify, and Abila into a single container company called Community Brands. The combination of these brands represents just over 13,000 of the nation’s non-profits/associations heartbeat software known as the Association Management System (AMS).


When preparing to integrate your organization's website with an association management system (AMS), you might feel overwhelmed by the prospect of the endeavor and not know quite where to start. This is natural, but with a little planning and due diligence you will have a successful integration and a more user-friendly experience for your members and your staff.


If your organization is like most, you have a to do list as long as your arm, but nowhere near enough people or resources to accomplish everything. Your website can either be a source of stress – requiring manual effort to sync data and complete work flows – or it can be an asset – automating membership updates and donation information and helping you to advance your mission on a broad scale.


It's easy to get overwhelmed by the different choices available when selecting a web platform or content management system (CMS) for your nonprofit. Open source or proprietary? WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Sitecore, DotNetNuke, Kentico...which one do you choose?


There are racks upon racks of servers in every room of the datacenter. Hundred foot Ethernet cables purchased by the 53’ truckload deliver ones and zeroes in carefully orchestrated paths. There is a purpose for every end-to-end connection proffered by these cables. Data transfer. Internet. Communication. They are the post-modern representation of human veins, sending information back and forth between a practically uncountable number of processing machines (OK the datacenter tech team probably knows, in all fairness).


In a recent article by Kivi Leroux Miller, "You Might Need New Tech More than New Staff," she shares her research for an upcoming book and makes the assertion that, "organizations that are most successful at using content to engage their communities consider the combination of a good CRM (customer relationship management software), CMS (website content management system), email and e-commerce technology to be just as important to their success as having thoughtful and creative staff members who can write well." In our work developing content management platforms for nonprofits, we have found this to be true. Talent is definitely essential, but a strong, highly integrated platform from which you can manage communications and membership data will ensure that even a limited staff can reach their goals. 


All over the country non-profits and associations are moving to the Drupal platform. Many move as they see others forge the path and admire the powerful web presences being created on the Drupal platform. The non-profit industry is probably one of the most saturated in different options for locally installed and Software as a Service (SaaS) based content management solutions tailored to the industry. These are all relatively inexpensive solutions, so why does an enterprise open source solution like Drupal continue to lead the way and be responsible for the most highly revered non-profit websites in the country?

Unleashed Technologies, LLC is excited to announce the launch of FEMA's website, www.femaflavor.org. The non-profit association, Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association of the United States, is comprised of flavor manufacturers, flavor users, flavor ingredient suppliers, and others with an interest in the U.S. flavor industry. They were founded in 1909 and are the national association of the U.S. flavor industry.

I find it odd that in this day in age the public facing web presence of any organization whether it be non-profit or commercial is still perceived as a one time investment. Like all companies in the small to mid-sized business range the reality of budget is something everyone must work within.