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British American Business Council Releases Upgraded Tendenci Website

BABC Houston Continues to Expand Online Presence

BABC Houston WebsiteHOUSTON, April 24, 2015 –Tendenci (www.tendenci.com) is pleased to announce the release of an upgraded and redesigned website for the British American Business Council of Houston, www.babchouston.org. BABC Houston is a long-time Tendenci client and upgraded to the open source product in order to capitalize on the latest software features, such as online community forums and extended reporting options.

Recognizing the shift in their membership needs, BABC Houston wanted a site that was mobile-responsive and reflected the group characteristics of their unique organization. The new website promotes the multiple networking and cultural events hosted by the association that bridges the gap between the countries.

BABC Houston is the Houston chapter of BABC International, an organization with over 20 chapters in large, multinational cities in North America and the United Kingdom. BABC Houston brings together businesses that are seeking to expand their reach beyond their borders and build relationships with fellow professionals. 

As a business-to-business network, BABC Houston uses the Corporate Membership feature of Tendenci to manage the company members and within those, the employees that join as part of the company's annual sponsorship. BABC Houston uses the Event Manager for a wide range of networking and cultural events and the Newsletter feature to stay in front of their membership. The CMS aspects of Tendenci make it easy for administrators to quickly and easily update site content to keep the information fresh and interesting.

Tendenci has more than 1 million users and currently powers hundreds of websites for organizations around the world, including the San Francisco Bay Area Innovation Group (www.sfbig.org), the American International Club of Geneva (www.amclub.ch) and the Houston Technology Center (www.houstontech.org).

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About Tendenci

Headquartered in Houston with an office in Silicon Valley, Tendenci (www.tendenci.com) develops the Tendenci Open Source platform tailor-made for the unique needs of cause-related organizations including associations and other nonprofits. Tendenci is a revenue generating online tool with over one million users overall. Tendenci powers the websites of the Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy, the Houston Susan G. Komen Foundation and Advance.org, among hundreds of others. Tendenci also offers web design services and integrates other open source applications into the websites of its international client base. Tendenci Open Source powers websites that encompass a variety of NPO and industry segments around the world. Additional information about Tendenci is available at www.tendenci.com.

 


American International Club of Geneva Launches New Membership Website on Tendenci

Upgraded Website to Promote Panel of World Leaders at Monthly Events

amclub-tendenci.pngHOUSTON, January 26, 2015 –Tendenci (www.tendenci.com), the software development company spearheading the Tendenci Open Source platform for associations and other nonprofits (NPOs), is proud to release a dynamic new website for the American International Club of Geneva. The website, http://www.amclub.ch, is powered by Tendenci Open Source, which ensures that the organization's online presence keeps pace with the evolving international membership base and the increase in the club's activity and visibility.

Tendenci Open Source AMS was released as an open source solution to give cause-related organizations greater freedom and control over their online presence.

The American International Club of Geneva supports community among Americans and professionals from all over the world living in the Geneva area. The upgraded website prominently features the impressive panel of world leaders in policy, innovation, science and research that AIC Geneva hosts at their monthly events. 

Among the capabilities that make the Tendenci platform so powerful is its ability to sort and analyze the activity of website users. This allows organizations using Tendenci to better target and tailor information based on observed user behaviors.

The American International Club of Geneva encourages frequent return visits to the website by constantly updating content using Tendenci’s CMS. It is easy to create new pages, update and organize website content, and post news and articles. To provide visiblity to sponsors, Tendenci incorporated several areas within the site layout to display logos and advertisements. 

To demonstrate expertise and share knowledge, the club uses Tendenci’s integrated rich media management to easily upload and view videos. And with Tendenci’s online event management, the initiative can easily post and promote upcoming speaking engagements and cultural opportunities.

Tendenci has more than 1 million users and currently powers hundreds of websites for organizations around the world, including the San Francisco Bay Area Innovation Group (www.sfbig.org), the New York Emmy Awards (www.nyemmys.org) and the Houston Technology Center (www.houstontech.org).

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About Tendenci

Headquartered in Houston with an office in Silicon Valley, Tendenci (www.tendenci.com) develops the Tendenci Open Source platform tailor-made for the unique needs of cause-related organizations including associations and other nonprofits. Tendenci is a revenue generating online tool with over one million users overall. Tendenci powers the websites of the Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy, the Houston Susan G. Komen Foundation and Advance.org, among hundreds of others. Tendenci also offers web design services and integrates other open source applications into the websites of its international client base. Tendenci Open Source  powers websites that encompass a variety of NPO and industry segments around the world. Additional information about Tendenci is available at www.tendenci.com.

 

 


EOL POLICY FOR TENDENCI 4 (T4) SOFTWARE

Scope: This only applies to Tendenci 4 clients using the legacy Microsoft version and not Tendenci 5 or 6 clients.

EOL Policy for Tendenci 4 (T4) Software

Tendenci has always been at the forefront of technology with regard to meeting the needs of associations and nonprofits. When we released Version 5.0 of Tendenci in 2012, the software took a major leap forward by going completely open source, allowing for outside contributions from the development community on software enhancements and bringing a level of transparency and complete control into the hands of all Tendenci users. We are excited about what the future holds for Tendenci as we have Version 6.0 currently in beta and a roadmap for Version 7.0 already underway.

With the focus on the future and what we can achieve with the new technology available, we have made the business decision to formally establish an End-of-Life (EOL) policy. In particular the EOL for Version 4.0 of the Tendenci on the Microsoft software platform is now set for April 21, 2015.

Tendenci was revolutionary when released in 2001. By the time we released Tendenci 4.0 in 2004, it ran seamlessly on the technology that existed at the time. As Microsoft phases out support for its older technologyTendenci must also adapt to the newer technology options that will provide the best environment for stability and growth.

For those clients still running on the Tendenci 4.0 software, there are two paths for moving forward.

  1. Upgrade to the latest version of Tendenci. T6 is mobile ready using Bootstrap, brings back the newsletter functionality using a client provided smtp relay like Mailgun, and can accommodate a host of pre-built bootstrap 3 templatesTendenci is open source and runs on Linux, an open source server environment. This means complete freedom for you with regard to customization and hosting. 

  2. You can stay on T4 and self host. If you would like to stay on the older technology, we can provide limited assistance to your IT team or an outside vendor with the move to your internal server environment. We will provide a single instance of Tendenci 4.0 for your use (not for resale) and you will need to establish your own security, monitoring, database server, DNS, mail servers, firewall and a VPC (recommended). 

For clients wishing to migrate to Tendenci 6.0 on our hosted servers, we will begin migrations on February 16, 2015. We expect the migration to take 30 days and are requiring full payment up front. To achieve this, there will be a need for some compromises on layouts initially, but being upgraded to a responsive design is long overdue and we can continue to work on layouts once we get everything secured and you can edit your sites easily again.

For clients wishing to self host or move to another platform, we will provide a one-time export of your data within the next 90 days. We will be accepting requests for exports starting February 2, 2015.

We appreciate the support of all of our clients as we have fought to protect and restore your sites during this time. We can all agree that despite our best efforts, the only course of action at this point is to adapt to the changing environment and look forward to what the newer technologies have to offer. Tendenci is a great product and successfully serves websites throughout the world. We look forward to a continued relationship with our clients in the open source world of dynamic software.

Note: A longer version with greater details for the clients still on Tendenci-legacy will receive an email with greater. If you do not please contact the helpdesk at https://helpdesk.tendenci.com 

Thank you all for your support. 


Finding Creativity in This Age of Disruption

This is the age of disruption. Whether you realize it or not, disruptive forces are at work in your industry. As a communications leader, it is important that you keep an open mind about change and be hypervigilant to provide your CEO with pertinent information about emerging trends and opportunities inside and outside your industry or sector.

From your CEO’s perspective, this is where creativity has real value.

Macro trends, such as mobility, generational change in the workplace and globalization have massive effects on the attitudes and behaviors of individuals. How are your customers and communities changing, and what do these changes mean to their relationship with your organization? What creative new approaches are being developed to address emerging or overlooked customer needs? 

In this age of disruption, the PR counselor can play a central role in formulating business and communications strategies that encourage change and capitalize on it.
All business pivots are rooted in such strategies and the data that drives them.

As an entrepreneur, I can assure you that a pivot is more than a mere concept. It is personal.

For more than a dozen years we profitably grew a respected Web marketing brand. Along the way, we built Tendenci software for associations and nonprofits. A couple years ago, after a great deal of deliberation, we released Tendenci software to the open-source community, essentially giving away the code for software that cost approximately $6 million to build. Then we renamed the company and narrowed our focus, spinning off Web marketing services to other providers that made up nearly half our revenue at the time.

From the outside, it looked like we were dismantling one of the fastest-growing companies in Houston. That’s the danger of looking in the rearview mirror rather than at the horizon and beyond.

Businesses and nonprofit organizations can either be the disrupted, the disrupters — or both. Every day, we make choices that either direct our organizations down the expected and comfortable path or send us exploring. We may reach dead ends or we may stumble into unexpected discoveries.

Research in motion

On June 29, 2007, the world changed.

If the public statements from RIM’s co-CEO, Jim Balsillie, were any indication, then the market leader was unfazed.

“It’s kind of one more entrant into an already very busy space with lots of choice for consumers. But in terms of sort of a sea change for BlackBerry, I would think that’s overstating it.”

At the time, BlackBerry was winning its battle for market share with Palm. In fact, RIM’s market share actually went up during the last half of 2007 — rising from 38 percent when the iPhone hit the market to 43 percent in January 2008. The future seemed bright, with BlackBerry enjoying a firmly entrenched business user base, but BlackBerry’s market share was never that high again.

The world was different after the introduction of the modern smartphone, which profoundly shifted user expectations and demands. And this was RIM’s undoing: not understanding that the expectations of their own customers were altered the moment they saw what the iPhone could do.

Wherever they went, everyone with an iPhone suddenly had access to the Web, their social networking tools, their camera, their movies and music, and a seemingly bottomless pool of apps. And most who didn’t have an iPhone wanted a device that did all that.

The latest report from International Data Corporation (IDC) pegs BlackBerry’s market share at 0.5 percent.

Meanwhile, it is not Apple who commands the market today — it is Google’s Android, with a stunning 85 percent market share. Android was not first; its disruption was to be an open system, which allowed a variety of device manufacturers to build on it.

RIM disrupted Palm; Apple disrupted RIM; and Google disrupted Apple. All this happened in the span of about a decade, and each leap in capability contributed to revolutionary changes in how people connect.

With the benefit of hindsight, it is easy to second guess the relative inaction of RIM despite what now seem like clear signs that their world would soon crumble around them. They were, in fact, behaving very rationally — very humanly. The experts call it “confirmation bias” — our tendency to look for and interpret information in a way that confirms what we already believe.

Confirmation bias is the greatest threat to your organization. It is the enemy of creativity and vice versa.

Unknown unknowns

When he was U.S. Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld once famously broke down national intelligence into four quadrants: known knowns, unknown knowns, known unknowns and unknown unknowns. Both CEOs and their PR counselors should be creatively driven by that final quadrant — the things we don’t know we don’t know.

Below are a few tips for how to encourage a culture of curiosity and creativity necessary for organizations to thrive in this age of disruption. I present these with the caveat that I learned them through hard knocks that resulted from frequent mistakes during our company’s pivot:

• Expect and welcome disruption. Ironically, suddenly introducing the idea of disruption out of the blue can be disruptive — and not in a good way. Normalize it by including topics related to market disruption during routine staff meetings and in internal communications. Just as Google’s Gmail and AdSense services emerged from employee side projects, your organization can encourage and reward entrepreneurial activities that anticipate market shifts.

• Stretch beyond reporting to imagining. Organizational communications pros tend to do a great job of gathering, packaging and reporting information about the known knowns — the here and now. Less emphasis is placed on helping CEOs raise questions and articulate possibilities. Doesn’t that seem backward? Routinely engage people throughout the organization as well as your customers in imagining, but be ready to push people beyond the knowns into the unknowns.

• Resist confirmation bias. Creativity isn’t always fun and games — it can also consist of challenging and pushing back. There is nothing more creative than challenging ideas and solutions that seem obvious. In his book, “In Mixed Company: Communicating in Small Groups and Teams,” J. Dan Rothwell wrote, “Groups that resist confirmation bias and actively search for possible flaws in decisions and solutions usually make better choices than groups that don’t.”

• Use positive language. It is interesting that disruption is often discussed in negative terms. We use words such as “threats,” “attacks,” “vulnerabilities” and “gaps.” Semantics can be powerful in helping to establish an organizational mindset. When we use negative language, we frame change and disruption from a defensive posture. Eliminate that negative language and instead use terms such as “opportunities,” “possibilities” and “openings” to generate enthusiasm for change.

• Take care of you. One reason we resist change is that dramatic, disruptive change takes a toll — physically and emotionally. A radical organizational change will often sever relationships with employees and customers as the mission of an organization shifts, the skill sets needed are altered and business units are shut down or spun off. Feelings are hurt, rumors are started and it is all very personal. Have a support system in place — preferably with people outside the organization. Stay physically active and eat well. Organizational change requires the best from you.

Disruption is happening. Will you be the disrupter or the disrupted? In our case, I imagined a world in which our Web marketing services were increasingly commoditized. It soon would no longer matter that we had been at the forefront of social media, search engine optimization and content strategy. We had developed powerful software for associations and nonprofits, but development of Tendenci software was constrained by our team’s capacity.

The decision to release the software to the open-source community and spin off our Web marketing services was incredibly hard. Looking back, the biggest mistake was failing to do it as soon as I realized it was necessary. We are human and we resist change.

You can only have true creativity — the kind of creativity that changes the world — if you embrace discomfort.


Tendenci Accelerates Software Localization for Rapidly Growing International User Base

Has employed the Transifex localization platform to translate Tendenci open source software

Creative Commons Photo Courtesy of woodleywonderworksSAN FRANCISCO, August 26, 2014 – Tendenci (www.tendenci.com), the software development company spearheading the Tendenci® open source software project, today announced a software localization program to improve usability for associations and nonprofits beyond English speaking countries. In response to growing international demand, Tendenci is in the process of adapting Tendenci® open source software to the linguistic, cultural and technical requirements of users around the world.

Tendenci has employed the Transifex localization platform and is in the process of translating Tendenci open source software into Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic, English (U.K.) and Italian. The open source development community is invited to help translate the Tendenci open source software platform at https://www.transifex.com/projects/p/tendenci/

Once completed, a website administrator will be able to select a language to automatically translate all user-facing and backend functions of the website to that language.

"We love that Tendenci software is being embraced by organizations around the world and we are taking steps to accelerate international adoption," said Tendenci President and CEO Ed Schipul. "Tendenci open source software is a valuable tool that can help organizations everywhere connect with their communities and achieve amazing things. Recognizing that more than half of the world's online population doesn't speak English, we strive to ensure language is not an obstacle."

Tendenci open source software already offers integration of the Stripe Online Payment System, which makes it possible for Tendenci websites to accept payments in a broad range of international currencies. Additionally, a Europe-based Web server currently supports European associations and NPOs using Tendenci-powered websites.

Tendenci open source software for associations and NPOs includes an easy-to-use content management system (CMS) as well as powerful features aligned with the unique needs of NPOs, such as membership/donor management, event registration, donations, payments and e-mail integration, among others.

A few notable examples of the international organizations that currently use Tendenci to power their websites include:

   •  Advance, which connects Australian expatriates around the world;

   •  American Association of Singapore, connecting American expats in Singapore;

   •  Marketing Institute of Ireland, the professional body for Ireland's marketing community;

   •  Swiss Entrepreneur Association, which supports the entrepreneur community in Switzerland.

Tendenci has more than 1 million users and currently powers hundreds of websites for organizations around the world, including Metropolitan New York Library Council (www.metro.org), Houston Technology Center (www.houstontech.org) and Depelchin™ Children's Center (www.depelchin.org). 

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About Tendenci

Tendenci (www.tendenci.com) develops the Tendenci Open Source software platform tailor-made for the unique needs of cause-related organizations including associations and other nonprofits. Tendenci is a revenue generating online tool with over one million users overall. With offices in Houston and San Francisco, Tendenci powers the websites of DePelchin Children's Center, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and Advance.org, among hundreds of others. Tendenci also offers site customization services and integrates other open source applications into the websites of its international client base. Tendenci's open source platform provides the framework for websites that encompass a variety of NPO and industry segments around the world. Additional information about Tendenci is available at www.tendenci.com.

Image courtesy of woodleywonderworks.


Tendenci to Consolidate Executive Resources in Bay Area

Expanded West Coast Presence to Accelerate Community Building, Enhance Access to Potential Investors

tendencilogo.jpgHOUSTON and SAN FRANCISCO, July 9, 2014 – Tendenci (www.tendenci.com), the software development company spearheading the Tendenci® Open Source Software Platform for associations and other nonprofits (NPOs), today announced plans to significantly expand its presence in the San Francisco Bay Area. The company’s Founder and CEO, Ed Schipul, will relocate to guide the company’s West Coast initiative, which aims to foster the development of an open source community in support of Tendenci and enhance access to potential investors.

Tendenci was established in Houston more than 16 years ago. Two years ago, the company released the Tendenci software platform as an open source solution to give cause-related organizations greater freedom and control over their online presence. A small number of Gulf Coast jobs have been eliminated as a result of the relocation and realignment of executive resources; however, the company plans to maintain a presence, with a portion of its software development team, website design and administrative capabilities remaining in Houston.

“We love Houston, but it is clear that expanding our presence in the Bay Area will speed up the pace of cultivating a community of open source developers to enhance and improve the Tendenci platform for nonprofits,” said Schipul. “We first established a Silicon Valley office in 2011 and we are very excited to ramp up our resources in the Bay Area.”

Tendenci also expects an increased presence in the Bay Area will improve its access to potential investors. The company currently is exploring commercial real estate in San Francisco and the surrounding area.

The Tendenci software platform‘s unique capabilities were purpose-built for cause-related organizations. As an open source solution, the software gives NPOs greater freedom and control over the customization and growth of their online presence. Tendenci makes it easy for associations and NPOs to promote and build support for their mission, generate revenue, and manage and promote events.

Tendenci has more than 1 million users and currently powers hundreds of websites for organizations around the world, including Metropolitan New York Library Council (www.metro.org), Houston Technology Center (www.houstontech.org) and Depelchin™ Children's Center (www.depelchin.org).

-  Follow Tendenci on Twitter: @tendenci

-  Like Tendenci on Facebook: www.facebook.com/tendenci

About Tendenci

Headquartered in Houston with an office in Silicon Valley, Tendenci (www.tendenci.com) develops the Tendenci Open Source software platform tailor-made for the unique needs of cause-related organizations including associations and other nonprofits. Tendenci is a revenue generating online tool with over one million users overall. Tendenci powers the websites of DePelchin Children's Center, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and Advance.org, among hundreds of others.

Tendenci also offers site customization services and integrates other open source applications into the websites of its international client base. Tendenci’s open source platform provides the framework for websites that encompass a variety of NPO and industry segments around the world. Additional information about Tendenci is available at www.tendenci.com.


Rice University Energy and Environment Initiative Selects Tendenci® Open Source CMS Platform

Upgraded website to advance relationships for research, collaboration and sponsorships

Rice University IIE is now using TendenciHOUSTON, July 1, 2014 – Tendenci (www.tendenci.com), the software development company spearheading the Tendenci® Open Source Content Management System (CMS) project for associations and other nonprofits (NPOs), is proud to release a dynamic new website for Rice University’s Energy and Environment Initiative. The website, http://eei.rice.edu, is powered by Tendenci Open Source CMS, which ensures that the initiative’s online presence keeps pace with the rapid increase in its activity and visibility.

Tendenci Open Source CMS was released as an open source solution to give cause-related organizations greater freedom and control over their online presence.

The Energy and Environment Initiative supports research that draws experts from every corner of Rice University. The upgraded website prominently features the initiative’s five key markets – Oil and Gas, Power, Petrochemicals, Energy Information and Environment – and related research efforts that are underway.

“The idea is to make it easy for interested parties, such as businesses, other universities, governments and foundations to learn about our work and begin to explore opportunities for collaboration, partnerships and sponsorships,” said Kelly Cline, the Energy and Environment Initiative program manager. “Our new website will be an essential tool to establish and strengthen a community of organizations determined to overcome barriers to the sustainable development and use of current and alternative forms of energy.”

Among the capabilities that make the Tendenci platform so powerful is its ability to sort and analyze the activity of website users. This allows organizations using Tendenci to better target and tailor information based on observed user behaviors.

The Energy and Environment Initiative encourages frequent return visits to the website by constantly updating content using Tendenci’s CMS. It is easy to create new pages, update and organize website content, and post news and articles. To leverage the full breadth of Rice University’s communications infrastructure, Tendenci uses tags to automatically pull relevant headlines from the university’s RSS feed, which keeps the home page fresh.

To demonstrate expertise and share knowledge, the initiative uses Tendenci’s integrated rich media management to easily upload, view and search videos. Tendenci’s integrated business directory capability to feature partner organizations. And with Tendenci’s online event management, the initiative can easily post and promote upcoming speaking engagements and conferences.

Tendenci has more than 1 million users and currently powers hundreds of websites for organizations around the world, including Metropolitan New York Library Council (www.metro.org), Houston Technology Center (www.houstontech.org) and DePelchin™ Children's Center (www.depelchin.org).

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About Tendenci

Headquartered in Houston with an office in Silicon Valley, Tendenci (www.tendenci.com) develops the Tendenci Open Source CMS platform tailor-made for the unique needs of cause-related organizations including associations and other nonprofits. Tendenci is a revenue generating online tool with over one million users overall. Tendenci powers the websites of DePelchin Children's Center, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and Advance.org, among hundreds of others. Tendenci also offers Web design services and integrates other open source applications into the websites of its international client base. Tendenci Open Source CMS powers websites that encompass a variety of NPO and industry segments around the world. Additional information about Tendenci is available at www.tendenci.com.

 


Tendenci Launches Web Marketing Alliance Program

Welcomes White Hat Ops as Charter Member and Preferred Provider of Search Engine Marketing Services

HOUSTON, May 27, 2014 – Tendenci (www.tendenci.com), the software development company spearheading the Tendenci® Open Source Content Management System (CMS) project for associations and other nonprofits (NPOs), today launched the Tendenci Web Marketing Alliance Program. The initiative enables leading providers of marketing and website services to partner with Tendenci to accelerate the success of the large installed base of websites powered by the Tendenci CMS platform. The Web Marketing Alliance Program also enables Tendenci to focus on developing the Tendenci CMS platform.

Tendenci has more than 1 million users and powers hundreds of websites for NPOs, associations and other cause-related organizations around the world.

"With the Web Marketing Alliance Program we have established an ecosystem of leading service providers that can help organizations maximize the success of their online initiatives," said Tendenci Founder and CEO Ed Schipul. "The Web Marketing Alliance Program allows us to focus on making Tendenci Open Source CMS the world's leading open source software platform for NPOs, while also ensuring the Tendenci community has access to the Web marketing expertise they may need."

In coordination with the Web Marketing Alliance Program launch, Tendenci announced that White Hat Ops, a leading provider of search engine marketing services, has joined the Program as a charter member. Tendenci and White Hat Ops have partnered to seamlessly provide the Tendenci user community with organic search engine optimization services, online advertising and other associated services.

"Search is a complex and ever-evolving discipline that requires singular focus, and we look forward to having White Hat Ops join the Web Marketing Alliance Program to ensure the Tendenci community has access to leading edge search engine marketing strategies," said Schipul.

White Hat Ops is headed by Jonti Bolles, a longtime Tendenci executive who is a respected expert in search engine marketing.

Tendenci invites nonprofit consulting firms, fundraisers, social media consultants, website designers, marketing, advertising and public relations agencies, and other service providers that help organizations with their Web marketing needs, to join the Web Marketing Alliance Program. Learn more at http://tendenci.com/partners/

Tendenci Open Source CMS platform offers unique capabilities purpose-built for cause-related organizations. It was released as an open source solution to give cause-related organizations greater freedom and control over their online presence. Tendenci makes it easy for associations and NPOs to promote and build support for their mission, generate revenue, and manage and promote events.

 -  Follow Tendenci on Twitter: @tendenci

 -  Like Tendenci on Facebook: www.facebook.com/tendenci

About Tendenci

Headquartered in Houston with an office in Silicon Valley, Tendenci (www.tendenci.com) develops the Tendenci Open Source CMS platform tailor-made for the unique needs of cause-related organizations including associations and other nonprofits. Tendenci is a revenue generating online tool with over one million users overall. Tendenci powers the websites of DePelchin Children's Center, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and Advance.org, among hundreds of others. Tendenci's Schipul Web Marketing business unit provides web marketing services to an international client base that encompasses a variety of service industries in local, national and international markets. Additional information about Tendenci and Schipul is available at www.tendenci.com


Tendenci Helps Night Stalkers Association Take Aim at Membership Management Success

Tendenci® Open Source CMS Platform Powers Website for Nonprofit War Veterans Organization

NSA-Website.jpgHOUSTON, May 20, 2014 – The Night Stalker Association, a non-profit organization (NPO) devoted to soldiers of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) and their families, has partnered with Tendenci (www.tendenci.com) to launch a different type of air offensive. Their upgraded website, http://www.nsa160.com, powered by the Tendenci® Open Source Content Management System (CMS), is aimed at increasing visibility, boosting membership and improving connections among its members.

“We are very proud that Tendenci is being used to support our military, both active and retired, by powering the new website for the Night Stalker Association,” said Ed Schipul, founder and president of Tendenci, the software development company spearheading the Tendenci Open Source CMS project. “The Night Stalker Association is a great example of how NPOs use Tendenci to advance their mission through increased visibility and revenue, and improved connections online.”

Tendenci Open Source CMS is built to meet the unique needs of associations and other NPOs. The Night Stalker Association’s new website takes advantage of many of Tendenci’s distinctive capabilities, including membership management, donor and fundraising management, online event management and rich media management. Since the upgraded website launched, the Night Stalker Association has reconnected with alumni, experienced a notable increase in membership and generated tens of thousands of dollars in incremental revenue.

“As soon as we flipped the switch on the Tendenci website, the Night Stalker Association jumped to a higher level of professionalism and efficiency,” said Vincent Reap, President of the Night Stalker Association. “As a volunteer-managed organization, keeping membership records updated had been a challenge. With Tendenci, our members can easily update their own data, which takes an enormous burden off our shoulders. Moving to an online application and payment process has fundamentally changed for the better the way we operate.”

The new website uses Tendenci’s donor and fundraising management to make online giving simple and uses Tendenci’s business directory capability to feature sponsoring organizations, such as Boeing, Cruz Associates Inc., Envisioneering Inc., Lockheed Martin and Rockwell Collins. These donations and sponsorships enable the Night Stalker Association to provide financial support to the soldiers and families of the 160th, including a scholarship program.

With Tendenci’s online event management and rich media management the Night Stalker Association can promote, manage and accept online payment for upcoming fundraising events, and then quickly and easily upload photos from events to an integrated photo gallery.

Tendenci Open Source CMS was released as an open source solution to give cause-related organizations greater freedom and control over their online presence. Tendenci has more than 1 million users and currently powers hundreds of websites for organizations around the world, including Metropolitan New York Library Council (www.metro.org), Houston Technology Center (www.houstontech.org) and DePelchin™ Children's Center (www.depelchin.org).

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About Tendenci

Headquartered in Houston with an office in Silicon Valley, Tendenci (www.tendenci.com) develops the Tendenci Open Source CMS platform tailor-made for the unique needs of cause-related organizations including associations and other nonprofits. Tendenci is a revenue generating online tool with over one million users overall. Tendenci powers the websites of DePelchin Children's Center, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and Advance.org, among hundreds of others. Tendenci’s Schipul Web Marketing business unit provides web marketing services to an international client base that encompasses a variety of service industries in local, national and international markets. Additional information about Tendenci and Schipul is available at www.tendenci.com.

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Susan G. Komen Houston and Tendenci® Website Partnership Results in Top Affiliate Ranking Worldwide

Tendenci Open Source CMS Platform Engages Community in Mission, Funding

Komen Houston Tendenci WebsiteHOUSTON, March 11, 2014 – When Susan G. Komen Houston was ready to design a custom website with great design and functionality, it turned to the Tendenci Open Source Content Management System (www.tendenci.com). Komen Houston credits the change to Tendenci Open Source CMS with helping the organization to generate revenue, maintain participation in events and to showcase its efforts in eradicating breast cancer and supporting those battling the disease.

"We decided that if we are going to be an extraordinary affiliate, we needed an extraordinary website – something unique to our seven county service area," said Adriana M. Higgins, executive director of Komen Houston, an affiliate of the international Susan G. Komen® organization.

Susan G. Komen recently named Komen Houston its No. 1 affiliate among 125 affiliates worldwide for the 2012-2013 fiscal year – the first full year its website was powered by Tendenci. Komen Houston topped the categories of overall revenue, highest Race for the Cure® revenue and highest in funds spent on the mission programs during 2013.

"Because the website is so important for donations, event promotion and telling our story, we save on marketing and advertising," Higgins said. "We rely on the website to get our mission message out so that the community understands who we are, what we do and how they will make an impact if they support Komen Houston."

Tendenci's reports show more than 450,000 views of pages on the Komen Houston website in 2013, 30 percent of which came from mobile devices. Photos were the most popular content, highlighting Komen Houston's volunteers and the positive impact the organization has on the community. More than 2,000 contact forms were submitted via the website by sponsors, volunteers and other supporters.

"Tendenci's reports enable us to visualize trends and analyze data from the site to ensure users are finding information they need," Higgins said. "Having these insights into user behavior guides our decisions in adjusting website content to encourage donations and other desired outcomes."

The simplicity of Tendenci's ongoing maintenance is also a critical factor. Komen Houston staff can easily update the site with news about upcoming events, testimonials and survivor stories, research findings and photos showing Komen Houston in action at events such as the annual Race for the Cure®.

Tendenci Open Source CMS was released as an open source solution to give cause-related organizations greater freedom and control over their online presence. Tendenci has more than 1 million users and currently powers hundreds of websites for organizations around the world, including Metropolitan New York Library Council (www.metro.org), Houston Technology Center (www.houstontech.org) and Depelchin™ Children's Center (www.depelchin.org). 

About Tendenci

Headquartered in Houston with an office in Silicon Valley, Tendenci (www.tendenci.com) develops the Tendenci Open Source CMS platform tailor-made for the unique needs of cause-related organizations including associations and other nonprofits. Tendenci is a revenue generating online tool with over one million users overall. Tendenci powers the websites of DePelchin Children's Center, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and Advance.org, among hundreds of others. Tendenci's Schipul Web Marketing business unit provides web marketing services to an international client base that encompasses a variety of service industries in local, national and international markets. Additional information about Tendenci and Schipul is available at www.tendenci.com.

About Susan G. Komen® Houston

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer.  In 1982 that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, launching the global breast cancer movement and the largest group of volunteers and grassroots advocates to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all, and energize science to find the cures.

Established in 1990 by passionate volunteers to support the individuals in need throughout the Houston area, Susan G. Komen Houston has granted over $45 million to local programs for breast cancer education and awareness campaigns, life saving screening and treatment programs, and innovative cutting edge research.  Serving Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty and Montgomery counties, Komen Houston continues its commitment to fundraising and grant making so that families battling breast cancer can get the treatment and support they need.   

If you would like to learn about volunteer opportunities, get information about the Houston Race for the Cure® and other events, visit www.komen-houston.org or call 713-783-9188. 

 


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