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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. 

 


Tendenci CEO to Present Solutions for Web Accessibility at 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival

Ed Schipul will provide actionable tools and design strategies

Tendenci at SXSW InteractiveHOUSTON, February 24, 2014 – Tendenci (www.tendenci.com), the software development company spearheading the Tendenci® Open Source Content Management System (CMS) project for associations and other nonprofits, today announced that CEO Ed Schipul will co-present the session, "Turning a Blind Eye to Good Usability," at the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival. Joining Schipul will be blind motivational speaker Rachel Magario who is an Assistive Technology Specialist at PACER Center's Simon Technology Center. The workshop will provide disability accessible solutions for website design.

Access to the Internet is a necessary resource to nearly every aspect of life: education, employment, government, commerce, healthcare and recreation. For people with disabilities to have equal opportunities, it is essential they have equal usability to the Internet and to websites. Schipul and Magario will present what online accessibility really means for both the visually impaired end user and to the web designer. The session will cover best practices, implementing accessible web design, testing and design pitfalls to avoid.

"The Internet can be a level playing field for all people – regardless of physical ability – which has empowered countless men and women with disabilities to participate in society in ways they never could before: as entrepreneurs, employees, advocates and activists," said Schipul. "It is inexcusable that many websites and apps continue to be developed with unnecessary and harmful obstacles to accessibility. Our goal is to show how easy accessibility can be to achieve."

For those who are blind, screen-reading software can open the door to the Web's vast information resources. A screen reader converts a Web site to text and then reads it out loud to the person using it. Unfortunately, many Web designers and developers fall into a trap of thinking that adding alt text to images is enough to make websites "accessible."

A typical approach to Web accessibility is to "repair" a website design that is already published, which often results in the site remaining functionally unusable by many people with disabilities. User-centered design practices avoid this problem by focusing on the functional requirements that improve access to all users. They are inspired by the needs of people with disabilities but are designed to give all users more options and control when accessing Web resources.

Turning a Blind Eye to Good Usability is by reservation only and is scheduled for 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM Tuesday, March 11th in Classroom 105 of the AT&T Conference Center, 1900 University Avenue in Austin, Texas. Attendees will need a valid SXSW badge, and an activated SXSocial account.

The 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival runs March 7th through March 11th. It is an incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity.

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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 https://www.tendenci.com/about/.


Tendenci® CMS Platform Powers New Website for International Association of Innovation Professionals

Website essential for membership management and recruitment for startup association 

International Association of Innovation Professionals Tendenci WebsiteHOUSTON, June 4, 2013 – The International Association of Innovation Professionals, the world’s only innovation certification body, has selected Tendenci (www.tendenci.com), the open source Content Management System (CMS) for nonprofit organizations (NPOs), to power its new website, www.iaoip.org. The new website was developed using one of Tendenci’s design templates by Schipul - The Web Marketing Company (www.schipul.com), a leading Web marketing and software development company based in Houston. 

Schipul released Tendenci CMS as an open source product to give NPOs such as the International Association of Innovation Professionals greater control over their online presence. 

The International Association of Innovation Professionals provides members with the knowledge, skills and opportunities to deliver innovation in their respective industries or fields. Through its new website, the association promotes and organizes working groups and conferences, as well as advancing innovation through professional certifications. The website includes an online membership application with online payment, a job board for posting positions and easily searching for listed jobs, and calendar event management capabilities to promote and manage registration and payment for upcoming events. 

“We selected Tendenci based on the fact that it was purpose-built for associations, which means it has a feature set that gives our association the ability to do everything we wanted online without further customization,” said Brett Trusko, President and CEO of the International Association of Innovation Professionals. “We have members around the world, so the website is an essential tool for organizing the innovation community and keeping them updated on developments in our organization and profession.”

Recognizing that a large and rapidly growing portion of the online community is using mobile devices, Tendenci enables the International Association of Innovation Professionals website to auto-resize and format to the width and height of any device when it recognizes mobile and tablet users through responsive Web design. Tendenci also includes a complete digital media management package that makes it easy for the association to securely organize, collect, and share photos, videos, and documents.

Tendenci CMS has more than 1 million users and currently powers hundreds of websites for nonprofit organizations and associations around the world, including Metropolitan New York Library Council (www.metro.org), Houston Technology Center (www.houstontech.org) and Komen Houston (www.komen-houston.org). 

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About Schipul - The Web Marketing Company

Schipul – The Web Marketing Company develops and builds websites on the Open Source Tendenci CMS (www.tendenci.com) system for NPOs, a revenue generating online tool with over a half million people logging in during the past year and millions of users overall. Schipul is headquartered in Houston with an office in Silicon Valley, and provides web marketing services to an international client base that encompasses a variety of service industries in local, national and international markets. Schipul’s clients include the Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and Tony Chachere's® Creole Foods, among many others. Additional information about Schipul is available at www.schipul.com and www.tendenci.com.


International Association of Business Communicators Selects Tendenci® Powered Website as the International Website of the Year

IABC Houston website chosen from over 100 IABC chapters in 80 countries around the world

IABC Huston WebsiteHOUSTON, March 4, 2013 – A website powered by Tendenci (www.tendenci.com), the open source content management system (CMS) for associations and nonprofit organizations (NPOs), has earned top honors from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). IABC Houston’s website, https://iabchouston.com, was presented with a 2013 Award of Excellence as the International Website of the Year at IABC’s annual Leadership Institute in Scottsdale, AZ. 

IABC Houston is the fourth largest IABC chapter in the U.S. and eighth largest in the world, with membership of over 300 professional communicators. IABC Houston’s website was selected by the International committee from more than 100 IABC chapters in 80 countries around the world. 

Tendenci makes it easy for IABC Houston to maintain its local flavor through the IABC Houston calendar view, powered by Tendenci’s calendar event management package. It makes it possible for IABC Houston to quickly and easily add events, set pricing, allow registration and take payment. Tendenci’s digital media management package helps IABC organize, collect and share videos, while the chapter uses Tendenci’s online job board tools and business directories to attract new members and generate revenue. 

Originally developed by Schipul – The Web Marketing Company, Tendenci was released as an open source CMS to give NPOs greater freedom and control over their online presence. 

“Developing this website in partnership with Schipul – The Web Marketing Company has been a team effort and we credit those past and present board members who worked so hard to make the website what it is today,” said IABC Houston President, Mary Hardin-Francis. “The IABC Houston Board of Directors is thrilled to have received this award.”

In addition to its association management capabilities, Tendenci helps IABC Houston and other NPOs accommodate mobile users, with the ability to automatically recognize mobile and tablet users by auto-resizing and formatting to the width and height of any device. It also features out-of-the-box search engine optimization and Web analytics integration to help maximize and track online visibility.

Tendenci CMS has over 1 million users and currently powers hundreds of websites for associations and nonprofit organizations around the world, including Metropolitan New York Library Council (www.metro.org), Houston Technology Center (www.houstontech.org) and The Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® (www.komen-houston.org). 

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About IABC Houston
Established in 1946 as the Southwestern Association of Industrial Editors, IABC Houston is part of a global network of 15,000 business communication professionals in more than 80 countries who are committed to improving personal and professional growth as well as organizational effectiveness through strategic communications. Houston area members include public relations and communication professionals from Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, communications agencies, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and freelance writers and consultants.

About Schipul - The Web Marketing Company
Schipul – The Web Marketing Company develops and builds websites on the Open Source Tendenci CMS (www.tendenci.com) system for NPOs, a revenue generating online tool with over a half million people logging in during the past year and millions of users overall. Schipul is headquartered in Houston with an office in Silicon Valley, and provides web marketing services to an international client base that encompasses a variety of service industries in local, national and international markets. Schipul’s clients include the Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and Tony Chachere's® Creole Foods, among many others. Additional information about Schipul is available at www.schipul.com and www.tendenci.com.


Schipul - The Web Marketing Company CEO Ed Schipul to Present at 2012 PRSA International Conference

Will discuss the challenges and opportunities of brevity


Ed Schipul, President and CEO of TendenciHOUSTON, October 10, 2012 
– Schipul - The Web Marketing Company (www.schipul.com), a leading Web marketing and software development company, today announced that President and CEO Ed Schipul will present, “Micro Blogs: How to Tell a Story on a Dime,” at the 2012 Public Relations of America (PRSA) International Conference. The presentation will examine the push toward communications that can be quickly disseminated, consumed and shared, and the implications for public relations professionals.

Texting, tweeting, Facebook posts and Instagram photo captions are all illustrations of the trend toward brief written communication. They can be written, disseminated, consumed and shared in seconds, creating enormous opportunities for organizations seeking to connect and strengthen relationships with a range of communities. Schipul’s presentation will examine these trends and the hottest micro blogging platforms, and describe best practices in brief storytelling that get results.

“If you want your community to understand what your organization stands for, remember it and share it, you have to strategically determine which social tools align best with your brand, given their strengths and audience, and make your communication brief,” said Schipul. “Brevity seems simple, but powerful brief storytelling requires an underlying strategy, excellent writing skill and great editing.”

Brevity is especially essential in reaching and engaging younger communities. According to the Pew Research Center’s Internet and Life Project, 95 percent of 18-29 year olds say they use the text messaging feature on their phones, and these users send or receive an average of 87.7 text messages on a normal day. Those between the ages of 18 and 24 send or receive an average of 109.5 messages every day.

The PRSA International Conference features more than 80 professional development sessions and is expected to attract approximately 3,000 public relations professionals and students. Keynote presenters for the 2012 PRSA International Conference include Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone, Tim Westergren, founder and chief strategy officer of Pandora, June Cotte, Ph.D., consumer behavioral expert, and Michael Steele, a political analyst with MSNBC.

The theme of the 2012 PRSA International Conference is, “The Future Starts Now.” The conference will be held October 13-16 at San Francisco Marriott Marquis. Schipul’s presentation is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on October 16th. To register online, visit https://www.prsa.org/.

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About Schipul - The Web Marketing Company

Schipul – The Web Marketing Company develops and builds websites on the Tendenci CMS system for NPOs, a revenue generating online tool with over a half million people logging in during the past year and millions of users overall. Schipul is headquartered in Houston with an office in Silicon Valley, and provides web marketing services to an international client base that encompasses a variety of service industries in local, national and international markets. Schipul’s clients include The Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and Tony Chachere's® Creole Foods, among many others. Additional information about Schipul is available at www.schipul.com and www.tendenci.com.


Schipul – The Web Marketing Company’s Caitlin Kaluza to Present at PRSA Southeast District Conference

‘Website Management for PR Pros’ will show how to take control of Web presence

Caitlin Kaluza with TendenciHOUSTON, September 11, 2012 – Schipul – The Web Marketing Company (www.schipul.com), a leading Web marketing and software development company, today announced that Manager of PR/Communications Caitlin Kaluza will present at the Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) Southeast District Conference next week. Kaluza’s presentation, “Take Command of your Company’s Website: Website Management for PR Pros,” will examine why it is essential to master the science of the Web, such as analytics and search engine optimization (SEO) or risk becoming obsolete.

The theme of this year’s PRSA Southeast District Conference is, “Creating Authentic Relationships in the Age of Me.” The conference will emphasize the critical function of PR as relationship management in an era of instantaneous and pervasive social media.

“Website analytics and SEO have become essential skills for anyone wanting to call the shots for organizational communications,” said Kaluza. “We will walk participants through how they can discover aspects of website performance metrics they’ve never known existed, identify the benchmarks to use and select the statistical analyses that offer the most valuable strategic insight.”

Participants will also learn how to use online tools – many of which are free – to identify and research target communities and to discover what words and phrases the community uses when describing products and services. The presentation includes a basic introduction to SEO, with understandable explanations of how search engines work and why they matter. 

In addition to Kaluza, PRSA Southeast District Conference presenters include Gary McCormick, APR, Fellow PRSA, who is the 2011 Immediate Past Chair of PRSA, Lee Rainie, director of the American Life Project with Pew Research Center and Nicole Goldman, senior vice president of Marketing and Publicity with Jim Henson Company.

Schipul – The Web Marketing Company’s experts are often invited to provide guidance to marketing and communications pros who struggle to navigate the ever-changing social media environment. Schipul offers a broad spectrum of Web design, social media consulting and search engine marketing services. Earlier this year, Schipul released Tendenci (www.tendenci.com) content management system (CMS) as an open source product. Tendenci, which was designed specifically for non-profit organizations and associations, provides a bundled set of automated Web marketing tools, including events calendar, donation form, and rich media photo gallery and video gallery. The Tendenci Open Source download is available at https://github.com/tendenci/tendenci.

The PRSA Southeast District Conference will be held September 19-21, 2012 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Chattanooga, Tenn. Kaluza’s presentation is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on September 21st . To register online, visit https://www.seprsaconference.com/register/.

About Schipul - The Web Marketing Company

Schipul – The Web Marketing Company develops and builds websites on the Tendenci CMS system for NPOs, a revenue generating online tool with over a half million people logging in during the past year and millions of users overall. Schipul is headquartered in Houston with an office in Silicon Valley, and provides web marketing services to an international client base that encompasses a variety of service industries in local, national and international markets. Schipul’s clients include the Texas Medical Center, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and Tony Chachere's® Creole Foods, among many others. Additional information about Schipul is available at www.schipul.com and www.tendenci.com.


Mental Health America of Greater Houston Selects Tendenci® CMS Platform

Website upgrade makes it easier for people in need to navigate the mental health care system

Mental Health America Greater Houston Chapter Tendenci WebsiteHOUSTON, August 6, 2012 – Following an exhaustive review process, Mental Health America of Greater Houston has selected Tendenci (www.tendenci.com) content management system (CMS) to power its newly upgraded website, www.mhahouston.org. The website was designed by Schipul – The Web Marketing Company (www.schipul.com). It features a clean look that makes it easy to quickly access the organization’s resources, stay up to date on the latest mental health care news and review the calendar of upcoming education and training opportunities.

Mental Health America of Greater Houston’s website is powered by Schipul’s hosted Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Tendenci product, which is listed on AWS Marketplace to simplify deployment and management on Amazon EC2. The website plays a major role in accomplishing the organization’s mission of enhancing the mental health of all Houstonians and improving the lives of those with mental illnesses. The website connects the organization with people in need as well as with mental health care providers, serving as the hub of collaborative education, outreach and advocacy activities.

“Finding help on mental health care and understanding the system is sometimes a challenge, so with Schipul – The Web Marketing Company’s help we redesigned the website to make it easier for people seeking help to find it,” said Traci Patterson, director of communications with Mental Health America of Greater Houston. “To keep people coming back, we keep the information on the website fresh, which is easy to do with the Tendenci CMS video gallery, photo album and home page rotator features.”

Tendenci CMS was designed specifically for non-profit organizations (NPOs) and associations. Earlier this year, Tendenci was released as an open source product to gives NPOs such as Mental Health America of Greater Houston greater control. The Tendenci Open Source download is available at https://github.com/tendenci/tendenci.

Mental Health America of Greater Houston uses Tendenci’s events management capabilities to organize and promote education and training events with an easy-to-update online calendar. To satisfy the curiosity of website users, the site offers a photo album featuring dozens of photos showcasing the important work the organization is doing. And Tendenci makes it possible for website users to donate online by clicking the purple button that is prominently visible throughout the site.

 

About Schipul - The Web Marketing Company

Schipul – The Web Marketing Company develops and builds websites on the Tendenci CMS system for NPOs, a revenue generating online tool with over a half million people logging in during the past year and millions of users overall. Schipul is headquartered in Houston with an office in Silicon Valley, and provides web marketing services to an international client base that encompasses a variety of service industries in local, national and international markets. Schipul’s clients include the Houston Zoo, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and Tony Chachere's® Creole Foods, among many others. Additional information about Schipul is available at www.schipul.com and www.tendenci.com.


Komen Houston Upgrades Website with Tendenci® CMS Platform

Easy to use and highly functional site offers deep resources for breast cancer community

HOUSTON, June 26, 2012 – The Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has unveiled a fresh new website, sponsored by Schlumberger and powered by Tendenci (www.tendenci.com) content management system (CMS), to serve the breast cancer community. The new website, www.komen-houston.org, features a bright updated design that is simple for Komen Houston staff to update and easy for users to navigate. The website was designed by Schipul – The Web Marketing Company (www.schipul.com).

Tendenci CMS was designed specifically for non-profit organizations (NPOs) and associations, and it helps Komen Houston keep true to its mission to find a cure and eradicate breast cancer. For instance, Tendenci makes it easy for Komen Houston staff to add and edit website content showcasing upcoming events, ways people can get involved, the good works of volunteers and how donated funds are used to provide innovative breast cancer education, screening and treatment projects.

Tendenci’s events management capabilities enable Komen Houston to organize and promote events with an easy-to-update online calendar. The new Komen Houston website’s photo galleries feature hundreds of photos uploaded with the click of a mouse. Of course information on the next Komen Houston Race for the Cure and how to donate is highly visible throughout the site.

“Our vision is for the website to be the focal point for the greater Houston area’s breast cancer community – the place to go for information, resources and support in our battle against breast cancer, whether you need it or you want to give it,” said Adriana M. Higgins, executive director of Komen Houston. “With Tendenci and through the support of our website sponsor Schlumberger, we expect the website to be a dynamic resource, encouraging people to visit us regularly, which deepens our connection and makes our relationship with the community more meaningful.”

The Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has granted more than $28 million for community grants in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty and Montgomery counties. The Affiliate’s granting process ensures the impartial allocation of funds to qualified NPOs helping breast cancer survivors and their families get the treatment and support they need.

Earlier this year, Schipul – The Web Marketing Company, which created Tendenci, released Tendenci as an open source product, which gives NPOs such as Komen Houston a greater sense of control. The Tendenci Open Source download is available at https://github.com/tendenci/tendenci. Komen Houston’s website is powered by Schipul’s hosted Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Tendenci product, which is now listed on AWS Marketplace to simplify deployment and management on Amazon EC2.

Tendenci currently powers hundreds of websites for nonprofit organizations and associations around the world, including Houston Technology Center (www.houstontech.org), Metropolitan New York Library Council (www.metro.org), and Think LA (https://www.thinkla.org/). It has more than 1 million users.

About the Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For the Cure®

The Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® was established in 1990 to provide innovative breast cancer education, screening and treatment projects for the medically under-served and uninsured in Southeast Texas. In the Affiliate’s 22 year history, it has granted over $9 million for research nationally and over $28 million for community grants in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty and Montgomery counties. The Affiliate’s granting process ensures the impartial allocation of funds to qualified 501c3 organizations helping countless breast cancer survivors and their families get the treatment and support they need. 

Komen Houston continues its commitment as a fundraising and grant-making organization and as a leader in the fight against breast cancer in its seven county service area – providing the Best Science, the Boldest Community and making the Biggest Impact.  Today, the Affiliate has more than 1,500 volunteers committed to its promise.  More information about the 2012 Komen Houston Race for the Cure® and other Affiliate events, ways you can help, volunteer opportunities, and the Young Professional Council are available at www.komen-houston.org, or by calling (713) 783-9188.

About Schipul - The Web Marketing Company

Schipul – The Web Marketing Company develops and builds websites on the Tendenci CMS system for NPOs, a revenue generating online tool with over a half million people logging in during the past year and millions of users overall. Schipul is headquartered in Houston with an office in Silicon Valley, and provides web marketing services to an international client base that encompasses a variety of service industries in local, national and international markets. Schipul’s clients include the Houston Zoo, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and Tony Chachere's® Creole Foods, among many others. Additional information about Schipul is available at www.schipul.com and www.tendenci.com.


Tendenci® CMS Platform Helps Advance Connect Australia’s Global Community

Tendenci now available as an open source product

Advance - Australia's Global Community - Tendenci WebsiteHOUSTON, May 1, 2012 – With the goal of connecting the estimated 1 million Australians living abroad, the nonprofit organization, Advance, is using Tendenci (www.tendenci.com) content management system (CMS) as a key component of its community engagement toolkit. Tendenci CMS, recently released as an open source product, is designed specifically for non-profit organizations (NPOs) and associations. It powers Advance’s redeveloped and improved website, https://www.advance.org/, which was designed by Publicis Mojo in Sydney.

Tendenci CMS makes it easy for the eight-person staff of Advance to add and edit website content, including text, videos, event listings and job openings without needing to know html or hassling with a webmaster. Tendenci’s video plugin makes it possible for Advance to feature its latest online video content from other sites into a single “Advance TV” page. A color coded events calendar makes it easy for Advance members to quickly find and register for events in their part of the world.

“We currently have 22,000 members around the world, but our new website positions us to be able to reach and connect every Australian expatriate so we can leverage the community as a powerful knowledge network and resource,” said Jess Kelso, manager, online engagement for Advance. “With a community that spans over 90 countries the membership management task is massive and Tendenci CMS has been up to the challenge.”

The clean, inviting design by Publicis Mojo plays heavily on the use of ripples that represent the Advance global community and all of the members within it. The new website launch and rebrand coincides with the organization’s 10th anniversary.

Earlier this month, Schipul released Tendenci as an open source product. This gives NPOs such as Advance a greater sense of control. According to the 2011 Nonprofit Data Ecosystem Report from the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), over 90 percent of Nonprofits surveyed manage their website content on either an open source or custom in-house built CMS. The Tendenci Open Source download is available at https://github.com/tendenci/tendenci.

Tendenci currently powers hundreds of websites for nonprofit organizations and associations around the world, including Houston Technology Center (www.houstontech.org), Metropolitan New York Library Council (www.metro.org), and Think LA (https://www.thinkla.org/). It has more than 1 million users.

About Schipul - The Web Marketing Company

Schipul – The Web Marketing Company develops and builds websites on the Tendenci CMS system for NPOs, a revenue generating online tool with over a half million people logging in during the past year and millions of users overall. Schipul is headquartered in Houston with an office in Silicon Valley, and provides web marketing services to an international client base that encompasses a variety of service industries in local, national and international markets. Schipul’s clients include the Houston Zoo, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and Tony Chachere's® Creole Foods, among many others. Additional information about Schipul is available at www.schipul.com and www.tendenci.com.


Houston Museum District Puts Tendenci® CMS Platform on Display

Tendenci now available as an open source product

Houston Museum District websiteHOUSTON, April 17, 2012 – Houston Museum District Association has launched its new website, https://houmuse.org/, powered by Tendenci (www.tendenci.com) content management system (CMS). With Tendenci CMS, which was designed specifically for non-profits organizations (NPOs) and associations, Houston Museum District staff can easily and quickly update information about events and exhibits at the district’s 19 museums.

Earlier this month, Schipul – The Web Marketing Company (www.schipul.com), which developed and managed the proprietary Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model of Tendenci, released Tendenci as an open source product. The Tendenci Open Source download is available athttps://github.com/tendenci/tendenci.

“We selected Tendenci because it is a complete solution that satisfies all our needs, including modules for events management, online donations, photo albums and videos,” said Laurette Canizares, executive director of the Houston Museum District Association. “We are thrilled that the website is so intuitive and easy to update – even for those who have never used a CMS before. By keeping the information fresh, we can accurately capture how exciting and active the district is. The fact that Tendenci is now open source also gives us a greater sense of control.”

The Houston Museum District Association is a 501 (c)(3) organization that promotes the 19 museums within a 1.5 mile radius of the Mecom Fountain as a destination to maximize the use of artistic, scientific and educational resources of its institutions. Tendenci provides Houston Museum District a bundled set of automated Web marketing tools, including a robust events calendar that serves to showcase the many events happening daily across the museums, a donation form, and rich media photo gallery and video gallery.

Additionally, the Schipul team created a custom plug-in that provides each individual museum a page that aggregates content related to that museum from throughout the website – including events, photos, and special offers. The staff from each museum has the ability to update their museum’s page using the Tendenci CMS.

Despite offering a large volume of information about the 19 institutions in the district, the designers at Schipul created a clean, simple and inviting look. Those interested in a particular institution will find the navigation makes it easy to peel back the layers and explore the full depth of information on any topic.

Tendenci currently powers hundreds of websites for nonprofit organizations and associations around the world, including Houston Technology Center (www.houstontech.org), Metropolitan New York Library Council (www.metro.org), and Think LA (https://www.thinkla.org/). It has more than 1 million users.

About Schipul - The Web Marketing Company

Schipul – The Web Marketing Company develops and builds websites on the Tendenci CMS system for NPOs, a revenue generating online tool with over a half million people logging in during the past year and millions of users overall. Schipul is headquartered in Houston with an office in Silicon Valley, and provides web marketing services to an international client base that encompasses a variety of service industries in local, national and international markets. Schipul’s clients include the Houston Zoo, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and Tony Chachere's® Creole Foods, among many others. Additional information about Schipul is available atwww.schipul.com and www.tendenci.com.


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