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Alternatives to Tendenci AMS - Association Management Software

In the spirit of the Capterra blog post on the top free MMS/AMS systems, we thought we should join in with Wild Apricot and openly support each other.

As "The Open Source AMS" we're a bit biased. Three issues we feel every association and nonprofit should DEMAND from their AMS are:

  1. Security. We believe strongly in security and open code for review. For us, it's a deal breaker. Tendenci is 20 years old - so we feel solid in our beliefs.
  2. Access. We believe that you own your association's data and have every right to ALL of it! Demand access to your data and to your code! Maybe even host your AMS yourself.
  3. International. It's a big world out there. Can your AMS scale to the level, and in all of the languages that you will need? If not, why?

Yes, we are big believers in Open Source. Just like the US Government's OpenGov initiative.

Here are a few AMS / MMS systems that you can compare Tendenci with. 

Alternatives to Tendenci - The Open Source AMS

Open Source alternatives:

  1. CiviCRM - a Drupal Based Open Source Constituent Management System

Proprietary / Closed Source alternatives to Tendenci:

Please note that some have free "trials", but no source code access. And we are not aware of any other AMS/MMS systems for associations and non-profits that have immediate full database access and download like Tendenci does.

The list is broken into two parts. The first list is software for Associations and NPOs that have encryption on their primary site. We take security seriously. SSL is baseline to protect your membership and for SEM. Therefore, we view these alternatives to Tendenci as better choices than those without encryption on their own sites.

  1. https://www.blackbaud.com/ 
  2. https://civicrm.org/ 
  3. https://memberplanet.com/ 
  4. https://www.neoncrm.com/ 
  5. https://www.yourmembership.com/ 
  6. https://member365.com/ 
  7. https://www.tendenci.com/
  8. https://www.advsol.com/ 
  9. https://www.growthzone.com/
  10. https://www.veryconnect.com/ 
  11. https://www.acgisoftware.com/

The second list below is comprised of viable AMS alternatives to Tendenci that aren't running encryption on their own sites. Not running encryption on their sites does *not* mean they aren't encrypting their clients' sites or their transaction pages. It just means their leadership is kinda "meh" about security. Hopefully that will change, as every association deserves secure sites running secure software.

  1. http://www.wildapricot.com/ 
  2. http://www.bigtent.com/ 
  3. http://clubexpress.com/ 
  4. http://groupspaces.com/ 
  5. http://www.starchapter.com/ 
  6. http://silkstart.com/ 
  7. http://123signup.com/ 
  8. http://www.memberclicks.com/ 
  9. http://memberleap.com/ 
  10. http://www.aptify.com/ 
  11. http://fonteva.com/ 
  12. http://www.associationsonline.com/ 

If you are curious about the technical definition of "Free and Open Source" as it applies to all software, not just multi-lingual Association Management Systems, FOSS is defined on wikipedia as:

Free and open-source software (FOSS) is software that can be classified as both free software and open-source software.[a] That is, anyone is freely licensed to use, copy, study, and change the software in any way, and the source code is openly shared so that people are encouraged to voluntarily improve the design of the software.[3] This is in contrast to proprietary software, where the software is under restrictive copyright and the source code is usually hidden from the users.

*** At the time we are writing this page Tendenci, as far as we know, is the only actual FOSS option that we can find besides CiviCRM. So if you know of a truly "free and open source software" product that meets the needs of large associations (over 100k people minimum seems like a fair baseline), let us know so we can add you!