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I'm researching a problem that I'm sure all clubs and non-profits have: Looking for a membership management tool that is low cost (or free) to manage the club mailing list, and our annual show attendee list. Our club has two distinct, and slightly different needs: 1. Manage the membership list for sending our newsletters and other emails to the dues-paying members of the club. 2. Collect and build a "customer list" of vendor contacts and attendees for our annual show. Currently we have a solution for #1, but not for #2. We don't want a combined list, as we don't want to send internal club business emails to our "customer" list. Right now, all we have is a collection of emails the club officers have collected over the past few years, but no central repository that any of us can access. Yes, we could just build out a spreadsheet and keep them there, but that puts the burden on one person to collect and manage the list. I have googled the topic, and found that there are a variety of online services that offer email management for non-profit organizations. Many offer free service for a list up to X members, with a sliding cost above that. But those solutions seem to be oriented more as a membership tool than a customer tool. So I figured that before I go and try to our half a dozen free or lost cost solutions, I'd ask here.... I'm sure this a problem other clubs must have already solved.....?
For those of you who have a club Facebook presence, did you set it up as a "Group" or a "Page"? As I understand it, a Page increases your club's visibility, as it can be found by search engines, but there's no real security-- anyone can post a comment on it. If you set up as a Group, you can restrict both access and membership, at the expense of visibility. Just looking for some feedback on what option you picked and why, and what your experience has been.....