We found the ideal way to create the software and inspire a community: My Member Software™ is part crowdfunded and part self-funded (the owner is putting 7.000 EUR of his own money into it as well). This way, the development of My Member Software is partly funded by the crowd: associations or clubs that want to use this software once it is completed. The stage we will reach is dependent on the amount of euro's are funded. In the best case, the software will be working with or under the three major CMS's: Joomla, Drupal and Wordpress in 5 languages. In the worst case we won't be able to finish step 1.
A kickstarter project has been created with 3 mail goals:
Creating an official Joomla extension for the JED in English and Dutch.
Translating to Spanish, German and French.
Integrate in Wordpress / Drupal.
If your association, club or foundation is interested in any of these goals, contribute now !
My Member Software is the downloadable open source member administration program. Associations, Clubs, Foundations and even companies can administrate their members and it is integrated in the CMS Joomla, but can also run beside a Wordpress or Drupal website.
The solution was developed by a group of 50 Dutch Associations, under the name of "Ledenadministratie Online" ("LAO" as we call it). LAO only worked on a specific technical server setup, and the extension couldn't be downloaded. However it is very usuable for other associations in Europe (maybe even worldwide), so it was decided that the software should be open-source and multi langual. We developed the open-source version in the same manner as we did Ledenadministratie Online: by crowdfunding.
We concluded the following steps to make it open-source (GPLv2) and sell it international:
Creating an official open source GPLv2 Joomla extension for the Joomla shop (JED).
Creating data interfaces to accountancy programs to collect subscriptions and one time events. The data interface synchronizes member data to Conscribo (completed) and e-Boekhouden (completed). So the secretary can overview the member administration on the website and the treasurer can work in the accountancy program. More interfaces are investigated: for example Exact.
Translating to Norwegian (completed), German (work in progress) and Spanish.
Research how to integrate My Member Software in the other important open source Content Management Systems (CMS's): Wordpress / Drupal.
Each step needs its own programming and functional designs, so there is costs involved. The first three steps were completed successfully, so you can buy and use the program right now, for only 59 euro inc VAT. If your Association, Club or foundation is interested in member administration in Wordpress or Drupal, consider to contribute a bit so that step 4 is funded.