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7 Association Management Software Suites to Consider

7 min read
May 19, 2023
Neon One Staff
Association management software can help you keep track of your member engagement and improve outreach. In this image, a person stands in front of a flip chart, going over data while a group of people look on.

Association management software suites can lift a really heavy load for your organization. The right platforms make it easier to communicate with and engage your members so you can stay on top of renewals and recruiting. There are a lot of options out there and a lot of conflicting information on what these platforms should do for you. The simplest explanation is that association management software should take on the burden of administrative tasks so you can concentrate on growing your organization. 

Key Engagement Features of Association Management Software

With the right association management features, you can control all parts of member engagement and improve your processes and communications with the information you gain. Here are some things to look for: 

Member DatabaseAssociation management software needs data to work. An integrated member database will allow you to use all of the features effectively.
Communication ToolsYou need to keep in regular contact with your members so they’ll stay engaged with your organization. Your association management software should make that easy with tools for email management, event reminders, workflow, registrations, and member contacts. 
Member PortalSelf-service options for members are very important. Your software should include a portal where members can access exclusive features, pay renewals, register for events, and connect with other community members.
Analytics and ReportingAnalytics and reporting are central to improvement. The ability to track engagement metrics like event attendance, email open rates, and other membership activities will help you improve your future outreach efforts.
PersonalizationGeneric mass emails that aren’t customized for the recipient aren’t as effective as targeted, personalized messages. Good association management software will allow you to customize your messages based on your members’ type, activity, participation level, or other factors.
AutomationAutomated tools can help you with things like sending emails and receipts, setting tasks, and tracking renewals and member retention. The right association management software will allow you to set triggers in your system that will kick off these automated tasks. For example, a new member registration might schedule a series of welcome emails or an approaching renewal deadline could trigger a reminder message.

With all the available association management platforms, it can be hard to narrow down the right choice for your organization. Some of the above features may be incredibly important to you while others are less so. To make it easier, here are seven top association management platforms to consider.

7 Association Management Platforms to Consider 

The following seven association management platforms include many of the key features listed above and more.

1. Neon CRM for Associations 

Neon CRM for Associations is our solution for member management and engagement. It includes a membership database and all the tools needed to communicate with and engage constituents. We also offer robust reporting and membership tracking along with automated workflow and communication features. This is an excellent tool for midsized and rapidly growing organizations.


Neon CRM follows a revenue-based billing model to allow flexibility for growing organizations. Our base plan for a small organization starts at $109 a month.

Key Features 

  • Membership management tools
  • Unlimited forms
  • Unlimited records
  • Optional website builder
  • Payment processing
  • Reporting and analytics
  • Customizable features and dashboards
  • Email tools
  • Personalization tools
  • Automated workflows
  • Unlimited users, forms, templates, and records
  • Revenue-based billing
  • Extensive integrations 


Costs can be higher for enterprise-level organizations and some of our more advanced features have a bit of a learning curve, though support is always available to help.

2. MemberSuite

MemberSuite is a comprehensive solution to association management, combining member management tools with e-commerce and accounting software. This cloud-based platform is focused on midsize to large associations. 


Pricing requires a quote, though the company website notes that plans start at $2,000 per month.

Key Features 

  • Membership management
  • E-commerce support
  • Custom branding features
  • Accounting software
  • Reporting and analytics 
  • Comprehensive management 


The $2,000 minimum prices out just about all but the largest associations. However, for those enterprise organizations that can afford it, this is an all-in-one solution.

3. Wild Apricot

Wild Apricot is a well-known name in association management software. It offers a range of tools for member management, communication, events, and more. It’s targeted at small to medium-sized organizations.


Wild Apricot bases its pricing on contacts. Personal plans of up to 100 contacts start at $48 per month, and larger enterprise-level plans with 15,000 contacts start at $420 per month.

Key Features

  • Event management
  • Website builder
  • Payment processing
  • Email marketing
  • Reporting and analytics
  • Customizable membership forms and invoices
  • Free trial 


Users of Wild Apricot have mentioned limited customization options in the website builder as well as a shortage of integrations, reporting, and analytics.

4. NimbleAMS

Nimble AMS offers member management, e-commerce, reporting, and other tools for running midsize to large associations. This cloud-based system is built on Salesforce and offers automation, ongoing upgrades, artificial intelligence integrations, and other advanced features.  


Quotes for Nimble AMS are based on the specific needs of the organization and require a quote.

Key Features 

  • Member management
  • Event management
  • E-commerce
  • Website building tools 
  • Extensive integrations 
  • AI and automation tools


This platform can reportedly be expensive for small organizations. Users also report difficulty in setting up the software for the first time and migrating data.

5. Novi AMS

Novi AMS bills itself as a platform “built for associations by associations”. This cloud-based solution offers a wide range of member and event management features, as well as reporting, eCommerce, and financial management. 


Novi AMS bills its clients based on their annual revenue. The lowest plan is for associations that make less than $400,000 annually, with a base price of $719 per month along with the $2,995 onboarding fee. 

Key Features 

  • Member database
  • Events management
  • Mobile friendly design
  • Reporting and analytics
  • Communication tools
  • eCommerce 


Novi AMS can be an expensive tool for smaller organizations. Users also report limitations as far as reporting and analytics.

6. CiviCRM

CiviCRM is one of the few open-source solutions on the market—which means that the source code of the platform has been made publicly available. This free option helps nonprofits manage their contacts, outreach, events, and more. This is a solution that’s best for organizations that have existing in-house technical talent.  


CiviCRM’s base plan is free but users can customize it by purchasing additional modules separately. 

Key Features 

  • Contact management
  • Event management
  • Grant management
  • Free to use open source software 
  • Customizable features
  • Easily accessible documentation and support
  • CMS integrations with WordPress, Drupal, and more


This may be challenging for organizations without a lot of technical knowledge or support. Costs can increase quickly as modules and features are added.

7. MemberClicks

The final solution on our list is another cloud-based option designed for small and midsized associations. This provides basic association management tools as well as website-building support. There are also additional modules and features organizations can add.


MemberClicks adapts its pricing based on the association, with plans starting at $4,500 annually.

Key Features 

  • Event management
  • Email marketing
  • Payment processing
  • Mobile-friendly design
  • Easy-to-use interface
  • Website support
  • Customized pricing 


Users have reported challenges with the website builder, and pricing may be too high for smaller organizations.

Engaging Members With Neon CRM for Associations 

There are a lot of association management software suites to consider. The best one for your organization will depend on your size, your budget, and the resources you have available. Weighing their costs, features, and disadvantages should help you land on the right option for you and your members.

Neon CRM for Associations is an excellent association management software for midsized and rapidly growing organizations. Our features, billing model, and top-tier customer support can help you improve engagement and better manage your members. Contact us to schedule a demo. 

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