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Software Services for Managing Youth GroupsGuide Started By b.n. on December 2013 Last Updated on September 2016 | 20 Contributions | Comments
Many youth groups are managed using a mostly collection of spreadsheets and free services like google groups. This guide explores options for a more integrated set of online tools encompassing member registration, payment, and social features such as parent mailing lists.
I've yet to find a perfect, or even adequate service, but while I'm looking I'll keep notes here. You're welcome to contribute what you find as well.
How to choose
My strong recommendation is to choose only from sites that let you create a trial account. Nothing beats actually trying to set your organization up, to find the limits these systems have. And once you hit limits, you may find you're blasted back to the stone age. With spreadsheets you can generally work around any problem. If your software service can't do something, however, there may not be a viable workaround.
As you're jumping in, plot your escape. What if the service starts to suck? Will you be able to export your member data? Your group's archives or calendar? Think about it.