Billhighway was designed to integrate with your Association Management Software (AMS) to combine many chapter management activities into one platform. Before Billhighway, chapter administrators relied on far too many disconnected software programs that created unwanted data silos. Switching back and forth between these systems wasted time and made data integration unorganized and disjointed.
An AMS streamlines many processes. However, its capabilities are limited when it comes to chapter management, requiring associations to use many additional applications, such as these usual suspects:
- PayPal for vendor payments and expense management
- QuickBooks for bookkeeping
- Eventbrite for event registration
- WordPress for website management
- Microsoft Excel for a member roster
By employing these applications in addition to an AMS, associations often suffer from operational inefficiencies.
Wouldn’t it be helpful if all chapter functions were handled through one application?
They are through Billhighway.
Billhighway is a technology platform that works in tandem with AMS vendors. When integrated, Billhighway adds the chapter functionality that most association management software (AMS) lack, allowing chapters to benefit from a single platform that performs all the functions they need. At the same time, headquarters staff benefit from an association-wide system that provides visibility to all chapter data.
No more need for chapter officers to pay for or master PayPal, QuickBooks, Eventbrite, WordPress, and Microsoft Excel.
Billhighway includes all of these capabilities. By integrating your association management system (AMS) with our platform, you’ll be able to fully realize the potential of your association. With Billhighway, chapters gain tools for all administrative and brand development functions:
- Website Management
- Financial Management
- Event Planning
- Chapter Leadership Changes
By integrating Billhighway with their AMS, associations save countless hours of manual labor, benefit from automated data transfer and integration, provide technology tools to their chapter leaders, and capture a bird’s-eye view of the entire organization, which provides headquarters with actionable insights.
What is Association Management Software?
AMS software assists professional associations, nonprofit organizations, and member-based organizations in managing their vast member database. These platforms provide essential tools for recruitment, retention, and administrative functions.
Professional and trade associations commonly use association management software to build, track, and maintain critical information within their membership organization. AMS systems can typically be leveraged to communicate with members, track donation amounts, organize events, and much more.
Multi-chapter associations have a unique organizational structure requiring a flexible AMS tool that provides a centralized database with aggregate reporting, all while accounting for a personalized experience at the headquarters, chapter, and member level.
Why Associations Need an AMS
Associations draw many benefits from AMS software:
- Membership Management
- Continuing Education and Events
- Community and Communications
One of the central benefits of an AMS is that it allows you to manage current members of your association, while also making the process of adding new members as easy as possible.
An AMS acts as a database of current members, giving you a detailed list of names and additional information about each member.
This comes in handy when tracking or searching for specific members. You’re able to open your AMS and use the in-app filters to find exactly who you’re looking for.
An AMS also allows for data visualization that gives you insight into more information about your own association. From discovering what sort of members make up your platform to total logins or how many new members you’re recruiting each month, your AMS will help give you data-driven insight into your organization.
Additionally, when you recruit new members to your association, you’ll be able to customize your registration portal. This allows you to specify what sort of information and demographics they’ll need to enter when creating an account. Their information will feed into the AMS filters, letting you see how your organization is taking shape.
As association management software is a cloud-based system, you can use it to access your member’s information and manage their activities.
Continuing Education and Events
Seamlessly updating your community about upcoming events is one of the main benefits of integrating an AMS into your organization. An AMS makes automating communication easy, allowing you to create personalized emails and newsletters that you can send out to all of your members.
Instead of receiving generic emails, you can use an AMS to make sure that all the communications a member receives are personalized to their interests.
This form of communication allows everyone to stay in the loop with all the events going on within your association. You can promote events on a large scale, ensuring that all your members receive an update reminding them of the upcoming content, date, and time of an event.
You’re also able to send out sign-up forms, quickly getting an estimate of how many people will be attending each event.
AMS systems simplify intra-association communication, allowing you to manage event reminders and educational session participation forms quickly and efficiently.
Community and Communications
Association Management Software can also lead to a more social, community-driven atmosphere within your organization. Instead of isolating with 1-1 association to individual communication, you can create social channels where everyone can be seen and heard.
These social channels, in which users can freely share their opinions, photos, and ideas, help your members foster a sense of community. This friendly environment helps users feel connected to your cause and meet other association members that are also interested in your organization.
An AMS allows peers to cultivate a connection, reach out to others in their channels, and strike up a conversation.
Over time, this form of open communication can lead to an active gathering of like-minded professionals, your AMS channels inspire a community where everyone shares freely.
Your AMS Can’t Do It All
Though association management software capabilities are essential for organizations, an AMS does not handle many vital chapter functions. Oftentimes an AMS will offer some value to an organization on a national level but neglect the chapters. However, through the integration of Billhighway, associations gain the full suite of chapter features in one unified system and headquarters is able to view their entire organization clearly through our industry leading platform.
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An AMS enhances efficiency at the headquarters level, but it cannot encompass all chapter functions. As a result, chapters must rely on multiple systems outside of their AMS, such as PayPal, Excel, Eventbrite, and QuickBooks. Component Relations Professionals (CRPs) must spend time flipping between these systems, and data is inevitably lost in translation.
Billhighway solves this problem by augmenting your AMS with the additional capabilities that your association and chapters need. In addition, it offers tools that are less expensive and more robust than the standalone options. By integrating Billhighway with their AMS, associations save time and money while gaining access to chapter tools that increase member engagement and satisfaction.
How does Billhighway partner with your AMS?
Billhighway integrates with most AMS systems to allow associations to maximize the performance of their chapters and simultaneously increase visibility across their entire chapter network.
We work with our AMS partners to streamline the flow of membership data between headquarters and chapters, while providing tools to chapters that directly reduce time spent on administrative processes.
What AMS solutions does Billhighway partner with?
Billhighway partners with an extensive network of association management software solutions that our clients leverage to support their association business and administrative activities. If your association uses any of the association management softwares below or if you’re looking for a chapter management solution, let’s talk!
- Abila NetFORUM
- And more!
Is Billhighway the right chapter management solution for my association?
Got Chapters? Billhighway is a Chapter Management Solution designed for the unique complexity of professional associations and trade associations with multiple chapters, components, clubs, sections, divisions, networks, etc.
For more than two decades, Billhighway has focused on providing innovative financial and member management solutions to non-profit organizations including professional associations, trade associations, sororities, fraternities, honor societies, labor unions, and more.
How can Billhighway help with association management?
Our platform’s chapter management solution creates a healthy balance between headquarters visibility and chapter autonomy. Increase ROI across your entire organization by leveraging tools to help chapters perform better, as well as provide member engagement and component performance data to headquarters.
This data helps to establish actionable insights that will directly contribute to your organization’s growth and continued success. By moving away from spreadsheets and towards robust association software, you can manage your member data and finances more effectively.
The Benefits of Billhighway
The benefits of Billhighway provides national associations with capabilities far beyond what an AMS alone offers, including these game-changing features:
- Role Guidance for Chapter Leaders
- Improves Reporting Versus Stone Age Spreadsheets
- Web Design and Association Branding
- Financial Management
- Staffing Changes
- Chapter Visibility
- Event Registration and Promotion
- Advanced Metrics Reports
- Fraud Prevention
- Saves Time
- Breaks Down Data Silos
- Promotes Mission Focus
Are you interested in learning more about how the Billhighway platform can integrate with your AMS? Sign up for a free demo to see how Billhighway can deliver association performance solutions to better serve your members and increase chapter ROI.