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Friday, December 21, 2007

Happy Holidays!

It's been a quiet month on the blog -- because it has been anything but quiet here at Members Only Software.

The YWCA of the National Capital Area launched their Members Only installation this month - so we've been up and down 9th Street quite a few times, working with NPower to get their new server up, talking to the bank to make sure our software was handing Electronic Funds Transfer the way they want, getting the register drawers set up, and a million other details. This is a great organization with the motto: Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women. So how can we not be excited to work them? Last time I checked, that goal hadn't been quite reached yet, so I guess we'll be busy in 2008 as well. I know we will be revamping their fundraising and helping them set up a new website in the next few months.

We've also been hard at work on several new projects we're hoping to launch in February. These organizations are working in diverse areas and show at a glance the wide contribution non-profits are making. The February launches will include the Program for Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University, The Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham Massachusetts, and the ARC/Michigan.

We've also finished a pro-bono project. Using a donated CMS from our good friends at Orchid Suites, and a beautiful design by Erica Trauba, we've built a new website for the folks at the Mali Health Organizing Project, a group that is helping a community in Mali to build its own clinic.

Closer to home we've said good-bye to our Technical Ops Coordinator of many years, Raven Matthews, who has moved on focus on security issues on federal computer systems. In her place will be Mildred Blanco, who will be starting with us mid-January.

So have a great holiday, and we'll be back with more news in January!