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Union Jack Club chooses IRIS Member Strategy

Union Jack Club chooses IRIS Member Strategy

The Union Jack Club, the private members’ club for non-commissioned military personnel of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, has selected IRIS Member Strategy to help it manage its complex membership hierarchy, and thereby balance its philanthropic objectives and commercial aims.

Based in the Waterloo area of London, the Club’ was established in 1904 with the aim of offering temporary accommodation and respite for servicemen in the capital.

All serving men and women below commissioned rank are automatically full members of the Club, and pay no subscription. The club also has some 15,000 subscription members, who will have left the forces with a minimum of two years’ service and now pay a small annual subscription to enjoy continued use of the Club’s facilities at preferential rates.

The club also welcomes temporary members from the UK and from other countries.

Until now the Club had been operating using an Access database developed in-house over 20 years ago. It had, however, been using IRIS Payroll and this meant IRIS Member Strategy became a candidate for the new system.

Having selected it, the Club purchased a five-user membership database solution with an application programming interface so that IRIS Member Strategy could be set up to ‘talk’ to the room-booking database. The system will also link with the Club’s third-party finance package.

Soon, membership will be able to access and update their profiles at any time online, set up direct debits, and renew their subscription online.

The Club also expects to use the tool to “branch out into fundraising”.

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Research massive growth in giving.

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