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Monday, July 08, 2024

Partnership of Grand Lodges Purchase Grand View Systems



ByChristopher Hodapp

Grand View Systems, creators of one of the most popular membership management systems designed especially for Masonic organizations, has just been acquired by a joint partnership of grand lodges in Pennsylvania, Minnesota, California, and North Carolina.

From the press release:



Dear Valued Grand View Users,

We’re thrilled to announce that Grand View, your trusted membership management software system, has been purchased by a partnership of four Grand Lodges: the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, Grand Lodge of North Carolina, Grand Lodge of California, and Grand Lodge of Minnesota. This acquisition marks a significant milestone in the Grand View journey, and we are excited about the future prospects it brings.

Our vision for Grand View is that it’s owned by the fraternity, ensuring that its mission aligns closely with the values and needs of Masonic organizations. We are delighted to inform you that Brother Jeff Clarke will continue to lead Grand View, and all of its dedicated staff will remain in place, ensuring continuity and stability for our users. Jeff and his team will continue to be your main point of contact.

As we look to the future, Grand View’s immediate goals are to assess and enhance its capabilities to onboard new Masonic organizations seamlessly while continuing to provide robust support to its existing users. Your satisfaction and success are our and Grand View’s top priorities, and we and the Grand View team are committed to making Grand View an even more powerful tool for your membership management needs.

We are also eagerly looking forward to the upcoming Users Conference, where Jeff will share more detailed plans and ideas. This will be a fantastic opportunity to hear directly from you about how we can all work together most effectively moving forward. Additionally, we’ll discuss how other Grand Lodges and Masonic organizations can join the ownership group in the future, expanding our collaborative efforts.

Thank you for your continued trust and support in Grand View. We are excited about this new chapter and are confident that under its new ownership, Grand View will achieve great things.



 

3 comments:

  1. The first question that comes to mind is whether there will be a beneficial change to the cost being charged to the Grand Lodges that are not part of the ownership consortium. One would hope that this will be at least considered as Grandview is going from being owned by a for-profit (to the best of my understanding) to being owned by four (4) 501(c) non-profits.

    The second question is whether the consortium has enough qualified programmers available to efficiently and effectively program new features etc. or whether they will have to seek employee programmers.

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    1. From how I understand it, all of the original staff will remain employed

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  2. This seems like an absolutely positive move. I'm pleased to see that they will provide avenues for other GLs to gain ownership as well. Bravo brethren

    I do wonder however, as more and more GLs begin to claim their ownership, if it will become more difficult to institute changes or implement features on the website. Time will tell!

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