Free alternative to

I need an alternative service to that is free for keeping people abreast of meetups, allowing them to donate, and collecting dues.  Assistance in finding such a thing is greatly appreciated.
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frugalmuleAuthor Commented:
What do you guys think about ?

What I don't want is to sign up and then uncover the restrictions later, like the fact that you can't get emails from a group that you worked very hard to form.  This is what happened at
Have you taken a look at these?


At the bottom is a link to a free equivalent to Meetup as well as one to their top 5 competitors. We can assume their competitors are going to things just as good if not better.
Free for all groups with under 250 members.
Similar to Meetup with extra features which Meetup does not have.
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frugalmuleAuthor Commented:
Interesting.  With group spaces, as organizer, can you export and import email lists as needed?
"With group spaces, as organizer, can you export and import email lists as needed?"

Yes, you can export and import email lists as needed.

Although not free , Ning is also worth looking at:
Brad RubinCommented:
Create a group on Experts Exchange and keep everyone posted and apprised of your meetup. Free members can join one public group.

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frugalmuleAuthor Commented:
I wouldn't be able to maintain my own list or anything.  EE is not the right tool for that one.
frugalmuleAuthor Commented:
It looks like we are going to end up going with which is free for all things aside from accepting payments.  Nothing monthly.  Looks pretty powerfull
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