To create world class membership portals for our non-profit and association based customers.
People have the solutions within themselves and need a tool(technology) and a way (process) to achieve those solutions in a practical, affordable, easy and professional way.
Our founder is a 23+ year veteran of the IT industry. He is also a family man who faced exceptional challenges when his two sons were diagnosed with autism. For a long time Mike Holstein kept his two worlds apart, working in the IT industry as a job to provide the necessary care for his family. This was simply not enough.
Fed up with the conflicting disinformation regarding the causes and the treatments of autism, Mike finally used his extensive experience and knowledge to directly help both his and other families by developing websites for charitable causes like the Autism Society of Ohio, the Rich Center for Autism at Youngstown State University, the Arc of Ohio and the Arc of Hamilton County.
With this, Mike saw a great thing. He saw a way that people could come together, using a common portal, to share information, share successes and disappointments, to come together as an online community for the betterment of the organization and those served by the organization. Mike realized he could not only achieve his goals of healing his sons, but he also could help others achieve their goals by offering similar solutions to meet the needs of professional organizations.
To help keep the costs for the charitable sites low, Mike used these 'lessons learned' to provide the same online community model to other professional organizations to meet their members needs. He understood that this wasn't going to be the typical site development /site hosting company. He believes that a true solutions provider should do more that provide a solution then walk away. A true solutions provider is a partner from beginning to end. Our work doesn't end when we develop and cut over a client site, it really is only the beginning of a long-term commitment. It is a true partnership.
With this non-traditional model, Proteon Software has evolved into a vibrant growing organization, providing world-class custom portal solutions for online communities of any size and any mission. As a certified Project Manager and instructor Mike and Proteon Software partnered with multiple chapters of the Project Management institute to design and develop membership-driven online solutions. These early chapters have become some of our Flagship Partners featured on this site.
The vision has succeeded. Proteon Software is the leading Open Source custom portal solutions provider for non-profits and member associations. With our growth we have not strayed from our core value of helping charities by providing reduced cost solutions.
Our success with non-profit professional clients allows Proteon to continue to fund charitable portals. If a client has a particular charitable organization,we can offer that organization a reduced-cost web portal. In some cases the charitable portal can be developed and delivered totally free.
This vision does work. Mike's two son's are proof-positive that this vision works. First, through the online community that Mike helped build, he was able to develop a program which has given his family and his sons the necessary tools to deal with and overcome their autism. Then taking it a step further by building a community of like-minded people's experiences and a shared vision.