Our capacity organization manages a largely segmented contact list for bulk mailing, events, training, groups and donors.
We are helping other organizations gain advocacy capacities, managing constituency making, campaigns and petitions
At the Wikimedia Foundation, we leverage CiviCRM to maintain millions of records of donors and their contributions. Working with the product and particularly with the community has been a terrific experience. There's nothing quite like two open source organizations working together to meet their respective goals while ultimately strengthening the open source community as a whole.
Over the past 15 years I've been involved in several open source communities.
CiviCRM is without any doubt the one that has the strongest focus in welcoming "newbies" and letting everyone feel at home here. Another impressive feature is the focus on shipping. No matter what you think of CiviCRM today, you are almost sure that there will be a newer and better version in a few months.
CiviCRM is helping us serve member-based community organizing groups across the
U.S. to keep better track of their events, fundraising, and membership data. It's helping our community to aim higher in terms of what kind of questions they should be asking and what kind of data they should be collecting. We chose CiviCRM because it's the best all-around tool to do what our groups need, AND because it's open source.
The CiviCRM community is a great place for support, to exchange ideas and to contribute back. Working with other developers or users has often allowed me to pool our resources together and lower our costs, while ensuring better quality since there were more people using it.
Today marks the 5th stable release of CiviCRM 4.3. The CiviCRM community has truly rallied to make 4.3 the most reliable and feature-rich version yet - over 60 people contributed patches and testing to 4.3.4 alone.
This is a security release. You should upgrade your site immediately. If you are unable to do so, read the following security bulletins for alternate instructions for securing your site:
Today we are releasing the 4th stable release of CiviCRM 4.3. If you are still running an older version of CiviCRM, now is a great time to download and experience the many improvements in CiviCRM 4.3. This release contains small but important stability fixes, and all site admins are encouraged to upgrade.
After a great CiviCon we're in the middle of a week-long sprint in northern California, with 30 people from around the world pitching in to help improve CiviCRM. Thanks to all those efforts we're releasing the second update to 4.3 today, with 49 small but important improvements. It is available for download now, and all site admins are encouraged to upgrade.
Announcing the final beta release of 4.3 for Drupal 6-7, Joomla 2.5.x and WordPress. Time to really put it through it's paces - we recommend upgrading a copy of your database and trying out all the usual (and unusual) things you normally do with your CRM to see how much better 4.3 makes your life (and hopefully that everything works as expected).
Announcing the fourth beta release of 4.3 for Drupal 6-7, Joomla 2.5.x and WordPress. In the spirit of community participation this release kicks off the start of the final push: Ye BugSmithing Weekend goes from now until Monday, when we'll announce the grand prize winner!
The CiviCRM community has reached another milestone: announcing the third beta release of 4.3 for Drupal 6-7, Joomla 2.5.x and WordPress. This has been a true community effort with people from around the world participating in Ye Bugsmithing Day - 45 issues were fixed as a result of that group effort. And in case you missed that one, look for an imminent announcement of the 2nd and final 4.3 bug hunt! Your help makes all the difference.
Submitted by colemanw on February 26, 2013 - 21:33
If you follow the CiviCRM blog, you've probably seen a few articles about how much fun the sprints are and what a great time everyone has. Maybe you've thought to yourself, "That's not for me. I'm not a PHP programmer or a database fanatic." Well, I'm here to say that you, yes you can come to the sprint - if you don't write code you can help write the user guide. The only prerequisites are enthusiasm about CiviCRM and a willingness to help out (and a laptop). The food is great, the people are fantastic, and you will have fun, I promise.
CiviCRM 4.3 is packed with hundreds of improvements to make your CRM more productive, easier to use, and (dare I say) more fun. And it's going to be released soon. How soon? Well that depends on you. In the upcoming alpha version there may still be lurking bugs and we need your help to find them. You don't need coding skills or copious free time, but it will take all of us pitching in to make this release the best it can be. Find out how you can get involved.