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.
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 allows us to bring all benefits and capabilities of a large commercial CRM and
donor management system to medium and large non-profits at a fraction of the cost. CiviCRM also allows smaller non-profits to benefit from an integrated solution for donor management, events, bulk email, etc. substantially increasing their effectiveness as compared to managing a variety of nonintegrated software and spreadsheets. Thanks to a strong CiviCRM community, CiviCRM’s functionality continues to advance and CiviCRM’s market continues to grow rapidly.
Greenleaf Advancement hosts, implements, supports, and provides training for CiviCRM. We take great pride in our role in helping nonprofits advance their mission. Combining our backgrounds in fundraising and technology, we are focused on helping organizations use CiviCRM to connect with their supporters and improve their fundraising results. Doing this as part of a vibrant open source community is in keeping with our belief that success overall only matters if we don't leave others behind.
I have consistently found the CiviCRM community to be welcoming, inclusive and supportive, and this has inspired me to want to become a part of it. It is great that the open source community allows everyone to benefit from the contributions that each of us is able to make, and I am making my own contributions as I can.
As a software product, CiviCRM is powerful, versatile and extensible and is enjoying active development and growth by the community that uses it.
As developers for various OpenSource CRM applications, we learned a lot from CiviCRM on its scalability and ease of customization.
CiviCRM community is truly organic cultivating growth for users and developers.
We wish to continue learning with CiviCRM and to tackle future challenges with CiviCRM.
We work with non-profits to help them use and understand Civi. It's such an important tool for these organisations and it's great to see people using it in different and interesting ways. Using and working with Civi is made so much more fun and useful by the enthusiastic and talented community surrounding it.
We are happy to announce first alpha release of CiviMobile v1.0, a mobile interface for CiviCRM. CiviMobile is implemented as CMS independent extension, so it will work in all the CMS supported by CiviCRM.
The team is excited to announce the third beta release for 4.1 with support for Drupal 7, Drupal 6, Joomla 1.7/1.6, and the integration with Wordpress 3.3 (wohoooo!!!).
Please remember this is a BETA release and it should NOT be used on production sites - however, we strongly encourage everyone upgrade a copy of your current site(s) on a test server and let us know about any bugs or problems.
You can also test drive the release on each platform using the public sandboxes:
Recently on CiviCRM irc and forum few people asked about adding client side validation for phone field. By default CiviCRM packages validate plugin, so this can be easily implemented with minor customization. Below is the example of validating US phone number on new contact form.
Code sprint is always fun. It's gives you great opportunity to meet fellow civi folks, collaborate and implement kool stuff :). Last few days has been very interesting. Besides some great meals we also managed to get some work done. ( If you still don't know, food is the most important part of CiviCRM Sprints )
We started the sprint by converting getContactList(), function that is used in quicksearch into api v3. This will allow developers to build quicksearch like interface ( autocomplete ) on any civicrm forms using jquery or smarty. For eg: "Current Employer" field in profile can be converted into quicksearch autocomplete field using this api.