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.
City Bible Forum is an Australian not-for-profit Christian organisation. We need to communicate effectively with our constituents, and CiviCRM gives us a comprehensive set of tools for managing relationships. Interestingly, we often find that new features are being added just as our need for those features is becoming apparent. It's the right fit for us.
I work for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. We switched to CiviCRM so that we could be sure that our membership data stays safe, secure, and private. Now we have control over our CRM and can customize it to work for our needs.
Freeform Solutions uses CiviCRM for our internal CRM. We are also a NFP IT support organization and we implement CiviCRM for NFP organizations we work for because we find that CiviCRM is the best open source CRM out there.
I've always been passionate about what non-profits and advocacy groups can achieve using technology. For me, CiviCRM shows an essential example of how non-profit and technology worlds can come together to provide real change - working as community, creating value for yourself, but also for others in non-profit sector.
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.
It is super important for non-profits, advocacy and related groups to take charge of their destiny. Having control of your data is a good start. The crowd-sourced nature of an open source project in so in line with the co-operation and principles of most non-profits
CiviCRM is a project that strives to make the above possible. It is FREE as in kittens.
CiviCRM has the ability to automatically grant memberships to related contacts. So, for example, when a company purchases a membership, employees of this company can be automatically extended the same membership. In the user interface, these memberships are then flagged as ‘by relationship’.
But up to today this was an all-or-nothing proposition: all employees of the company where automatically granted a membership, with no ability to neither limit the number of related memberships, nor choose which of the employees would get these.
We're fortunate to find Sir Civi in the midst of the Bug Smithing Weekend, and get a quick interview from him while his horse is being watered. So how's it going ?
Sir Civi:"Twenty two. So far, that is. Nasty creatures, them Bugs. Spoil the fun for everyone. Lurking in a piece of code that noone tested, popping up at the least opportune moment (like when you're doing a demo). Takes the fun out of moving to the next release."
-- Do you feel this release is getting more and more stable ?
When you think of it, it's quite amazing : open source communities bring out the best in people. Like all of you who participated in the first Bug Smithing Day, and ran 4.3 beta through a series of real-life tests, upgrades and API scripts. Even if you didn't find a bug, thou art truly thanked for thy effort.
Actually, that's not correct. Since testing the 4.3 release is ultimately good for you (the community), it's more appropriate to say you needs you ...
Don't go 'I don't have time', or 'I'm no developer so I can't help' or even 'that's why we have the core team' : I'm calling on each and every one of you to spend one hour of testing over the next few weeks. Have a large latte, put on that Celine Dion CD you say you don't like, close the door, take the phone off the hook and just do it.
The team is super excited to announce the first alpha release for 4.3 with support for Drupal 7.x, Joomla 2.5.x and WordPress.
Please remember this is an ALPHA release and it should NOT be used on production sites - however, we strongly encourage everyone to upgrade a copy of your current site(s) on a test server and let us know about any bugs or problems.