From fundraising websites which really connect you with your donors to essential tools for care organisations to manage their data, Civi has allowed us to do some amazing things for our clients. It's such a flexible platform and has such a great community which we're proud to be a part of.
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.
As non-profit consultants working for non-profit organizations, we found CiviCRM to be particularly well suited to answer the common needs of activist associations, charities and other medium-sized groups. Based in Montréal, we've helped local and international organizations migrate to CiviCRM to manage their memberships, events, communications and fundraising campaigns. We empower our clients and assist them when they need us.
CiviCRM has one of the most active and friendliest communities I have come across. From initial tentative forum posts I was encouraged into engaging more actively through IRC and directly with other groups & individuals and am now happy to count many community members as friends. I recently found an article on the web that said if you post a question about CiviCRM anywhere on the web Lobo will post an answer within a few hours. It often feels like that is true.
One of the most valuable way in which the community supports me is by allowing me to bounce my ideas around and often someone is able to suggest an approach which is better than mine.
The community around CiviCRM is both welcoming and vibrant. CiviCRM as a software solution is a powerful and flexible data management solution for a vast array of nonprofit organizations ranging from the startup NGO to the established multi-million dollar foundation. In our daily work we are seeing more and more NPOs moving away from proprietary systems and single vendor SaaS solutions and embracing the open source community around CiviCRM. Organizations using CiviCRM love the extensibility and the freedoms that come with open source, freedom to choose hosting, freedom to choose project partners, and the freedom to re-use, re-purpose and re-deploy without paying extra.
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.
CiviCRM enables us and our clients to invest precious funds into configuring the CRM to meet organisational needs, and building innovative new features, rather than paying annual license fees. With access to the source code and tight integration with leading website content management systems, CiviCRM is extremely flexible.
I find the engagement with our community of users to be intellectually stimulating
and rewarding. Seeing folks with expertise in a particular area step up and contribute their time and ideas to help improve the product is quite exciting. Every time I hear about a new interesting organization starting to use CiviCRM, I get a renewed sense of excitement about our work. The range of civic sector organizations currently using the software is quite amazing to me - from large international advocacy organizations to local performing arts troupes. I also really enjoy interacting with our international community - building friendships and getting to share culture (food, music, humor ....) with colleagues on every continent.
Worked with CiviCRM as core team developer for more than 2 years. Now we are working as a team and providing service with CiviCRM installation, customization and training. One thing about CiviCRM community is that it's very healthy and really helpful. It's really great that i am part of this community and we want to grow this more and more . Also whatever the problems we are facing there is a solution on forums, or we will get the proper guidelines to solve the issues. Big salute to the CiviCRMcommunity :)
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.
Submitted by Michael McAndrew on May 2, 2013 - 15:44
Check out our line up of new features looking for funding as part of Make it Happen CiviCRM 4.4 and spread the word to organisations that you think would would be interested in funding these features.
Make it Happen is our way to crowd fund development of the functionality most requested by CiviCRM users and we have a range of projects looking for funding for the 4.4 release (due out this September).
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.
The team is excited to announce the ninth release of 4.2 stable with support for Drupal 7, Joomla 2.5 and WordPress 3.3.
We strongly recommend that all sites upgrade their CiviCRM code to this release if you are using previous version of 4.2. There have been several important bug fixes since the last stable release of 4.2 (review the list). You can download the release from SourceForge.
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).
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 ?
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!
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.
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.