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20 March, 2017
Filed under CiviCon, Community

I'm sure many CiviCRMers are checking their schedules and and making travel arrangements for CiviCon St. Louis in May. While this post is a bit off-topic, I want to highlight a place in St. Louis like no other place on Earth... the City Museum. It's already on the list of things to do while at CiviCon, but in my opinion it should also be on a list of things to do while you're alive! So if you're going to St. Louis,...

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20 March, 2017
By jgowans
Filed under CiviCon

CiviCon St. Louis is taking shape, and early bird rates are still in force until April 7th. If you're planning to attend, now's the time to register and secure your lodging. Still evaluating CiviCRM? We've got something for you...

This year at CiviCON, for the first time ever, we are introducing a very affordable one-day option for Evaluators. This curriculum is designed for people who may be thinking of using CiviCRM but aren’t sure yet if it’...

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15 March, 2017

Before I started working as a CiviCRM consultant, I was a CiviCRM user at a small nonprofit. We got a large chunk of our revenue through grassroots donations, but we never had an opportunity to see how we compared to other organizations like ours.

(TL;DR – you should install the Individual Donor Benchmark Survey extension, run the report, and submit your survey response.)

Nowadays, some proprietary donor databases collect...

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09 March, 2017
Filed under Release
CiviCRM v. 4.7.17 and 4.6.27 are now released! 

RELEASE NOTES:

Andrew Hunt from AGH Strategies did amazing job as usual putting up together release notes for this version. 
Please find release notes for 4.7.17 here
 
SPECIAL THANKS:
 
Complete list of 4.7 team can be found here. Thanks to everyone who made this happen!...
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03 March, 2017
Filed under CiviCamp

CiviCamp 2017, formerly known as CiviDay, took place in Denver on February 22. This is a casual gathering that is organized by CiviCRM experts to create a forum to discuss, discover and evaluate topics related to CiviCRM in a relaxed and candid atmosphere. Denver's CiviCamp, organized and hosted by Cividesk, offered a one-day fast track to learning about CiviCRM and improving overall user skills. The event had a great turnout and was an overall success. In addition, this CiviCamp boasted the...

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01 March, 2017
Filed under CiviCRM, Meetups, Sprints

Thursday 23th and Friday 24th of March we are having a mini-sprint in the Ede (NL) in which we will fix CiviCRM bugs. We are with four of us already (Erik Hommel, Alain Benbassat, Klaas Eikelboom and me) so it is going to be fun! That is the main reason and the other reason is that we want to contribute to CiviCRM Core.

Our plan is to have two days for fixing CiviCRM bugs once in the month or once in the two months. But at least regularly and fitting to our busy schedule.

So if you are in the neighborhood we want to invite you for joining us so it going to be more fun.

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28 February, 2017

Some of you will know, use and might even love the CiviRules extension. We certainly do! Quite a few of the organizations we support with their CiviCRM stuff use and love it, and judging by the question on StackExchange and issues and pull requests on GitHub quite a few more do too!

This is wonderful! But it also means that quite a few organizations are faced with the challenge of keeping CiviRules up to date with the latest CiviCRM versions. And want to make sure the functionality remains the same whenever new upgrades or little fixes to CiviCRM happen. So we think it would be...

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27 February, 2017
Filed under Training

AGH Strategies will be presenting a two-day CiviCRM User and Administrator Training in Washington, DC, and this week you can save $100 off the training fee.

Register online with the code MARDIGRAS to save $100 through March 4.

The User and Administrator Training is the complete preparation for using CiviCRM at your organization.  We will cover day-to-day tasks like updating contacts and recording contributions...

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24 February, 2017
Filed under Drupal

In this blog I want to explain the round up we have done around the refactoring of the acl_contact_cache. In the previous sprints we discovered that a lot of the performance was slowed down by the way the acl_contact_cache was used (or rather not used at all). See also the previous blog post: https://civicrm.org/blog/jaapjansma/the-quest-for-performance-improvements-5th-sprint

At the socialist party they have 350.000 contacts and around 300 users who can access civicrm. Most of the...

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17 February, 2017
By lolas
Filed under Documentation

Just a heads up for the community that "Using CiviCRM" by Joe Murray and Brian Shaughnessy is Packt Publishing's free book of the day. See https://www.packtpub.com/packt/offers/free-learning.

This book is a good overview of the system despite being written for a much older version of CiviCRM. In particular the early chapter on planning your CRM implementation is still applicable and valuable information that is often overlooked.

Packt Publishing also has a second edition available at: ...

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