Folks at the Electronic Frontier Foundation
(EFF) are currently evaluating options for replacing their current suite of online tools. Their requirements include membership management, fundraising, email blasts and activism - and they would like to use open source solutions if possible (and they are already using Drupal for parts of their web presence). Their team has spent some time exploring CiviCRM's feature set, and Lobo and I met with them last week to discuss their findings, answer questions and evaluate fit and gaps.
Based on our conversation, it looks like "out of the box" CiviCRM provides equivalent or better functionality relative to their current toolset in 3 of the 4 key areas. The significant exception is their activism requirements. EFF's "write your congressperson" campaigns are a critical aspect of their work - and they rely on their current tool to interface with the myriad of web forms used by members of congress.
The Sunlight Foundation has done incredible work providing free and open access to congressional district data - and EFF will be looking at using the cd_sunlight Drupal module
which queries that data and provides integration with CiviCRM. However, none of us are aware of an open source tool or service which enables sending emails or faxes to congressional offices / elected officials (i.e. an open source equivalent to what Convio, CapWiz and Democracy in Action offer). We all agreed that this would be incredibly useful for lots of folks in the CiviCRM community (and the US activism community in general). Would be great to hear feedback from folks on this ...
- Do you know of any existing solutions or projects in development in this area?
- Thoughts on feasibility?
- Would you or your organization be interested in joining an effort to build a solution?