- Accepting pledge payments that differ from the expected payment amount.
- Printing a report of the contributors regular and pledge directed contributions in a given time span.
Pledge/nfor Pledges with "n" payments. We are working around this issue by recording Pledges in CiviCRM, but then posting pledge payments to CiviContribute using a defined contribution type of Pledge. We then export Contributions and Pledge data to FileMaker, which links the two data sets, calculates pledge balances, and prints reports. This means that our online users can see their contributions on their CiviCRM dashboard, but not their pledge balance. I'm beginning to think that what CiviPledge needs is a development roadmap, adding a couple critical features each release. Now you know what I would add next... what's important for you? Join in the process today and help us build a better solution!!
Great blog post and a good start to building momentum around a specific component and seeing what are some crucial features missing and what needs to be developed in the short/medium/long term. Does help the core team and developers a lot to get immediate feedback from folks who are using it on a regular basis
In addition to a roadmap, would be really cool if folks would also pledge either sponsorship dollars or developer resources. As CiviCRM grows as a team and product such community contributions will indeed help bolster and support the product. To some extent we see our task as planting seeds and various non-profit communities help the seed sprout, grow and flourish :)
As a small nonprofit, Civi has been wonderful for us. I'm very, very grateful to the community of developers; we never could have afforded to pay for a commercial system (and I rather like the open source community more).
I've just started experimenting with CiviPledge, so I don't have much input. But, the two items FatherShawn mentioned are absolutely essential. I'm betting any nonprofit administrator would say the same. We definitely need the capability to select a time span then generate a printable report of contributors/pledgers. In fact, I've noticed this is lacking in CiviContribute, and it's really quite important. I wish I could offer more direct help, rather than just asking for someone else to do it, but my skills are limited.
Thanks so much for all you've done with this software.
Phase 1 of CiviReport is scheduled for inclusion in our next release - and will include Contribution and Pledge reports. You can preview the specifications here.
One great way to contribute back to CiviCRM is by posting a quick "story" describing your organization and your experiences using CiviCRM on the Showcase forum board (successes, issues, lessons learned - all good).