In May of 2013, Michael McAndrew initiated a blog post about the Core Team’s efforts to make CiviCRM sustainable. Two years later, we’re still on that path and sustainability remains our goal. During this time, and somewhat unnoticed until recently, the number of active sites using CiviCRM has steadily risen. Now 10 years into its evolution, CiviCRM continues to progress towards sustainability and stands on the brink of powering 10,000 active sites around the world.
As CiviCRM inches toward the 10,000 active site milestone, which we will likely reach later this month, we’ll kick off a challenge directly aimed at bolstering support for the project by adding 1,000 new twitter followers and site registrations, 100 new member organizations, and 10 new partners… all in 1 month. We know that’s aggressive, but it’s necessary to continually push CiviCRM toward sustainability.
These three goals aren’t random objectives… they are directly tied to community participation and materially impact the project’s financial position. In short, they matter for the entire ecosystem.
10,000 organizations rely upon Core Team to maintain, improve and grow CiviCRM. This 10k challenge is a chance for each and every community member to show their support and to empower us to do what we do best; consistently deliver the most popular open source CRM for nonprofits in the world.
CiviCRM Core Team
Over the past few years, CiviCRM has made a push to be entirely community-funded. Unlike other open source projects, there’s no parent company or foundation that is vested in CiviCRM, meaning that we must look to our user base to support the project. “Open source” is often interpreted as “free”, like in “free beer”. At CiviCRM, we see it more like “Free as in Kittens”. You can often get a kitten for free, and while it will give you great joy, you’ll need and want to care for it so that it blossoms into a cat and into a companion. CiviCRM is just such a gift that, while free, directly benefits from the attention you provide it through participation and financial support. Learn more about our progress toward sustainability.