19 October, 2018
Filed under Training

Would you like to gather information from your contacts that is relevant to your organization when they sign up for an event, membership or make an online donation? Do you have questions about creating an online newsletter sign up? 

The upcoming training session "Customize your Database with Custom Fields and Profiles" taught by Cividesk will demonstrate best practices for creating custom fields and how to include those fields in a profile. You will also learn about the many uses of profiles and how this feature can be maximized to improve your organization's efficiency.

Click here to register and pay for this 2-hour online session on October 24th at 11 am MT/ 12 pm CT /1 pm ET.  Questions? contact Cividesk training manager Susan Engeman.


19 October, 2018

I didn’t hide the fact that I’d been feeling daunted by the prospect of the Sprint. Knowing that I’d be the least techie by some way even amongst the non-devs, I was also acutely aware of being a newbie to the community - after a year and a half as a CiviCRM user, I’d only had five weeks of working with Rose Lanigan and learning the basics of implementation. But I needn’t have worried, soon realising that:

a)       In any group, someone has to be the least technical. It’s an opportunity to learn and to bring a different perspective.

b)      The community is made up of the most welcoming and friendly group of people I could have imagined. Crazy at times, yes! But that’s not a bad thing…

And what a week it was.

After lunch and introductions on the first day, we split off into devs and non-devs. The latter group got to work on improving documentation.

This meant quickly being introduced to my new friends, GitHub, markdown and pull requests. My first...

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12 October, 2018
Filed under Training

Cividesk will be offering the intermediate level online training, "Organizing Successful Events" designed for current users familiar with CiviEvent on Tuesday, October 16th from 12 pm MT/ 1 pm CT/ 2 pm ET. 

This class builds on the Fundamentals of Event Management session and is a good option for those looking to further their understanding of event registration. You will learn best practices for creating price sets and profiles that allow you to configure registration for more complex events. 

Click here to register for this 2-hour online class. If you have any questions about this training session please contact Susan Engeman, training manger for Cividesk.


10 October, 2018

Caldera Forms CiviCRM (CFC) for Donations and Membership

Tadpole has been working with Andrei Mondoc, the developer of CFC, to extend the availability of processors to support memberships. Since memberships typically use Price Sets, this work also allows for Donations that use Price Sets and Line Items within a contribution page. This work was supported by the Seismological Society of America, whose membership structure includes special subscriptions options and access to gated content based on their Membership Type. (For a more detailed description of the SSA project, see this case study).

The following processors were required to accomplish the goal: Membership, Line Item, and Order. These new processors allow us to (1) create a form for each Member Type (e.g., Regular, Student, Life), (2...

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09 October, 2018

Chase the Music gives children battling critical conditions love, hope, strength and joy. We do this with original music - composed and performed just for them.

The impact of Chase the Music programs begins with the child. The children (that we write and perform for) are undergoing situations that no child should. The gift of a personal commissioned piece of music is like no other. It's unique and created just for that child. Artists are closely aligned with the child to facilitate the creation of truly meaningful music. This alignment gets in their heads and they are changed by the experience. It's truly emotional, where many cry for the child. They spend time with the child to be part of each others lives. Audience members are deeply touched and share in the outpouring of love at a Chase the Music event. A Chase the Music piece is a gift to the future. We produce timeless music with incredible meaning. As the music is performed,...

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07 October, 2018
Filed under Training

If you are new to CiviCRM, you should participate in this 2-hour online training taught by Cividesk on Wednesday, October 10th at 9 am MT/ 10 am CT/ 11 am ET.

The Fundamentals of Contact Management focuses on best practices for managing contacts and the relationships between them. We also cover searching, activities, emailing, merging duplicates, groups and tags, and creating an activity report. 

Class size is kept small to allow for questions throughout the session. If you have any questions about this online training or any of the other classes taught by Cividesk, please email training manager and instructor Susan Engeman. 

05 October, 2018
By Anil
Filed under v5.x, CiviEvent, Extensions
  • Do you want to restrict registration to certain events to logged in members only but still have other events open to the public? If the answer to the above question is yes, then this extension is for you. This extension allows you to set a flag to any event so registration is restricted to those that have a current membership.

  • A custom data set called “Member only event?” Is created once this extension has been installed. The custom data has been set to be used for Events and the option “Is this Custom Data Set public?” is unchecked so that this information is not visible on the event info page. Some default Pre-form Help text has also been set which can be amended as required.


  • The extension also comes with a UI to set membership statuses for members that should be eligible to register for member only...

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04 October, 2018
By josh
Filed under Community

Seeking community members to help shape CiviCRM’s future

For the first time in its history, the diverse community of people who use, implement and improve CiviCRM is rallying around a major organized effort to increase the sustainability and transparency of the project. We are pleased to invite members of our community to take part in leading a two-month process that will define a community representation system for the CiviCRM open-source project. See below for information on how to get involved.
The decision to create a representative body to guide CiviCRM comes out of the first annual CiviCRM Governance Summit, held September 25-26 in New Jersey. Twenty-nine people attended in person: the Core Team, active project contributors from end-user organizations, and CiviCRM service providers from North America, Europe and New Zealand, including many Partners. Several summiteers had been involved with CiviCRM for a decade or more. In two long...
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04 October, 2018
Filed under v5.x, Release
CiviCRM version 5.6 is now released and ready to download. 


Big thanks to Andrew Hunt from AGH Strategies for putting up together release notes for this version. 
The release notes for 5.6 can be accessed here.


Complete list of 5.6 contributors (it's a huge team!) can be found here. Thanks to everyone for making this release happen!
This version includes:
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02 October, 2018
By petednz

The Civi Summit was a great event - full of lots of nice surprises. One that stands out for me was that what started out as some wishful thinking - namely having the ability to provide on-page tours/tutorials - ended up with us being able to beta test a 'proof of concept' before we left.

While some amongst us (ahem) were sampling the whiskey and fine IPAs late in the evening along to the strumming of the musically-able folk, others remained focussed on their laptops - and in Coleman's case this meant getting us a working prototype of a tour/tutorial system for civi pages.

This will give us all the ability to create user guidance on the screen, with settings to determine which Group members get which tutorials, whether they can skip/defer and come back to them later, multi-language/translation options and lots more.

You will even be able to daisy-chain your tutorials together so a new user can take themselves on a very quick but comprehensive tour of the many...

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