25 May, 2018

At Amnesty International Vlaanderen we are starting a Petition Journey. The aim is to improve the engagement of people that sign a petition for the first time as their first point of contact with Amnesty. We then would like to send them an email with a survey immediately, and then for 5 weeks an email each week. One will be informing with a video link, one will be an invitation to register for an event in the same campaign, one will be to invite them to sign another petition etc.

We are using CiviCRM and specifically the CiviRules extension for this. We have configuration where our public website and CiviCRM are on different servers. We have a petition form on our website that sends data to CiviCRM automatically using CMRF.

For this specific Petition Journey (which we call Brave) we have set up a campaign and a...

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20 April, 2018

This is a first blog post about how we build the team portal for Roparun.

But first what is Roparun? The Roparun is a relay race of over 500 kilometres from Paris and Hamburg to Rotterdam, where people in teams, take part in an athletic event to raise money for people with cancer. It’s also called an adventure for life. This is also clear from the motto, which for years has been: ‘Adding life to days, when days often can’t be added to life’.

So each year Roparun organizes this race and around 400 teams participate in the event. The first part of the project was to setup donation functionality and that is working right now.

The next part of the project is to create a new portal for team captains where they can manage their team data, (e.g. name of the team, start location and the individual team members). We...

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23 March, 2018
By Clark

 

I admit it. I tried to implement Salesforce. I was just starting Chase the Music and I had big goals. I’d used CiviCRM for a very small community foundation and it had worked great. But, Chase the Music was going to be big. We needed a Rolls Royce to support some very big and important goals. I researched and found that SalesForce was the Rolls Royce of CRMs. The biggest and best of the worlds organizations were using it. When I read that I could get a 10 passenger Rolls (err 10 licenses for SalesForce) for free I thought WOW. I knew that later I’d have to pay, but for now 10 licenses would last a long time. So, I applied.

The fact that I had to apply probably should have been my first warning sign.

It took awhile, but the then the big day came and I was approved! They accepted me. This was right up there with getting my letter from the IRS for our 501(c)3! I was one of them. Crap, now on reflection – I didn’t want to be one of them, I wanted to be me. I didn...

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06 December, 2017
By petednz

We had a scenario where client runs a cluster of events, and folk sign up for these, and usually the registrants signs up for all events, but then they might invite mum to the Dinner, and brother John to the Talk, etc etc.

We wanted to achieve this on a single form with a single payment. We explored both CiviCart and Drupal Commerce but in the end concluded we could achieve this in a much lighter way with good old webforms.

The outcome is that up to 6 people can be registered for any combination of events, eg 

  • c1 registers for Events A, B, C, D, E and F
  • c2 registers for B, C and D
  • c3 registers for A and B
  • c4 registers for A and F
  • etc

To see the full gory details of the conditionals approach we took, please read the full blog on Fuzion's site.

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09 October, 2017

One of the main reasons our partners choose to set up a CiviCRM application is its extended functionality developed specifically for managing all contacts, communications, records and activities of an organization in one place.

Yet one of our clients put a broader meaning into the concept single CiviCRM-based solution and requested new functionality that would allow users to manage their emails (check and read incoming emails, compose new messages, etc.) from the CRM instead of shifting between different applications.

In other words, the client requested an inbuilt email client for CiviCRM that would prevent the staff from wasting time by tediously switching between CRM and Emails.

 

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31 May, 2017

An Interview with the Wisconsin Nonprofits Association

The Wisconsin Nonprofits Association (WNA) is a statewide membership organization with the mission of strengthening Wisconsin’s nonprofits.The association provides public policy information and advocacy on nonprofit issues, access to education and training opportunities, technical assistance and offers a cost-saving package of benefits to their members. The association currently has over 100 organizational members, as well as many individual and for-profit affiliate members and foundation supporters.

Cividesk recently spoke with WNA to learn more about how they made the transition to CiviCRM and how their organization has benefited from using the database.

Originally, the association was tracking their membership using Excel spreadsheets. Many hours were spent updating current membership information,...

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19 January, 2017
By hershel

Way back when, in the early days of CiviCRM, there were two CMS’s supported, Drupal and Joomla, and CiviCRM’s codebase was complicated, but ran reasonably well. After a few years, the code was greatly improved but also significantly expanded to include a tremendous amount of additional functionality, and thus CiviCRM became a serious server resource hog. Finding hosting that could run it at all was sometimes a challenge and finding a host that could run it well was difficult.

In those days, Drupal sites far outnumbered Joomla sites, both generally on the web and also for CiviCRM sites. Since CiviCRM released WordPress support, however, what we have seen at CiviHosting is an increase in WordPress sites and today in fact, for new installs, we see that more clients choose WordPress over Drupal (by a small percentage).

Back in the early days, the majority of CiviCRM users were small to medium sized organizations, but over...

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08 January, 2017

LYRIC is a small non-profit that is entirely managed by volunteer attorneys.  Our mission is to teach youth how to safely exercise their Constitutional rights, and we do so by connecting with schools and community organizations and training volunteer attorneys to teach our curriculum to high schools students.

LYRIC teaches in over 32 Denver metro schools; in the last two years, we have taught over 6000 students.  Although LYRIC's purpose is singular and straightforward, in order to present just one LYRIC presentation-our board must engage with educators and community members, must provide training and oversight to our volunteer attorneys, and must coordinate between teachers and volunteers. 

Since we have received generous support from Cividesk, we are now able to efficiently communicate with our volunteers and educators, and more importantly, we have been able to spend more time...

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01 December, 2016

An interview with the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology

The mission of the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology is the prevention of blindness through education and cultural exchange among ophthalmologists in the Western Hemisphere. The association strives to provide continuing education for ophthalmologists, programs on the prevention of blindness, and promote cultural exchange.
Cividesk recently spoke with Krista Jonas, Director of IT for the PAAO, about why they switched to CiviCRM from iMIS and the benefits the database brings to their organization.

Krista came on board as an independent contractor for the PAAO to help find a database solution for automating many of their tasks. Before the transition to CiviCRM, PAAO was using an iMIS database, although it was an outdated version that was in need of an expensive upgrade. The annual licensing fees for iMIS...

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03 October, 2016

Ruta Civica (Civic Route) is a Mexican volunteer based organization working in civic education and promoting citizen participation in public affairs. Through different campaigns, our mission is to develop the involvement of citizens in the making of the Constitution and laws for Mexico City and its urban planning. Since land zoning, construction and public works decisions have to pursue the public interest. We organize and train neighborhood committees and groups, as well as provide independent technical expert advice on urban and sustainability projects. We also work in educating, preventing and denouncing corruption.

Even if we recently incorporated as a formal nonprofit organization in 2015, our urban activism and coalitions go back to 2010. We believe that having fun and being creative can...

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