31 May, 2016
By pkeogan

In late 2009, we were looking for a better solution for one of our larger faith-based clients. The AMS and CRMs we investigated were either too expensive or too simplistic.  We had taken a hard look at CiviCRM about a year earlier, but we didn’t think it was ready.  However, with the release of CiviCRM 3.1, CiviCRM was more mature and gave us the flexibility and Drupal integration we needed.  CiviCRM was ready and so were we.

Making the decision to implement CiviCRM was probably the most pivotal decision we made at BackOffice Thinking. Flash forward to 2016, CiviCRM is still our go-to CRM/AMS in many situations ; CiviCRM has matured and developed into a leader in the space.  

I’d been involved in other open source “communities”, but this one is different for several reasons. Two that stand out are:

(1) CiviCRM becomes the lifeblood of nonprofits it serves.  The community understands how important this is and it drives us to make...

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20 May, 2016
By EvanC

About a year ago, IMBA's membership team noticed many of our members were renewing after their expiry date, and often after the "Lapsed" or grace period of two months we have in place. To help accelerate these renewals, our membership team decided to offer a "members only special"—a t-shirt normally reserved for $100 and up memberships for a lower membership fee of $50—if the member renewed as an "Early Bird" i.e. before their expiry date. Since this functionality wasn't readily available in CiviCRM, we made it a "call-in" special only, so a renewing member would have to phone up our membership team to take advantage of the offer. We had a positive response to the special, but it wasn't sustainable from a human resources perspective.

We decided to go digital.

Working with a contractor, we laid out several scenarios we'd like to use the extension—early bird renewal offers, special premiums for members who were expired, the ability to offer different premiums to...

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02 May, 2016

Around nine years ago, my wife Virginie was Executive Director for the Rocky Mountain French American Chamber of Commerce, and struggling with Excel spreadsheets, paper memberships forms, and email-based event registration. She asked me to help her find a software to manage her nonprofit. Little did we know that this would have such a huge impact on both of our lives ...

We of course selected CiviCRM, she very successfully converted her nonprofit to using CiviCRM, and it has been invaluable in supporting the organization's growth over the next few years. When the time came for both of us to consider new professional challenges, we sat down and looked at our options. She had thoroughly enjoyed working with CiviCRM, and clearly identified a market need for professional services. I was already working with open source software and loved it. So we decided  (maybe against common knowledge!) to start a company together, providing
CiviCRM hosting, maintenance, training and...

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02 May, 2016
CiviCRM member Cool Earth

Photography by Alicia Fox / Cool Earth

Cool Earth is the charity that works alongside indigenous villages to halt rain forest destruction. Saving the rain forest isn’t a new idea. But managing to do it is. Over the last 40 years, half the world’s rain forests have been destroyed. That’s why Cool Earth decided to go about things differently.

Our model puts local people back in control, giving them the resources they need to keep their forest intact. And by saving at-risk rain forest millions of acres of neighbouring forest are put out of reach of...

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28 April, 2016

The Denver Ballet Guild supports and celebrates the beauty and power of dance by encouraging interest in ballet and other forms of dance. The organization is managed exclusively by volunteers, who promote dance at all levels and conduct annual fundraising activities to support the dance community. Cividesk works closely with the Denver Ballet Guild as a service provider of CiviCRM and spoke with board member Suzanne Goderstad about their experiences using the database.

Before transitioning to CiviCRM, the Denver Ballet Guild used Access to manage their contacts and print their hardcopy directory, and MailChimp was used for mass emailing to members and contacts. The implementation of CiviCRM has allowed the Guild to complete these tasks in a more efficient manner with the use of CiviMail and the implementation of the database has streamlined their process of communication...

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05 April, 2016

Girls on the Run's mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum. Teams are paired with coaches who teach valuable life skills over a 24-lesson curriculum that culminates with a 5K run at the end of each season. Every 5K event requires the registration and coordination of thousands of team coaches and over 800 volunteers. Also, as part of sharing their strengths with the community, each Girls on the Run team plans and implements a community service project, which allows them to discover the unimaginable strength that comes from helping others.

With so many volunteers and activities, Girls on the Run St. Louis had a few big questions to solve:

  1. How could they migrate their data away from DonorPerfect, a CRM that was...

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04 April, 2016
By katetak

Peer-to-peer fundraising is a hot topic these days. With many different options in the marketplace, it can be hard to choose one that'll work with existing software and have all the features you need for a successful campaign.

University of Minnesota FoundationThe University of Minnesota Foundation (UMF) needed a robust, scalable crowdfunding platform to accommodate the diverse range of causes and interests of the more than 66,000 students on seven campuses. In addition to standard crowdfunding features, they wanted several customizations to boost the power of team and personal campaign pages, plus integration with their accounting software.

After UMF's crowdfunding...

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01 April, 2016

Did you know: CiviCRM is a great software, not only for nonprofits but also for all membership-based organizations. It is therefore no wonders that it is being used by an increasing number of membership-based small businesses such as martial arts clubs, yoga instructors (cf. Yoga for the People), gaming clubs and ... beauty salons!

Talking to a few people at a recent Drupal meetup, I was surprised to hear Katty's story: she own a beauty salon and needed a new website. Since most of her business relies on repeat customers, she imagined a website were people could sign-up for a quaraterly membership, schedule their appointments, and have access to a member-only area with health tips and reviews of the latest beauty products. With the help of a local web developer, she quickly weaved down her options to ... CiviCRM integrated in Drupal.

But that is not all ... with the new wave of...

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24 March, 2016

World Family of Radio Maria is a non-governmental organization that through its services, assists and helps the spread of Radio Maria in the world in order to create an organizational culture in the context of the local media and related activities. Its local organizations are located in over 60 countries on five continents.

During 2013 some Radio Maria associations decided to adopt CiviCRM for:

  • Managing and encouraging Fundraising activities like Gala dinners and lotteries.
  • Centralizing communications with the constituents (sending letters, association papers, etc.)
  • Improving the management and relationship with the audience and with the various...
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11 March, 2016

Our customer Werk met Zin (Network of job coaches in Flanders) has a Wordpress site and uses CiviCRM to manage their relations and cases. On their Wordpress site they allow users to register for some events, which they solve with the civicrm event info and registration pages.

However, they also allow an individual to request the start of individual job coaching with a form. This should end up in CiviCRM as a special activity with the fields on the website form as custom data. And the Wordpress website is on another server, although that would not make such a big difference. Anyway, we (as in CiviCooP) developed a specific solution that takes the data from the Wordpress website on server A and sends it to CiviCRM on server B. The solution has a Wordpress part and a CiviCRM part.

The Wordpress plugin

This plugin can be found at...

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