What do we celebrate on March 8th? If you guessed March Madness, guess again! March 8th is International Women’s Day. What is maddening is the fact that there’s still so many women worldwide that don’t experience the same rights as men. There’s been a lot of progress, yet still a lot of work needs to be done.
A nonprofit that has worked tirelessly to help women achieve gender equality is the US National Committee for UN Women (USNC-UN Women). USNC-UN Women’s goals are to:
- Advocate for funding for UN Women through US Congress
- Educate on global women’s issues and UN Women in communities around the country
- Raise private funds to support the initiatives of UN Women
- Support legislation on global women’s issues, especially on leadership, economic participation, ending violence against women, and peace and stability
- Partner with other National Committees, women’s groups, and like-...
The French Chamber in the Netherlands provides services to approximately 200 members, from individuals to large corporations, hosts 20 events each year, including one major fundraiser and publishes a quarterly newsletter. The organization is run by a team of five staff members and a board of directors.
The chamber is part of a network of French Chambers of Commerce and Industry Abroad (UCCIFE) which includes 111 chambers in 81 countries. Many of the UCCIFE chambers are currently using CiviCRM to manage their activities and the French Chamber in the Netherlands joined that group of CiviCRM users in September 2012. Cividesk, a software as a service provider, managed the implementation and customization, provided training and hosting and continues to provide mentoring and technical support for CiviCRM.
Leontine Van den Herik and Tjamke Van der Ven from the French Chamber recently spoke with ...
Hello from Washington, where we've finished our first day of the 2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference events--halfway through the User and Administrator Training.
But I have a request for all of you out in CiviLand--send us your awesome CiviCRM pages! Show off what you've done for event pages and registration forms, contribution and membership forms, contact listings, petitions, and more. We'll automatically show it at the NTC.
To secure your spot in the limelight, just tweet your url with the hashtag #civibooth and we'll take it from there!
(Shy about tweeting? You can also fill out the form at http://aghstrategies.com/civibooth instead.)
I'll give an update in a couple of days--you have through Friday afternoon to tweet your...Read more
Going to the NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference in DC this week? Join us at several CiviCRM community events!
- Tuesday and Wednesday: User and Administrator Training
- Wednesday: Penguin Day
- Thursday and Friday: NTC Science Fair
- Thursday afternoon: "What CiviCRM can do for Nonprofits" session
- Thursday evening: CiviCRM Showcase
Park Circle Film Society is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 micro-nonprofit in North Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Its mission is to enrich the community through film by:
- Screening independent films,
- Educating the public about the motion picture arts and sciences, and
- Fostering civic engagement and community outreach.
Started in late 2008 by four friends with less than $500 in startup funds, PCFS needed to leverage open source technology from day one. Having no physical office, the entire stack needed to be web-based. In early 2009, we implemented CiviCRM on Drupal to manage contacts, memberships, donations, email marketing, and volunteers.
PCFS currently screens 60-70 times per year to more than 2,000 film fans, plus an annual 2-day shorts festival. No other arts organization in our state manages this level of programming without at least one full-time employee. So CiviCRM's biggest...Read more
If it’s taking too long, there is a faster way…
As I was getting ready to print our labels for this year’s Christmas cards, I first needed to add the address for about 80 of our clients in our CiviCRM. Piece of cake, right? Yes, if you take advantage of the Batch Update via Profile. Unfortunately, I was unaware of this feature, so this simple task took me a whole day to complete.
I performed a search for all of our customers’ employees. Once the results were displayed, I proceeded to edit each contact that didn’t have an address. In order to do this, I had to go to every single contact record. Every time I finished adding and saving the address to a contact, I would have to run the search again and then edit the following contact without an address. This was time consuming and cumbersome.
What I should have done instead, was:
Make sure I had a Profile with the correct fields...Read more
Heart’s Home is an international Catholic organization which fosters a culture of compassion at centers in 22 countries and across five continents. Their global network is comprised of volunteers who serve as missionaries to the disadvantaged and socially isolated. Heart’s Home USA became a CiviCRM user in March 2013 and recently spoke with Cividesk.
- What were the specific needs of Heart’s Home which led you to consider CiviCRM?
Heart’s Home needed a secure and central location to store the names of contacts, or in our case, “benefactors”, and an efficient way to keep them updated. We were using an outdated database, along with Excel spreadsheets, and were not very happy with that solution for several reasons. The main problem was that all the data was stored on one computer and several staff members needed to access it; often at the same time. It also took several hours...Read more