07 January, 2014

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.

  1.  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    We were using an outdated database, along with Excel spreadsheets, and were not very happy with that solution for several reasons.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...

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20 December, 2013
By lcdweb
Approximately two years ago, the New York City Public Advocate (NYCPA) began the process of implementing CiviCRM as their constituent case tracking solution. Working with New York City-based Rayogram, Albany-based Lighthouse Consulting & Design, and influenced in part by the New York Senate’s implementation, the office undertook the process of migrating data from a legacy system and configuring the required functionality in CiviCRM.
 
The result is the basis for all communication tracking with constituents -- the people of New York City.
 
Providing flexible, efficient, yet powerful tools for managing interaction with organization constituents is at the heart of the CiviCRM application. This intent is visibly realized in the work of the Public Advocate’s...
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20 December, 2013

The Python Software Foundation (PSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that supports the popular, open source Python programming language. The PSF manages trademarks, supports conferences, and facilitates the growth of a diverse and international community of Python programmers through grant and outreach programs.

The PSF has used CiviCRM since 2011 to manage over $70,000 in donations to a variety of sub-organizations, including local Python user groups, regional conferences, and outreach initiatives.

One notable CiviCRM campaign with the Python outreach group PyLadies has raised over $30,000.  This amount, in addition to funding from The PSF, helps women attend PyCon, a yearly Python conference attracting community members from all over the world...

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11 December, 2013
At Green Renters we have tried to incorporate as much of what we do into CiviCRM as possible, we figured that there was no point having a central repository of how everyone engages with our organisation if the information wasn't complete, so we sought to consolidate as much of what we do into CiviCRM as possible. This is a post explaining how we incorporated and integrated project management and accounting into our CiviCRM.
 
Caveats
We are a small and simple organisation, so have simple requirements for accounting, project management etc… So the data objects present in CiviCRM for undertaking these tasks work for us. If you have more complex requirements, then they probably wont work for you.
 
There's a reasonable amount of Drupal integration here, these could be replaced with CiviCRM functionality such as reports, profiles etc if you wanted...
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18 November, 2013

As a group fighting for construction workers’ rights in Texas, we are up against one of the most profitable industries in the state. Construction in Texas is a $60 billion industry, and employs nearly one million workers. Even though Workers Defense Project does not equal the industry’s financial power, we are winning better protections for workers by building people power.

We have been in this struggle for over a decade, and as we’ve grown, we’ve discovered the importance of developing a database that works for us. CiviCRM has helped us become more strategic as we fight to build a fair economy.

Part of our strategy for creating good, dignified jobs and building power for workers is engaging a diverse body of supporters in the political process. We use Civi to help us organize and reach out to our supporters, track their participation, and stay in touch with the ones who don’t live in Texas.

Just last week, we used call lists we made in Civi to invite over 400...

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21 October, 2013

Theatre groups, political organisations, environmental charities... CiviCRM is used by organisations of all shapes and sizes and the faith-based sector is a growing part of that. Here's a snapshot of our own Civi journey at Woodlands Church in Bristol, UK.  

We started using CiviCRM three years ago after considering various proprietary church software options. We chose Civi because of the flexibility it offered us and a skilled Drupal developer who attends the church took the project forward.

CiviCRM offers lots to faith-based organisations. Its integration with our website means that people can book onto events and courses, sign up for newsletters and keep their groups up to date. We’ve also started to record financial contributions and the new Gift Aid extension will help us to claim tax back on the gifts we receive.

There are some further areas we’d love to see developed and we’re working with UK-based Circle Interactive so that Civi can offer even more to...

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16 October, 2013

One of the most important things about any database is the integrity of its data.  Is it possible that you could be overriding existing contact information with incorrect information?

One of the many hats I wear at BackOffice Thinking is helping the CiviCRM team reach out to the CiviCRM user community and invite them to share their stories in the CiviCRM Community Newsletter.  During one of my conversations with Radoslav Minkov (IT Manager, CEPS), a future newsletter contributor, I found out that even though he is extremely happy with the CiviMail functionality, he was getting so frustrated with the Events/Registration functionality that he disabled this module from his installation.

His issue is one that affects many of our clients.  The issue is that when an administrator registers a person for an event, if the email entered has a match in the CiviCRM database, the new information will override any existing information in the CiviCRM database.  

Since I am...

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08 October, 2013
By johnff

I first started coding with CiviCRM about three months ago.

I'd left my previous job to start working, for the first time, as the only Software Developer at a small London-based charity. Future First is an education charity that aims to help state schools mobilise their former students. This can involve (but isn't limited to) getting alumni to e-mentor current students, do presentations in school assemblies, meet students at open days, or provide donations, in much the same way that private schools have been doing for centuries. The results so far have been spectacular, having started in 2009 in London, Future First is now operating in schools throughout England and are soon to start in Wales. This isn't mentioning the pilot project in Kenya!

But big ambitions need a big database, which brings us to CiviCRM.

Every year, CiviCRM hosts sprints where developers group together to help solve common problems and...

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27 September, 2013

One of our clients was wrestling with getting WordPress events to display within their event calendar, and I finally had enough.  We really just needed a simple WordPress widget that displays upcoming CiviCRM events.

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A couple hours later, voila: the CiviEvent Widget plugin.  It's really straightforward, but you can generate as many widgets as you like, control the title and number of events for each, and choose among two basic appearance options or theme it yourself.

Please let me know what you think, ideas for improving it, and any bugs or limitations you find.

If you're in the Mid-Atlantic and using CiviEvent and/or WordPress, you might consider coming to the...

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19 September, 2013

Example Use Case

This example is a one event page which has tabs of many types of content and views attached which allows a anonymous user to view the info, see registered participants, register for the CiviCRM event via one webform which also automatically creates a contact, membership, active drupal user, and participant event registration to the event, logs in the user, and sets his user entered password via text field on the webform. Skvare has developed similar solutions for clients using these methods.

Using this method you can create easily customizable membership join, and event registration pages which leverage the full gauntlet of advanced Drupal 7 modules, and the ease of customizing the layout and style with css in the Drupal theme.

Original blog posted at Skvare.com.

 

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