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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29 February, 2016

An Interview with the Mile High Youth Corps

The Mile High Youth Corps (MHYC) located in Denver, Colorado was founded in the tradition of the Civilian Conservation Corps from the 1930’s. The organization helps young people make a difference in the community and their own lives, through service opportunities focused on conservation.

Cividesk recently spoke with Tory Pearson, the Annual Giving and Events coordinator about using CiviCRM to help manage and increase their donations and organize their annual fundraising event.

Like many nonprofits, MHYC is working on their fundraising efforts, and that has been their focus this past year. CiviCRM has been instrumental in helping them develop their donors database.  Tory used the database to track all of their 2015 donation information and then identified a list of top donors.  Development committee members of their...

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23 January, 2016

En el marco de CiviCon Madrid 2015 tuve la oportunidad de poder compartir la experiencia de algunos de los proyectos en los que estoy participando. A continuación intento resumir algunas ideas de la presentación.

El sector social de los Jesuitas en España centra sus líneas de actuación en:

  • el apoyo socieducativo a menores, adolescentes y jóvenes en riesgo social y actividades educativas en tiempo libre;
  • la atención social, psicológica y asesoría jurídica a población vulnerable;
  • la formación laboral a población vulnerable y en proceso de búsqueda de trabajo;
  • la acogida sociolingüística a población inmigrante;
  • al acompañamiento a personas internas en Centros de Internamiento de Extranjeros;
  • bancos de alimentos;
  • y a la reflexión social.

5 de las entidades del sector social de los Jesuitas en Catalunya han...

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12 January, 2016

An interview with the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net) is a member-based network that connects NGO’s, social movements and advocates in more than 70 countries to create a global movement to make human rights and social justice a reality for all. Cividesk recently spoke with Thea Gelbspan, Membership and Solidarity Coordinator at ESCR-Net about how CiviCRM has improved the network’s communication with members and resulted in a strengthening of their organization at the global

Before the transition to CiviCRM, ESCR-Net did not have a comprehensive system of contact management for their data.They were using outdated Excel spreadsheets that contained some of their contacts, whereas other contacts were stored in staff’s email address books, in yahoo groups or on various computers.“Our...

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