08 December, 2014

Hello Civi Community

I would like to make contact with fellow charities using PCP Pages to learn more about the functionality and how it is used within charities. Looking to develop an online fundraising platform for individuals, teams and organisations using PCP's with some custom development to manage fundraiasing events and in memoery/tribute pages at LLR. 

Would love to hear from both end user organizations and developers on this front.

Thanks y'all


23 November, 2014

When I started using CiviCRM almost 5 years ago, I was amazed at how many things it could bring to a website right out of the box. The more I used it, the more I wanted to, and saw potential beyond simply keeping contact information, collecting donations, or managing events. CiviCRM is a game-changer. It was shortly after getting into a couple of large projects that the shine started to wear off just a little. Things started getting complicated and working with a CMS whose name is a Swahili word meaning, "all together" or "as a whole.", this was anything but.  CiviCRM and Joomla have a complicated relationship, because it’s really different from Drupal and equally different from Wordpress. This has always been a point of difficulty for Joomla users in the Civi community.

The story could end here, with me throwing up my hands and doing my own thing or going a completely different way, but it doesn’t. Having experience with IRC, I decided to dive head...

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19 November, 2014

When Home Builders Foundation of Metro Denver was faced with fatal database errors during a CiviCRM upgrade, they did not know how to deal with this issue.

The Home Builders Foundation’s missionis to provide accessibility solutions and home modifications for individuals with disabilities and financial need through the collaborated efforts of the building industry. Having completed nearly 1,200 projects since 1993, the Foundation operates with a staff of two and a minuscule budget. They could not afford the services of a CiviCRM consultant to repair their database and proceed with the upgrade.

Cividesk offered their help as part of their giving back program. This program is targeted at ‘volunteer-run non...

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13 November, 2014

What type of systems did you have in place before CiviCRM and why did you choose it?
Before making the transition to CiviCRM, we were using Excel spreadsheets shared on a server.  However, we wanted to have more meaningful contact with our members, keep better track of membership and also increase attendance at our events by improving the way we handled event registration and promotion. CiviCRM allows us to do all of those things and is easy to use. Another great feature of CiviCRM is the fact that it’s available in different languages, we currently use the Spanish version in our office.

Which functionalities do you find the most useful for your organization?
We use many of the event management features including the creation of online event registration pages. Having online event registration pages on our website save us a lot of time since we don’t have to register manually each participant. Before CiviCRM, we took...

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23 October, 2014

BackOffice Thinking has created a Giving Tuesday campaign for CiviCRM.  We are inviting you to join us so that the world sees the unity of the CiviCRM community.  The idea is to harness the energy and conversations that are taking place in our ecosystem around Giving Tuesday and ask the CiviCRM community to Donate to protect their investment in their own technical infrastructure. (Click on the links for more information about Giving Tuesday and Stats about Giving Tuesday's Success).  


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22 October, 2014

20+ Sessions were recorded during last CiviCon London 2014 and are now available in CiviCon official website.

Here is a list of the recorded, produced and published sessions:

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22 October, 2014

My name is Erik Hommel, 51 years old. I live in the Netherlands in a small village called Brummen(between Apeldoorn and Arnhem) with my wife Floor, our 2 youngest children and four Siamese cats. Our 2 oldest kids have either left home or are in the process of doing so. My working career in ICT started in 1988 as an RPG programmer on the IBM S/38. Having moved past positions as technical consultant, project manager, IT manager and ERP consultant I call myself a CiviCRM project manager/consultant/developer and love it!

CiviCRM has been part of my life since 2010 I think. The first official date I can find is a certficate from a CiviCRM Developer Training in Brussels in February 2010. At the time I was working together with Erik Brouwer as EE-atWork and we were mainly working with Dutch housing corporations as software implementors and consultants. In 2009 we bumped into Drupal when we were developing our own website, and as we focused on CRM within housing...

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21 October, 2014
(adapted from “Jumping to Civi Under The Gun”, CiviCon 2014 presentation)
Music Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization that has worked since 1989 with a mandate to encourage the creation, development, growth and promotion of Nova Scotia’s music industry. Music Nova Scotia exists to grow and nurture the Nova Scotia music industry, to retain our own natural resource and promote investment, by:
• Providing education, information and resources to our membership
• Acting as the advocate for the industry to all levels of government and private enterprise
• Supporting membership in the promotion of the export of Nova Scotia music regionally, nationally and internationally. 
Membership is mainly made up of Nova Scotians but some join us from other regions of the East Coast as well as across Canada. We are songwriters...
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21 October, 2014
Hi, my name is Allen Hutchison.  I am the Director of Communications and I.T. at Glenwood Community Church in Vancouver, WA, USA.  We started our slow move to CiviCRM in 2013 when one of my bosses asked me to find a single solution for our database woes.  We have a number of ministries (Children's, High School, weekly small groups, etc.), and each department had their own system for managing people (MS Access, Excel spreadsheets, our website).  Our front office uses a proprietary Church Management System called Powerchurch.  It is great for accounting purposes, but its people management is lacking, most because it is only accessible on the network by a select few people.  We needed something accessible on and off site by all of our staff, integration with our website, tiered permissions, and yet some customization to each ministry.  The need list was high, but really any solution that allowed the sharing of data had us headed...
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30 September, 2014

Finding enough money in your budget to market your organization effectively can be challenging. Most nonprofit organizations need to focus their limited resources on providing programs and services. Google makes it easier for nonprofits with Google Ad Grants. That, in combination with CiviCRM provides a power engine fueling your marketing, outreach and CRM needs.

So let’s start with Google Grants...

GoogleGrants gives $120,000 per year of free advertising to each nonprofit which meets the requirements of the program (http://www.google.com/grants/eligibility.html).

What does this mean? Anytime you Google a word or phrase, there will be results at the top of the page and in the sidebar that returns relevant results. Most of the time, this is paid search (which is very different from organic search, but that’s a different topic for a different day.)

So $120,000 a...

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