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...
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).
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...Read more
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...Read more
The Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA) is an organization dedicated to supporting planetarium professionals. Prior to 2011, our solution for membership management utilized a Microsoft Access database. This proved to be difficult when transitioning from one Membership Chairperson to another, and provided no remote access for other individuals in the organization that needed to know who the current members were. Conference management solutions were reinvented by a new conference host each year. Needless to say, this form of conference management was inefficient and inconsistent. Switching to CiviCRM greatly streamlined both the membership management and conference management workflows.
Management of these two areas continues to be streamlined and refined each year. Almost two years ago, we created a Conference Registrar volunteer position. The registrar interfaces with the conference hosts each year,...Read more
We all know CiviCRM provides a lot of power and usability "out-of-the-box". But it's only got where it is because of hours of hard work from the core team, other developers and end users pitching in the funds to make it happen.
Here at GMCVO Databases, we work with a number of organisations who run grants programmes. Although CiviGrant is great for the internal management, one organisation in particular wanted their grant applicants to be able to submit their application online - saving administrators the time spent doing the data input required to get the applications into CiviCRM for management.
Although there is a Grant Application extension, our user case wanted more! Particularly, a lot of the features the the Drupal Webform with CiviCRM Integration module...Read more