29 July, 2014
Filed under CiviCon
No matter who you are and what you do for your organisation, CiviCON 2014 will have something for everyone. 
There will be plenty for people coming to find out whether Civi is right for their organisation, with client case studies from both small and large organisations using Civi and in-depth demonstrations of what is possible with Civi and Website integrations such as Drupal, Joomla and Wordpress. 
There will be technical advice and sessions for admins and implementers. From discussions on new features in the latest versions to sessions on how to get the most out of each of the CiviCRM modules. 
For new and experienced developers alike there will be wealth of technical sessions, including those for first timers looking to get started with the Civi API and creating your first extensions extensions to in depth discussions on planned architecture changes for the latest versions.
01 May, 2014
Filed under CiviCon, Community, Sprints

Today will be my last day out west before heading back to rainy New York City, a near two week trip in which I've been immersed in CiviCRM. Needless to say, I've learned a lot and am excited for the new features to be had in the upcoming 4.5 release.

The documentation team has had a very productive week, especially considering we've taken on rearranging much of the book content. At the time I'm posting this we've closed a total of 20 documentation issues, including all new 4.5 features that we are able to document. Today we added more reorganized and in-depth Membership documentation. We also added a section on maintaining quality email lists, which explores how CiviMail handles unsubscribes, bounces and holds. 

While we've been working hard, we have taken the time to enjoy the beautiful outdoors here in Truckee, CA. Today's expedition was a trip down to Donner Lake. The weather was perfect for a hike and the we couldn't resist the...

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01 May, 2014
Team Coleman, which includes Sarah Gladstone (Pogstone), Coleman Watts (core CiviCRM team), Eileen McNaughton (Fuzion), Michael Daryabeygi (Ginko Labs), Dana Stallman (Tadpole Collective) has been working hard fixing bugs and finishing new features for the upcoming version 4.5.   Some highlights:   this version includes a new UI framework using a new version of JQuery.  Virtually every screen and task benefits from this UI framework. A few screenprints have been attached below.  Also the process for configuring profiles forms and custom data for a specific contribution page or specific event is now a lot easier. When configuring the event or contribution page, all editing to profiles/custom data can be done WITHOUT leaving the screen, plus there is a great drag/drop and preview features baked in. 
The issue in WordPress that causes CiviCRM front-end pages to take over the website has been fixed.  
We have also updated the...
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30 April, 2014
Filed under CiviCon, Sprints

We are four days into the sprint now and things are going great! I think everyone was ready to get right to it this morning since the crew got to sneak away yesterday for an afternoon out at Lake Tahoe. The breath taking view from Eagle Rock was a great way to regroup and get ready for the remainder of the week.

For the last few days Team McAndrew, led by none other than… you guessed it, Michael McAndrew has been focusing on revamping the documentation in preparation of the 4.5 release. A snapshot of new documentation includes:

  • New “In Honor of” or “In Memory of” soft credit functionality
  • CMS specific documentation including Worpdress Shortcodes and Joomla! Menu item types
  • Reworked explanation of scheduled reminders
  • Using tokens with custom fields
  •  And much more about new features in 4.5...
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29 April, 2014
Filed under CiviCon, Community, Sprints

I'm writing from the third day of the post-CiviCon code sprint in Truckee, California.  With 36 participants, we've divided into several groups focused upon making the upcoming CiviCRM 4.5 release as stable and useful as possible.

Led by Dave Greenberg and Yashodha Chaku, our group has tackled several bugs and limitations, yielding a number of improvements in just a couple of days.

Tobias Lounsbury has focused on an issue where reserved profiles, which are required by CiviCRM, had been required to be enabled as standalone forms.  It may seem innocuous, but depending upon your permissions for anonymous users to access profiles, it can make contact listings and/or creation forms accessible by anonymous users.

Bots can fill forms or scrape information, but you may need to have the permissions set that way for allowing other profiles to work.  Toby's solution will allow you to disable that requirement for the...

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28 April, 2014

After having worked with CiviCRM for going on a year, I was excited to see the community around the project and learn more about others who are using CiviCRM. Initially, I questioned the risk vs. reward of traveling 3000 miles across the country and leaving my new business for so many days. As the time drew closer and I started digging deeper into the session descriptions I began to get excited.

Flying to Civicon San Francisco 2014



For the past 10 years, I have been working with businesses in the For Profit sector to develop and implement CRM’s and Business Management software. A year ago I started my own business offering web development and cloud based software integration for non-profit organizations. I saw a large need for data management in the nonprofit sector and one of our first large clients brought up a...

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28 March, 2014
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This is it ... the CiviCON SF 2014 sessions have been confirmed, and no doubts this is going to be the best CiviCON ever!

Whether you have never heard about CiviCRM, are a beginning or longtime user, are an implementor or a developer, there will be an abundance of content specifically tailored to your needs. Just read on if you just want to preview some of these sessions, or go here for the full schedule, sorted by day or track.

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26 February, 2014
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Kick-off this year's CiviCon and learn about Web Experience Management during the plenary presentation from Holly Ross, Executive Director of the Drupal Association. 
We all think of data as that stuff with decimal points that bar graphs are made of. But the truth is that data is the key to giving your constituents the information they want, they way they want it, when they want it. Web Experience Management is a new name for a trend that’s been a long time in the making, and we’ll talk about how your database and web tools can help you create an experience for your audience that will lead to more impact for your cause.
Holly Ross has spent her career working with nonprofits and technology and comes to the Drupal Association after a 10-year tenure at the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN). She is thrilled...
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25 February, 2014
By kreynen

We did it! Now what?

Unfortunately we can't just sit back and wait for the student project proposals to roll in. If you look at the list of 190 organizations Google approved, we're competing w/ projects with a lot more name recognition...

Google expects to approve ~1,300 students...

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15 February, 2014
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This year's CiviCon will host an awesome line up of sessions, a free discovery track for those still evaluating CiviCRM, user/adminstrator trainings, and software and documentation sprints. Whether you're already using or considering using CiviCRM, the conference is packed with the essential presentations, workshops and people that will help your organisation get the most from CiviCRM.

Take advantage of early-bird registration to save 25% off ticket prices!

Join us at CiviCon April 24-25 in San Francisco!

... and if you're interested in working on improving CiviCRM with a great group of folks in beautiful Lake Tahoe, check out the post-conference sprint (April 27 - May 4).