25 November, 2015
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Following the success of CiviCon Denver 2015, we'll be headed back to Colorado again in 2016 - to the beautiful city of Fort Collins - for our annual north American CiviCRM conference.

There are a few  changes in the works for 2016, which we'll be annoucing as soon as their finalised. In case you're interested, they are aimed at ensuring that our conference provides the best experience for - and reaches as many as possible of the end users of our software (including front line staff, adminsirators and decision makers at the non profits that already use or could make use of CiviCRM. We are also focused on ensuring that our sprints provide the best possible onboarding experience for those that want to contribute to CiviCRM (be they developers, documentors, marketers, or anything else).

While we put the finishing touches to these plans, and so you can plan your CiviCRM year, here are the dates for our Ft Collins conference:

  • trainings: 31st May and 1st...
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26 October, 2015
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Stephen Bestbier, VP Marketing and Business Development at iATS Payments, gave a talk on Payment Processing 101 at the CiviCRM User Summit in Washington this past September 2015. Payment processing is an essential part of success in today’s nonprofit sector. However, for those unfamiliar with this process, it can feel daunting. From understanding the intricacies of credit card processing to spotting the differences between different fees and rates, it’s vital for any organization and individual to educate themselves on the basics.

Here is the link to the talk and the slides, as well as a brief summary of the content of the talk (below).

The intricacies of payment processing
Several steps take place from the time a donation is made to the time the money is deposited in the organization’s bank account. These steps are determined by the type of...

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12 October, 2015
By josh
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It’s been nearly 15 years since I’ve been back to Europe and to the UK, and never before for a CiviCon (in London), so I didn’t quite know what to expect. Up until about 11:00am on Wednesday, I’d felt quite prepared. But then Tim Otten told me that I was giving the welcome speech and was introducing the keynote speaker. I thought he was joking. After that small oversight on my part, I spent much of the rest of the day preparing to open the conference in front of an international audience. Nothing like pressure.

Surprisingly, that pressure never materialized. From the opening speeches to the closing session, everyone was welcoming and seemed genuinely enthused to be there. And that makes all the difference. Combine a complex and impressive topic with good speakers and an audience that’s willing to listen, and you have a great mix for a conference. So, what 3 things stood out most for me?

  1. Extension showcase
    It was amazing to see what...
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29 September, 2015
By pmoz
Filed under CiviCon, CiviCRM, Community, Meetups

Fresh off my first User Summit and I had some thoughts...

So yeah, I’ve been pretty active on the old CiviCRM forums and even more active on the new Stack Exchange setup.  I’ve successfully submitted three pull requests thanks to Coleman.  I’ve written a couple of blog posts.  I’ve set up a Make it Happen campaign.  My organization even made a donation to CiviCRM for all they have done for us over the years.  All the while, I've leaned on the...

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24 September, 2015
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CiviCon London is packed with sessions to help you learn about CiviCRM, and is the best place to meet and network with other CiviCRM users and providers. The conference is designed for new and existing users and also for those considering using CiviCRM. You don't have to be a techie to attend.
Have a look at our full session line up for users:
This is an ideal opportunity for people to come and find out whether CiviCRM 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 CiviCRM. Existing users can find out how to start a new project or how data protection issues may affect their system. 
Special reduced price one day only discovery tickets are available...
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17 September, 2015
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The CiviCRM User Summit is only 1 week away! Have we mentioned how ecstatic we are with this year’s lineup of Session Presenters and Topics and to be honored by our very special Keynote Speaker, Amy Sample Ward, CEO of NTEN?

*If you are still unsure whether this conference is for you, ask yourself the following questions.
*Is your usage of CiviCRM limited because you don’t have the know how?
*Are you looking to be a more effective fundraiser?
*Are you looking for innovative ways to tackle an issue and are unsure whether CiviCRM can help you?
*Do you need help getting started with CiviCRM?
*Do you want to network with other organizations using CiviCRM?
*Are you looking to partner with a CiviCRM implementer?
*Do you want to meet some of the CiviCRM core team members and share your ideas and/or concerns?
If you answered YES to any of them, it’s time to register.

Still looking for other compelling reasons to attend...

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10 September, 2015
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There are now only 4 weeks left until CiviCon London 2015 starts. With 24 diverse sessions aimed at users, implementers and developers. You will also be able to meet CiviCRM providers and be able to speak to staff from organisations already using CiviCRM.

Did you know that the conference is one of only a range of events taking place in 2015?
Whether you're new to CiviCRM or have been working with it for years, this programme brings together the knowledge, skills and people that will help your organisation get the best from CiviCRM.

The full programme includes 

6th - 7th October - 2 Day User/Administrator Training
6th -7th October - 2 Day Developer Training
8th -9th October - The CiviCon London 2015...

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09 September, 2015
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If you still haven’t registered for this year’s CiviCRM User Summit, here’s 3 reasons why you should do this now:
  1. This year’s sessions are tailored to the needs and interests of CiviCRM end users.  The goal is that all attendees will get back to work with new tools and knowledge that they can apply in their daily jobs.  Join us so that you can enhance and expand your knowledge on everything Civi.
  2. This is a great opportunity to network with other nonprofit organizations and implementers to discuss how they use CiviCRM to further their mission .  We’ve added networking and unconference time to give everybody an opportunity to talk “nonprofit technology”.
  3. Come listen to Amy Sample...
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02 September, 2015
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In a little over three weeks, CiviCRM users will be descending upon Washington, DC for the 3rd Annual CiviCRM User Summit. The final session schedule has been finalized, please check it out and let us know what you think!

After listening to the feedback from last year, we are really happy to announce a slate of sessions tailored to the needs and interests of CiviCRM end users--plus additional time for networking, unconference sessions, and generally chatting about working in technology at a nonprofit. Our hope is that all attendees will get back to work with new tools and knowledge that will make their jobs easier, the online experience of their contacts better, and the online operations of their organization more efficient.

Rates for the User Summit are increasing on September 12th, so register...

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01 September, 2015
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It's Almost Time for our annual User Summit Washington DC (24 and 25 September) and our UK conference CiviCon London (8 and 9 October)!

These events are the best way to get to grips with CiviCRM and ensure your CiviCRM projects are a success.  You'll learn about the best ways to use it, what's new in the latest versions, and how organisations are putting it to best use. But don't take our word for it. Hear what these attendees got out of their recent trip to CiviCon Denver.

So what are you waiting for? Read about everything we have planned and register for the conferences at the following two links:

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