This is the final week for the Individual Donor Benchmark Survey, a tool to help you see how your grassroots fundraising compares to other small nonprofits across the United States. This is the second year that AGH Strategies has supported the survey by building a CiviCRM extension for easy data collection, so you can complete the survey this afternoon.
The report also compares performance between different CRMs and fundraising databases, so you can help share the story of your success with CiviCRM.
Crunch your data
- Go to your Manage Extensions page in CiviCRM.
- Click Refresh, and once the list refreshes, go to the Add New tab.
- Look for the extension...
Are you responsible for planning, managing and monitoring campaigns for your organisation? If yes, you are probably using CiviCampaign to link contributions and campaigns and analyse their success. However, unless your campaign requirements are rather simple, I bet that you encountered some limitations of CiviCRM's campaign functions such as:
no function to record costs involved with a campaign action or to track the campaign's budget
no campaign hierarchy
limited reporting options
not much of an UI to manage and or visualise...
Hello everybody. I am assessing the feasibility of a CiviCRM integrated 'Community Shares' extension on behalf of my client, the Kindling Trust.
Community Shares are an investment mechanism available to Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies in the UK - see CommunityShares.org.uk if you want more info.
Kindling are a not for profit organisation based in Northern England, who have been using Civi for a number of years, and are planning on launching a community share offer in the future, in order to raise funds for a community owned farm, to develop sustainable food practices, and regional food security.
I anticipate that the new extension would build upon the existing CiviContribute and CiviMember components, and have attached an outline document describing how I would see it functioning.
We are interested in talking to members of the...Read more
If you're like most leaders of small nonprofits, you want to know where your fundraising stands as compared to other organizations your size. CiviCRM stores a wealth of data, but it might be time-consuming to search for it all. Even then, how will you know you're comparing data apples-to-apples with the rest of the sector?
The survey and extension
This is where the Individual Donor Benchmark Survey comes in. By asking standard questions of small nonprofits across the United States, the survey allows you to see how your organization stacks up against nationwide benchmarks, and you can compare your own results in subsequent years.Read more
I've been working on a few larger CiviCRM migrations lately. Out of that work I've been adding some new pieces to the iATS payment processor extension as well as my more generic recurring payments extension, and here's my story.
The original CiviCRM model for recurring contributions was built around what let's call the Paypal model, which tries as much as possible to give the donor ownership and management of their payments, by managing the recurring schedule and giving donors their own 'account'. This has benefits for donors and also for the organization receiving the donations - e.g. less administration.
But I've found that for many organizations migrating to CiviCRM, this model isn't ideal. For a start, a lot of older regular donors don't want to manage their payments and assume it's the responsibility of the organization. Secondly, having...Read more
Over the past year there've been a few conversations in the community about the availability of a WooCommerce CiviCRM extension. A couple of attempts are out there but accessing the codebase hadn't beared any fruit for us!
Thanks to funding from Cool Earth, we're pleased to share alpha versions of our WooCommerce integration Extensions.
At the moment they carry out a simple integration whereby WooCommerce orders are placed against contacts in CiviCRM as a single contribution entry. There's also the ability to see the orders from the contact within CiviCRM.
Our next milestone will be to allow donations to also be made via WooCommerce and to ensure that they are recorded as a seperate line within CiviCRM so that processes such as Gift Aid can be applied.
Please raise any issues against the github repositories directly, once we've reached beta release we'll add to the CiviCRM extension listings.
Github repos can be found...Read more
I have just completed the first cookbook on CiviRules, with 2 basic examples and an example on how to automatically classify donors based on their contributing behaviour. Have a look, any comment is highly appreciated :-)
The CiviRules extension is in the CiviCRM extension list (https://civicrm.org/extensions/civirules) and on GitHub (https://github.com/CiviCooP/org.civicoop.civirules)
During the past year, I've been working with a number of medium and larger organizations using CiviCRM, and have found a few gaps in CiviCRM's CiviContribute functionality, particularly around the management of recurring donors, which are often a really important part of a larger organizations' donor base.
To this end, I'm happy to share a couple of extensions that I've been developing to fill these holes, detailed below.
Feedback and patches welcome, as usual.
Also a side note -- if you're using our iATS Payments extension, we've just released a new 1.4.0 release, which is CiviCRM 4.6.x compatible.
Until I put together an official release, use this page: https://github.com/adixon/ca.civicrm.contributionrecur which...Read more
Message from Steinar (MAF Norge)
CiviRules is live and doing effective automation!
Two weeks ago, Wednesday June 10th, MAF Norway started to use CiviRules on their live production site.
We did set up one single rule, which starting from that day, saves us for approximately 1 hour work pr. day. That is almost 15% of one persons workload throughout the year!
The extension is open for download from github. It has some basics features and some cool stuff already.
If you also download the SMS API (or EMAIL API or PDF API), you could already schedule things like this:
- Automatically send a sms with congratulation every time a contact has birthday.
- Automatically put contacts in a certain group if they contribute over a certain amount.
- Automatically tag contacts that have changed their email adress.
This could again be combined with a report on some back office staff member....Read more
Amnesty International Flanders (AIVL) have been using CiviCRM for a couple of years now, initially with memberships mainly but lately more and more as a fundraising tool. They have implemented CiviBanking for their incoming bank transactions and are now in the process of testing CiviSepa for their direct debits. We (as CiviCooP) are part of their CiviCRM family and work together with them to support their processes in the best way we can, making the most of CiviCRM. Other CiviCRM community members like Xavier Dutoit and Björn Endres (of Systopia Organisationsberatung) also for part of the team with some projects and ongoing development.
AIVL has an ambitious goal for their street recruitment, striving to increase the numbers of donors but also the retention rate and the donated amounts. One of the key development areas in this respect is the...Read more