28 October, 2011

Background
Pogstone's client had already been using a web-based membership database, however that system did not have any features related to households and other features needed when interacting with families and children. They also needed many features related to needs of a typical synagogue that were missing from the previous system.

Roll-out process
First Pogstone helped them identify and prepare which records from the previous system they wanted to bring into CiviCRM. That was loaded into CSV files, then Pogstone loaded that data into the new CiviCRM database. We did staff training just before as well as just after the data import so the staff of the organization would understand how their data would appear in CiviCRM, and also be able to review the results and work on deduping after the import was complete.

Pogstone set up the deduping rules based on many discussions with the client, however the final decision...

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15 October, 2011

As most non-profits know, driving revenue exclusively off of events can be a hit or miss adventure.  Revenues YOY are not consistent, and its difficult to find those supporters who will organize and host fundraising events to support your cause.  Many are intimidated by hosting large fundraisers or simply don't have the time or resources to pull it off.  So to sum up our problem: we needed a broader more consistent source of revenue to fund our programs.     To expand our source of revenue, we looked to our community of donors, families, and fundraisers to raise money on our behalf through their own social networks.  The average user on facebook has 30 friends [http://www.facebook.com/press/info.php?statistics] which means that we could exponentially increase our reach through online social networking...

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11 October, 2011
Filed under CiviContribute, CiviCRM

Our idea is that a Room Booking Module would be a fantastic addition to CiviCRM.

The Room Booking Module would give the ability to manage the availability of multiple rooms (i.e. meetings rooms / conference facilities) and assign the bookings to CiviCRM Contacts. Each booking would appear on a contacts new ‘Room Booking’ Tab and an activity ‘Room Booked’ would also be generated. This is the same methodology used for CiviEvents. A calendar view would allow you to search current bookings and add new ones in available time slots. In addition a room could not be booked if that time slot had already been taken unless a booking had been cancelled.

When making a booking you would be able to assign resources to the room. This could be limited number items, such as Projectors, or unlimited items such as Cups of Coffee. Each resource would have a unit cost which would be automatically added to the Booking charge.

If applicable each room would have a fixed cost per time...

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09 September, 2011
By petednz

A couple of issues have begun to sting us repeatedly and I see others raising same issue.

 

#1

Getting a Default Header/Footer used in the SysTplMsgs

 

SysTplMsgs (System Template Messages) are found here /civicrm/admin/messageTemplates?reset=1)

 

To avoid repeated copying of the desired header/footer in to the upto 22 SysTplMsg, one option would be to add a checkbox to the CiviMail Footer/Headers (/civicrm/admin/component?reset=1)

 

So the current Default in CiviMail Header/Footers would become Default CiviMail, and a new option/column would show for Default SysTplMsg.

 

This would then cause the requisite code to be included here in the SysTplMsgs

 

 

 <!-- BEGIN HEADER -->
  <!-- You can add table row(s) here with logo or other header elements -->
 
Clearly would have to avoid any...
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31 July, 2011
By xavier

Hi,

We conducted a research to see how often someone tweeted about a page powered by CiviCRM in the past month and a half. We analysed 858 tweets by 612 users about 163 sites, some big names like oxfam or the red cross, some for tiny organisations.

These sites cover an amazingly wide range of topics: homeless, food, transgender, environment, sport, political parties, pets, public health NGOs, independant movies, gender equality, education, cancer, anti weed prohibition...

 

For this research, TTTP developped a robot that automatically searches for tweets containing a link that is like:

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25 April, 2011

Eli Beckerman is the second winner of a copy of Using CiviCRM from Packt Publishing. Eli is excited about the potential of CiviCRM to organize bottom-up transformations to deal collaboratively with the many crises facing the world today.

Packt has also selected a runner-up in its contest: an experienced CiviCRM user from the City Bible Forum, ken, will get a downloadable eBook copy of the book.

Here's some background on Using CiviCRM from Packt's site:

What you will learn from this book:

  • Create a successful CiviCRM implementation project
  • Install and configure CiviCRM in Joomla! or Drupal, understand advanced configuration options, and review the upgrade process in detail
  • Get...
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19 April, 2011

Sheila Burkett is the first winner of a copy of Using CiviCRM from Packt Publishing. Packt is running a promotional contest where you just have to post into the forum or email them to qualify to win a copy of the book.

Here's some more information about the book from the Press Release:

Using CiviCRM is the first commercially published book on CiviCRM, and came out in February 2011. It will teach readers to build a CRM that conforms to their needs and to integrate it with Drupal or Joomla!. Written by...

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06 April, 2011
By osseed

Few days back I was testing "Tell a Friend" functionality in CiviCRM, which allows users to spread a word / refer information about Events or Fundraising to their friends. As of now users are allowed to enter max 3 contact details ( first name, last name and  email Id ). There is no setting to configure the max number of allowed emails via user interface. When you send email using tell a friend these details are saved as contacts in CiviCRM with approprriate Contact Source.

 

While testing this I thought it would be great if I could fetch emails from my mailing account such as gmail. In addition to this sending email to 'n' contacts will be a good improvement. There were some forum requests for this missing feature, recent one was http://forum.civicrm.org/index.php/topic,5451.0.html

 

After bit of reserach I found...

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05 April, 2011

As part of the Google Grants program for non-profits, Google offers their Google Checkout service to qualifying non-profits at no-charge with no processing fees. Depending on the fees you would pay with a competing processor this represents an instant 3% jump in your organization's fundraising efforts just by using Google Checkout.

 

The only limitation has been recurring donations. To address this Google launched Google Subscriptions and now we need to get support into CiviCRM so we can enjoy a single free processing fee payment gateway.

 

A new Make it Happen iniative was launched to get this going in 4.1 or even 3.4 if we meet the campaign...

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30 March, 2011
By xcf33

Many modern web applications have a lot of spam deterrent such as Captcha, Bayesian filters, URL, ip detections etc. One example is trying to do 2 consecutive search on the CiviCRM.org forum and you will get a an error that look like

 

"Your last search was less than 5 seconds ago. Please try again later."

 

The concept behind this is flood control is to prevent a webbot (automated script) that is trying to spam and flood the server. 

 

Sometimes this technique is useful in place of something such as a Captcha system because when someone performs a search on the forum, it would be annoying to have to play the "guess game" with a captcha everytime. Therefore discourages the usage of the searching functionality. 

 

We are applying the same concept to CiviContribute contribution page in attempt to stop spammers from using the contribution form as a gateway to test fake or stolen credit cards. See the code in the...

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