Well this is my first post on the CivCRM Blog and I am very honoured to have been given the privilege by David Greenberg. We are a CRM consulting company - meaning that we provide consulting and advice to companies who require a CRM system or who have a CRM system in place but want to know how to use it to its full capacity.
I have previously blogged (http://civicrm.org/blogs/sarahgladstone/fun-and-joy-authorizenet-code-attached) and chatted about (http://forum.civicrm.org/index.php/topic,29234.0.html) about the fun and joy related to supporting automated recurring transactions in a production environment, and started the process of restructuring that portion of the code.
With the introduction of CiviAccounts in CiviCRM 4.3 the ground work to allow CiviCRM to cater for Tax against contributions has been laid.
During the week-long sprint in northern California following CiviCon, we've been working through the design and amendments required to complete the implementation of Tax within CiviCRM.
The specification can be found on the wiki
As most not-for-profit that wants to collect online donations or has a membership base, you probably have the opportunity to have more donors giving small amounts on a monthly basis, but you have not been able to explore it given the high fees on credit cards transactions. If your organisation is based in Europe, SEPA is offering you this option.
Progressive Technology Project (PTP) runs PowerBase, a fully hosted and supported version of CiviCRM for community organizing groups in the United States. PTP has been deeply involved in CiviCRM's expanding functionality through CiviEngage and CiviCampaign and now has commenced a project to improve CiviContribute to strengthen it for grassroots fundraising. While CiviContribute has the basic parts necessary for fundraising, it lacks some of the higher reporting pieces that dedicated fundraising applications have.
An organisation I work with wishes to extend the Personal Campaign Page (PCP) to allow teams to raise money either using their group PCP page, or individual PCP pages of each team member. In other words, the team organiser creates a PCP page and sets a team objective. The organiser then invites members to join its group. By doing so, the team member creates its own PCP page with a personnal objective.
In terms of functionality:
Greetings from Apeldoorn at the Netherlands CiviCRM Code Sprint. I've spent the last several months meticulously working with the fundraising team at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to build donate pages that look and act beautifully, remove friction from the donation process, and leverage premiums to get bigger donations.
If you are using Authorize.net as your payment processor (or your clients are) for either one-time payments or automated recurring payments, then my guess is that like me you probably dread the phone call from a bookkeeper such as
"I found some Authorize.net transactions that went through and the money is in the bank, BUT there is no record of the contribution in CiviCRM. What happened?"