16 October, 2016
By jgowans
Filed under CiviCRM, Community

Nearly 78% of sites using CiviCRM are on either version 4.6 or 4.7 (check out CiviCRM stats online). Why is that significant? Because those are the only two community supported releases currently. If you’re not on one of these versions, most importantly, don’t be alarmed. There might be a reason you’re not… perhaps you’re using a partner that continues to support an previous version, or have customizations that prohibit an upgrade. If that’s the case, feel free to skip the rest of this post. But, if there’s no good reason not to upgrade, then read on.

What do we mean when we say that 4.6 and 4.7 are the only versions being supported? Well, just that. CiviCRM 4.7 is the latest stable version of the software and is the primary focus of the Core Team. Version 4.6 is the current LTS, meaning that security updates (but not new features) will be back ported to it for a not-yet-determined amount of time. If you’re on any other version, then...

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18 August, 2016

Ever wanted to know Hebrew birthdays, yahrzeit dates, and other Hebrew dates for your contacts?  Now you can track all these dates, search on them, prepare lists,  and send reminders at the right time, and more.   Since this is a native CiviCRM extension, it will work under Drupal, WordPress or Joomla.

Get the extension at: https://civicrm.org/extensions/hebrew-calendar

Full documentation at: https://github.com/sgladstone/com.fountaintribe.hebrewcalendarhelper/wiki

Related extensions and recipes: https://wiki.civicrm.org/confluence/display/CRMDOC/CiviShul+Cookbook

Some examples:


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01 August, 2016

Do you need to allow parents to register their children? Tired of using custom data fields on a child to collect information about their parents and emergency contacts?    Would you like the information collected during the registration to create (or update) the various contact records needed in the back-office?  Then this blog post is for you.  This recipe creates a contact record for each child, each parent, each emergency contact, the household contact, and also builds the appropriate relationships between each contact.

With the current version of WebForm and WebForm-CiviCRM modules, and  some other extensions I am SO EXCITED about youth registration possibilities.  The 2 major pain points that I have encountered for youth registration have been solved:

  • Logged in parents can choose an existing child when filling out a WebForm!...

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09 July, 2016
By KarinG
Filed under CiviCon, CiviCRM, Drupal, Tips

Someone asked me to post this here - so that he can give it a try!

I did a Lightning Talk at CiviCON 2016 showing how you can put your Contacts on a Leaflet Map. It only takes a few minutes to put your CiviCRM Contacts on a Leaflet Map if you're using Drupal. Leaftlet is an open-source JavaScript Library for interactive maps. In addition what's really cool is that you can color the PIN based on the value of a CiviCRM custom field!

I've posted the details in a QA format including some of my slides from my CiviCON Lightning Talk on CiviCRM's StackExchange site:

http://civicrm.stackexchange.com/questions/12862/how-to-put-your-civicrm...

Give it try!

27 June, 2016
By Stoob
Filed under CiviCRM, Tips

I’d like to pose a question to users of CiviCRM that is not particularly technical.  It’s more to do with using the existing features of Civi in the most effective and efficient way to do 2 very important things...cultivate Major Donors and apply for Grants. 

A team of fundraisers at a small-to-midsize nonprofit wish to track the process of identifying and connecting with a few hundred people a year, engage them (calls, meetings, events, tours, thank you's), and ask them for higher level gifts. They would also like to track this process for solicitation of Grants and Sponsorships (points of contact, submission and reporting deadlines), which adds another layer of complexity.  To be clear, this is not an RFP.   We'd like to share what we're doing and learn what you're doing.

How do we use Civi best to track Major Donor processes?  Well we've already begun using Activites to track "moves...

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23 June, 2016
By jgowans
Filed under CiviCRM

CiviCRM is more than a software application. It’s an ecosystem of organizations and individuals that build and use software to make a meaningful difference. It’s a community that does a world of good. Community is everything at CiviCRM.

Going forward, you’ll see us working hard to provide value throughout our ecosystem, and to create more opportunities for engagement. At CiviCRM, we’re proud to support the efforts of our community and now offer a simple jobs board intended to connect organizations with talent within the CiviCRM ecosystem. Additionally, CiviCRM Jobs will help fund the ongoing efforts of the Core Team by charging a nominal fee for posting beginning on August 15th. Job postings are free until then!

As a resource, CiviCRM Jobs will remain free for members and partners. It’s just...

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22 June, 2016
By jgowans

The Core Team has spent the past six months assessing its capacity, managing a cultural transition, and overseeing the CiviCRM project in a post-founder environment that requires a different approach to economic sustainability. The challenges and opportunities presented by this transition can’t be overstated. We’re confident that, with strong community support, we can evolve CiviCRM into a model open source project.

Before we do that, however, It’s important to recognize that not only are we undergoing a significant cultural change at CiviCRM, but that we’re also in a space (open source) in which there are few good business models. Needless to say, it’s very challenging to build a viable business based on freely giving your product away. CiviCRM’s own model has been based on community participation and has been financially supported by a relatively few number of individuals and organizations. Going forward, CiviCRM will become exceptional at cultivating its community for...

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24 May, 2016

With over ten thousand organizations using CiviCRM worldwide, you might think it would be easy to find qualified, experienced people to hire for your job opportunities.  However, it can sometimes be a challenge for job seekers to know if their CiviCRM skills will be of use.

[CiviCareers logo]CiviCareers aims to change that.  The site brings together jobs at organizations worldwide who use CiviCRM to track and engage their supporters.  Jobs in fundraising, organizing, event planning, and more—...

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10 May, 2016
Filed under CiviCRM, Community, Training

[logo] CiviCRM User Summit - September 22-23, 2016 - Washington, DC This year seems to have flown by, and it's time to solicit CiviCRM User Summit sessions. If you use CiviCRM at your organization and have a story to tell—how you use a feature, what interesting customization you have, or how you'd like to see CiviCRM improve—you should submit a session. All accepted session leaders from nonprofits attend the conference for free.

The CiviCRM User Summit is in Washington, DC, September 22 and 23. Learn more and register today! (We'll certainly refund you if you submit a selected session.)

If you implement or develop for CiviCRM professionally, we'd...

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02 May, 2016
CiviCRM member Cool Earth

Photography by Alicia Fox / Cool Earth

Cool Earth is the charity that works alongside indigenous villages to halt rain forest destruction. Saving the rain forest isn’t a new idea. But managing to do it is. Over the last 40 years, half the world’s rain forests have been destroyed. That’s why Cool Earth decided to go about things differently.

Our model puts local people back in control, giving them the resources they need to keep their forest intact. And by saving at-risk rain forest millions of acres of neighbouring forest are put out of reach of...

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