26 May, 2018
By KarinG
Filed under CiviCRM

CiviCamp Calgary 2018 was held May 22-24 and included:

  • a full day of presentations (12 talks by CiviCRM Core team members, CiviCRM Users and CiviCRM Partners)
  • an après camp party sponsored by iATS Payments
  • Canadian mugs
  • three hands-on workshops (on Webform CiviCRM, Mosaico and Payment Processing FAQ)
  • user sprint
  • developer sprint - during which we worked on 6 Make-it-happen-NOW projects funded by our sponsors (Canadian Tax Receipt Extension [ability to issue tax-receipt in preferred communication language; change layout to add fundraising letter/message template as part of the Tax Receipt; email queing for large batches], Webform CiviCRM module [Drupal 8 prototyping; enhancements to payments via installments] and Recurring Payments [concept of pause button and ability to clone recurring series])
  • an outing to Banff

A big THANK you to the Core team (Josh, Coleman, Tim, Mathieu) [...

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25 May, 2018

At Amnesty International Vlaanderen we are starting a Petition Journey. The aim is to improve the engagement of people that sign a petition for the first time as their first point of contact with Amnesty. We then would like to send them an email with a survey immediately, and then for 5 weeks an email each week. One will be informing with a video link, one will be an invitation to register for an event in the same campaign, one will be to invite them to sign another petition etc.

We are using CiviCRM and specifically the CiviRules extension for this. We have configuration where our public website and CiviCRM are on different servers. We have a petition form on our website that sends data to CiviCRM automatically using CMRF.

For this specific Petition Journey (which we call Brave) we have set up a campaign and a...

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26 April, 2018
Filed under v4.6, CiviCRM, Security

Long Term Support (LTS) releases of CiviCRM are versions that are maintained for use by organizations for multi-year periods of time. The first official version of CiviCRM released as a LTS was version 4.4 and announced in October of 2014. 4.4 was the official LTS version until CiviCRM 4.7 was released, at which point version 4.6 was officially designated as the new LTS. The CiviCRM Core Team and several partners and contributors maintained version 4.4 and 4.6 until 2017, when Skvare and Compucorp officially took responsibility for the maintenance of CiviCRM 4.6 LTS.

Why have a Long Term Support release?

CiviCRM is open source software with a vibrant and active community of developers and contributors....

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11 April, 2018
Filed under CiviCRM, Extensions

CiviCRM users rely daily on many of the "out-of-the-box" fields, like communication preferences and demographics, to send targeted email communications and create basic reports. While these fields are essential in many smart and basic groups, they have historically taken up prime real estate in the contact record view.

The new "Collapse Comms and Demographics" extension cleans this up by displaying information graphically within collapsible field sets. 

Our brains prefer this type of display, since we can process graphics much more quickly than seeing the same information as text. Neuroscientists from MIT have found that the human brain can process entire images in as little as 13 milliseconds.

With the extension, you're basically getting what you need to know about your contacts, nothing more and nothing less....

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05 April, 2018
By KarinG
Filed under CiviCRM

CiviCamp Calgary 2018

Join us on Tuesday May 22 - 2018 for CiviCamp Calgary - a one day event covering everything related to CiviCRM. Attend CiviCamp and learn about CiviCRM and what it can do for your organization, meet other CiviCRM Users, CiviCRM Partners and CiviCRM Core Team Members and gather their feedback, learn advanced strategies for managing your online database, ask any questions you might have, share tips and build connections! This is the opportunity to meet the CiviCRM community and share experiences and knowledge with other organizations using CiviCRM!

Program

Final draft of the action-packed program: download now!

Event Tickets/Registration

Tickets are still...

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26 March, 2018
Filed under CiviMail, CiviCRM, Extensions, Tips

I've had a few requests from clients recently with queries around updating contact details and permissions with the new GDPR data protection legislation coming into force in Europe in May.

As a result I've developed two very simple extensions which I'd like to share:

Contact Checksum

This extension provides a simple UI under the contact summary via Actions->Contact Checksum.

When opened a simple UI is displayed with information and example links to use in emails when sending personalised / "update your details" links from CiviCRM.

Available from https://civicrm.org/extensions/contact-checksum-ui

 

Opt-In Communications Fields

This is a simple extension that provides a set of "Communication Preferences" custom fields for each contact.  Email, Phone and Mail(Post) are provided.

 

The fields are provided as "Yes/No" fields so that when...

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23 March, 2018

A little while ago the team here at Compucorp wrote about Shoreditch, the first CiviCRM “theme’ extension. Over the past few months, we’ve been hard at work on a series of updates and changes ready for the theme’s release in a few weeks time! With much of the work on this first stage now completed we’re pulling back the curtain to give a peek at what’s in store.

We’ll be following up shortly with more technical details about what this means for developers and how to migrate to Shoreditch or start using the new Bootstrap styles (yay!) but in the meantime let’s take a little look!

Colours / Colors...

So, what’s changed? Well, the most obvious difference is the adoption of a new colour palette which significantly improves both the...

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23 March, 2018
By Clark

 

I admit it. I tried to implement Salesforce. I was just starting Chase the Music and I had big goals. I’d used CiviCRM for a very small community foundation and it had worked great. But, Chase the Music was going to be big. We needed a Rolls Royce to support some very big and important goals. I researched and found that SalesForce was the Rolls Royce of CRMs. The biggest and best of the worlds organizations were using it. When I read that I could get a 10 passenger Rolls (err 10 licenses for SalesForce) for free I thought WOW. I knew that later I’d have to pay, but for now 10 licenses would last a long time. So, I applied.

The fact that I had to apply probably should have been my first warning sign.

It took awhile, but the then the big day came and I was approved! They accepted me. This was right up there with getting my letter from the IRS for our 501(c)3! I was one of them. Crap, now on reflection – I didn’t want to be one of them, I wanted to be me. I didn...

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22 March, 2018

While CiviCRM has undergone major updates and re-organization under the hood since the platform was started in 2005, it's User Interface has largely remained the same. This is all about to change with the introduction of the new Shoreditch Theme for CiviCRM.

 

This new theme modernizes the CiviCRM Interface in a thoughtful way, better utilizing screen real estate and creating consistent treatment of design elements to better highlight the things you want to see and minimize the elements you don't. 

It's a stunning transformation and mostly thanks to the efforts and vision of the Compucorp Team. You can read a more in depth comparison to the UX evolution of other platforms like Salesforce and Blackbaud's Raisers Edge...

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22 March, 2018
Filed under CiviCRM, Extensions

At the end of this February Agiliway released the updated version of our Graphical CRM Calendar. Now CiviCRM extension contains a number of new cool features which make its use much easier and much more comfortable.

First of all, we updated CiviCalendar to support the latest version of CiviCRM.

Also, the functionality of the Calendar was significantly extended comparing to the original version of the extension which has been released a few months ago (you can find the information about the first version of CiviCalendar here). Additionally, we cleaned the code and fixed a couple of bugs.

Among the most important new features we should highlight the following:

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