28 March, 2016
By josh
Filed under CiviCRM, Community

CiviCRM packs a ton of features for nonprofit organizations, ranging from contribution and donor management, to event management and mass email capabilities. If you use CiviCRM, then you already know that it’s a competitive piece of software for nonprofits. And yet, as a CRM, it’s not widely known. In fact, it wasn’t even listed in Idealware’s recent review of plugins for nonprofits using WordPress.

As an open source project, CiviCRM relies heavily on community participation to not just build the software, but to spread the word, and to encourage adoption of the CRM and participation within the community. Just this year we’ve taken steps to form more defined project teams, including a community team, in order to help attract and cultivate contributions of time and talent to this end.

Just as...

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24 March, 2016

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...

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18 March, 2016

It's becoming a common request from our clients to find user-friendly ways to integrate CiviCRM data with the rest of their Drupal website functionality. Oftentimes content creators without direct user access to CiviCRM need to do simple things, such as create, update, and delete contacts in simple, specific ways. 

Example Use Case

A hypothetical organization advertises various community service projects that they organize and coordinate. Each service project can have it's own page, created by adding a Project content type to display a description, images, videos, slideshows or other information for each project. You'll probably use a View to show multiple Project listings on a page. All that is standard Drupal site building content and functionality. No problem.

But what if the organization wants to display to the user the Project Coordinator(s), which they also want to store in...

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15 March, 2016
By Rob_S

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...

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14 March, 2016

Hi! My name is Christian Maltais. I'm a founding member of Praxis Labs Coop. We recently launched a Civi hosting service with automated updates. However, I also wanted to help the community on a more personal level. Since I'm not a developer, I felt unsure. How could I fit in?

Luckily, the Civi folks are very welcoming, and the project needs all sorts of skills. I studied litterature in college, and I'm a pretty good copy editor. Turns out the "Features" section on civicrm.org needed some editing. That felt just right for me, so I got on it.

Editing is like thinning and weeding your garden. You're moving or removing what gets in the way; identifying and fixing potential problems.

Online readers have notoriously low patience. That's your biggest problem.

You can't make the readers more patient. You can however remove the things that try their patience, so that should...

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19 February, 2016
Filed under CiviCRM, Extensions, Tips

CiviCooP is working with Emphanos on a nice CiviCRM project (of which I am sure Young-Jin will blog at some point in the near future). As part of this project I developed a specific extension that creates or updates Activity Types, Contact Types, Custom Groups with Custom Fields, Event Types, Groups, Membership Types, Option Groups with Option Values, Relationship Types and Tags from JSON files.

So for example there is a JSON file for activity types which looks like this:

{
  "cont_education_info":{
    "name": "cont_education_info",
    "label": "Continuing Education Info",
    "is_active": 1
  },
  "award_win":{
    "name": "award_win",
    "label": "Award Win",
    "is_active": 1
  },
  "advocate":{
    "name": "advocate",
    "label": "Advocate",
    "is_active": 1
  }
}

When the scheduled job Update is executed it will either create or update all the activity types in the JSON...

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20 January, 2016
By Mizi
Filed under CiviCRM, Community

This year, the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) will be taking place in San Jose, CA on March 23-25, 2016. 

CiviCRM will again be an exhibitor at the conference. Feel free to pay us a visit at booth 1023. Experts will be on hand to answer questions on deploying, managing, and developing for CiviCRM. If you'd like to contribute or get involved with promoting CiviCRM at the NTC, please post a comment below and we'll get in touch with you to coordinate.

Skvare will be on-site for the booth setup Tuesday afternoon from 3-7pm and the conference doors will open on the 23rd (Wednesday) at lunchtime. Sessions will be scheduled on Thursday and Friday until noon. The precise session schedule will be announced soon with all the event details.  

Registration for the conference is now available at the...

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04 January, 2016
By josh
Filed under CiviCRM

It’s amazing that we’re talking about CiviCRM in 2016. First, because it’s 2016… how time flies! And second, because we’re still pushing CiviCRM forward after 11 years! This year does mark a big change for CiviCRM, however. As Dave Greenberg indicated several weeks ago, he and Donald Lobo, the co-founders of CiviCRM, have transitioned to advisers of the project and are no longer active Core Team members. We’ve spent much of the last half of 2015 preparing for this transition and adapting the Core Team’s capacity to continue pushing CiviCRM for another 11 years. We’ll be very focused on keeping the momentum going and on making certain that CiviCRM remains true to its mission of ensuring that all organizations have access to an amazing CRM, regardless of their size, budget or focus.

What else is in store for CiviCRM in 2016? Similar to 2015, we’re going...

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04 January, 2016
Filed under CiviCRM

The Core Team is very happy to announce that CiviCRM version 4.7 will be released on January 27th. Packed with both fixes and new improvements, 4.7 is the culmination of a lot of hard work and dedication from the community. If you’ve not demo’d it yet, check it out. If you’re planning to upgrade to 4.7 out of the gate, we encourage you to test a beta on a copy of your organization’s data and ensure that it’s bug-free for you. If it’s not, your testing can help the community squash any remaining 4.7 bugs!

Top 5 reasons to be stoked about 4.7

  1. Huge improvements to deduping
    Thanks to Veda Consulting for expanding on CiviCRM’s dedupe capabilities to allow for multiple record deduping, identification and batch merging of duplicate pairs, and big improvements to the UI. Full details...
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03 January, 2016

1. What was the ambition when you started with CiviCRM?

Automating membership administration, event management en managing our donors.  We also wanted to combine our data from memberships, events, donations and relations so it would be easier to maintain and share our knowledge. Finally we wanted a link between the forms on our website and our CRM system.

2. Can you describe the project in a few sentences?

Working together with CiviCooP we looked at our processes and wishes. CiviCooP then imported all relevant membership data.

Wikimedia Netherlands decided to start the central registration of data of our relations with CiviCRM. so we had no issues with importing historical data.

After the import we kept a double administration for a couple of months to make sure we covered all facets and could solve all issues. Since  1 January...

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