27 April, 2017
Filed under CiviCRM
 
As you may be aware, new PCI DSS requirements state that all payment systems must disable early TLS by 2018
As part of this requirement, PayPal, Auth.Net and Braintree are updating its services to require TLS 1.2 for all HTTPS connections along with requiring HTTP/1.1 for all connections. You need to make sure your CiviCRM is all set with this change which you could do by doing the following checks.
 

Deadlines

Plans to disable TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 on the following dates :
 
PayPal: June 30, 2017
Braintree: June 30, 2017
Authorize.Net Sandbox: April 30, 2017
Authorize.Net Production: September 18, 2017

What does this mean?

You must verify that your systems...
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25 April, 2017

CiviCRM Entity is a contributed module for tightly integrating and extending CiviCRM with Drupal. This module exposes CiviCRM API entities as proper Drupal entity types. This is HUGE as it allows you to make CiviCRM data available within your favorite Drupal tools such as Rules, Views, and EntityReference. I’d like to present another advantage of Drupal entity types, and that is Drupal fields.

By enabling CiviCRM Entity, you can add Drupal fields and associate with CiviCRM entity types such as Contacts and Events. In fact, any of the hundreds of Drupal field types can be used with CiviCRM Entity.  You may be asking yourself, “Shouldn’t I use a CiviCRM custom field? Why would you want to use Drupal fields?” The correct answer is, you should choose the right tool for the job.

CiviCRM is great at having the business logic and infrastructure to support event registrations. CiviCRM has price sets, price fields,...

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06 April, 2017
Filed under CiviCRM, Release
Time flies! CiviCRM version 4.7.18 is now released! 
 

RELEASE NOTES:

Thanks to Andrew Hunt from AGH Strategies, we have release notes all put together in one place for you here.
 

SPECIAL THANKS:

 
Complete list of 4.7 team can be found here. Thanks to everyone who made this happen!
 

WHAT'S NEW IN CIVICRM 4.7.18

 
  •  Core CiviCRM updates:
Kenya is now divided into 47 counties, treated as "state/province" in CiviCRM. More details here.
Searching by supplemental address 1 and 2 (though not 3) is available in the Advanced Search. Task details are ...
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15 March, 2017

Before I started working as a CiviCRM consultant, I was a CiviCRM user at a small nonprofit. We got a large chunk of our revenue through grassroots donations, but we never had an opportunity to see how we compared to other organizations like ours.

(TL;DR – you should install the Individual Donor Benchmark Survey extension, run the report, and submit your survey response.)

Nowadays, some proprietary donor databases collect users’ data and publish reports, but besides being creepy, they can’t get good data without involving organizations directly. They also only cover users of a single software system.

Besides, how do you know the data covers organizations like yours?

The Individual Donor Benchmark Survey was developed by Third Space Studio to address these...

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01 March, 2017
Filed under CiviCRM, Meetups, Sprints

Thursday 23th and Friday 24th of March we are having a mini-sprint in the Ede (NL) in which we will fix CiviCRM bugs. We are with four of us already (Erik Hommel, Alain Benbassat, Klaas Eikelboom and me) so it is going to be fun! That is the main reason and the other reason is that we want to contribute to CiviCRM Core.

Our plan is to have two days for fixing CiviCRM bugs once in the month or once in the two months. But at least regularly and fitting to our busy schedule.

So if you are in the neighborhood we want to invite you for joining us so it going to be more fun.

The dates we have planned so far are:

  • Thursday and Friday 23th and 24th of March (in Ede, NL)
  • Thursday and Friday 18th and 19th of May (location to be decided, possibly Antwerp)

If you want to join us drop me a message on the chat or send me an e-mail on jaap.jansma@civicoop.org

 

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16 October, 2016
By josh
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! There...

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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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