16 January, 2015
Filed under CiviCRM, Extensions

This week Jaap and me were working on the first CiviRules sprint, funded by MAF Norge. As you have problably read (and if not you should :-) in Jaap's earlier blog post he has been working on API's to send Emails, SMS and PDF letters. In the meantime I have created a first database scheme for CiviRules, hacked some basic DAO's and BAO's together and started working on the first forms. Preview of the screen included :-)

In the beginning of February Steinar and Helen from MAF will come and work with us for some days. The next CiviRules sprint is planned for March 2015 and will be funded by MAF Norge, CiviCooP and Amnesty International Flanders. We also hope that Parvez joins us during this sprint.

If you want to know more about CiviRules give me, Jaap or MAF Norge a shout!

16 December, 2014
Filed under CiviCRM

Ginkgo Street Labs recently hosted a webinar on the ‘Power of CiviCRM’, to talk about how organizations of all sizes are using this open-source software to solve a variety of challenges. Constituent Relationship Management (CRM), as defined by Idealware, is “the set of processes and supporting technologies used to acquire, retain and enhance constituent relationships.” CiviCRM is different from other CRMs because it is open-source, meaning there are no licensing or user fees, it is built specifically for nonprofits, and it is constantly being nurtured and improved by the community of users and developers.

 We were joined by Dave Greenberg, one of the founding members of the CiviCRM core team, who talked about the vision, ten years ago, when creating CiviCRM. “What we wanted was to build a tool, from the ground up, that would be tailored for civic and social organizations of any size,” he said.  ...

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12 December, 2014
Filed under CiviCRM, Drupal, Release

Here at Skvare, we strive to make Drupal and CiviCRM work as one to accomplish goals in a way that is simple and intuitive. Continuing our work in Drupal/CiviCRM integrations, we’ve cooked something new up for you all. We would now like to take this opportunity to introduce Views in CiviCRM Dashlets.

What is Views in CiviCRM Dashlets?

Views in CiviCRM Dashlets is a Drupal module that allows one to create a dashlet containing a Drupal View. That is right, in addition to CiviCRM reports you can use the power of Drupal Views to create a customizable experience. This opens grand new opportunities to use our imagination and drive to strengthen the bond between Drupal and CiviCRM. A majority of the functionality of Views is currently at your fingertips, with further enhancements on the horizon.

How did we get to this point?...

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08 December, 2014

Hello Civi Community

I would like to make contact with fellow charities using PCP Pages to learn more about the functionality and how it is used within charities. Looking to develop an online fundraising platform for individuals, teams and organisations using PCP's with some custom development to manage fundraiasing events and in memoery/tribute pages at LLR. 

Would love to hear from both end user organizations and developers on this front.

Thanks y'all

Chris

06 December, 2014

I recently had a requirement to allow for export of Accounting Batches to a format that AccountEdge can use. The good news was AccountEdge has many CSV import wizards for many different types of data. The bad news was the layout of the accounting batch export CSV file from CiviCRM did not match what AccountEdge expected.  So I set about creating a new export format for CiviCRM which is compatible with the "File ... Import Data ... General Journal Entries" wizard in AccountEdge.

What I had to do:

Step 1:  Update list of export options to include the new choice "CSV for AccountEdge"

1a) I edited the file: civicrm/CRM/Financial/Form/Export.php
 option choices need to be updated in 2 places: in "buildQuickForm" and "preprocess" functions
1b) I edited the file: civicrm/templates/CRM/Financial/Form/Search.tpl
  option choices need to be updated in function "editRecords"
 
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05 December, 2014

In 2014 MAF Norge funded CiviCooP developing the TriggerAction extension (https://github.com/CiviCooP/org.civicoop.triggers) to assist them with automated Donor Journeys in CiviCRM. Our team of Jaap & Erik from CiviCooP and Steinar & Helen from MAF Norge worked hard for a week and we came up with something that does work but is fairly complicated and decidedly unsexy. During the CiviCRM sprint in Edale Jaap & Erik from CiviCooP worked on a first analysis of CiviRules, a CiviCRM extension that is based on the Drupal Rules module. We described our thoughts (and some great contributions from community members) on a wiki page: http://wiki.civicrm.org/confluence/display/CRM/CiviRules+extension

In 2015 our aim is to actually develop and deliver the...

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24 November, 2014

When preparing an email newsletter, one part of it that is time consuming is gathering together all the content that is needed. In my experience, virtually all the content already exists elsewhere, such as in the local CMS, in CiviCRM, or on a blog, or some other online source.    So I was thinking how can I make this process easier.  What I did: I created mail merge tokens for CiviCRM that autofill a list of recent blog posts, stories, or any other type of CMS content.  So the end-user sees a list of tokens, one for each content type, each term/category, each aggregator feed,  and for each date range. Such as "Content of type 'blog' created in the last 7 days" .  What is particulary powerful about this approach, is that if you are also using a CMS aggregator (such as the aggregator module in Drupal core) then virually any external RSS feed is turned into CMS content, which is now available as a CiviCRM token. 

Some examples of how this new extension may help your...

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24 November, 2014
Filed under CiviEvent, CiviCRM, Extensions

Whether your nonprofit or social good organization is small, like the local animal shelter, or large, like the Creative South conference, chances are volunteers mean a lot to your mission. Ginkgo Street Labs has been leading the effort to develop the CiviVolunteer extension of CiviCRM to make it easier and faster for nonprofits to manage their volunteers.

Because of the CiviCRM project’s open-source structure, many nonprofit users are active on the online forum, troubleshooting issues and sharing ideas for things they wish CiviCRM could do. We regularly organize and categorize this input into the CiviVolunteer Road Map, which shows where we’re going next with development.

Right now, we are...

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03 November, 2014
Filed under CiviCRM
If you have been using activities then at some point you might’ve felt to have a functionality that’d repeat your activity on certain days. For example repeating a follow-up phone call with client that happens on every friday of the week or any sprint meeting that happens every two weeks, on Monday. If that’s the answer you seek then here it is, you can now actually repeat your activities on hourly, daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis.
 
After successful submission of recurring events and recurrsion engine, recurring activities was next to be taken up.
 

How we've achieved this?

To implement this we @ Veda Consulting, used core...
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30 October, 2014
Filed under CiviCRM, Community

Those of you who have been following our blog, or our linked in discussion group, or are on our partner list will know that quite a few people have been working on a new question and answer site for CiviCRM, based at Stack Exchange.  CiviCRM is already a super helpful community. Stack Exchange provides a really powerful tool that 'curates' the question and answer process much more effectively that traditional forums. We think the combination of the two, will take our community based help and support to the next level, but we need your help to do so.

Before the powers that be at Stack Exchange will grant us a CiviCRM Q&A platform, they want us to prove that we have the community to make it work. They are asking us to get people to commit to our proposal.  We need at least 200 people to commit. We've already got over half way there in just under 2 weeks, which is pretty good but we have a way to go yet.  Commiting should take less than a minute so...

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