29 October, 2014

This extension has been unpublished from the CiviCRM extensions directory, as it is obsolete. The source code is still at GitHub (https://github.com/sgladstone/com.pogstone.paymentprocessorhelper), but is not maintained, nor recommended. 

 

Pogstone has published a new native extension called "Payment Processor Helper" Its designed to standardize and streamline, and ease support challenges related to automated recurring contributions that are connected to payment processors. This extension is NOT a payment processor. Its designed to work along side existing payment processors, which at this point includes PayPalPro, Authorize.net and eWay recurring.  Hopefully this is of use to organizations using one of those 3 payment processors, and/or other developers creating payment processors that want to offer automated recurring...

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28 October, 2014
Filed under v4.4, CiviCRM, Release

Every software project is faced with the challenge of balancing the need to innovate and introduce new features, with the interest of many users in minimizing their maintenance costs and avoiding the risks that inevitably come with software upgrades. One way to meet this challenge is to provide a Long-term Support (LTS) release with an extended release cycle.


For the past several years, a small and dedicated group of community members led by Eileen McNaughton (Fuzion NZ) and Nicolas Ganivet (Cividesk) has done most of the hard work and heavy lifting to maintain version 4.2 as a "community-supported" LTS release. This has worked well, but there have been some inefficiencies due to not having a centralized repository for the LTS version of the codebase.


Given the increasing importance of a reliable LTS for many members of the community, the LTS team approached the Core Team...

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22 October, 2014
By Slovak
Filed under CiviCRM, Drupal
BADCamp (Bay Area Drupal Camp) will take place at the Palace of Fine Arts, November 6-9. Kicking off with 6 summits, free Drupal training, and a two full days of sessions, BADCamp is an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in Drupal for several days and have a blast doing it.
 
A number of CiviCRM developers and providers will participate in the non-profit summit on Thursday, November 6th (register now to attend!) and a CiviCRM BoF will be organized on Saturday, November 8 along with the scheduled sessions.
 
If you plan to attend, let us know in the comments. Based on the participation we may organize a mini-sprint or a...
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20 October, 2014
By mpeth

As you may know from a recent blog post by artfulrobot, CiviCRM is applying for a dedicated platform on Stack Exchange. I don't know about you, but I would love to see this happen. (If you wonder what this is all about, please refer to the beforementioned blog post which explains it very well.)

This initiative needs backing from Stack Exchange veterans now! Here is why:

In the current phase of the proposal, Stack Exchange wants to see how many and what kind of people would actually be contributing to the platform. People are asked to commit to using it. Three values are being measured, out of which the minimum counts. In our case, this is "committers with 200+ reputation on any other [SE] site" with only 8 out of the required 100 committers so far. So while we...

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17 October, 2014

You know what they say… there are only two certainties in life - death and taxes. Well, we’ve been working to teach Civi to help make the latter a bit easier. We’re very pleased to announce that Web Access and core team have collaborated to ensure that CiviCRM 4.6 will fully support Sales Tax ( VAT). As of the conclusion of the Edale London sprint we’ve merged this functionality into the master branch.

Not only will CiviCRM understand Sales Tax, it can actually allow users generate Sales Tax invoices right in the back office. This will eliminate the need to track invoices separately in your accounting software and manually upload transaction data.

Key Features

  • Fully supports percentage-based sales tax
  • Each line item can be subject to a different sales tax percentage
  • Sales Tax amounts are automatically applied to a Sales tax creditor account
  • Supported: Events, Contributions,...
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10 October, 2014
By pmoz

A little background.

Established in 1972, we are a non-profit human services organization that serves many diverse populations in the Greater Pittsburgh area.

A large part of our focus is on homeless services, but we also do some mental and physical health programming, early childhood development, community integration and host a large food pantry near the University of Pittsburgh campus. 

Because of our disparate clientele and locations, we have been using multiple Access databases to track participant information.  For many years we wanted to move it online so staff in people's homes, could enter updates from the field.  However, the cost to implement was prohibitive to say the least.

Our Drupal and CiviCRM experience

When we rebuilt our website using Drupal, I stumbled upon CiviCRM as an alternate to Constant Contact.  For two years, we have used Civi on the backend of our site to register for events, make online contributions and send out...

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10 October, 2014
Filed under CiviCRM, Schools, Teams, Tips

This goes out to CiviCRM users (yes YOU too!), admins and developers.

A key productivity tool in my day to day life is a set of Q&A websites called Stack Exchange. They have different sites for all sorts, from programming through to parenting(!). Typically, I'm on the programming ones usually, but stay with me, this isn't about to get technical.

What happens is that I'm getting on with my work and I get stuck on a problem that I'm sure a million others must have solved before. Or I'm doing something and I'm sure that there's a better/simpler/easier way. After the preliminary web searches fail me I'll hop over to the appropriate one of these Q&A sites where I'll hit the Ask A question button and start typing.

First this makes me phrase my problem as a question, and one that other people will be able to understand. This is a great discepline and...

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03 October, 2014
The course resources for trainers on the Wiki have now been updated for CiviCRM 4.5.
This has been done as part of the Edale sprint taking place in the UK.
 
The courses can be found on the CiviCRM Wiki - wiki.civicrm.org/confluence/display/CRM/Training
The course is based on a modular format with 14 individual sessions and each session contains both trainer notes and exercises for the learners.
 
The modular nature of the course means this can be run in multiple formats, like a '2 day course' or a '1 day course focusing on fundraising'.
Instructions for the trainer have been provided along with training tips, suggested course timetables and printable trainer/learner notes.
 
The full course is slide free - the idea is that the trainer delivers the whole course on a live CiviCRM site. The...
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08 September, 2014

Pencil and squared paper at the ready CiviCRM is about to get a little more boring...

Yes thats right, over the past few months Compucorp have been working with Web Access, JMA consulting and the Core Team to beef up Civi's accounting integration by providing support for Sales Taxes for CiviCRM. But wait there's more...

Now with full support for Sales taxes it made sense to go the whole hog and produce legally valid invoices and tax receipts. That means, Civi now understands more accounting concepts and can provide better support for organisations with more complex Accounting, Sales Tax and Invoicing needs. No more tracking invoices over in your accounting system and then manually updating your CRM, now all of this is integrated into one neat Civi shaped package simplifying (or removing the need for) costly accounting integrations or manual data imports.

Of course you can optionally turn all this off and keep using Civi and your existing...

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04 September, 2014

Generously funded by ZingCivicon London will see the launch of new functionality enabling Civi to handle recurring events and much more. Rather than being restricted to ‘one-off’ events, Civi will now handle far more complex scenarios.

The new features will be incorporated into the core of CiviEvent but there are added bonuses as the recurring functionality has wide-ranging applications within Civi. Do you want to schedule volunteers every Tuesday at 4pm and on the third Friday of every month? Do you need to make a room booking every Monday evening for 6 weeks, three times a year? In time, the recurring functionality should make this possible in extensions such as CiviVolunteer and CiviBooking.

Back to Events,...

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