Your CiviCRM installation may have undead contacts. Contacts are marked as deceased in CiviCRM by setting the is_deceased column to 1; living contacts are marked with 0. However, it's possible for import mistakes to cause contacts to have a value of null for is_deceased. The result is that the contacts don't appear as dead when you view them, but they're excluded from mailings and other features that filter on is_deceased = 0. The same goes for Do not mail, Do not email, and so forth.
A recent question on StackExchange, along with the Halloween holiday, prompted me to write an extension that checks your system for zombies. It uses the new Status Messages page to display a notice with the fields with an inappropriate null value:
The Free Software Foundation's mission is to promote and defend free software and build a strong movement for computer user freedom. I do communications at the Foundation, and a majority of my work relies on CiviCRM. I'm a Civi power user and know the software intimately (at least the set of extensions we use), so it was exciting to meet the faces behind the software at the User Summit in September. Here are some things I wanted to share with the CiviCRM community:
FSF <3 CiviCRM
Before CiviCRM existed, the FSF had a listing in our High Priority Projects list calling for someone to develop a free CRM. In 2010, we started using CiviCRM, checked the CRM entry off the...Read more
Salvation Army Echelon, the official young adult auxiliary of The Salvation Army, is the product of an idea that began in Dallas, Texas in 2010. Echelon is the next generation of community action for the Salvation Army. Men and women age 21 to 35 engage in networking, fundraising and community service in chapters across the U.S.
After the network of chapters expanded from one club in Dallas to several clubs across the nation, Salvation Army Echelon wanted a solution to house the chapters under one umbrella while allowing each club to customize their own site. They chose Skvare based on their expertise in CiviCRM and the added benefit of having all web-related services - web development, hosting and maintenance - provided by one company.
Angie Harmon, Chair of PR & Communications of the Echelon Peoria Advisory Board says,...Read more
The last year I have been working with the Socialistic Party to implement CiviCRM for their membership administration. Whilst doing that we developed some small extensions which makes life easier for them with their membership administration. In this blog post I want to give an overview of the extensions we have developed and what they do.
We have developed more extension for the Socialistic Party so please take a look around at https://github.com/SPnl.
Link membership to contributions
This extension adds a drop down to the contribution edit form to add a contribution to a membership. Or unlink a...Read more
Fresh off my first User Summit and I had some thoughts...
So yeah, I’ve been pretty active on the old CiviCRM forums and even more active on the new Stack Exchange setup. I’ve successfully submitted three pull requests thanks to Coleman. I’ve written a couple of blog posts. I’ve set up a Make it Happen campaign. My organization even made a donation to CiviCRM for all they have done for us over the years. All the while, I've leaned on the...Read more
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We are happy to announce that we have introduced CiviCase functionality in Outlook For CiviCRM, wherein a user would be able to file an email as case activity against CiviCase.
- New OutlookForCiviCRM setting added “prompt for case”. When enabled, civicase functionality becomes accessible to user. ...
Thanks to all the mentors and students that participated in this past GSoC Program! There was a lot of effort and work put forth in these. Please check out the blogs below to find out the progress of each project:Read more
You are a current CiviCRM user and you would like to learn more about a particular feature, attend a CiviTip hosted by Cividesk.
CiviTips are short webinars of 1/2 hour offered weekly designed to educate existing CiviCRM users about tips, best practices and how-to's on a particular CiviCRM functional area.
Either you have missed a training class for your organization or you want a refresh on a specific functionality, you should attend a CiviTip.
Upcoming topics include: Groups vs Tags, exporting data, update records in a batch, how to use CiviMail, Deduping & Merging, etc ...
Click here for more information on topics covered or to get registered for the upcoming CiviTips.
Questions? Contact Virginie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year at CiviCon London 2015 we have an array of 24 sessions from some great presenters.* There are sessions for CiviCRM users, implementers and developers all delivered by other users, implementers and developers! In addition the extension showcase and lightning talks will give insight into the huge range of new developments that European charities are putting in place.Read more
I am Tahir Ramzan, pursuing Masters in Computer Science at Virtual University of Pakistan. I am working on refunds, partial refunds and partial payments development for CiviCRM. Parvez Saleh and Joe Murray are mentoring this project.
Refunds and Partial Refunds:
Often, we need to tackle situation where one needs to make partial or full refunds. After this project users will be able to make refunds with friendly user interface and proper database records.
- How to represent an administrative fee for refund? Who will pay this, buyer or seller?
- How to link the refund with the original contribution?
- Which method to use for processing refunds? Check, payment processor or both.
Partial payments on the other hand need to be done when someone pays a part of payment contribution in installments. This will be very useful for CiviCRM users for...Read more