30 January, 2015
Filed under CiviCRM, Meetups, Training

The Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) will be taking place in Austin, TX on March 4-6, 2015. In addition to having a booth, there are a number of CiviCRM events planned around the Conference.

On Monday, March 2, there will be a 6 hour CiviCRM Super User training. This training is meant for CiviCRM users who have a good grasp of CiviCRM and are ready to learn more about best practices for contact management, everything you can do with profiles, being an import champion and how to use the CiviCRM community to learn more and give back (and much more). Coffee and lunch is included. $195 for registration

Progressive Technology Project is offering the Grassroots...

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16 January, 2015

Do you use CiviCRM for contributions, pledges, and related financial data? Does your organization use the financial reports in CiviCRM? Does your organization export data from CiviCRM to your general ledger? Or do you want to start doing some of these things?  If so, your input is needed on CiviAccounts.  (You do not need to be a CPA to give input, but having a general understanding of how CiviCRM financial areas work currently is helpful)  

Give your input via the survey at: http://pogstone.com/civicrm/petition/sign?sid=15&reset=1    

(Thanks to the CiviCampaign component, I am using CiviPetition to handle my online surveys)

Background:  One of the bigger structural changes to CiviCRM in the last few versions has been CiviAccounts. CiviAccounts includes many things you may use day-to-day, such as using multiple financial types within a single priceset, partial...

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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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