Hello everybody. I am assessing the feasibility of a CiviCRM integrated 'Community Shares' extension on behalf of my client, the Kindling Trust.
Community Shares are an investment mechanism available to Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies in the UK - see CommunityShares.org.uk if you want more info.
Kindling are a not for profit organisation based in Northern England, who have been using Civi for a number of years, and are planning on launching a community share offer in the future, in order to raise funds for a community owned farm, to develop sustainable food practices, and regional food security.
I anticipate that the new extension would build upon the existing CiviContribute and CiviMember components, and have attached an outline document describing how I would see it functioning.
We are interested in talking to members of the...Read more
1. What was the ambition when you started with CiviCRM?
Automating membership administration, event management en managing our donors. We also wanted to combine our data from memberships, events, donations and relations so it would be easier to maintain and share our knowledge. Finally we wanted a link between the forms on our website and our CRM system.
2. Can you describe the project in a few sentences?
Wikimedia Netherlands decided to start the central registration of data of our relations with CiviCRM. so we had no issues with importing historical data.
After the import we kept a double administration for a couple of months to make sure we covered all facets and could solve all issues. Since 1...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
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...Read more
First blog post here. I am hoping to at least shed some light on an issue I had when setting up CivicCRM. Its not a comprehensive solution to the problem; I hope to follow up soon with full source code.
Drip campaigns are a series of contacts triggered by certain event. There are many reasons to this. It is an effective way to keep in contact with a supporter over a period of time.
For example, when a user opts into an email list, you may want to send them welcome emails. These would be automated to send after 1 day, 1 week, and 1 month to remind them about your organization. For nonprofits, these emails are an effective tool to turn new prospects into donors or soliciting donors during a fund-raising campaign.
Looking through CiviCRM, this type of marketing (at least as of v4.5.5) was not explicitly supported out of the box. All necessary components were there though. There was mass mailing with granular control of recipients and scheduled reminders has a...Read more
Odoo is an open source accounting software. With much more features than only accounting, such as warehouse management, project management, HR management etc.
CiviCRM is an open source software for non-profit and is great in membership management, donor management etc.
For one of our clients we have been working in integrating both CiviCRM and Odoo where Odoo is leading in the financial data and CiviCRM is leading in the contact and membership data.
Meaning that in CiviCRM we create memberships and memberships contributions. Those contributions are synced to Odoo as invoices. In Odoo the invoices marked as direct debits are exported and send to the bank and in Odoo we read and reconcile the bank statements and marking the invoices as paid. As soon as an invoice is marked as paid the contribution in CiviCRM is also marked as completed. In addition when an invoice is created in Odoo this invoice is also created as a contribution...Read more
One of the 'features' of CiviCRM that has been an ongoing source of contention among our customers has been what happens when expired memberships are renewed. The current behaviour is that the existing expired membership has it's end date extended and the start date is altered to reflect the start of the latest membership period. This is great for figuring out when someone first became a member way back when. But, it makes it very hard to see breaks in their membership.
We find some organisations don't want expired relationships to be renewable and recently tackled creating an extension to create a new membership rather than alter an existing one if the end date was being extended. This threw up a few challenges - in particular the hook system really didn't offer the ability to remove or alter the id in the pre hook - in order to prevent the existing membership from being altered. We put in a short-medium term fix via...Read more
Our organization has been using (and loving) CiviCRM for almost a year now, but we initially had issues getting the membership history to easily capture the full range of detail needed. Our members often lapse from year to year, and because Civi’s natural process is to renew a single membership record instead of creating multiple, this caused us some problems. When discussing our experience and solution at various events, we found there was a lot of interest, so the purpose of this blog post is to discuss them in further detail with those who might find it useful to use our solution for their needs, and facilitate conversation towards sharing the solution with them.
Example: An Often Lapsed Member
Our organization offers yearly memberships, and a common sight in our records would be a member like “Jane Member”. Jane bought a 2007 Student...
Well this is my first post on the CivCRM Blog and I am very honoured to have been given the privilege by David Greenberg. We are a CRM consulting company - meaning that we provide consulting and advice to companies who require a CRM system or who have a CRM system in place but want to know how to use it to its full capacity.
We received a grant from the Western Australian Department of Commerce to work in partnership with the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce. The funding was to provide educational workshops to West Australian businesses about what CRM is and how it can benefit your business. As part of the funding we were also to carry out two pilot CRM implementations. One of which was to be for the Chamber to manage these workshops as well as their other events and memberships.
The Fremantle Chamber were actually the ones who suggested that CiviCRM would be a good fit for them as it was open source and seemed to meet their requirements. After some research and...Read more