Over the past year I have been volunteering time to help out in the effort to raise funds for the Hundertwasser Art Centre. In order to help the HAC project I have added a couple of reports that may be useful for other pledge users (or possibly sites that track money received through campaigns).
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.
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)
We have a couple of customers who have been asking to be able to set-up recurring contributions against pledges. This seems to be a possibly contentious improvement so I'm looking for feedback on it.
When working in setting up and developing websites (among other things) we often have to choose between getting stuck in and getting stuff done the known way or trying to invest time in coming up with a more automated way or efficient way of doing things. Usually at some point we become aware of whether we made the right choice – and I find that moment is normally accompanied by a certain sinking feeling.
Let's hear it for Rayogram and their hospitality to the CiviCRM community by hosting the New York City Meetup last Thursday! We accomplish so much using all of our electronic tools but there is still a kind of creativity that happens so much more efficiently in real time, face to face. One of the breakout groups at the Meetup was with persons interested in talking about CiviPledge. I left energized and excited about improving the tool that we all share. Some of the highlights of our conversation were:
We are finding that CiviCRM/accounts issues are becoming increasingly important for our clients, and Eileen's recent blogs and the discussion they are generating are a fantastic step towards helping find the best way for Civi to deal with financial transactions.
For example, I think it could be useful for Civi to ultimately develop functionality for maintaining simple bank accounts within CiviCRM, so that small organisations can maintain basic accounts without the headaches of integration with an external package.
As cap10morgan noted in a recent blog, non-profits and open source solutions are a natural partnership. CiviCRM has been a fabulous gift to the organization that I lead, Trinity Episcopal Church. It allowed us to move from a FileMaker database accessible only to our office staff to a robust solution accessible to most of our membership.