08 July, 2019
By josh
Filed under Community

A few years ago we undertook an effort to capture “contributions” to CiviCRM via a contributor log. As you can imagine, this was and is an imperfect attempt to capture information on who is doing what and when. It’s a difficult task given that community members support CiviCRM in many different ways and through many different channels, including Gitlab, MatterMost, and Stack Exchange to name a few. 

Nonetheless, the contributor log formed as a way for individuals to “log their time (effort)”.  While doing so is completely voluntary, we did at that time tie contributions into the display at https://civicrm.org/partners-contributors, thereby making them influence rankings as well as add contributors only (non-partners) to the display. Again, it’s not perfect, but response has generally been positive.

The contributor log itself is a form on civicrm.org. It requires individuals to log their time and details. And,...

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20 June, 2019
Filed under Partners, Community, Training

Australians helping Australians get the most out of civiCRM

Agileware have been training Australians in CiviCRM for over 2 years. Our training sessions are a fantastic way to get up to speed quickly without having commit your entire day and attend out of normal business hours. Each training session is focussed on a specific topic relevant to your role and is only a 2-hour commitment. Training is led by an experienced CiviCRM implementor and instructor.

Very affordable, costing only $AUD 75 fee for each session. 

You can browse the current training schedule at, https://agileware.com.au/events/

Agileware CiviCRM training sessions include:

  • Introduction to CiviCRM
  • Using CiviCRM to design newsletters and track engagement
  • Using CiviCRM to manage conferences, workshops and training events
  • Integrating CiviCRM with on-line accounting systems: MYOB, QuickBooks or...
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11 June, 2019
Filed under Community

After seven long months and over 35 conference calls, 65 Loomio threads, 15 Google Documents and 2 PowerPoint docs, we are done!

Firstly, I want to say thank you to my fellow members of the Establishment Committee for being such a diligent, collaborative and positive group of people to work with - Pete’s pragmatism, Erik’s philosophical musings and Andrew’s clarity of thought give a taste of what it has been like to wade through this phase of the CiviCRM project. I have thoroughly enjoyed the time we have been working together!

And it has been a challenge, with many discussions in favour of moving to Governance quickly and others for a more gradual approach. The outcome of advisory vs governance would have consequences for all other propositions, proposals and assumptions.

And so to the outcomes. We present the following document which answers the...

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29 May, 2019
Filed under CiviCamp, Community

Maandag 13 mei was het zover. Mijn eerste CiviCamp. Ik werk inmiddels al een paar jaar met CiviCRM en het leek me goed om wat meer betrokken te zijn bij de community. Ik vond het wel spannend. Ik heb immers geen verstand van ICT, ik heb een sociale opleiding gedaan. Ik ben coördinator van een maatjesproject en gebruik CiviCRM om vast te leggen wie maatje van wie is. We zijn een kleine organisatie met slechts twee parttime medewerkers, maar ik zou mijn werk niet kunnen doen zonder CiviCRM.

Bij binnenkomst merkte ik een ontspannen sfeer van ons-kent-ons. Ik zag veel mannen met laptops, soms in groepjes bij elkaar. Achterin de zaal stonden een hoop koffers en bagage. Ik zag iemand met een programmaboekje. Hij bestudeerde de tabel met programmaonderdelen alsof het een wiskunde opgave was en zette kruisjes bij interessante workshops zoals een kind dat doet bij speelgoed in de intertoys folder.  Ik bemachtigde ook een programmaboekje en probeerde wijs te worden uit alle Engelse...

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15 April, 2019
Filed under CiviCamp, Community

We are in the final countdown to the UK CiviCamp in Leeds, on the 3rd May 2019. Lots of the sessions are now finalised and there will be a good range of topics and opportunities to find out more:

  • Introduction to CiviCRM
  • Organising Data effictively in CiviCRM
  • Managing Events using CiviCRM
  • Memberships, plus a run through the new developments recently posted in a blog online
  • Cases in CiviCRM, including some new developments
  • An introduction to using Webforms and Views in Drupal to simplify inputting and display custom reports

And more! We will also have 'Lightening Talks' where we showcase recent developments, and an opportunity to bring your own topics and share with fellow users and CiviCRM community members.

Plus, for those who've not visited Leeds before,...

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11 April, 2019

How can we find a user-friendly way of creating templates for serial letters and other mass communication? Is it possible to integrate CiviCRM with open-source online applications to facilitate the creation of office templates for our users?

This has been bothering us for some time, because many of our users find it hard to set up and work with templates in HTML format. So we started a proof of concept to check possible options… and we found an answer!

After the server version of libreoffice unfortunately turned out to be unsuitable, we found a feasible solution using the open-source office suite ONLYOFFICE, and created an extension to plug it into CiviCRM.

In a first draft version of the extension “onlyoffice”, you will be able to ….

  • Install ONLYOFFICE on a CiviCRM server and use its comprehensive functionality for document management.
  • Display files created with ONLYOFFICE in CiviCRM
  • ...
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27 March, 2019

Don't forget your sunscreen! The Global Community Summit is coming to Barcelona on October: Register Now!

The site for the upcoming Global Community Summit in Barcelona is published. We are also collecting issues, comments, ideas, requests in the GitLab. If you consider yourself part of the community you should definitely register as soon as possible (we expect to have a full house).

Summary:

  • Global Community Summit: October 4 & 5
  • Sprint /  DevCamp: October October 6 - 10
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Venue: Can Ramonet, Sitges
  • Website: ...
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08 March, 2019
By nicol

Late last year CiviCRM won some seed funding from Mozilla’s MOSS fund to support the core team, and also research our community priorities. We're focussing on two questions connected to CiviCRM’s future growth and sustainability:

  • how do non-profits chose their CRM? what would make them consider and chose CiviCRM or not?
  • how well do users of CiviCRM in languages other than English interact with CiviCRM and what should we focus on improving?

There’s a lot of possible answers to the first questions, which spans from marketing to visibility, features to usability, costs to risk. Almost everyone in the community has a viewpoint on it; and that’s what’s driving this research inquiry - we want to identify general trends, while tapping into the huge breadth of knowledge between us. We’ve created separate surveys for CRM end-users themselves (who may not be CiviCRM users) and CiviCRM...

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04 March, 2019
By noah

It's time to take your CiviCRM skills to the next level! Join us for two days of intensive hands-on learning, individual attention from CiviCRM experts and networking with nonprofit peers.

  • Dig into the most popular components of CiviCRM with the guidance of experienced trainers.

  • Learn and practice on an actual database: we give each trainee their own CiviCRM site to work on.

  • Ask questions: you'll have plenty of opportunities.

Get an early-bird discount if you register by March 12.

We will cover all the most commonly-used core components of CiviCRM. This is your chance to become familiar with parts of Civi that you were curious about but haven't ventured into. You may also pick up better ways to accomplish the tasks you already do in Civi!

The training takes place side-by-side with ...
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01 March, 2019
By neil
Filed under CiviCamp, Community, Training

Our San Francisco Bay Area CiviCRM community had a fantastic 2018 CiviCamp.  The feedback we received has shaped our 2019 offering.  (Thank you!)  So this year, CiviCamp Oakland is a 2-Day event! 

In addition to CiviCamp sessions, we are offering an intensive training for CiviCRM users who want a more thorough learning experience. This hands-on training is presented by Lemniscus with AGH Strategies.

We invite you to partner with us!  We have opportunities for presenters, volunteers and sponsors.  Email civicampsfbayarea@civicrm.org to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you!

Two days, multiple ways to engage. Possibly the only...

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