29 June, 2018
Filed under Community

Another bright and breezy day in Edinburgh for our 3rd meet up; a brilliant afternoon programme and we were a good mix of non-users, users and our expert developer Marcus.  

Marcus gave us an overview of CiviCRM and demonstrated its powerful capabilities immediately available - ‘out of the box’.  Marcus took us through each of the dashboard tabs and explained step by step how to build a meaningful system and customise it to our own preferences.  He also took us through the various extensions, or plugins, available with which users can use to further customise and enhance their systems.   

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10 April, 2018
Filed under v4.7, Members, Community

As part of the release notes for each new version, I compile a list of the people who have contributed code or reviewed changes that go into the release.  As you might expect, many of the familiar names from the CiviCRM partners list are there.

However, a sizable number of nonprofits, big and small, write and edit significant amounts of code, adding features and resolving bugs.  Now that CiviCRM 5.0 has been released, I wanted to take the time to thank all of the nonprofit organizations who have contributed code to the 4.7 series:

  • ATD Fourth World
  • Australian Greens
  • British Humanist Association
  • CEDC
  • Chirojeugd Vlaanderen
  • Community IT Academy
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Future First
  • Kompetenzzentrum Technik-Diversity-Chancengleichheit
  • ...
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10 April, 2018
By pkeogan
Filed under Community, Extensions

Higher Logic, the leader in association and nonprofit community engagement platforms, and CiviCRM, the open source CRM and AMS leader, are announcing an important integration. The Higher Logic community platform will now be able to work seamlessly with the leading open source AMS and nonprofit CRM.  CiviCRM has over 10,000 active sites.  Additionally, over 2,000 of these sites have at least 25,000 constituents (see Civi stats). This integration to the CiviCRM ecosystem further strengthens its competitiveness in the AMS and nonprofit CRM space. 

BackOffice Thinking,  a leading nonprofit technology consulting firm, who is also a  founding CiviCRM partner with significant experience with Higher Logic, developed the integration.

What does this mean:

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25 March, 2018

Last week we had a remote sprint to improve documentation, and wow, what a success it was!

Progress

  • The sprint was focused on improving the User Guide.
  • Check out everything we did.

  • GitHub tells us:

    Excluding merges, 14 authors have pushed 86 commits to master and 88 commits to all branches. On master, 206 files have changed and there have been 1,182 additions and 1,917 deletions.

    Wow!

  • Notably, we made significant progress on adding cross-references to improve navigation and discoverability (though there's still some more work to do here).

  • Furthermore, some people also did some work on...

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23 March, 2018
By Clark

 

I admit it. I tried to implement Salesforce. I was just starting Chase the Music and I had big goals. I’d used CiviCRM for a very small community foundation and it had worked great. But, Chase the Music was going to be big. We needed a Rolls Royce to support some very big and important goals. I researched and found that SalesForce was the Rolls Royce of CRMs. The biggest and best of the worlds organizations were using it. When I read that I could get a 10 passenger Rolls (err 10 licenses for SalesForce) for free I thought WOW. I knew that later I’d have to pay, but for now 10 licenses would last a long time. So, I applied.

The fact that I had to apply probably should have been my first warning sign.

It took awhile, but the then the big day came and I was approved! They accepted me. This was right up there with getting my letter from the IRS for our 501(c)3! I was one of them. Crap, now on reflection – I didn’t want to be one of them, I wanted to be me. I didn...

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20 March, 2018
By noah

We are excited to announce that registration is open for CiviCamp SF Bay Area 2018 — the first-ever low-cost daylong meetup in our region specifically designed for current CiviCRM users and non-users who want to explore CiviCRM.

The date is Thursday, May 3, and the venue is beautiful Preservation Park in Oakland. Sessions may include topics like organizing and reporting on your contacts, integrating your CRM seamlessly with your website, using CiviCRM for event registration and management, CiviCRM extensions, and more.

We encourage you to come whether you're just starting to think about using CiviCRM at your organization or you're a seasoned Civi wizard who wants to connect with other users and experts. We will be tailoring the day to your needs, so register now and...

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20 February, 2018
Filed under Community, Documentation

The Documentation Working Group is planning a remote sprint to improve content in the User Guide. Everyone is invited to participate! Experience editing our docs will be helpful but not required.

Sign up to join this sprint

Time frame

We've chosen one 72-hour block for the sprint as follows. Mark your calendars, and join us for however much time you like during this window.

Time Zone   Start End
LA Wednesday, March 21 at 6 pm Saturday, March 24 at 6 pm
Denver Wednesday, March 21 at 7 pm Saturday, March 24 at 7 pm
Chicago Wednesday, March 21 at 8 pm...
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19 February, 2018

 

This year we will have two CiviCamps in the UK to choose from!

  • May 15th in London

  • October 5th in Manchester

CiviCamps are one day events covering everything related to CiviCRM. They are a great opportunity to learn about CiviCRM and what it can do for your organization, meet other CiviCRM users, partners and Core Team members and gather their feedback, learn advanced strategies for managing your online database, ask any questions you might have, share tips and build connections! This is the opportunity to meet the CiviCRM community and share experiences and knowledge with other organizations using CiviCRM!

In addition, we will have a Sprint for those who are interested in contributing further, and a choice of Administrator and Developer Training for those who want to expand their knowledge:

  • UK Sprint: October 6th to 12th

  • Administrator Training: 3rd and 4th October

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07 February, 2018
Filed under CiviCamp, Community, Sprints

Just arrived back home after spending a few days with the CiviCRM community in Brussels. And as always I really enjoyed myself and returned inspired and full of inspiration.

I started last Sunday, 4 feb 2018 at FOSDEM (https://fosdem.org/2018/). What an experience, I have never seen so many geeks in one spot! It was great to dive in, look at all the stands And I had a nice chat at the CiviCRM stand. Good that we (as in the CiviCRM community) had a stand there and we all took turns. Thanks Tim, Mathieu, Jaap, Klaas, Michael, Alain, Rose, Fabian, Björn and Phil. Quite enjoyed the dinner afterwards too :-)

Monday 5 feb 2018 was the first CiviCamp Brussels. A crowd of about 80, great location at Muntpunt and interesting sessions and roundtables. Quite a few showcases of users sharing...

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15 January, 2018
By josh
Filed under Community

Last year, we overhauled the CiviCRM contributor program, allowing individuals to submit details about their contributions online as well combined the contributor and partner listing. So far this year, we’ve seen an increase in contributions being logged as well as a new revision to site that improves visibility of contributions. We thought it’d be a good time to recap where the program is at, answer a few common questions, and highlight where we see it going.

State of contributions

Currently, individuals in the community can contribute to CiviCRM in a variety of ways, be it code contributions, participation on Stack Exchange, event organization, or writing a blog for c.o. More details on this below. All contributions can be logged online via the contributor log. I say “can” because it’s completely optional. As a contributor, you don’t have to log your...

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