Back in early 2012, I joined AGH Strategies, a CiviCRM consulting shop in Washington, DC that works with clients to offer support, training, implementation and custom development that fits their needs. At the time, I knew very little about CiviCRM, but that quickly changed when I attended CiviCon and then the Code Sprint during my first month with AGH. I was overwhelmed by everything I learned but I also impressed with the openness of the community, the kindness of the people I met and the skills that everyone around me brought with them.
Prior to working at AGH, I spent 6 years working at two very different non profits in fundraising. Like a lot of people at nonprofits, who find themselves in charge of the database, I was picked for the job because I was the youngest person on my team. To my surprise, I enjoyed data planning and standardization and made it a priority to develop better business rules and best...Read more
For the past 2 years, the last Wednesday of each January has been earmarked for CiviDay, a worldwide effort to come together and promote all things CiviCRM. This year, CiviDay witnessed 26 events, from virtual meetups to all day affairs, across 13 countries, bringing together newbies and veterans alike to share stories and to learn about CiviCRM and what it can do for organizations everywhere.
CiviDay events in San Francisco and Denver were kicked off with presentations by core team members Dave Greenberg, Tim Otten and Josh Gowans, providing a top level view of CiviCRM, its 10 year history and its funding model as an open source project. CiviDay is more than just in introduction to CiviRM, however. Presentations ranged from complex...Read more
During January and February MAF Norge and Jaap and me from CiviCooP have done the first CiviRules sprint, funded by MAF Norge. Our ambitions where:
- tie up some of the loose ends in the current Trigger extension that MAF Norge uses now
- start with the CiviRules UI
- have a first draft of the basic engine for CiviRules.
Jaap did the first part with the Email/SMS and PDF API (see blogpost https://civicrm.org/blogs/jaapjansma/e-mail-send-sms-send-and-pdf-create-api-extensions) and I made a start with the second. Last week Steinar and Helen from MAF Norge joined us and we can now also present you a first draft of the CiviRules Engine! Have a look at our wiki: http://redmine.civicoop.org/projects/civirules/wiki for the basic outline and let...Read more
CiviDay Cologne (or Köln, as the city is called in German) was a pretty lively gettogether of CiviCRM old-timers and newcomers. It was hosted by Forum Ziviler Friedensdienst and SYSTOPIA Organisationsberatung. With 16 participants it showed healthy interest in CiviCRM in (western) Germany. After all, this was the first meetup of its kind in the Cologne-Bonn area, and CiviCRM usage and community networks in Germany generally still have some room to grow. So we are already planning on follow-up user meetings since a strong community will be the key to CiviCRM's success here.
Newbies could get their feet wet in a brief introduction to CiviCRM. Naturally, there was a lot of interest in how CiviCRM can be adapted to specific German organizations' needs. The good news is that we have already made a pretty good part of the way. With extensions for SEPA direct debit, automated processing of bank statements and generation of donation receipts according to German law, the most...Read more
This year's San Francisco Bay Area CiviDay meetup "felt like a family reunion," according to one attendee, and no wonder it seemed homey: its venue was the large but comfortable common space of a cohousing community in Oakland. Over 30 people (reportedly over 40 at the peak) filled the dining room chairs, including CiviCRM core team members, nonprofit workers considering CiviCRM for their organizations, current users, consultants and developers looking to integrate CiviCRM with their own products.
CiviCRM cofounder Dave Greenberg gave us the origin story and described how a remarkably compact team (compared with some other CRM platforms) got us to where we are today after getting "bit by the open source bug" 10 years ago. Recently, a dedicated core group have been working hard to get CiviCRM on a solid, sustainable footing as the project outgrows its original funding model. Dave outlined the new ...Read more
We've been using Civi here in Pittsburgh, PA for a few years now and would love to connect with other local users.
I'm considering organizing a Pittsburgh Meet Up but don't want to be the only one sitting at the table!
Whether you are currently a CiviCRM user or a potential user, drop me a note (email@example.com) or add a comment here and let's get the ball rolling. Skill level is a non-factor.
Sounds pretty good!
The goal would be to eventually organize a Pittsburgh Meet Up and represent the Three Rivers on CiviDay 2016.
Spread the Word.
We thought it would be good to look back over 2014, highlight some of what we've achieved together, and the lessons we've learned, and use these as the basis of some priorities for 2015. A wise person once said "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it", and while I agree with the sentiment, it is kind of gloomy! and doesn’t leave space to consider all the positive things we might have done, and that we should continue to do. Hopefully this post strikes a good balance between celebrating, learning, and planning.
To prepare for this post, I sat down and looked through all the blog posts made on civicrm.org in 2014 and was quite blown away by the volume of activity. The total number of posts was up 40% from last year (more than one post each working day) and the number of different authors was also up from 77 to 104, both of which point to the increasing active involvement of many different people from around our community. To get more of a...Read more
If CiviCRM were a religion (interesting topic for debate, maybe?) then CiviDay would be the most important day in our calendar - our annual excuse to get together, make new friends, reconnect with old acquaintances, and generally have a good time. Oh, and of course, to learn how CiviCRM can help you, hear about the amazing things that people are doing with CiviCRM, find out what's new in the latest release, and so on, and so on.
As in past years, we're celebrating CiviDay on the last Wednesday of January and since this is our third year, we can probably start calling it a tradition. Check this list of CiviDay meet ups happening on January 28th and sign up to your local meet up. For ¡¡¡extra bonus points!!!, try volunteering to present on how you use CiviCRM; marketing the event though local media and networks; sponsoring...Read more
My first exposure to CiviCRM was around 2009. I was working at Freeform Solutions, Canadian IT nonprofit organization that supports other nonprofits by providing technology support. We were looking for a CRM system that would support an HR organization that had a few thousands contact records. They needed a software that would allow all staff to access the same contacts database so that all staff members can update the records, send newsletters and other mass mailings and to run reports on the collected data to know what type of clients they work with. In the future, they were planning to do online events registrations, possibly with payments.
We've done some research and several things attracted us to use CiviCRM for this project:
- CiviCRM, being an open source software, meant to us, the developers, that if we had to tweak any functionality or add some new features, we could do that without having to rely on the creators of the...