30 April, 2015
By Dahndy
Filed under CiviCon, Community

Now that CiviCon 2015 is over, it is a good time to reflect on the people we met and the great new things we learned. I attended the CiviCon conference as well as two full days of training prior to the event. Joining me in Denver were designer Kurt Thomas and front-end developer (and former organizer) Phillip Kent Knight from the Los Angeles LGBT Center, a Black Brick Software client organization.

Developer Training

Developer training was awesome. My experience with CiviCRM development up until now had been entirely self-taught, so I was excited to start with some of the basics - learning from the guys at Ginko Street Labs (they really know their Civi!)

We began by setting up CiviCRM Buildkit - this tool can spin up, snapshot, and restore instances of CiviCRM. Currently this kit only supports Drupal or WordPress. (As a proud member of the Joomla! developer community, I’m hoping to encourage more Joomla! devs to join the Civi community and maybe build...

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31 March, 2015
By elijah
Filed under Community, Meetups

Have you ever wanted to start a local CiviCRM user group? Or introduce CiviCRM to more local nonprofits? NetSquared might be able to help you kickstart a meetup through a co-hosted event.

I'm Eli, the Community Manager for NetSquared, a global volunteer-run network of nonprofit technology meetups. Our group leaders are currently holding events in 50 cities (across 20 countries) and they have venues and relationships with local nonprofits. But what they don't have is access to is experts who can come in and lead a presentation or workshop introducing these tech-minded nonprofiteers to the tools they can help solve their problems.

That's where you come in! I'd love to connect CiviCRM Ambassadors to my NetSquared local organizers. They can handle all the logistics of holding an event and you get to play the expert. :-)

What do you think? Does this sound like a fit for the...

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31 March, 2015
By johnff

I just hung up the phone with the President of a US-based CiviCRM consultancy. He's interested in collaborating with Future First on our SMS based survey system. We discussed a lot of different options, but all of them had one thing in common: we had to release the resulting software publicly. That, to us, is what CiviCRM is. It is collaborating and sharing, to produce, deliver, and share the technology we all need.

Future First engages the former students of state-funded schools and colleges to help those institutions. Private schools and Universities have been doing this for decades - they know it is a very effective way of raising students' aspirations - and Future First want to do the same to level the playing field between privately funded schools and state-funded schools. We bring people from all walks of life, including doctors, policemen, athletes, journalists, firemen, businessmen, engineers...

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18 March, 2015
Filed under CiviCon, Community

Still trying to decide whether CiviCon Denver is for you?  Whether you're new to CiviCRM or a seasoned expert there is something for you in the Mile High City at CiviCon Denver 2015! If you still need reasons to pack your bags, here they are:

TOP 5 REASONS FOR ATTENDING CIVICON:

  1. Increase your Knowledge: the focus of all the sessions is to improve your knowledge of CiviCRM. The more you know, the more efficient and strategic you can be once you return to work.

  2. Sharpen your Problem Solving skills: you have access to experts in this ecosystem.  Pick their brain and get your questions answered.

  3. Generate Creative Ideas:  presentations of case studies can spark new ideas as how your organization can use CiviCRM to engage...

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03 March, 2015
Filed under Community

CiviCRM's ambassador program is designed to connect people that want to get started with CiviCRM with folks that have been there before - you may already be doing this informally, with friends and colleagues or at meet ups.  Or maybe you'd like to be. In either case, you should join our ambassador program.

Joining up means your details will apppear here https://www.civicrm.org/ambassadors in the list of ambassadors and people will be able to get in contact with you to ask questions about your experiences.

The forms and process are designed to encourage individual communication rather than spamming of the enitre list.  It is impossible for people to contact the entire list of ambassadors - instead, they'll email you based on the details you sumbit when you join up. With our current ration of ambassadors to enquiries, you can expect to be contacted by a potential user once every month or so. Hence it isn't a massive...

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20 February, 2015

There are many CiviCRM experts around the world. But how do you find them?

Well ... two places really: the Service Providers directory and the Hosting Providers directory, right here on civicrm.org.

With the growing number of listed providers, we have decided to add additional search criteria to these directories.
So you can now search by:

  • country,
  • spoken language(s),
  • service provided,
  • supported CMS's (ie. Drupal, Joomla! or WordPress),
  • or any combination thereof.

Happy searching, and please mention you've found their name in the CiviCRM provider's directory!

P.S. Providers can update their listing by logging into their account on civicrm.org and scrolling to the “Partner / Active...

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20 February, 2015
Filed under Community

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...

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17 February, 2015
By josh
Filed under Community, CiviDay

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...

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10 February, 2015

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:

  1. tie up some of the loose ends in the current Trigger extension that MAF Norge uses now
  2. start with the CiviRules UI
  3. 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...

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04 February, 2015
By mpeth

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...

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