23 November, 2014

When I started using CiviCRM almost 5 years ago, I was amazed at how many things it could bring to a website right out of the box. The more I used it, the more I wanted to, and saw potential beyond simply keeping contact information, collecting donations, or managing events. CiviCRM is a game-changer. It was shortly after getting into a couple of large projects that the shine started to wear off just a little. Things started getting complicated and working with a CMS whose name is a Swahili word meaning, "all together" or "as a whole.", this was anything but.  CiviCRM and Joomla have a complicated relationship, because it’s really different from Drupal and equally different from Wordpress. This has always been a point of difficulty for Joomla users in the Civi community.

The story could end here, with me throwing up my hands and doing my own thing or going a completely different way, but it doesn’t. Having experience with IRC, I decided to dive head...

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23 November, 2014

Donate Now!  In the 10 years that CiviCRM has been around, it has helped a wide spectrum of nonprofits, from the internationally recognized nonprofits (such as Amnesty International, and Doctors without Borders) to lesser known nonprofits (such as Ambassadors Football, Youth Orchestra Bucks County) raise funds and organize volunteer efforts that truly make a difference in our world. 

CiviCRM has created a robust web-based, open source, highly customizable, CRM to meet organizations’ highest expectations right out-of-the box.  There aren’t any licensing fees nor subscriptions fees!  Each new release of this open source software reflects the very real needs of its users as enhancements are continually given back to the community.  When...

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14 November, 2014

Hey CiviCRM community...there’s less than a month left before Giving Tuesday...18 days to be exact!  We need your participation!

The time is now to spread our message across social media and email.  
 
We have started a twitter picture contest for cutest and funniest picture tweeted.  All you have to do is tweet pictures of yourselves, family members (pets included), and/or memes holding a paper sign that says:  “Donate to #CiviCRM because ___________ (fill in the blanks).  If you’d like, you can fill it with …”it helps Nonprofits make this a better world for us.”  Use your phone to take the picture, it doesn't have to be complicated.  The tweet can be a reiteration of your sign with the hashtags #CiviCRM and #GivingTuesday and link it to the donation page http://tinyurl.com/o5fgsbn.    Don’t forget to retweet each others pictures!  What’s the prize?  Bragging rights and...
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30 October, 2014
Filed under CiviCRM, Community

Those of you who have been following our blog, or our linked in discussion group, or are on our partner list will know that quite a few people have been working on a new question and answer site for CiviCRM, based at Stack Exchange.  CiviCRM is already a super helpful community. Stack Exchange provides a really powerful tool that 'curates' the question and answer process much more effectively that traditional forums. We think the combination of the two, will take our community based help and support to the next level, but we need your help to do so.

Before the powers that be at Stack Exchange will grant us a CiviCRM Q&A platform, they want us to prove that we have the community to make it work. They are asking us to get people to commit to our proposal.  We need at least 200 people to commit. We've already got over half way there in just under 2 weeks, which is pretty good but we have a way to go yet.  Commiting should take less than a minute so...

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23 October, 2014

BackOffice Thinking has created a Giving Tuesday campaign for CiviCRM.  We are inviting you to join us so that the world sees the unity of the CiviCRM community.  The idea is to harness the energy and conversations that are taking place in our ecosystem around Giving Tuesday and ask the CiviCRM community to Donate to protect their investment in their own technical infrastructure. (Click on the links for more information about Giving Tuesday and Stats about Giving Tuesday's Success).  

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22 October, 2014

My name is Erik Hommel, 51 years old. I live in the Netherlands in a small village called Brummen(between Apeldoorn and Arnhem) with my wife Floor, our 2 youngest children and four Siamese cats. Our 2 oldest kids have either left home or are in the process of doing so. My working career in ICT started in 1988 as an RPG programmer on the IBM S/38. Having moved past positions as technical consultant, project manager, IT manager and ERP consultant I call myself a CiviCRM project manager/consultant/developer and love it!

CiviCRM has been part of my life since 2010 I think. The first official date I can find is a certficate from a CiviCRM Developer Training in Brussels in February 2010. At the time I was working together with Erik Brouwer as EE-atWork and we were mainly working with Dutch housing corporations as software implementors and consultants. In 2009 we bumped into Drupal when we were developing our own website, and as we focused on CRM within housing...

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20 October, 2014
By mpeth

As you may know from a recent blog post by artfulrobot, CiviCRM is applying for a dedicated platform on Stack Exchange. I don't know about you, but I would love to see this happen. (If you wonder what this is all about, please refer to the beforementioned blog post which explains it very well.)

This initiative needs backing from Stack Exchange veterans now! Here is why:

In the current phase of the proposal, Stack Exchange wants to see how many and what kind of people would actually be contributing to the platform. People are asked to commit to using it. Three values are being measured, out of which the minimum counts. In our case, this is "committers with 200+ reputation on any other [SE] site" with only 8 out of the required 100 committers so far. So while we...

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29 September, 2014
Filed under CiviCon, Community, Sprints
Surrounded by a spectacular environment, Edale is definetely a great choice for this year's Sprint.
Yesterday (Sunday) we spend some time with setup, mastering our English-Pool skills and welcoming to the 20+ sprinters that arrived during the day. Before Craig's great dinner we had a brief meeting about logistics in general and how we were going to organize ourselves to have a productive sprint.
 
Today's morning meeting was the perfect ocassion for meeting everyone and for sharing our aims for this Sprint. Some of these issues were:
 
- CiviHR improvements
- Documentation
- Marketing
- Work on the SEPA module 
- A/B Mailing testing
- Extensions
- 4.5.1 & 4.6 issues
 
After that and while the guys where trying to fix some connectivity issues (which they did) we had a very productive Marketing Meeting with...
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24 September, 2014
Filed under Community
Mark Tompsett, active member of the CiviCRM community passed away August 13, 2014.  Here's an excerpt about his passing in the Questors Choir - Eagling Facebook Page:  "Sadly last night Mark passed away. He came through a very long operation successfully and was recovering when a blood clot caused cardiac arrest. He did not respond to CPR."
 
Members of our community remember Mark:
“He'll be sadly missed, top bloke and pillar of #civicrmcommunity. RIP Mark.” Owen Bowden
 
“Mark was a strong advocate and always active on social media in support of CiviCRM. That’s where I knew him really, although we did meet at the London CiviCon a couple of times. Always a shock when someone so clearly passionate and full of life dies. I look forward to raising a glass in celebration of his life and his contribution to the CiviCRM community in London in September."  Graham Mitchell
 
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17 September, 2014

I just returned from my first CiviCRM sprint. It was called the DC Sprint, but as Jeremy has already posted, we were actually in Maryland.

As a first time attendee of a CiviCRM conference and sprint, I really did not know what to expect. I was very pleased that both WordPress and Joomla! received some real attention at the sprint and I hope we are heading to a place where CiviCRM can be truly CMS agnostic.

WordPress CiviCRM installs can now benefit from WP-CLI tools. WP-CLI is a Drush equivilant for WordPress. We were able to merge Andy Walker's port into 4.5 and Tim Otten added full API Explorer support for this. At the developer training day in DC on Saturday, we noticed an issue with civix and WordPress. This also fixed and now civix works with all CMSs without having to be directly tied to one as in the past. These two enhancements will help WordPress developers immensely.

Dana Skallman and I also worked through the unresolved tickets for WordPress. A great...

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