24 January, 2015
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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...

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05 January, 2015
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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...

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15 December, 2014

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...

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14 December, 2014
By josh
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Now in its 3rd year, Giving Tuesday raised an estimated $45+ million dollars to charities all over the world (click here for infographic). Thanks to the efforts of our partner BackOffice Thinking, CiviCRM participated for the first time in a #GivingTuesday campaign in order to help raise funds and generate awareness. Proceeds from this year's campaign will help fix bugs, improve documentation and generally support the efforts of the core team.  We are very grateful to the following organizations and individuals for their donations:
 
Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic LLC
Sandra Collin
Heather Oliver
Rick Cohen
BackOffice Thinking
 
We are also super appreciative of all our social ambassadors:
 
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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
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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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