27 September, 2013
Filed under CiviCRM, Community

Congregation Etz Chayim is a liberal Jewish congregation located in Palo Alto California with about 300 families. We differ from other congregations in the area because

  • We are unaffiliated with the Orthodox, Conservative, or Reform movements
  • We wrote our own prayer book which includes Hebrew, English, and transliterations so that everyone can participate
  • During the Bar or Bat Mitzvah service there is a unique question and answer dialogue between the Bar or Bat Mitzvah student and the congregation

Several years ago we started a project to update our website at http://etzchayim.org. One of the challenges with the site was keeping it up to date and being able to add new features. We were very dependent on volunteers with technical backgrounds to manage changes.

Being in the heart of Silicon Valley, many of our members work in high technology and we wanted our members and prospective members...

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24 September, 2013
Filed under Community

Josué started doing social justice work when he participated in the Center for Third World Organizing‘s organizer training program in 1990. That led to a decade of working as an organizer for both community groups and labor unions. In 2000 he decided to switch careers, focusing on supporting the technology needs of groups doing organizing.


From 2006-2009, Josué was the Technology Manager for The Praxis Project. Along with elevating the technological infrastructure of this national intermediary, Josué supported the work of many groups across the country. Additionally, he built two web based tools: the HealthJustice ReportCard and the Detention Watch Network’s Detention Centers Map.


Josué started working with the Progressive Technology Project in...

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18 September, 2013
Filed under Community, Sustainability

For the past eight years, CiviCRM's core team have been shipping a free, powerful, industry-leading solution for non-profit organizations. This blog post examines how we have achieved this -- and what it will take to continue delivering a great product for the next eight years.

Of course, since we are an open source project, the work of the core team is just a part of a bigger picture, sitting alongside the countless contributions from our users and providers.  But in this blog post, I’m focusing on how we can ensure a healthy core team to keep the project moving forward for years to come.

CiviCRM's income - an abridged history

Lets start with a quick recap of the last eight years.

In the begining, we were blessed with generous funding from of a couple of private foundations.  This enabled us to assemble a team of developers to build out the first versions of CiviCRM. CiviCRM 1.0 was our minimum viable product...

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06 September, 2013
Filed under Community, Sustainability

A massive thank you to all the service providers (listed below) who signed up as founding partners and helped us exceed our fundraising goals for the partner program. In total, we raised $90,000 from 43 founding partners (our goal was $75,000) which is a fantastic step for the sustainabilty of the project and shows the strength and diversity of our service provider ecosystem. 

Partners are still signing up and with a bit of luck, we'll hit $125,000 in recurring revenue each year for the project.  If you deliver CiviCRM services, please do consider becoming a partner and helping us reach this new goal. Doing so would mean that we're raising approximately 25% of the revenue we need to sustain the project. So a good moment to take a step back and celebrate, but we still have a lot to do.

So what is next? As promised, we'll be digging deeper into how much it costs to run CiviCRM, and where your money goes.  We'll also be formalising our...

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06 September, 2013

Last January we shared here that the Spanish - Mexico (MX) translation project of CiviCRM was completed thanks to the community of translators. Even though this was a huge accomplishment, other challenges remained.

The Challenges

Having the Spanish - Mexico (MX) project translated was great, but definitely not enough.

  • The Spanish (ES) translation still varied too much from the Mexico (MX) project. The Spanish (ES) should be useful for a lot of Spanish-speaking countries, not only in Spain but also in Latin American countries, including: Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Paraguay among others
  • Despite the fact that the MX project was 100% translated, the translation was not normalized and sometimes inaccurate. Community based translation projects are great collaborative projects, but sometimes they can be...
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03 September, 2013
By pkeogan
Filed under CiviCRM, Community

Starting with version 4.2 and 4.3,  CiviCRM has incorporated sophisticated financial batch capabilities.  However, for organizations switching from another CRM or financial system with batches,  there is currently no capability to import batches or associate contributions with batches through the standard CiviCRM import process. (Hopefully this capability will be added.)  This means that one must either manually create batches and manually associate contributions to batches or load the batches and then create the association through database inserts. For organizations with a lot of data, the only real option is to take the database insert route.

If you don't have solid database skills, I would not try loading this data, I would find someone with a good understanding of the CiviCRM data model  - like your friends at BackOffice Thinking :)

If you want to try it, here's how we recently loaded the contributions and batches for an organization with about 100,000...

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30 August, 2013

This coming Friday, September 6, is the first and most {event.event_type} CiviCRM conference on the East Coast, CiviCamp. Held in {address.location_type} downtown Washington, DC, CiviCamp is a one-day conference along with a two-day training, code and documentation sprint, and showcase reception: a chance to learn and meet other CiviCRM users, {contact.contact_sub_type}, and developers.

Register online by midnight PDT tonight, August 30, and you can save $15 off the {contribution.financial_type} for the conference. We will also accept last-minute registrations by cash, credit card, or {contribution.payment_instrument} at the door.

While you're at it,...

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15 August, 2013


Mónica Tapia-Alvarez and Isobel Platts-Dunn

Alternativas y Capacidades


In 2009, with Common Cause International technical assistance and while developing a new citizen advocacy model for educational reform, we assessed the importance of IT solutions for managing members, petitions and donations from a large number of citizens. The IT solutions that US-based organizations used were discarded because their license was extremely expensive for Latin American organizations (Convio annual license cost is around US$50,000) and had in-built US representatives and media that was useless for Latin American contexts.

Through searching for different tools (a search suggested by...

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10 July, 2013
Filed under Community, Sustainability

If you've been keeping up with blog posts on sustainability that I've been writing recently, you'll know that one of our main focuses at the moment is on ensuring the long term sustainability of CiviCRM.  A key part of these efforts is our new partner program, which we've been busy developing over the past few weeks.

We're now at a point where we would like to invite 'early adopters' to become founding partners of this programme.

Reasons to join the partner program come in two irresistable flavours:

  • direct benefits to your organisation
  • ensuring long term growth and sustainabilty for CiviCRM

Lets start with the benefits to your organisation. Join the partner program and you will get:

  • your organisation highlighted on the civicrm.org home page (rotated with supporting partners)
  • a prominent listing in our soon to be revamped service provider...
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05 July, 2013
Filed under Community, Make it happen

A quick recap on our Make it Happen 4.4. fundraising campaigns.  We've split them into successful, partially successful and unsuccessful.


These MIH were fully funded - you can expect to see the functionality released as extensions of core functionality in CiviCRM 4.4.

  • CiviBooking - this will be released as an extension for 4.4
  • Faster and more user friendly searches *** need to explain the relationship between this and the 'Ongoing Performance improvements and code maintenance' MIH - we moved money from that MIH and are considering this one successful - Coleman can give / add more details
  • Drupal webform payment integration - you'd be forgiven for not seeing this late addition which got fully funded - get ready for payment integration with your webforms!
  • Better event badges - we secured funding for...
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