26 February, 2016
Filed under Community, WordPress

I was introduced to CiviCRM back in 2012 by Dana Skallman. To this day two of her comments stick with me:

  • "It's Awesome"
  • "It's brand new for WordPress and maybe a bit rough around the edges."

Since that time I've been immersed in the CiviCRM world and am very happy to be here.

I am part of Tadpole Collective and we focus on WordPress and CiviCRM implementations. We've been part of many improvements in CiviCRM for WordPress to date and continually work on improvements. We've seen WordPress improved in every release, from shortcodes to a streamlined install process.

The best part of being part of this CiviCRM project is the community.  I've been to CiviCon, the User Summit and four different Code Sprints, most recently at the Vail Sprint this past January.  It was called the "Drupal 8 Sprint" when I first read about it.  You might ask why I, a developer from a...

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25 February, 2016
Filed under Community, CiviDay

We had a awesome CiviDay 2016 in Amersfoort yesterday! A record 40 participants made me happy before the day even started :-) The Socialist Party was our host for the day, and they had prepared a morning session where they shared their experiences with CiviCRM, showed what they did and explained what they want to do in the future. A really impressive and inspiring session with the underlying message: there is so much to gain if you start using open source software, become part of a community and feel you can actually have an impact on your toolset!

After lunch we had a CiviCRM introduction session for newcomers and a bunch of interesting sessions on CiviSepa, CiviRules, Drupal Webforms and Views and PUM Senior Experts...

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23 February, 2016
Filed under Community, Statistics

As the CiviCRM community grows and is increasingly active, the need emerged to measure our work, our impact, our communications and many other aspects of this community in order to judge our progress and influence our roadmap. The CiviCRM statistics project was born.

Since it's inception, this effort has grown in scope and capabilities and now makes available real-time statistics on:

  • the users of CiviCRM (counted as 'sites' representing an active installation of CiviCRM),
  • key operational (# contacts, #transactions, ...) and technical metrics (server configuration) on these active installations,
  • CiviCRM downloads per day, including from which country,
  • metrics on software issues logged into our bug tracker,
  • and many more ...

All of these statistics are produced with the utmost respect for the privacy of our users and contributors: no identifying data of any sort is ever collected (not even IP...

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20 January, 2016
By Mizi
Filed under CiviCRM, Community

This year, the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) will be taking place in San Jose, CA on March 23-25, 2016. 

CiviCRM will again be an exhibitor at the conference. Feel free to pay us a visit at booth 1023. Experts will be on hand to answer questions on deploying, managing, and developing for CiviCRM. If you'd like to contribute or get involved with promoting CiviCRM at the NTC, please post a comment below and we'll get in touch with you to coordinate.

Skvare will be on-site for the booth setup Tuesday afternoon from 3-7pm and the conference doors will open on the 23rd (Wednesday) at lunchtime. Sessions will be scheduled on Thursday and Friday until noon. The precise session schedule will be announced soon with all the event details.  

Registration for the conference is now available at the...

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19 January, 2016
Filed under Community

We've thought a bit about how we communicate with you and are rolling out some changes to make it easier for you to keep up to date with the things you are interested in.  We're splitting our regular monthly community newsletter into User news, written for end users and others that are interested in keeping up with product developments (tips of how to make the most out of CiviCRM, new features, user focused events, etc.) and Contributor news, written for people that are actively involved with CiviCRM (or just getting started down that lane) who want to be kept up with initiatives we're working on to improve CiviCRM, hear about ways you can get involved, and so on. We'll also start sending out announcements - one off single subject emails about the most important developments for the project.

Since the Community newsletter did all three of these things, we've subscribed everyone who received the community newsletter to our...

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18 January, 2016
Filed under CiviCon, Community, CiviDay

Here's a quick run down of major CiviCRM events for your calendar for 2016.

  • CiviDay - locations around the world - February 24th
  • CiviCon North West Europe - 26th May
  • CiviCon Colorado
    • The main event - 2nd and 3rd June
    • Trainings for users, administrators and developers - 31st May and 1st June
    • The sprint (your chance to contribute to CiviCRM in person) - 4th to 8th June
  • CiviCon London
    • The main event - 6th and 7th October
    • Trainings for users, administrators and developers - 4th and 5th October
    • The sprint (your chance to contribute to CiviCRM in person) - 8th to 13th October
  • CiviCRM user summit DC - September 22nd and 23rd

Normally our events page is your best bet for the most up to date list of CivICRM events but since some of these events are not yet in...

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03 January, 2016
By totten
Filed under Community, Tips

(Updated: As v4.6.12 and 4.7.0, these directions have been simplified slightly.)

If you're working on a site with CiviCRM v4.6.5+ and rely on StackExchange, IRC, JIRA, or other community media for support, then you should consider making an anonymized site profile.  You can prepare one with a few clicks and paste it into any support requests.  This will provide a report of key technical details (such as the exact versions of CiviCRM, PHP, MySQL) which may assist others in diagnosing your problem.

How To

Log into CiviCRM as an administrator. Navigate to "Administer => System Settings => Connections". This page will display an option called "Site Profile" with a "Connect" button.  Click it.

 Enabling the Site Profile

Review the information and continue.


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03 January, 2016

I have always been passionate about the nonprofit sector, and I had the chance to continue growing this passion when I joined iATS Payments in 2012 as iATS is a payment processor working exclusively with nonprofits. 

In my role as VP Marketing and Business Development, I am closely involved with the payment processor extension built for CiviCRM. The first version of our extension became available to the CiviCRM community in 2007, and iATS has been working closely with Civi to enhance our extension and update it on a regular basis with features that clients need. We completely updated it in April 2014 and released our latest version 1.4.2 in October 2015, each new version with several features and...

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17 November, 2015
Filed under Community, Meetups

CiviDay - our annual celebration of all things CiviCRM is coming up on Wednesday 24th February 2016. Find out what CiviCRM can do for you, meet others that are using CiviCRM nearby, and find out what CiviCRM services are available locally.

The core of CiviDay is a series of meet ups in different cities around the world. Last year, we had 26 across 3 continents. This year, we'd love to see more cities, more counties, and all continents represented (OK, maybe not Antarctica!).

CiviDay events are designed to be accessible to people with little or no experience of CiviCRM and are a great place to take your first steps into the CiviCRM world. People that have been using CiviCRM for a while are very welcome too - come along to find out about the latest developments and learn new tips and tricks, and also to share your experiences with others.

Check out https://civicrm.org/cividay-2016 for the...

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16 November, 2015
Filed under Community

It’s been eleven years since I took a leap of faith and joined Donald Lobo on a journey to build a powerful set of integrated, free and open source tools for non-profits. I’ve had a career path full of pretty unusual twists and turns - ranging from turret lathe operator, and chef in a vegetarian cafe collective, to co-founder of a banking software company and social worker in a community mental health clinic (and I’ve left out a few other gigs). But without a doubt the past eleven years has been the most challenging and rewarding of all.

Growing up I had a with a passion for “erector sets”  and math puzzles. Yet coming of age in the turbulent sixties in a socially conscious family engendered a commitment to make the world a better place. Working on CiviCRM has been a wonderful opportunity to combine those drives.

We started at the proverbial kitchen counter with a few simple...

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