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.

Next,...

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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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02 November, 2015
My name is Chris Burgess, I currently live in Dunedin, Aotearoa and I'm working with Fuzion. I'm @xurizaemon on Twitter, Github, IRC etc & blog at http://chris.bur.gs
 
With CiviCRM, I'm helping over 50 non-profit organisations raise funds, manage membership, run complex case management systems, communicate, build election campaigns, and change the world. Right now that looks like expanding options for CiviCRM provision & hosting, exploring ways of improving CiviCRM's user experience for onboarding new contacts, doing some prototype work on config management with a view...
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23 October, 2015
I'm excited to provide a final report from the CiviCRM User Summit, which was held in Washington, DC, September 24-25.
 
The Summit expanded to two days this year, allowing us to increase the number of sessions offered and add an unconference track.  Attendees proposed and voted on unconference sessions at the beginning of the User Summit, and we had a wonderful variety of topics.
 
The vast majority of attendees rated their experience at the conference "great" or "outstanding", and all but one survey respondent would recommend the User Summit to their colleagues for next year.
 
In particular, User Summit attendees valued the PURLs session presented by Peter Petrik, the keynote by Amy Sample Ward, and the...
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20 October, 2015
Filed under CiviCRM, Community

by Zak Rogoff, campaigns manager, Free Software Foundation. Follow Zak on GNU Social or Twitter.

The Free Software Foundation's mission is to promote and defend free software and build a strong movement for computer user freedom. I do communications at the Foundation, and a majority of my work relies on CiviCRM. I'm a Civi power user and know the software intimately (at least the set of extensions we use), so it was exciting to meet the faces behind the software at the User Summit in September. Here are some things I wanted to share with the CiviCRM community:

FSF <3 CiviCRM

Before CiviCRM existed, the FSF had a listing in our High Priority Projects list calling for someone to develop a free CRM. In 2010, we started using CiviCRM, checked the CRM entry off the...

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30 September, 2015
Filed under Community

CiviCRM makes San Francisco Baykeeper a better advocate for San Francisco Bay. Before Baykeeper started using CiviCRM, we had a Stone-Age system for accepting online donations, a custom event registration system that we paid a developer to update for every event, and a separate database for sending emails and managing email contacts. We were also running peer-to-peer fundraising events with personal fundraising pages hosted on an entirely separate vendor site, which directed our users away from the Baykeeper site and cost us a lot in processing fees.

Migrating to CiviCRM enabled us to integrate all those systems, and that's increased our efficiency tremendously. Now we run regular fundraisers that have engaged hundreds of people to support a healthy San Francisco Bay. We've hosted 300 personal fundraising pages that have raised $86,000 from ten on-the-water swimming, kiting, and paddling events.

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29 September, 2015
By pmoz
Filed under CiviCon, CiviCRM, Community, Meetups

Fresh off my first User Summit and I had some thoughts...

So yeah, I’ve been pretty active on the old CiviCRM forums and even more active on the new Stack Exchange setup.  I’ve successfully submitted three pull requests thanks to Coleman.  I’ve written a couple of blog posts.  I’ve set up a Make it Happen campaign.  My organization even made a donation to CiviCRM for all they have done for us over the years.  All the while, I've leaned on the...

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