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...Read more
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.... Read more
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...Read more
We thought it was about time that we published some job descriptions for the core team - to make it clearer what each of us works on, and is responsible for. Up until now, you would have had to be pretty well aquainted with the core team to understand what everyone did, and even then you probably wouldn't know everything we got up to. This is an effort to better present our work to the community and we hope it will be useful to you. Helping you, for example, find the right person to contact with particular project ideas, etc. It has also been useful for us to clarify this stuff internally :)
A couple of points to note. What you'll see is not a re-organisation of our work, more a clarification of how things are currently set up, and where our responsibilities lie. Also, the bullets in these job descriptions reflect responsiblities but don't cover everything we do in our day to day jobs. As you would expect from a small...Read more
We are ready to welcome everyone to DC for the CiviCRM User Summit on September 24-25! If you want to catch Pope Francis, you will have to arrive earlier. I want to share a few DC tips with you all, and if you live in the DC Metro area, please feel free to comment below and share some tips too.
If you plan to use the Metro bus or train, purchase a SmartTrip card and add money to it as you need to. You can also register the card in case it gets lost and stolen. The fares are higher if you...
Thanks to all the mentors and students that participated in this past GSoC Program! There was a lot of effort and work put forth in these. Please check out the blogs below to find out the progress of each project:Read more
I’m pleased to report on our next batch of approved User Summit sessions. We are thrilled with the schedule so far and only have a few spots left before our schedule is complete! A big thanks goes out to everyone who has submitted so far and especially to those who have agreed to present.
Karin used to write code for musculoskeletal computer models/simulations at The University of Calgary and at Arizona State University as well as in a corporate research environment. It was great fun to laser digitize and reconstruct Australopithecus Afarensis in computer code to make 'Lucy' walk and to help design and evaluate the performance of high-end soccer boots using computer models. Then one day a (now) dear friend came over for coffee. Those who know Karin well - know this is a great way to start talking to her...
Karin's friend who worked full time supervising kids at a school - served in 'her spare time' as Board Chair of a National Canadian Charitable Organization - supporting young mothers/families across Canada. Karin and her husband themselves had very much enjoyed this organization's support when their 3 kids were young.
Karin "you know about computers - can you please help us out?". They had hired a company to build them a website w/...Read more