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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...