21 September, 2015
Filed under GSoC, CiviCRM, Community

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:

Email Preview Cluster

Refunds and Partial Payments

Implementing the Open Supporter Data Interface API

Integrating Google Analytics

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14 August, 2015
Filed under CiviCon, Community

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.

 

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29 July, 2015
By KarinG
Filed under Community

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/...

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09 July, 2015
By totten
Filed under Community, Release, Sprints

tldr

  • July: Open development. Major initiatives may still be accepted for 4.7 if significant implementation work has been done.
  • August: Feature freeze.  Existing 4.7 initiatives should be mostly done, but there may still be some work on development/maturation/gaps/loose-ends. Bug fixes encouraged. New (minor) enhancements may be accepted, but this will grow stricter as the month progresses.
  • September: Stabilization. 2 or 3 alphas. Mostly bug fixes. Split off 4.7 from master.

Discussion

CiviCRM is community open-source, heavily influenced by the participation of partners and users. Twice each year, we gather for week long sprints to plan and develop. The April sprint in Colorado produced a number of great initiatives, and a major factor was the alignment with the release: 4.6.0 was out; the roadmap for 4.7 was as clear as...

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26 June, 2015
Filed under CiviCon, Community

Don't miss out on Amy Sample Ward's keynote speech at this year's CiviCRM User Summit to be held Sept 24-25 in Washington, DC.

Amy, #nptech guru, CEO of NTEN, will lead an interactive presentation titled:  "Latest Trends in Nonprofit Tech: From Digital Inclusion to Digital Strategy".  Regardless of our mission, the size of our budget, the number of staff, or the location of our organization, technology is critical to our effectiveness and efficiency in making real impact. At NTEN, we see this every day in organizations from all over the U.S. and beyond - whether in technology training and investments or in online services and campaigns. This interactive session covers some of the latest trends in nonprofit technology, and helps you identify whether your organization may be ahead of the curve or ready for action.

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09 June, 2015
Filed under Community
I’m pleased to announce some changes to the format of the CiviCRM User Summit based on some feedback that we received from attendees last year.
 
New in 2015:
 
  • In order to encourage a greater number of speakers who are end users, we are pleased to announce that end users will receive a free registration if their proposed session is approved.
  • As an added bonus, end users who submit a session that is not approved will receive the early bird rate, regardless of when they register.
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05 June, 2015
Filed under CiviCon, Community, Meetups

Last week we celebrated the first CiviCon for the South of Europe in Madrid. It was a great day that provided the opportunity to bring together users, developers and implementers from the local growing community in Spain. We had close to 40 people interested on CiviCRM. 

During the morning we had sessions from end users such as Amnesty International, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid or the Spanish Fundraising Association; other more technical ones from implementors like iXiam about CiviSEPA, Francesc with a talk about the use of CiviCRM on social action entities, and Michael McAndrew presenting CiviCRM community.
 
For those that have been using CiviCRM we had a Help-desk to solve specific questions and make CiviCon the best experience as possible. ...
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05 June, 2015
By bgm
Filed under Community, Drupal

For those of you in the New York City area, 16-19 July 2015 is NYC Drupal Camp (pronounced "nice camp"), an annual grassroots non-profit conference run by volunteers. The event covers a broad range of topics related to Drupal. As part of the camp, the developers of the Aegir hosting system have organised the first Aegir Summit, 16-17 July.

For those not familiar with Aegir: it is a control panel based on Drupal and Drush to help automate the installation of Drupal, typically in a multi-site architecture (1 code base, many independant sites). With the provision_civicrm module, Aegir can also automate the installation of CiviCRM. This means that with a few clicks, you can create a new database, install Drupal and CiviCRM, configure the web server and optionally manage the SSL certificate. It also helps...

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03 June, 2015
There is a jungle of donor management systems. All promise the heaven on earth for development officers, fundraising professionals and nonprofit executives. And if you think CiviCRM is just one among many, you might want to take a closer look.
 
Aside from its fully integrated system which manages all contact information and activities around all people involved in your organization, CiviCRM is also state of the art technology with a very attractive price point as open-source. There are no licence fees. It’s all installed on your host if you’d like to stay in control of your environment, data and security. As with any software system, it needs its fair share of set-up, configuration, maintenance and training.
 
I have been burned with open-source software quite a bit in the last decade but working with open-source has also been the biggest delight. There are open-source software communities that stand out and CiviCRM is...
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25 May, 2015
Filed under Community, Documentation

https://civicrm.stackexchange.com/ is launched in beta and thriving as a place to ask and answer questions about CiviCRM. The benefit of the Q&A format is that good questions and good answers can get voted up, and better serve as an expert repository of our community's experience. Search rankings will soon be able to find good relevant answers to everyone's beginner and expert support and development questions.

Already we're averaging 10.9 questions per day, which is more than the 9.9 new topics started per day in http://forum.civicrm.org during the first quarter of 2015. 267 people have asked questions with a score of 1 or more, and 123 people have posted an answer that earned a +1 score or above. More than 90 percent of questions are answered, which is a healthy beta. There are over 550 users after two months, and 40 have asked or answered enough questions to get...

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