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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28 September, 2015
Filed under Community

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...

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21 September, 2015
By roshani
Filed under Community

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.

Getting Around
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...

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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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