25 October, 2010
Filed under Drupal, Extensions

Check out the PowerPoint presentation for a review of Drupal modules for CiviCRM http://wiki.civicrm.org/confluence/download/attachments/33129543/Drupal+Modules+for+CiviCRM+Drupal+Camp+Toronto+2010.ppt?version=1&modificationDate=1288060322608.

I covered the ones in the tarball as well the ones on drupal.org that have stable releases for Drupal 6 and reasonable usage figures. A video of the presentation was recorded along with the rest of the main sessions at the conference. When they are processed and it is put up somewhere I'll update this post with the link.

As background, Drupal Camp Toronto 2010 was a successful two day Drupal camp with over 250 attendees (last one had less than 160) and over 15 sponsors. Keynote speakers included Dries Buytaert from Acquia, Jeff Eaton from...

Read more
24 October, 2010
A few months ago as our organization was just starting to use CiviCRM, Dave Greenberg recommended that we look at CiviCase as a solution for our admissions team to keep track of prospective students. As a collection of activities associated with a client, CiviCase looked like a great way to record our interactions with potential students as we made initial contact, followed up, received communication from them, sent more info, and then accepted their applications. From a DB point of view, yes, it is a nearly perfect way to store that information. But from a UI point of view, we had a long way to go before our admissions team would be able to painlessly get the data in, work with and update it once it was there, and then be able to get it back out in the form of reports. Here's what we did to make that happen (and more!):

Getting the Data In

Creating a case for a new prospective student is simple: just log in to... Read more
19 October, 2010
By michal
Filed under CiviCampaign, v3.3, Drupal, Joomla

It's 3.3.alpha1 time! After a couple months of work, it's finally time to push out all those new cool features out! Before jumping directly on downloads (yeah, we know you can't wait!), we strongly recommend going through 3.3 highlights post, where you will find out what's new and hot in this release.

If you want to experience 3.3.alpha1, it is now available for download. You can also try it out on our sandbox site. Please remember this is an ALPHA release and it should NOT be used on production sites.


Step up and help out!

CiviCRM 3.3alpha1 release is a great occasion to get involved in CiviCRM community. There are many ways you can help make this release better and bug free.
  • Log in to the ...
Read more
18 October, 2010
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM, Drupal, Joomla

As we are getting ready to roll out the first alpha for CiviCRM v3.3, I figured a status update on some of the cool new features of 3.3 was in order. So without further ado, here are some of the cool new features that are part of 3.3

  • The CiviCampaign component is now part of the 3.3 code base. This includes initial support for Canvassing, Surveys and Petitions. There is still a fair amount of work that remains to integrate it with the rest of CiviCRM, more details can be read on our wiki: CiviCampaign and CiviEngage and CiviCRM for Canvassing and GOTV.
  • Thanx to Xavier Dutoit and Tech To The People (TTTP), we've also managed to include powerful petitioning functionality into CiviCRM. The spec for this is on the wiki:...
Read more
26 September, 2010
By Slovak
Filed under Drupal, Joomla, Meetups

Following the great response from OpenCamp and the recent Dallas Drupal User group meeting, the Dallas / Fort Worth CiviCRM Meetup is a reality!

Join us on October 11 at this inaugural meeting to find how you can use this open source solution in your non-profit organization or a small business. We'll cover the basics of CiviCRM and explore the newest features released in version 3.2.3.

We'll hold an informal open floor for people to present how they use CiviCRM and for others to ask questions about the CRM system.

19 September, 2010
By lobo
Filed under v3.3, CiviCRM, Drupal

We just completed a CiviCRM Code Sprint in NY. A big tip of the hat to Rayogram for providing the space and coordinating the logistics, especially to Kyle Jester. Thanx to Chang and Matt from emotive LLC for providing breakfast and lunch during the sprint.

We had 14 folks on Saturday and 12 folks on Sunday. It was an incredibly productive sprint with lots of great presentations and a fair amount of code and improvements towards 3.3. The main goal was to improve some features in CiviCRM and incorporate some of the work done by the community. Here is a recap of some of the things we accomplished during this sprint:

  • Lanette M started work on a document for someone who is trying to migrate data from disparate sources into CiviCRM. She hopes to produce a set of checklists and a list of things for people to think when planning such a migration. She hopes to re-use and bring together some of...
Read more
08 September, 2010
Filed under v3.2, CiviCRM, Drupal

Over the last year rayogram has worked with the New York State Senate to deploy a customized version of CiviCRM 3.2 for each Senate office. In the course of this work, we developed a custom theme for NYSS that leverages much of the template work that we did for the CiviCRM 3.2.


When we presented the work we had done for CiviCRM 3.2 and this theme to the CiviCRM community at CiviCon we got a number of requests for some of the bits of customization we did. Two specific features were requested:

  • Sidebar tabs on contact page
  • Recent items in footer, with profile "overlay"

This got us thinking: everybody needs a good CiviCRM admin theme, and we were already 80% of the way there. All we needed to do was add some extra customization and abstraction to...

Read more
20 August, 2010
Filed under CiviCRM, Drupal

CivicActions is offering a full day CiviCRM User Training in Seattle and in Berkeley.

I'll be conducting the training which is aimed at non-profit staff and consultants who want to learn how to
configure, administer and use CiviCRM.

The training program is
equally applicable to people who are already using CiviCRM and want to
become "power users", as well as people who are interested in evaluating
CiviCRM for their organization or clients.

The agenda will be finalized based on participant mix. Topics may include:

  • Introduction to CiviCRM - what does it do and how can it help you?
  • CiviMember, CiviEvent, CiviReport, CiviMail
  • Installation Overview
  • Configuring CiviCRM - site preferences, dedupe rules, mapping
  • reCAPTCHA, payment processors
  • Using the Contribution, Event and Membership modules
  • Collecting and exposing data to constituents (custom data, profiles)
  • ...
Read more
20 August, 2010
By lobo
Filed under v3.3, CiviCRM, Drupal, Joomla
After what seems to be an incredibly long time, we released CiviCRM v3.2 a few weeks ago to good reviews and not too many critical bug reports :). Now that is out of the way, we are starting to plan the feature set for v3.3 We've been fortunate to get a grant from Open Society Institute to help add some features important for Human Right Organizations, specifically for Front Line. We've been working with Front Line for a few years and this grant allows us to target their needs more effectively. Some of the features that are included in this grant are:
  • Extending Address inheritance from Organization to an Individual (or from any contact to any other contact - TBD).
  • Building Advanced Reports...
Read more
28 July, 2010
By Eileen
Filed under CiviPledge, CiviCRM, Drupal

When working in setting up and developing websites (among other things) we often have to choose between getting stuck in and getting stuff done the known way or trying to invest time in coming up with a more automated way or efficient way of doing things. Usually at some point we become aware of whether we made the right choice – and I find that moment is normally accompanied by a certain sinking feeling.

I recently made the decision to try to follow a new path to do a CiviCRM data import by writing an extension for the Drupal Migrate module. I wrote a blog when I started and although the feedback wasn’t entirely encouraging I decided to give it a go anyway – probably pig-headedness.

As the meat of the migration was 90,000 pledges with 140,000 associated contributions I focussed on these first and set up an automated import (drush) that allowed me to import the contacts, addresses,...

Read more