02 December, 2014
By jamie
Filed under CiviCampaign, Extensions

The ability to create petitions in CiviCRM was a tremendous move forward for people using CiviCRM for political organizing. The petitions feature took another step forward with the Petition Email extension, that allows copies of your petition to be automatically sent by email to a given target. However, the holy grail of e-advocacy was still just out of reach: automatically sending your petition to the petition signer's elected official.

Now, CiviCRM will have it.

The Progressive Technology Project is putting our final touches on a ground-up re-write of the Petition Email extension that will allow the target to be chosen dynamically based on the information provided by the petition signer. You can still specify one or more people to receive a copy of all petitions signed. However, with the re-write, you will also be able to specify a group of contacts that will...

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24 November, 2014

At Web Access we’re constantly exploring new technologies and challenging our engineers to come up with new, and useful software solutions. This exercise allows us to hone our skills, motivate our teams, and keeps us thinking outside of the box. At times, such as this, it gives us a little something to boast about.

We thought it would be really useful for the community if there were a simpler way to donate in CiviCRM. So we set out to simplify the donation process. What we’ve come up with is the “Simple Donate” extension which allows the administrator to link existing donation pages with our new sleek, user friendly and responsive donation page. The genesis of this idea came from the blog post here

Pen and paper ready? Here’s how it works…

  1. Link your existing contribution page with simple donate form....
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24 November, 2014

When preparing an email newsletter, one part of it that is time consuming is gathering together all the content that is needed. In my experience, virtually all the content already exists elsewhere, such as in the local CMS, in CiviCRM, or on a blog, or some other online source.    So I was thinking how can I make this process easier.  What I did: I created mail merge tokens for CiviCRM that autofill a list of recent blog posts, stories, or any other type of CMS content.  So the end-user sees a list of tokens, one for each content type, each term/category, each aggregator feed,  and for each date range. Such as "Content of type 'blog' created in the last 7 days" .  What is particulary powerful about this approach, is that if you are also using a CMS aggregator (such as the aggregator module in Drupal core) then virually any external RSS feed is turned into CMS content, which is now available as a CiviCRM token. 

Some examples of how this new extension may help your...

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24 November, 2014
Filed under CiviEvent, CiviCRM, Extensions

Whether your nonprofit or social good organization is small, like the local animal shelter, or large, like the Creative South conference, chances are volunteers mean a lot to your mission. Ginkgo Street Labs has been leading the effort to develop the CiviVolunteer extension of CiviCRM to make it easier and faster for nonprofits to manage their volunteers.

Because of the CiviCRM project’s open-source structure, many nonprofit users are active on the online forum, troubleshooting issues and sharing ideas for things they wish CiviCRM could do. We regularly organize and categorize this input into the CiviVolunteer Road Map, which shows where we’re going next with development.

Right now, we are...

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18 November, 2014
Filed under Extensions

Volunteers play an important role in nonprofit organizations not only in terms of the time they donate, but also because they serve as ambassadors for organizations and frequently become regular donors.  It takes time, effort and good tech tools to grow and manage their volunteer programs effectively. Recruiting, assuring training and skills, sending reminders and giving ongoing feedback are all important to having happy volunteers and a successful project.

CiviVolunteer

Even if you don’t have a formal volunteer program in your organization, like many community organizations, you probably have hard workers who are contributing regularly to your operations. Or maybe you have periodic or annual events that need staffing. CiviCRM enables you to manage information about your volunteers and ensures you have timely and appropriate interactions.

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12 November, 2014
By Stoob
Filed under API, Extensions

CiviCRM has had an array of powerful import tools for as long as I can remember but the availble options have been limited. Contacts, Contributions, Participants, Memberships and Activities...sure....but what about the Events themselves? Sorry. What about Grants? Nope.

Enter the API CSV import GUI extension, created by awesome community member Eileen McNaughton! That's a whole lot of acronyms, but basically what it allows you to do is import potentially any entity into Civi. Grants? Yes. Events? Yes. Cases? Yes! Pledges? Why not?

Translations: For those that don't know, CSV is a common, simplified spreadsheet format that can be opened using Excel, Libre Office, etc. API is some programmer-speak and GUI just means you...

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29 October, 2014

This extension has been unpublished from the CiviCRM extensions directory, as it is obsolete. The source code is still at GitHub (https://github.com/sgladstone/com.pogstone.paymentprocessorhelper), but is not maintained, nor recommended. 

 

Pogstone has published a new native extension called "Payment Processor Helper" Its designed to standardize and streamline, and ease support challenges related to automated recurring contributions that are connected to payment processors. This extension is NOT a payment processor. Its designed to work along side existing payment processors, which at this point includes PayPalPro, Authorize.net and eWay recurring.  Hopefully this is of use to organizations using one of those 3 payment processors, and/or other developers creating payment processors that want to offer automated recurring...

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03 October, 2014
By johnff
Filed under Drupal, Extensions
Sadly all good things must come to an end.
 
Here at the CiviCRM 2014 Edale Sprint we've been working closely with members of the core team. As well as fixing bugs, working on integrating Google Summer of Code projects, and readying extensions for release, it's been an excellent opportunity for the Future First Software Developers to learn directly from the CiviCRM experts themselves.
 
In a presentation I showed something that the Future First Software Development Team made recently - a brand new contact screen. It went down a treat, so here's a blog article revealing how we did it!
 
Background:
 
Future First is a charity that helps state-funded schools and colleges mobilise their former students for the benefit of their current students. Former students can do this by attending in-school events to inspire current students, by offering mentoring or work...
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01 October, 2014
Filed under Extensions, Sprints

Last year we worked together with MAF Norway on the TriggerAction extension to help them with their fundraising donor journeys. They were able to find some initial funding so we developed like mad for a week to be able to start. The TriggerAction extension was a result of that hard work, and MAF Norway presented this at the London CiviCon on 25th September 2014.

Even though we are proud of what we managed to achieve in such a small timeframe and the MAF Norway is actually using the extension, we all think we need a second development sprint to improve the concept. We hope the session at CiviCon will help to find some additional funding and are really happy that MAF Norway wants to commit some of their budget once more for a next phase. We are planning for a sprint in the end of January 2015, and hopefully an additional one somewhere in March.

Jaap Jansma and me are now at the Edale CiviCRM sprint doing some of the ground work of what will be the extension CiviRules....

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01 September, 2014

There is a newly updated version of the native extension called "Fancy Tokens". This new version (2.1) includes enhancements suggested by the community. Specifically the request from Xavier to include tokens for individual event registration pages, where the event ID can be easily changed. 

Have you ever needed to send an email from CiviCRM that includes a list of upcoming events? Then you know how much fun the copy/paste effort this entails, especially if you want to use a checksum in the links to register. Plus you know you get to repeat the whole exciting process for the next newsletter the following week or month. Or if you have someone else you need to train on this task, try explaining to a non-technical person how to hand-edit the URL query string to include the checksum paramaters. (is the contact ID query string param name "cid=x" or "id=x", well that depends....)          And even if you do not deal with events, you can have the same fun teaching someone else to...

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