Texting - sending short messages via sms to cell phones is a powerful but untapped tool for community organizing. Recent Pew Internet studies have shown that young people of color use texting far more than other demographic groups, and increasingly access the internet and communicate solely through their mobile devices. Given this, texting has tremendous potential to help community organizing groups in the US communicate with their members.
Attempts to incorporate SMS in the past have stagnated (http://wiki.civicrm.org/confluence/display/CRM/CiviSMS) A few important things have changed since then: the use of texting has gone up dramatically, particularly in the United States and the emergence of SMS application framework providers has made it easy and affordable to both send and receive sms messages.
While there are still some cost and opt-in barriers that need to be addressed, PTP believes that part...Read more
For Joomla users out there, you may be interested in a few new and updated 3rd party extensions that provide integration with CiviCRM. A semi-complete list of available extensions with their descriptions can be found here: http://wiki.civicrm.org/confluence/display/CRMDOC/Joomla%21+Extensions+for+CiviCRM+%283rd+party%29
Of particular interest are a few for Joomla 1.6+ users:
- CiviSearch Plugin: this links CiviCRM event titles, summaries, and descriptions with the native Joomla search capability. Just install and enable it in the plugin manager. There is one configuration option where you can choose a menu item to be used when the event information links are generated in search results. It's compatible with Joomla 1.5 and 1.6+
- CiviCRM Group Sync: modeled after the Drupal group/roles sync module, this component + plugin connects...
Like many others who have no doubt gone before me, I found myself spending a large chunk of time this week finding and merging duplicate contacts. Civi's deduping UI has gotten a lot better lately, and I love having the ability to go through it more quickly than before. But deduping is only as good as the queries it runs, and of course prevention is better than cleanup.
Here are some observations of how all those dupes in my DB got created:
- People treat nicknames and first names interchangeably -- Bob might call himself Robert on one form and Bob on another, and not even notice he's doing it.
- People change email addresses like they change their shoes!
- Ditto for phone numbers and addresses!
- Phone number is currently just a textfield, so deduping on phone is almost useless (555.5555 doesn't match 555-5555 or 5555555 or 555 5555 and if you include area codes there's even more permutations)
- A slightly mistyped...
We've just started a make it happen for UK direct debit integration - something that lots of UK non profits have been asking for and we are happy to provide :)
The fabulous Eileen will be carrying out the work and we are aiming to raise the total amount needed by August 15 in time for her trip to the UK so we can spend some time kick starting it all.
So if direct debit is important to you or your clients, please step up and help us reach the goal amount.
The requirements and specification are being developed on the wiki. The spec. will be finalised before work commences based on requirements expressed by contributors and we can't garuntee to fulfill all requirements so please discusss any specific questions you have with us before adding requirements...Read more
Want to control the Joomla ACL depending on a user’s membership status?
Version 2 of the Joomla CiviCRM Membership Authentication Plugin does precisely this for Joomla 1.6 and CiviCRM 4.0 users.
Allows users to login with either their username or email address
Uses the Joomla user table to authenticate
Checks that that user has a current CiviCRM membership record
Sets the Joomla Access Level depending on the users membership status
Redirects to the configured menu item based on potential results
Also, if a user's membership has expired they can be redirected to a contribution page to renew.
More details can be found here http://wiki.civicrm.org/confluence/display/CRMDOC/Joomla+CiviCRM+Membership+Authentication+and+ACL+...Read more
Fans of Webform CiviCRM Integration will be happy to hear that version 2 is now available for testing. And if you're not already a fan of that module, this might put you over the edge.
With version 1, you were able to:
- Create/update a single Individual via webform
- Log a simple activity for that contact when the form was submitted
- Allow the user to opt-in to groups
- Tag contacts
Version 2 take that to a whole new level, giving you the ability to:
- Expose a virtually unlimited number of contacts per webform (so your users can enter their entire family, team, etc. on a single form).
- It handles any type of contact, and supports multiple addresses, emails, phones, websites, and custom fieldgroups per contact.
- Create Relationships between the multiple contacts on the form!
- It also exposes activity fields...
After spending a lot of time, CiviSync CMS Component (for Joomla) and Module (for Drupal) were able to see the sunlight. We have now released the two extensions on our website www.targetintegration.com
CiviSync CMS was primarily created as an additional item to CiviSync Outlook Addon (Still Under Development); to provide an easy to use interface to manage site key of a CiviCRM installation and API Key for the users in the database. Thanks to Xavier who helped me realise the full potential of CiviSync CMS; that not only CiviSync but whereever you want to use API, CiviSync CMS can be a useful tool.
I have taken the following from the wiki and modified for those unaware about Site Keys and API Keys:
What is a Site Key?
You are required to pass authentication information at runtime to prevent any scripts in CiviCRM from being invoked by an unauthorized agent. CiviCRM uses a Site Key in...Read more
It was a great gathering of people from different backgrounds showing up for the meetup. By far this was one of the biggest meetups (30+ people) that I have attended. Nice to see the growth in the SF Bay Area civi community!
Meetup kicked off with a report back by Dave Greenberg of the CiviCRM team from CiviCon Chicago. He reviewed growth trends for the platform, and broad goals for the project going forward. You can download Dave's slides as well as most of the other CiviCon Chicago presentations here. This was followed by presentation by Arthur Richards from Wikimedia Foundation. He briefed everyone on how Wikimedia uses CiviCRM to manage 999,350+ contacts and 1,067,739+ contribution records. Arthur's presentation can be found...Read more
Rooty Hollow is excited to announce the release of our Constant Contact Integration module for CiviCRM. If you are not able or willing to deal with sending bulk e-mails form your host this module is for you.
- Upload contacts from a CiviCRM installation...
Many non-profits live and die by the grant money that they are able to bring in. CiviCRM can currently track incoming grant applications through CiviGrant, but there is no way to track outgoing grants applications.
This functionality has been requested by users of CiviGrant in the past, but the project never moved forward. The organization that I work with is very interested in tracking our grant application workflow, which in turn makes me very interested in implementing this functionality.
After some discussion in the forums, it was suggested that I write up a blog post with a few ideas on how to go ahead with the project. Essentially, I see three options:
- Extend CiviGrant by adding DB fields.
- Extend CiviGrant by leveraging activities.
- Replace CiviGrant with a CiviCase workflow.
Before moving ahead, I would like to...Read more