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.
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:
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:
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.
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
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:
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
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!
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.