14 March, 2016

Hi! My name is Christian Maltais. I'm a founding member of Praxis Labs Coop. We recently launched a Civi hosting service with automated updates. However, I also wanted to help the community on a more personal level. Since I'm not a developer, I felt unsure. How could I fit in?

Luckily, the Civi folks are very welcoming, and the project needs all sorts of skills. I studied litterature in college, and I'm a pretty good copy editor. Turns out the "Features" section on civicrm.org needed some editing. That felt just right for me, so I got on it.

Editing is like thinning and weeding your garden. You're moving or removing what gets in the way; identifying and fixing potential problems.

Online readers have notoriously low patience. That's your biggest problem.

You can't make the readers more patient. You can however remove the things that try their patience, so that should...

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08 March, 2016
By seank

At our wonderfully well-attended and interesting CiviDay Bristol (here and here), somehow I managed to become co-opted as the chief co-ordinator for CiviCON London 2016 - 6th-7th October - and I'm reliably informed that organising for this event starts now, or earlier even.

The first thing for me to to do is to find out all the stuff I don't know, things like like who is going to help me, what resources exist from previous conferences and what the budgets are likely to be. Michael's budget summary for Colorado 2015 is particularly interesting https://civicrm.org/blogs/michael-mcandrew/civicon-denver-2015-financials but would be much more useful if the exchange rates weren't so volatile!

I'll also be...

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31 January, 2016
By josh

Back in May of 2013, Dave Greenberg made a push to improve the marketing of CiviCRM, resulting in a team of partners and contributors working together to help raise awareness and promote the software. Fast forward to 2016 and we’re continuing to market CiviCRM, building upon their initial efforts. Today, we’re taking another step. Consistent with the Core Team’s organizational objective of creating defined project teams, we’re pushing forward with the formalization of a dedicated CiviCRM Marketing Team.

Tasked with scaling the size of the ecosystem, the marketing team will consist of working groups with specific responsibilities and objectives, the culmination of which will result in a coordinated strategy and in its substantive implementation. Why am I highlighting the...

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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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19 October, 2015
By katetak

Salvation Army Echelon, the official young adult auxiliary of The Salvation Army, is the product of an idea that began in Dallas, Texas in 2010. Echelon is the next generation of community action for the Salvation Army. Men and women age 21 to 35 engage in networking, fundraising and community service in chapters across the U.S.

After the network of chapters expanded from one club in Dallas to several clubs across the nation, Salvation Army Echelon wanted a solution to house the chapters under one umbrella while allowing each club to customize their own site. They chose Skvare based on their expertise in CiviCRM and the added benefit of having all web-related services - web development, hosting and maintenance - provided by one company.

Angie Harmon, Chair of PR & Communications of the Echelon Peoria Advisory Board says,...

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30 September, 2015
By josh

In case you haven’t noticed, we don’t spend a ton of time on marketing and sales. Not only is our budget for marketing small (and by 'small', I mean 'tiny'), just take a quick look at the makeup of the Core Team and at our roadmap and you should get a good sense of what our focus is (and is not). Like most things CiviCRM, we rely on our community to help spread the word about the project and the benefits of using the software. The good thing about open source, however, is that there are a ton of ways to be involved and to help promote CiviCRM as an active member of its community!

One such way is to provide feedback to those that may be considering CiviCRM on sites like G2 Crowd and Capterra...

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14 July, 2015
By pkeogan

I am often asked by our clients to help with hire a CiviCRM administrator.  This can be a new hire or a promotion of someone within the organization.  Although every organization has specific needs, I've found the below job description to be helpful as a starting point.  Hopefully you can find it helpful as well.

 

Position Overview
The CRM Administrator is responsible for the overall administration and support for the CiviCRM Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) system. The successful candidate is not necessarily a technologist, but a person:
  • with a good understanding how a CRM should and can be utilized across the organization.
  • who has skills using online technology and has the curiosity and expertise to learn CiviCRM and participate in the CiviCRM community.
  • who is someone who wants to be a go-to person for the users. The candidate should be an advocate for the CiviCRM within the organization and...
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21 April, 2015

In honour of CiviCon 2015, iATS Payments excited to announce a new referral program to help spread the word about using the iATS Payments extension for CiviCRM!  

The concept is quite simple.  Refer an organization to iATS Payments and when their account is approved both your organization and theirs will get $100 to spend as you wish!  This could go towards your cause, a special project, cupcakes for the office - or whatever you like!

Follow this link to learn more and to submit the required details to us.  The iATS Payments account coordinators are standing by to help!

iATS Payments is proud to support the CiviCRM community.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to iatsmarketing@iatspayments.com.

20 February, 2015

There are many CiviCRM experts around the world. But how do you find them?

Well ... two places really: the Service Providers directory and the Hosting Providers directory, right here on civicrm.org.

With the growing number of listed providers, we have decided to add additional search criteria to these directories.
So you can now search by:

  • country,
  • spoken language(s),
  • service provided,
  • supported CMS's (ie. Drupal, Joomla! or WordPress),
  • or any combination thereof.

Happy searching, and please mention you've found their name in the CiviCRM provider's directory!

P.S. Providers can update their listing by logging into their account on civicrm.org and scrolling to the “Partner / Active...

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12 February, 2015

CiviCon Denver (and all the events taking place around the conference) will take place the week of April 20th.  The marketing team needs your help to promote this event.    We are launching a social media campaign and its success depends heavily on your involvement.  

The campaign revolves around Reasons for Attending CiviCon.  We are asking y'all (and yes, that includes YOU, whether you're an administrator, user, implementer, developer, partner or core team member) to not only  tweet about #CiviCon, but to also post selfies with the reasons why you think others would benefit from attending #CiviCon.

Below are some sample tweets that you are free to use.  We encourage you to come up with your own reasons if they're not listed below:  ...

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