15 December, 2014

My first exposure to CiviCRM was around 2009. I was working at Freeform Solutions, Canadian IT nonprofit organization that supports other nonprofits by providing technology support. We were looking for a CRM system that would support an HR organization that had a few thousands contact records. They needed a software that would allow all staff to access the same contacts database so that all staff members can update the records, send newsletters and other mass mailings and to run reports on the collected data to know what type of clients they work with. In the future, they were planning to do online events registrations, possibly with payments.
We've done some research and several things attracted us to use CiviCRM for this project:
- CiviCRM, being an open source software, meant to us, the developers, that if we had to tweak any functionality or add some new features, we could do that without having to rely on the creators of the...

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23 November, 2014

Donate Now!  In the 10 years that CiviCRM has been around, it has helped a wide spectrum of nonprofits, from the internationally recognized nonprofits (such as Amnesty International, and Doctors without Borders) to lesser known nonprofits (such as Ambassadors Football, Youth Orchestra Bucks County) raise funds and organize volunteer efforts that truly make a difference in our world. 

CiviCRM has created a robust web-based, open source, highly customizable, CRM to meet organizations’ highest expectations right out-of-the box.  There aren’t any licensing fees nor subscriptions fees!  Each new release of this open source software reflects the very real needs of its users as enhancements are continually given back to the community.  When...

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14 November, 2014

Hey CiviCRM community...there’s less than a month left before Giving Tuesday...18 days to be exact!  We need your participation!

The time is now to spread our message across social media and email.  
We have started a twitter picture contest for cutest and funniest picture tweeted.  All you have to do is tweet pictures of yourselves, family members (pets included), and/or memes holding a paper sign that says:  “Donate to #CiviCRM because ___________ (fill in the blanks).  If you’d like, you can fill it with …”it helps Nonprofits make this a better world for us.”  Use your phone to take the picture, it doesn't have to be complicated.  The tweet can be a reiteration of your sign with the hashtags #CiviCRM and #GivingTuesday and link it to the donation page http://tinyurl.com/o5fgsbn.    Don’t forget to retweet each others pictures!  What’s the prize?  Bragging rights and...
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22 October, 2014

20+ Sessions were recorded during last CiviCon London 2014 and are now available in CiviCon official website.

Here is a list of the recorded, produced and published sessions:

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20 October, 2014
It's been a year since we started the Partner Marketing Committee, during this year we tried to move forward some initiatives with great effort from all the members of the Committee. 
We used $ 6,ooo USD from the Marketing budget for helping partners represent CiviCRM in the following events:
  • 3 additional registrations for NTEN 2014
  • Movements social justice fundraising conference
  • Open Expo Day - Open Source Trade Show in Madrid (Spain).
  • Social Media promotion for Civi User Summit
  • CiviCRM Booth Allied Media Conference June 20-22nd in Detroit.
  • Funds for CiviCRM booth at Stronger Together
  • 10x10 booth at Science Fair + 1 conference registration. Science Fair NTEN 2015
This $ 20,000 USD budget came from the Partner Program that started last year....
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30 September, 2014

Finding enough money in your budget to market your organization effectively can be challenging. Most nonprofit organizations need to focus their limited resources on providing programs and services. Google makes it easier for nonprofits with Google Ad Grants. That, in combination with CiviCRM provides a power engine fueling your marketing, outreach and CRM needs.

So let’s start with Google Grants...

GoogleGrants gives $120,000 per year of free advertising to each nonprofit which meets the requirements of the program (http://www.google.com/grants/eligibility.html).

What does this mean? Anytime you Google a word or phrase, there will be results at the top of the page and in the sidebar that returns relevant results. Most of the time, this is paid search (which is very different from organic search, but that’s a different topic for a different day.)

So $120,000 a...

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10 September, 2014

Today is a very special day: Sept. 10th is the Internet Slowdown. And you have most probably hear of Net Neutrality and seen the banners on prominent web properties such as WordPress, Mozzilla, Namecheap, Reddit, Netflix, Google, Vimeo, Tumblr, Foursquare, Etsy, Meetup, Digg, ACLU, EFF, Open Media and more than 7,000 other websites.

But ... whether:

  • you know what this is all about or are totally ignorant on the topic,
  • you want to get involved or couldn't care less,
  • you are in the United States, Europe or any other part of the world,

... you HAVE to see this amazing video by famous comedian John Oliver.


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15 July, 2014

There are four really interesting CiviCRM sessions penciled in for NTEN this year (in Austin, Texas).  In order to ensure these sessions get run, we need to win a popularity contest. Please vote for CiviCRM sessions to ensure everyone attending NTEN gets the opportunity to learn more about CiviCRM.  Voting is simple: Open this google doc to see all CiviCRM sessions planed, click on the link of the sessions you like the sound of, and vote the session up.  Voting closes on 18th July (3 more days!) so head over to the site today and help spread the word about CiviCRM.

15 July, 2014
Last June 26th CiviCRM participated in OpenExpo Day Madrid, one of the biggest events of Free and Open Source Software held this year.

Networking area 

Partially funded with the available Marketing BudgetiXiam represented CiviCRM with a small booth (a table with a rollup) at the networking section. Some people approached us in the networking section with very interesting questions interested in CiviCRM!

CiviCRM Session and Demo

We started the day presenting CiviCRM to an audiende of 20+. It was the first session of the day and we presented an overview of CiviCRM also...
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11 March, 2014

Hello from Washington, where we've finished our first day of the 2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference events--halfway through the User and Administrator Training. 

(Read more about what's going on here this week at my previous blog post.)

But I have a request for all of you out in CiviLand--send us your awesome CiviCRM pages!  Show off what you've done for event pages and registration forms, contribution and membership forms, contact listings, petitions, and more.  We'll automatically show it at the NTC.

To secure your spot in the limelight, just tweet your url with the hashtag #civibooth and we'll take it from there!

(Shy about tweeting? You can also fill out the form at http://aghstrategies.com/civibooth instead.)

I'll give an update in a couple of days--you have through Friday afternoon to tweet your...

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