01 May, 2019
By MickC
Filed under Meetups

Time to relaunch the Sydney CiviCRM meetup - let's get together for an informal meet and greet, open workshop to discuss challenges, learnings and best practices with CiviCRM, and how we can make this meetup work for us in 2019.

A meetup was active in Sydney from 2012 but hasn't met in a while, however there's many users in the Civi community who can benefit from getting together to exchange experiences, not only about CiviCRM but also about what we do in our respective organisations to engage audiences, build memebrships and host events.

To kickstart the topics, let's talk about Mailing:

- what methods to use and when to use them
- using Mosaico template builder
- using groups, include/exclude searches and groups for mailing
- Opt Out vs Unsubscribe
- Tokens and Templates
- tracking results

Possible other related discussion topics:...

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05 March, 2019
By gcpower
Filed under Meetups

Attendees represented developers, new and potential CiviCRM users, a good mix of experience.  Topics covered included webforms, focussing on conditional fields.  We also looked at webform layout, which allows the placing of webform fields inside boxes.  The fields can then be arranged into rows and columns.


We then looked at the contact summary, showing how all contact involvement can be accessed from this one screen.  This led on to a discussion about how CiviCRM, as an Open Source system evolves and grows.


A short presentation on Mosaico followed.  A new template was created from one of the base templates, showing the drag and drop features.  A block was then modified, adding images and text.  The use of tokens to personalise the mailing was then covered.  The presentation then concluded with the new template being used for a mailing.


This was followed by a presentation on CiviCRM in WordPress context using the tabs on the Dashboard...

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04 March, 2019
By noah

It's time to take your CiviCRM skills to the next level! Join us for two days of intensive hands-on learning, individual attention from CiviCRM experts and networking with nonprofit peers.

  • Dig into the most popular components of CiviCRM with the guidance of experienced trainers.

  • Learn and practice on an actual database: we give each trainee their own CiviCRM site to work on.

  • Ask questions: you'll have plenty of opportunities.

Get an early-bird discount if you register by March 12.

We will cover all the most commonly-used core components of CiviCRM. This is your chance to become familiar with parts of Civi that you were curious about but haven't ventured into. You may also pick up better ways to accomplish the tasks you already do in Civi!

The training takes place side-by-side with ...
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26 February, 2019
By MickC
Filed under CiviMember, Members, Meetups

First meetup of 2019, a workshop style session discussing challenges submitted by attendees in advance. 

This session will focus on 'Membership' - we invite participants to 'lead' on a topic, and share your experiences with the group.  Suggested topics from the following items across the event lifecycle:

  • Setting up Memberships
  • Membership Type and Term
  • Pricing and Price sets
  • Individuals vs Organisations, and using relationship
  • Membership Contribution pages, using profiles, payment processing
  • using webforms for Memberships
  • email - bulk emailing members and using Smart Groups
  • email - sending scheduled reminders
  • Membership and CMS integration - Syncing members with roles
  • uploading membership or contribution data
  • analytics - membership reporting

Feel free to propose other agenda items to this meetup, perhaps some current issues you...

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21 September, 2018
Filed under Community, Meetups

On Tuesday 11 September 2018 we had quite an enjoyable and interesting CiviCRM meetup in Antwerp.


A total of 32 participants gathered at the University of Antwerp Middelheim campus to share their stories around CiviCRM.

We did an introduction to CiviCRM for the people new to CiviCRM or deciding if they wanted to start using it, there was a session on memberships for a couple of membership organizations, I did a demonstration of my integration between CiviCRM and eenvoudigfactureren (online invoicing) for Domus Medica and Erik Brouwer facilitated a workshop on how to implement CiviCRM.


07 May, 2018
Filed under Meetups

Following the excellent work begun in Edinburgh by Graham Clarkston and Marcus Wilson - an event has been organised for Friday 11th May to allow third sector organisations in Glasgow to come along and find out more about CiviCRM, the various options available to implement and to meet developers and current users to get a better idea of the various platforms and integrations that are making CiviCRM a go to solution for the third sector

Visibility - a local sight loss charity who have been using CiviCRM as an internal database system for around 18 months - have kindly offered the use of their meeting room and tea/coffee facilities will be provided.

Current users, implementors and developers are invited to come along on Friday 11th May for a pre meeting session to discuss new integrations and to share technical assistance and tips from 11.00 am,  this first session runs over lunch time so please do feel free to bring your own lunch.  

New and prospective users...

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17 April, 2018
By MickC
Filed under Meetups

Looking forward to our second meetup of 2018 on Thursday, 19th April, 6PM at Melbourne Business School.

Same format as the last meetup, a round table discussion on various topics put forward by members of the group, leading with:

  • Scheduled Reports
  • Merging Contacts
  • Deduping contacts
  • Customising Invoices
  • Webforms

Also an introduction to Gitlab as a place recommended by CiviCRM for us to share content from the meetup.

Keep the suggestions coming, and looking forward to seeing you there - click here for details.

21 March, 2018
Filed under Meetups
On a sunny Monday  in early March another great meet up, organised by Graham and Marcus was kindly hosted by Macmillan Cancer Support.  You might wonder what a Rotary Club, charities from entirely different fields, and a developer with a host of varying clients have in common apart from the obvious need to manage organisational relationships and data with an excellent open source CRM.  
Well, we got the answer, after a bit of groaning  - GDPR - we had a big discussion of the issues faced by our individual organisations and our clients - but to prevent the afternoon becoming more of a support group for the regulatory challenged - Marcus from Pooka  kindly presented a demo of the the new GDPR extension in action.  Knowing that there is a tool on it’s way, which will significantly help with the headaches GDPR might bring and which sits alongside the already customisable mailing systems in CiviCRM was a relief in itself.  Further though,  being able to...
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20 March, 2018
By noah

We are excited to announce that registration is open for CiviCamp SF Bay Area 2018 — the first-ever low-cost daylong meetup in our region specifically designed for current CiviCRM users and non-users who want to explore CiviCRM.

The date is Thursday, May 3, and the venue is beautiful Preservation Park in Oakland. Sessions may include topics like organizing and reporting on your contacts, integrating your CRM seamlessly with your website, using CiviCRM for event registration and management, CiviCRM extensions, and more.

We encourage you to come whether you're just starting to think about using CiviCRM at your organization or you're a seasoned Civi wizard who wants to connect with other users and experts. We will be tailoring the day to your needs, so register now and...

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14 February, 2018
Filed under Meetups

After many many many months, we had another CiviNYC day last week at Columbia University, thanks to Bashar Makhay (@themak) of the Office of Government and Community Affairs.

We had a university experience, with our meetup taking place in the large classroom with stadium seating. A few who joined us were evaluating CiviCRM and wanted to see if it was what they were looking for and it had the flexibility needed. So I started by doing a basic overview of CiviCRM components. Jon (@junglebird) also supported this and did a demo of Mosaico.

Jon demoing mosaico

After that we split into two groups, one group looking more for some of their questions to be answered with regards to how to manage some organizational programming across affiliates....

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