20 March, 2011
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Please join other CiviCRM users, administrators, and developers in the Chicago area for our March meetup. Our meetings are informal and open to anyone interested in applying the power of CiviCRM for their favorite nonprofit cause.


When: Friday, March 25th at 6 pm

What: Chicago area CiviCRM Meetup



200 S Wacker Drive, 15th Floor (TechNexus)

Chicago, IL 60606


We will have a recap of what was presented at CiviCon 2011 for those folks who couldn't attend. For new members wanting to find out more about CiviCRM and its capabilities for nonprofits we'll have an open Q&A session.


To RSVP visit the meetup event page for Event details and location

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18 March, 2011
By Slovak
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Join the next meeting of the Dallas / Fort Worth CiviCRM Meetup group on April 6, 2011 at 7:00 PM.


You have the need for CRM solution, know where to host it, but not quite sure about the next step? Come and see how to install CiviCRM in 45 minutes from download to running.


RSVP through our Meetup page.

03 March, 2011
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We had our first Greater Chicago area CiviCRM Meetup on Thursday February 10th at TechNexus and had 6 people in attendance. In the course of the meeting we had a long Q&A session covering many different topics related to CiviCRM capabilities out of the box and compared them with other CRMs. It was great opportunity to meet several CiviCRM implementers in the Chicago area who met for the first time at this meeting.

We hope to see other Chicago area CiviCRM users and administrators at our next meetup on March 25th, 2011 at TechNexus!

Topics we covered:

  • Merits of CiviCRM versus Salesforce.com and Microsoft Access for non-profits
  • Creative and uncommon uses of CiviCRM for different workflows
  • Overview of CiviCRM's capabilities (presentation by Mary Kay Bianchi)
  • Discussion about hosting a reception introducing Cloud computing and CiviCRM for non-...
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28 February, 2011
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A lot more that I thought, I found out at a I recent demo of CiviCRM at Simplify ICT, an event hosted in east London to boost the profile of free and open source software at non-profits.

I was getting bored with the standard intro to CiviCRM presentation (where I go through each module in isolation, giving an intro to what it can do and how it can be used) and wanted to do something more practical that non profits could easily relate to. So I ditched the standard presentation in favour of a practical demo showing CiviCRM in daily use. I settled on how does CiviCRM help me run an event? So the plan was:

  • create a mailing list for people interested in events
  • import some people, and add them to this mailing list
  • create a mailing list sign up page, and get people in the room to sign up for events
  • create an event with online registration
  • get people to register

I scheduled in hour to demo all...

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24 February, 2011
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We have set a date for the next CiviCRM BeNeLux meetup: Friday 15 April 2011 in the afternoon. More details will follow, but we do expect a demo of the CiviCRM Mobile app (Android and iPhone) from qbSet. 


We will also present the new feature on the upcoming 3.4 and 4.0 versions. If there is enough interest, we will focus on the new API v3.


17 February, 2011
By seank
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The first CiviCRM user group meeting of 2011 took place on Thursday 10th Feb at the Create Centre in Bristol, the first in a while, but with several more programmed in for the coming year to attempt to make it more of a fixture in the UK CiviCRM community.

It was extremely well attended with 14 of 18 signups showing up. Showing the real desire of events of this kind to network with other people involved at all levels to get a much better idea of the Civi ecosphere and the myriad ways of using it.

We kicked off with introductions which I won’t repeat in full here, but we had everything from a implementer for local church groups to a Civil Engineering equipment company utilising Civi to track which customers had which items out on site.

Most of the room implemented or used CiviCRM integrated with Drupal, although some developers used both and we started with some news on integration projects. The greater flexibility of the new Joomla integrations and the...

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11 February, 2011
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We're just back from the first UK CiviCRM user group meeting of 2011, hosted by Circle Interactive http://www.circle-interactive.co.uk in Bristol.

An engaged group of users and a lively discussion on growing the CiviCRM community. We'll be holding more user group meetups throughout the year in Bristol, London and Manchester.

In addition there are two training events coming up.


Bristol, 16 March - Introduction to CiviCRM

On 16 March Circle Interactive in Bristol are hosting a one-day Introduction to CiviCRM with tutor Sean Kenny.
The course will give an overview of CiviCRM use in small to medium sized organisations and in the first session will offer hands on tutoring in everyday Civi tasks:
Recording and managing information about your contacts Extending records by collecting custom data...
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20 December, 2010

We had a lively meetup at Wikimedia Foundation HQ in San Francisco last week. Despite the super crummy weather, Carl Tashian from the Participatory Politics Foundation came downtown on via bicycle to share their experiences migrating to CiviCRM from phpList, using the Sendgrid service for mailings, and integrating CiviCRM with the Ruby on Rails application they use for their Open Congress project. This is a great example of using the REST API for tools integration. You can check out the slides from Carl's presentation here. Be sure to also check out Open Congress! Thanks Carl for a great presentation.

We also spent some time reviewing the new...

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12 November, 2010
By Slovak
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After another successful meetup in October, join us on the second Monday in December to learn more about Custom Profiles, Custom Fields, and setting up online membership sign-up forms.

Bring along your friends and associates, as well as questions and examples of the work you may be doing with CiviCRM.

20 October, 2010
By derek
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This past Monday, the 18th of October 2010, a group of about 10 people gathered for Toronto's fifth ever CiviCRM Users' Group Meetup. The turnout was up significantly from last month, and we look forward to growing the local community even more. In future, we'll make sure to post clear and detailed directions to the location to ensure everyone who wants to come can find us!


Unfortunately our scheduled presenter was unable to attend at the last minute, which meant we had to modify the agenda for the evening slightly, but it ended up working out quite well. Introducing ourselves and our interests or experiences with CiviCRM, roughly half of us were developers or technical people of some description, while the rest were more end-user type people who were interested in what CiviCRM could do for them or their organization. This led to some great general discussion about what CiviCRM is (and isn't) and some examples were shown (eg...

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