We had another well-attended meetup last thursday, hosted by the folks at Rayogram, with about 20 people participating. Annalee Van Kleeck, Lyric Systems, who has an extensive background in various fundraising systems, presented a case study of her work using Drupal/CiviCRM for Hands On, focusing on online ticket and subscriptions sales, a calendar of cultural events, and a resources library. This project was her first civiCRM installation, and she noted several times at how impressed she was of what civiCRM and drupal can do in comparison to other fundraising software.
Annalee identified areas that she would like to see improvements and/or develop custom modules in CiviCRM that would allow her to:
- [for price sets] apply appropriate service charges for people who pay for tickets or subscriptions by credit card and also exempt service charges for those who pay by check
Let's hear it for Rayogram and their hospitality to the CiviCRM community by hosting the New York City Meetup last Thursday! We accomplish so much using all of our electronic tools but there is still a kind of creativity that happens so much more efficiently in real time, face to face. One of the breakout groups at the Meetup was with persons interested in talking about CiviPledge. I left energized and excited about improving the tool that we all share. Some of the highlights of our conversation were:
- What is the role of pledges in organizations and CiviCRM?
- How should we handle pledge payments?
- How should we communicate with our members about their pledge payments?
One of the persistent questions is, "What distinguishes a Pledge from a Pay-Layer Contribution or a Recurring Contribution?" We really kicked that around at the break out table and I can now clearly articulate the difference and why...Read more
The New York Meetup was a great success last night, as 33 people got a glimpse into upcoming releases, several case studies, and great open floor discussions. Dave Greenberg, core contributor, joined in via Skype video to provide insight into upcoming features and answering questions.
The crowd demographic was roughly one half users, one quarter developers, and one quarter that had not yet used civiCRM but where interested, or on the verge of, installing the software. There were two Joomla users, one standalone, while the rest were Drupal aficionados.
Brian Shaughnessy, of Lighthouse Consulting...Read more
- Case Study: Chez Panisse Foundation - Evaluating a CRM solution and the process of migrating to CiviCRM (Max La Riviere-Hedrick : futurepruf.com)
- Case Study: Generations Community Wellness: Donate Your Fat - Building a rich community engagement site on top of CiviCRM (Roberto Santiago : raSantiago.com). You can download...
Training CampThe training camp was held over two days. Similar to our other camps this was also in an unconference format. The topics were decided by the participants and we split the day up into 5 sessions on both the days. Some takeaways from the user meetup:
- The UK NGO's rely more on government funding than on donations.
- Reporting and managing gift aid is important. We sketched out an implementation and a custom report for this on the wiki. More code on this coming soon
- Folks were quite excited about CiviReport and the reporting framework.
- Quite a few discussions on effectively supporting multi-org installations (n drupal installs, 1 shared civicrm db)
- A good discussion on how to make CiviCRM get around the "not built...
Those that missed out on the last three days of CiviCRM fun in London (and those for whom three days just wasn't enough) will be pleased to hear that this July's London Net Tuesday will be focused on CiviCRM. Nic Rodgers from Enable Interactive and I will be there to answer your questions and talk about how organisations in the UK and further afield have been using it.
The event starts at 5.30pm on July 7 (that's pretty SOON, by the way) and is being kindly hosted by Bash Creations who live at...Read more