We started and ended CiviCon Denver this year by talking about community participation. In her keynote presentation, Stormy Peters of the Mozilla Foundation introduced it and discussed the value of participation in open source communities as well as how it represented a competitive advantage to proprietary software alternatives. I closed out CiviCon with the ‘1st Annual Ultimate Not-To-Be Missed All Things to All Attendees Wrap-Up’, again speaking about participation and how it affects the overall sustainability of CiviCRM, ending with a challenge to earn 10 new partners, 100 new members and 1,000 new followers in celebration of CiviCRM reaching the 10,000 active site milestone. Today, we stand at 10,636 active installations.
So, we’re not quite at the 10k mark,...Read more
We recently updated our appeal for financial support on our download page and included a financial metric with two specific elements that I want to expand upon. In essence, we’ve published both the absolute dollar amount needed to balance the remainder of our 2015 budget (~ $300k) and we’ve qualified it by stating that this is the amount necessary for sustainability.
In dollar terms…
There will almost certainly be mixed reactions about publishing both CiviCRM’s budget (~ $600k per year) as well as the gap remaining in 2015. Having said that, we believe it’s important to frame these numbers in terms of impact and in relation to comparable systems. The mission of CiviCRM has always been to provide civic-sector and nonprofit organizations access to a CRM that improves their overall performance and enables them to positively impact the world. Whereas other CRM’s ultimately measure their...Read more
Ever wanted to hire the core team to work on an something important to you but didn't know how? Then take a look at our new Paid issue queue.
The paid issue queue aims to provide a simple mechanism for you to get the work you need into the next release of CiviCRM. It's designed to work in parallel to our standard issue queue, allowing you to 'jump the line' by providing the necessary resources to get your issue fixed.
If you aren't that familiar with how the core team works, this might sound like a fairly radical change. But it is actually not that different from how we've always organised our work. We prioritise developments that people are willing to pay for on the assumption that if you are prepared to 'put your money where your mouth is' it likely has value for others as well.
What we are doing with the paid issue queue is formalising and simplyfing the process and publicising it more widely. And we'll continue to work on issues in the standard queue that...Read more
Version 4.6, the latest release of CiviCRM, has been out for just over a month now and for the first time we tied in a fairly concerted effort to encourage contributions during download. With the goal of reaching $5,000 in support, this campaign represented another initiative aimed at bringing CiviCRM as a project to a sustainable point. Given that this had not been attempted before, it was a bit of a test to see how the CiviCRM community would respond. So, how’d we do?
As of Friday, May 8th, we raised exactly $6,200 from 83 unique contributors (combined organizations and individuals) for an average of $74.70 per gift! That’s 24% above our goal and is more than CiviCRM has raised during all downloads… ever. A big thanks to everyone that contributed to make the 4.6 drive a success! We’re truly happy with the response and are thankful for your support. All contributions will be applied to our efforts to make...Read more
In May of 2013, Michael McAndrew initiated a blog post about the Core Team’s efforts to make CiviCRM sustainable. Two years later, we’re still on that path and sustainability remains our goal. During this time, and somewhat unnoticed until recently, the number of active sites using CiviCRM has steadily risen. Now 10 years into its evolution, CiviCRM continues to progress towards sustainability and stands on the brink of powering 10,000 active sites around the world.
How do we plan to celebrate this milestone? With a challenge!
As CiviCRM inches toward the 10,000 active site milestone, which we will likely reach later...Read more
Our month-long appeal to support version 4.6, the latest release of CiviCRM, will end on Friday, May 8th. If you’ve downloaded and benefited from the improvements in 4.6, now is your last chance to show your support for this version.
We need a final push to reach our objective of $5,000!
As of this writing, we’ve had 59 donations out of 1,849 downloads, meaning that ~ 3.2% of those that downloaded version 4.6, donated...Read more
We’re almost 3 weeks into the release of version 4.6 and, based on today’s stats, it’s been downloaded from http://civicrm.org 1,839 times. We’d break 2,000 downloads easily if we added in those from SourceForge, however for the sake of this post, I’m interested only in those from the CiviCRM website because that’s where we’ve promoted a campaign to donate before downloading the latest version.
This download campaign is part of a bigger plan and need for sustainability that CiviCRM initiated in early 2013. There’ve been quite a number of blog posts and discussions about sustainability, with the latest post highlighting that we’re not sustainable, yet. We’re getting there, but...Read more
It’s been on my task list to post an update about the fundraising at CiviCRM, so I thought now would be a good time - with the release of 4.6 and a more concerted effort to encourage financial support - to review CiviCRM’s path to sustainability. The bottom line is that there's a significant and unsustainable gap between our revenue stream and our very modest operating expenses.
My role, in fact, was to get the project to sustainability faster, however for various reasons, the pace is simply not quick enough. My first task, for example, was to develop a membership program that, as of this post, has just over a dozen members. We’re truly thankful for these, however the uptake on the program is insufficient to put a dent in our budget gap. So, as the lead fundraiser for CiviCRM, this is the start of my ‘getting real’...Read more
iATS Payments is a proud supporter of CiviCRM and all of the great work that it empowers. We believe that giving back as a technology partner is the right thing to do so CiviCRM and all of the organizations that use it can continue to have meaningful impact.
~ Stephen Bestbier
As part of our focus on ensuring that CiviCRM achieves sustainability, we are very happy to announce the creation of a Technology Partner program aimed at companies that seek to actively support the social impact created by the CiviCRM community by providing products and services that integrate with CiviCRM. Our Technology Partner program offers companies that benefit from CiviCRM’s integration additional exposure and recognition, and lots of...Read more
It’s a tad belated I know, but in reality it’s never too late to say thank you for supporting this incredible project. We made a push starting in October 2014 for both partner renewals and new partner additions and can now speak to the results. In the process we received quite a bit of feedback on how to improve the program, a central theme of which is to focus both CiviCRM and partners on growing the entire ecosystem. You’re going to hear this point a lot going forward, starting with a forthcoming post on the state of fundraising for CiviCRM.
One important change to the partner program that we’ve already committed to is that we’re continuing to make the ask on a rolling basis instead of an annual drive. In a recent partner thread, we discussed the fact that partners are the sales team for CiviCRM. It stands to reason, therefore, that a vibrant and growing partner base will translate into a growing ecosystem. The trick for us, like for most open...Read more