13 October, 2017
By John_B
Filed under Sprints, Training

Writing on the train back to London from the CivicCRM Sprint at Duvale Priory in mid-Devon, I can see why some people are willing to travel from across the world for the Sprint: it is a great way to spend a week. I went for the Developer Training, delivered by Parvez and Raj of Veda Consulting. The training was held for two days alongside a week's sprint (5 days + 2 travel days). I stayed for the rest of the Sprint.

Having looked at the code, and dipped into the developer documentation over the years, I still started with little idea of how the CiviCRM code works and is structured. My background is providing Drupal and WordPress support covering sysadmin, development, site building and front end work. One of my clients, Arts Professional, is a CiviCRM user and provided financial support for my attendance at the training. The training was pitched well for people like me, covering the...

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21 August, 2017

Developer training

Join us for a two day CiviCRM developer training on the 9th and 10th October (straight after CiviCON UK). The course covers everything you need to know to get up and running as a CiviCRM developer, and more. The training is delivered by CiviCRM experts from the UK, Europe, and further afield. At its core is a set of sessions that cover everything you need to get your development environment up and running, and to start writing extensions and improving core. As well as this, we're running a set of master classes on the latest techniques and technologies by subject matter experts.

The training costs £500, which includes food and accommodation while you are here. It is run alongside our residential sprint so there'll be plenty of chances to chat with and learn from other developers, implementers and power users from the CiviCRM community. You're also welcome to stay on for the remainder of the sprint at no extra cost to continue learning about and...

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04 July, 2017
Filed under CiviMail, Partners, Tips, Training

Based on feedback from clients, we're launching a series of Masterclasses this year. They will provide an opportunity for you to deepen your knowledge and skills in a particular area of CiviCRM. These courses will assume that you have a basic understanding of CiviCRM as a Contact Management System.

We're starting with our CiviMail Masterclass which will be on 8th August at the St Thomas Centre in central Manchester. You'll spend a day getting your hands dirty with the CiviCRM Mailings module.

We willl also be looking at the how you need to think about your communications overall and how to manage your communications with CiviCRM.

Course content includes:

  • Basic HTML
  • Using CiviCRM checksums
  • Mailing groups / un-subscriptions
  • A/B...
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13 April, 2017
Filed under Training

Your organization has a solid membership base, but you want to retain members and help it grow.  How can CiviCRM help?

The membership renewal process can be daunting, but learning how to best use CiviMember, as well as features of CiviCampaign, CiviMail and CiviReport, will make your membership outreach more targeted, streamline the on-line renewal process, and help you track your progress.

Join our on-line class “Membership Renewal Campaign with CiviCRM” on Wednesday, April 19th at 10 am to 12 pm MT to learn best practices for membership renewal. Whether you tackle membership renewal annually or have ongoing renewals throughout the year, this class will cover different scenarios and the best approach to take. We’ll create a targeted email with a special link for sending current members to their renewal page and...

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27 February, 2017
Filed under Training

AGH Strategies will be presenting a two-day CiviCRM User and Administrator Training in Washington, DC, and this week you can save $100 off the training fee.

Register online with the code MARDIGRAS to save $100 through March 4.

The User and Administrator Training is the complete preparation for using CiviCRM at your organization.  We will cover day-to-day tasks like updating contacts and recording contributions as well as administering and configuring CiviCRM.  You will get experience defining membership types, structuring duplicate matching rules, and creating event templates.

Among the most valuable elements is working with experienced instructors and other attendees face-to-face.  The training is structured to maximize practical learning and opportunities for questions.

The training precedes...

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17 January, 2017

You are invited to the first CiviCamp in the UK, brought to you in Manchester, the “uncrowned capital of the north”! Firstly, for those not familiar with the term, what is a CiviCamp? It’s a bit like a CiviCon, the annual conference for CiviCRM, where people gather for workshops and networking, to get a better idea of what CiviCRM is capable of and how to implement it more effectively in their own workplace.

This CiviCamp is mainly focused at users and those who are exploring CiviCRM to implement, but we also welcome implementers and developers to come and share their knowledge with others, and to pick up ideas from the community.

We already have some confirmed workshops, including: Introduction to CiviCRM, Using CiviEvents to manage training, Data Protection for the Third Sector, CiviHR, Open Data, CiviCRM and SMS, and the CiviBooking Extensions.

There will also be time to bring your own issues and questions in our ‘Birds of a Feather’ sessions to explore...

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11 January, 2017
Filed under CiviMail, Training

Civdesk is excited to announce our newest training opportunity - Effective Email Marketing with CiviMail. During this session you will learn how to best leverage CiviMail to get your emailing into your constituents Inbox and have your content read. 

During this two-hour training, you will learn about:

  • Best practices for getting emails in the inbox
  • Formatting do's and don'ts
  • Email client and readability testing
  • Using tokens including the Checksum token
  • Reporting
  • Optimizing your emails for better open rates (including A/B testing)
  • Technical email deliverability (SPF & DKIM)

Concrete examples will be used to illustrate all of these tasks. Much of this session will be spent looking at examples but we will also be using the CiviCRM interface.

We will use some HTML code but no coding knowledge...

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09 January, 2017

JMA Consulting is pleased to welcome Jon Goldberg as our new Director of Operations effective today.

After a brief stint as a political organizer, Jon spent 13 years working in various capacities at a non-profit legal organization, primarily in IT.  In 2010 he co-founded Palante Technology Cooperative and started their CiviCRM department, where he worked for 7 years.  Outside of work, Jon can be found engaging in queer community organizing, (dis-)assembling electronics, and training parrots.

"I'm really excited to have Jon join us given his keen appreciation of how to help progressive organizations achieve their missions using CiviCRM. He's got a deep and wide knowledge of CiviCRM. I appreciate how he gives back to the community like through StackExchange, where he is the top ranked CiviCRM contributor," said Joe Murray, President of JMA Consulting and co-author of...

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03 November, 2016
Filed under Training

Learn all the basic functions of CiviEvent in this two hour on-line course taught by Cividesk. We will create an on-line event in CiviCRM that can be linked to your website. We'll discuss the best practices for registration and how to add and modify a profile for an event registration page.  You'll learn how to send reminder emails for an event in CiviCRM, track participants, create a participant list, run an event report and much more. Join us on Wednesday, November 9th at 10 am MT for this informative training session. For more information or to register, click here or contact Susan Engeman at susan@cividesk.com.

30 October, 2016
By josh

Earlier this year, we did a community wide survey to better understand the CiviCRM user base as well as help refine our priorities as a Core Team. While there were a few surprises in the results, one item that we expected to stand out was a need for ongoing training. Let’s face it… CiviCRM can be complicated, at least for those that leverage its full potential and adapt it to their own business processes. Though there are a ton of resources to help, such as documentation, videos, training events and webinars, most could likely benefit from ongoing training opportunities. That’s why we’re psyched to roll out two new member benefits focused on training: Ask the Teacher, and access to CiviDesk’s CiviTips!

Ask the Teacher

Starting in February 2017, CiviCRM member organizations will have access to quarterly online webinars in which Stuart Gaston, aka CiviTeacher, will answer all...

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