25 February, 2010
By shot
Filed under CiviCRM, Drupal, Meetups, Training

In a month, on March 25th and 26th, FairSay invites you all to Oxford, UK to join us for a two-track CiviCRM/Drupal and Plone Campaigning Camp (free with lunch and tea break included!).

We’ll be planning, improving and developing campaigning tools like CiviEngage, Drupal’s Activism module and Plone’s Megaphone and eCampaigning Tool (as well as discussing potential CiviCRM/Plone bridging possibilities) – do consider joining us now and shaping the camp on the event’s wiki pages.

For the CiviCRM part, Michael McAndrew and Piotr Szotkowski will be there to also discuss any of your CiviCRM development needs. Register here...

08 January, 2010
By lobo
Filed under Drupal, Joomla, Training
We have quite a few paid training events lined up for this year. You can read some of the reports on prior trainings on our blog. Participants who have attended these trainings have remarked as to how much it has helped demystify CiviCRM for them (and their clients). Learn some valuable tips and tricks from the core CiviCRM developers and help the project! We offer a User training mainly for the CiviCRM end user / newbie, an integrator training for the CiviCRM administrator and a developer training for folks who want to extend and customize CiviCRM. Our current training schedule is: Read more
06 January, 2010
By shot
Filed under CiviCRM, Meetups, Training

We're preparing a CiviCRM developer camp in Brussels on February 8th and 9th – right after FOSDEM 2010. Developer Camps are a place where CiviCRM developers, administrator and users can get together around CiviCRM. We'd like you to let us know what you want to see at the camp by commenting on the wiki page.

The developer camp is aimed at those that want to learn more about CiviCRM from the people involved in its development. If you are interested in improving your CiviCRM admin skills, learning more about developing with CiviCRM or helping improve the product in any other way, then this camp is for you.

FOSDEM meetings are recognized as "The best Free Software and Open Source events in Europe" and participation is free, so coming to Brussels for the FOSDEM weekend might be a very good idea (Xavier Dutoit, Michael...

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23 November, 2009
A passionate posse of folks interested in advancing the state of non-profit software gathered this week at the Non-profit Software Development Summit. CiviCRM was a sponsor of the event which featured a full "track" of Civi-related events. Some civ-highlights from the conference:
  • Helping some current users solve problems and get up to speed on more advance features in the CiviCRM 201 session. Our community does pretty amazing things in the "cloud" - but I really love having opportunities to interact with users and integrators and developers "live and in person". The feedback on 3.0 usability improvements (especially the new navigation menu) was super positive and very gratifying.
  • Participating in Lobo's "action-packed" 60 minute session on...
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09 November, 2009
By xavier
Filed under Meetups, Training

Hi all,

Following the success of the UK developer camp and meetup this summer, Michael, the Polish team of CiviCRM (Michał and Piotr) and myself have been discussing about organising one in Brussels.

We have chosen to organise it just before or after FOSDEM, that will happen this year on the 6th and 7th of February 2010.

This event is an opportunity where CiviCRM developers, administrator and users from the UK and Europe can get together around CiviCRM – and we’d like you to tell us what you want to see at the camp.

The developer camp is aimed at those that want to learn more about CiviCRM from the people involved in its development. If you are interested in improving your CiviCRM admin skills, learning more about developing with CiviCRM or helping improve the product in any other way, then this camp is for you.

We’ll also be holding a user meet up and CiviCRM showcase as part of this event. For both the...

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28 October, 2009
By mallory
Filed under CiviCRM, Training
Constituent Relationship Management for Civic Sector (CiviCRM) - Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced The Grassroots Use of Technology Conference was held in Boston, Massachusets on the Northeastern University campus on October 16-17, 2009. The 10th Annual GUTC had nearly 200 registrants participating in 22 workshops. Organizers of the conference said that the objectives outlined by sponsors, participants, keynote speakers, and organizers were met. Speakers such as Roberto Lovato of the Basta Dobbs! campaign[0] and Richard O'Bryant gave participants a sense of urgency in their online campaigns. Workshops and plenary sessions alike presented topics relating to action and mobilization for grassroots and base-building organizations. Hosted by the Organizers' Collaborative, the Grassroots Use of Technology conference[1] brings together a broad coalition of individual organizers and non-profit, academic and... Read more
03 September, 2009
Filed under CiviCRM, Training

In Toronto consultant Alan Dixon, TechSoup Canada Program Manager Jane Zhang, and Joe Murrray of JMA Consulting will be providing CiviCRM information, training, and advice to NGOs, with a bit of friendly support from Mark Surman, the Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation.

Jane will be leading things off with a Net Tuesday session advertised to about 10,000 social mission and non-profit IT list subscribers. Mark will discuss what Mozilla Service week is all about and how you can be part of the week. Joe will introduce CiviCRM to this broad, tech-savvy and tech-interested non-profit audience, and Alan will help in the Q&A.

On Thursday, while Mark provides a 2 hour Creative Commons clinic to non-profits at the Centre for Social Innovation in a...

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09 July, 2009
By mari
Filed under Training

I attended a one day user camp in London, UK last Thursday. The experience level ranged from people wanting to know more about CiviCRM and if it would be a good fit for their organization, to people who have decided to use it and were now keen to get more training.

Instead of having a set agenda from the beginning, the topics were voted on or suggested by the attendees and presenters. Some sessions were presented to the whole group, while some sessions were broken into smaller groups so people could ask specific questions particular to their organization. Having a flexible agenda and breaking into small groups turned out to be a good idea for our group because some people had a list of questions ready to ask, while others needed help trying to figure out how to incorporate CiviCRM into their already existing day to day work.
Some of the topics presented to the whole group –
How to get support and be involved in the CiviCRM community – read about or ask questions...

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29 June, 2009
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM, Drupal, Meetups, Training
Last week Kurund, Michael, Mari, Xavier and I spent 2 days in the UK training camp and 1 day at the user camp. We had a great turnout at both camps with a 18 participants in the training camp and 8 participants in the user camp.

Training Camp

The 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...
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03 June, 2009
Filed under CiviCRM, Training
Folks gathered this past Monday evening for the first-ever San Francisco CiviCRM Meetup. We had a decent turnout - especially given the short notice (we wanted to squeeze this in before our India colleagues had to return to Mumbai). We started with the usual introductory rounds - nice mix of backgrounds ranging from CiviCRM newbies to experienced users and consultants. Tomasz Finc from the WikiMedia Foundation then gave an awesome presentation about how they are using CiviCRM for fundraising and donor management. (Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit which operates Wikipedia along with a number of other projects dedicated to creating and supporting collaboratively edited reference projects.)   Wikimedia raised over $5 million dollars during their 2008 Annual Fundraiser. A significant portion of this came through online fundraising using CiviCRM in conjunction MediWiki donation portal and a Drupal module which... Read more