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...Read more
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...
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...
Registration is handled via CiviEvent and you can pay in either Euros of Pounds Sterling via a custom hook courtesy of Lobo and Ken (mrfelton on #civicrm).
We're in the midst of preparing for a UK developer camp and meetup this June - an event 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 it's 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.Read more
Penguin Day DetailsPenguin Days are designed to let nonprofits and social justice activists learn about free and open source software that can support their work and potentially save them money, including tools for web publishing, fundraising, blogging, and campaigning. Full details are at www.penguinday.org. Thanks to the generosity of Google, we're delighted to grant fee waivers to anyone who needs one!... Read more
I will be giving an informal presentation on CiviCRM and Drupal on February 19th at 5:30pm in Santa Clara, CA. If you're using CiviCRM with Drupal (or are considering it) - and you're in the Bay Area, it would be great if you could join us.
Given that this is a Drupal Meetup, the focus will be on CiviCRM integration with Drupal. We'll review user registration and my account integration, online contribution pages and event registration. Then, depending on what the participants are interested in and how techie the audience is, we may spend some time looking at some of the integration modules (OG CiviCRM, Groups / Roles, Member / Roles), as well as Views2 integration and hooks.