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
11 May, 2009
Filed under Training

Registration is now open for the UK/Europe CiviCRM developer camp in London. We had a decent response from the survey and pretty excited about the camp.

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).

16 April, 2009
Filed under Training

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.

We'll also be holding a user meet up and CiviCRM showcase as part of this event. For both the developer camp and the user meet up, we'll follow a similar structure to the events (a meet up and a ...

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09 April, 2009
Filed under v2.2, Teams, Training
Penguin Day is coming to San Francisco on Saturday, April 25, 2009, right before the NTC. The agenda includes several CiviCRM-related sessions - both for folks just checking out CiviCRM, and for experienced users / developers. Several members of the CiviCRM core team and our new Community Advisory Group will be in attendance as well as - so it's a great way to make "civi-connections". You can register now at the Penguin Day site.  

Penguin Day Details

Penguin 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
31 March, 2009
Almost every week folks ask whether there is a CiviCRM Book they can read to help them learn about all the cool things that CiviCRM can do. Thanks to a grant from the Information Program initiative of the Open Society Institute - we will soon have just that (a big tip of the hat to the Information Program Project Manager for making this happen!). We will be writing the book using tools and techniques developed and hosted by Floss Manuals - whose mission is to provide quality manuals about how to use free software. Adam Hyde, the founder of the Floss Manuals project will be guiding a team of CiviCRM users, integrators and core team members through the process of creating the book during a 5-day Book Sprint to be held during the week of May 4. The team will also have editorial support from Andy Oram who is an editor... Read more
05 February, 2009
Filed under CiviCRM, Drupal, Training

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.

Meeting details and RSVP here