20 December, 2013

The 2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference (14NTC) is coming to Washington, DC, March 13-15. Don’t miss the opportunity to take part in the largest gathering of nonprofit professionals that put technology to use for their causes. Register now to attend the 14NTC to learn the latest nonprofit technology tools and trends, to share best practices from your peers, and to take part in all of the networking opportunities that this three-day event has to offer.

There's no shortage of educational experiences at the 2014 NTC. Learn alongside passionate nonprofit professionals who, like you, want to use technology effectively to advance their missions and bring about social change. Breakout sessions,...

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14 November, 2013
By seank

Down here in Bristol, we’ve been putting more bones on the video project and talking to lots of people who want to be involved, so we thought we would give you an update on how things are progressing and what we need from the community at this point in helping developing the plans for the future.

We’ve now assembled 10 complete videos to cover discrete simple actions in CiviCRM and you can see links to these on the wiki. Our aim was to produce finished videos around 2 minutes long, but as you'll see they range from about 1 to about 3 minutes.

We've also been documenting the creation process which will probably be familiar to anyone who has done any video production in the past, but will hopefully be useful to contributors new to this activity. We’ve had some good tips from professionals (...

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08 October, 2013
Filed under CiviCRM, Training

We are pleased to announce that a new course for trainer use has been released.

The course has been developed around CiviCRM 4.3 and can be found on the CiviCRM Wiki - wiki.civicrm.org/confluence/display/CRM/Training
The course is based on a modular format with 14 individual sessions - wiki.civicrm.org/confluence/display/CRM/Sessions
Each session contains both trainer notes and exercises for the learners.

The modular nature of the course means this can be run in multiple formats, like a '2 day course' or a '1 day course focusing on fundraising'. Instructions for the trainer have been provided along with training tips, suggested course timetables and printable trainer/learner notes.

The full course is slide free - the idea is that the trainer delivers the whole course on a...

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05 September, 2013
By Stoob

CiviTeacher.com has just arrived!

CiviTeacherMany of you know me as Stoob or just as the guy with big hair making wisecracks at CiviCon.  I'm also a guy with years of experience teaching adults in a classroom before I trasitioned into "the web".   I've done audio engineering, video production and have now worked as an independent CiviCRM consultant and trainer specializing in small nonprofit clients for nearly six years.  During interactions with dozens of organizations in this time I've come to realize that, although CiviCRM is awesome, it is not a solution.  CiviCRM is a tool.  Capable people who understand how to use tools are the solution.  These factors...

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30 August, 2013

This coming Friday, September 6, is the first and most {event.event_type} CiviCRM conference on the East Coast, CiviCamp. Held in {address.location_type} downtown Washington, DC, CiviCamp is a one-day conference along with a two-day training, code and documentation sprint, and showcase reception: a chance to learn and meet other CiviCRM users, {contact.contact_sub_type}, and developers.

Register online by midnight PDT tonight, August 30, and you can save $15 off the {contribution.financial_type} for the conference. We will also accept last-minute registrations by cash, credit card, or {contribution.payment_instrument} at the door.

While you're at it,...

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01 August, 2013
Filed under CiviCon, CiviCRM, Sprints, Training

The CiviCamp session planning met today, and they have put together a fabulous schedule for the conference on September 6. If you weren't already planning to come to DC for CiviCamp, you should check out the variety of interesting talks scheduled.

I believe it's only fair to see what you're getting before registering for a conference, and since the selected sessions have been announced today, the early-bird rate has been extended through tomorrow, August 2. Register today to lock in the discounted rate!

Are you interested in seeing what others have done with CiviCRM for their organizations? Join us on the evening before CiviCamp for the CiviCRM Showcase, sponsored by BackOffice Thinking. It will be a free, casual event featuring 10-minute talks from users...

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21 May, 2013
Filed under CiviEvent, CiviMember, Training

I started out with CiviCRM as an end user who installed it for organization where I used to work.  My colleagues and I were self-taught through trial and error, and after a little while, we understood the concepts and day-to-day contact management fairly well.  However, we lacked the opportunity to fully explore functionality before diving in and using it.

At my firm, AGH Strategies, we've been providing trainings for CiviCRM clients since the first one over five years ago.  While the training is customized to each client's needs, training is most effective when we can focus on a single process, start to finish.  Meanwhile, most public CiviCRM trainings are general, soup-to-nuts treatments of everything that require the commitment of one or two entire days.

As an alternative, we're offering two targeted, two-hour "Start to Finish" training sessions in the next couple of weeks in Washington, DC.


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28 March, 2013
By johanv
Filed under Training

I was at the Benelux developer and implementer training

The decision was made some time ago. We are going to migrate our organisation's administration to CiviCRM, on top of Drupal. We needed some training, so we contacted Mediaraven. I'm not sure what exactly happened then, but some days later we were suddenly registered for the Benelux developer and implementer training. A two day training in Ghent, at the Mediaraven headquarters. With about 20 civicrm-enthousiasts from the Benelux and beyond.

The training started at 9.00 am. I had to take a train at 7:20. And even then, I was late. My collegue and I arrived at 9.07, and everyone else was already there, introducing theirselves, while chocolates were flying through the air. Being part of the CiviCRM community involves - as it seemed - a certain amount of chocolate.

The concept of the training was that...

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14 February, 2013
Filed under CiviCRM, Training


We will be running a 2 day CiviCRM training course on the 21st and 22nd of March 2013 in central London, UK. The venue will be confirmed soon. The course is aimed at new or existing CiviCRM users, administrators and developers who would like to learn how to setup, configure and administrate CiviCRM. 
If you would like to find out more and to register please see the course advert here on the CiviCRM website (http://civicrm.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=272
Oliver Gibson, Northbridge Digital Ltd


06 February, 2013
By lewissa
Filed under Training

At the request of our CiviCRM developer, I've typed up a 'case study' on our successful transition to CiviCRM with an emphasis on staff training.


In early 2012, Donate Life Northwest, a small Portland non-profit, made the transition from eBase (an outdated open-source filemaker database) to CiviCRM.  Prior to this conversion, over a year was spent investigating new database options.  Organizational needs were clarified and wish list items identified with extensive participation from the entire staff.  The database would be used for managing contributors, volunteers, fundraising events and a large number of volunteer related outreach events.  Staff documented the processes they were currently using for contribution management, event tracking and volunteer management.  They identified what functionality was critical to keep and what they would like to improve or do differently. 


The final database contenders were between CiviCRM and...

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