CiviCRM is an solid and feature-rich web based CRM that supports an organization's or non-profit's ability to service its members. In a recent implementation our client is using CiviCRM as an association management tool for memberships and event registrations. Associations are a HUGE area for growth in the CiviCRM market. The ability for an organization to own and control their own data via an open source platform is a liberating experience. Coupled with Drupal and/or Wordpress makes CiviCRM and ideal combination for ANY non-profit or association.
CiviCRM brings continuity and coordination into our ever-growing company and database. By tracking the activities of our constituents, we can better serve them. By better serving our constituents, we can focus more on our mission: Developing young people into magnificent human beings through participation in the performing arts.
Being part of the CiviCRM community is really something to shout about! Not only is CiviCRM an amazing software package, its designed for organisations that make a difference in the world. We help non-profits across the UK gain control of their data through the power of CiviCRM.
It is without a doubt the best piece of software I've ever worked with, and I'm constantly discovering cool new features. More recently I've been working on CiviMobile as part of a project for my course at University. I'm really looking forward to seeing this being used by organisations across the globe.
As users since 2007, we have watched CiviCRM grow right alongside of us. Our growth as an organization, our ability to serve our members and donors and our ability to support, protect and preserve the amazing system of state parks and historic sites through Georgia is directly tied to the growth of CiviCRM.
At the Wikimedia Foundation, we leverage CiviCRM to maintain millions of records of donors and their contributions. Working with the product and particularly with the community has been a terrific experience. There's nothing quite like two open source organizations working together to meet their respective goals while ultimately strengthening the open source community as a whole.
In one of my previous jobs in the UK I was a debt & welfare benefits adviser and we used an off the shelf case management system. The cost for running it was quite significant - we paid about £1000 (UK GBP) per year for only 2 signons. This type of system is used by advice agencies throughout the UK, including the Citizens Advice Bureau.
Submitted by Zorga Lina on January 29, 2015 - 11:43
Hosted by Cividesk's Regional Account Manager Neil Planchon at Swan's Market Cohousing, Oakland, CA
CiviDay was an opportunity for Dave Greenberg, a CiviCRM founder, to look back at 10 years of CiviCRM, plus allow two presenters to talk about how CiviCRM let them support their organizations – James Meehan, for Bay Area Children’s Theater, and Josh Mailman, for NorCal CanciNet, WARMTH and Piedmont Yoga Initiative.
The event was attended by 42 people representing various organizations.
In general we try to keep the CiviCRM developer interface with CiviCRM as stable as possible. Ideally hooks, payment processor extensions and api calls should change as little as possible between releases.
In every release there are some improvements and additions. Generally the place to find out about these is the api change log - ie,
Submitted by Dave Greenberg on January 28, 2015 - 14:18
I’ve been spending a lot of time the past few weeks working with alpha versions of our upcoming 4.6 release, and I’m excited to share some of the cool new features and improvements. This release includes contributions of vision and code from a wide variety of end-users and implementers. The fact that our entire community reaps the benefits reminds me once again of the awesome power of open source collaboration.
CiviCon 2015 in Denver is right around the corner -- April 22-23, 2015. The Program Committee is now opening a call for presentations to invite members of the CiviCRM community to present topics of interest during the conference. If you are interested in presenting at CiviCon, please visit the session submission form, review the guidelines outlined there, and submit your presentation: https://denver2015.civicrm.org/node/add/session
Submitted by Michael McAndrew on January 24, 2015 - 14:05
We thought it would be good to look back over 2014, highlight some of what we've achieved together, and the lessons we've learned, and use these as the basis of some priorities for 2015. A wise person once said "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it", and while I agree with the sentiment, it is kind of gloomy! and doesn’t leave space to consider all the positive things we might have done, and that we should continue to do. Hopefully this post strikes a good balance between celebrating, learning, and planning.
An interview with the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships
The Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships (DOSP) was founded to serve as a bridge between the City of Denver and the non-profit sector. The agency focuses on building individual skills and tools for non-profit and City agency staff in order to encourage the creation of cross-sector partnerships. Cividesk recently spoke with Miriam Pena, director of the DOSP and Jason Salas, who handles marketing, media and communications within the organization about their experiences implementing and using CiviCRM.
Ginkgo Street Labs is pleased to announce a free webinar on using CiviCRM for a managing a volunteer program successfully. As the developers of the CiviVolunteer extension, we will show you how it extends the core functionality of CiviCRM through all stages of your program. Frank J. Gómez, Principal & Developer, and Roshani Kothari, Director of Strategy & Engagement, will share with you how large and small volunteer programs are being managed using CiviVolunteer.