Introducing CiviCareers: the job listing for CiviCRM users

[CiviCareers logo]With over ten thousand organizations using CiviCRM worldwide, you might think it would be easy to find qualified, experienced people to hire for your job opportunities.  However, it can sometimes be a challenge for job seekers to know if their CiviCRM skills will be of use.

CiviCareers aims to change that.  The site brings together jobs at organizations worldwide who use CiviCRM to track and engage their supporters.  Jobs in fundraising, organizing, event planning, and more—executive and administrative—are available to browse.  Best of all, posting is free and easy.

4.7.8 Group Contact Cache deadlocks improvement

Busy sites have often encountered problems with deadlocks on the group contact cache. There were no less that 3 different code contributions to mitigate this problem put up for 4.7.8 and a number of other discussions have been going on in JIRA.

 

Merged into 4.7.8 are some improvements which we hope will mitigate this problem for those sites that experience it. JIRA is the primary source of information on this, however I wanted to share a brief overview.

 

Create "Member Only" Premiums with Early Bird Extension

About a year ago, IMBA's membership team noticed many of our members were renewing after their expiry date, and often after the "Lapsed" or grace period of two months we have in place. To help accelerate these renewals, our membership team decided to offer a "members only special"—a t-shirt normally reserved for $100 and up memberships for a lower membership fee of $50—if the member renewed as an "Early Bird" i.e. before their expiry date.

[GSoC 2016] RepoBuilder - Report Builder GUI for CiviCRM

Hi Everyone! Thanks for visiting the blog post. I am Pranay (21 | Male | India). I am pursuing my Bachelors and Masters in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and have just completed 4 years of undergraduate education. This is my first time at the prestigious Google Summer of Code programme and I am looking forward to a great FOSS-flavored summer. 

Active contributor framework step one: collect data

It's been on our agenda for a good while to improve the way that we recognize the contributions people make to CiviCRM. I'm pleased to report that we've made some decent progress on this front.  We now have a way to regularly 'poll' 'sources' for 'tasks' completed by 'contributors' to CiviCRM.

Chat infrastructure for CiviCRM

In September last year, the core team started using Slack (a proprietary chat platform) to improve our internal communication and co-ordination. It worked really nicely for us and  coordination and we wanted to role it out more widely, but there were a couple of limitations: the free version of slack has limited history (you can only search and browse the most recent 10k messages) and the full version costs $8 per user per month, which isn't going to work financially for us.

Submit sessions for the CiviCRM User Summit

[logo] CiviCRM User Summit - September 22-23, 2016 - Washington, DC This year seems to have flown by, and it's time to solicit CiviCRM User Summit sessions. If you use CiviCRM at your organization and have a story to tell—how you use a feature, what interesting customization you have, or how you'd like to see CiviCRM improve—you should submit a session. All accepted session leaders from nonprofits attend the conference for free.

The CiviCRM User Summit is in Washington, DC, September 22 and 23. Learn more and register today! (We'll certainly refund you if you submit a selected session.)

CiviCon Colorado 2016 is One Month Away!

There is still time to register for the 2016 CiviCon! Visit www.colorado2016.civicrm.org for a complete list of sessions, the schedule, and FAQ's about the event.

All events will take place on the Colorado State University campus in Ft. Collins, CO. Just over an hour shuttle ride from the Denver Airport and with panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains, Ft. Collins is an active, pedestrian-friendly city that has become one of the top craft brewing meccas in country.

Announcing CiviCRM 4.6.16 and 4.7.7 Security Release

The latest release of CiviCRM 4.6 and 4.7 includes security fixes. We recommend upgrading to 4.7.7 or 4.6.16 to ensure the security of your site and data. The latest releases include 2 moderately critical fixes. A number of other non-security issues have also been fixed in the latest releases.

CiviCRM is so much more than software

Around nine years ago, my wife Virginie was Executive Director for the Rocky Mountain French American Chamber of Commerce, and struggling with Excel spreadsheets, paper memberships forms, and email-based event registration. She asked me to help her find a software to manage her nonprofit. Little did we know that this would have such a huge impact on both of our lives ...