CiviCRM is more than code. I recommend CiviCRM with confidence to my clients because I know they will be able to find quality support and documentation and a project that is receptive to users' needs.
Please check-out our extension for managing volunteers and tell us how well it suits your needs. https://civicrm.org/extensions/civivolunteer
I find the engagement with our community of users to be intellectually stimulating
and rewarding. Seeing folks with expertise in a particular area step up and contribute their time and ideas to help improve the product is quite exciting. Every time I hear about a new interesting organization starting to use CiviCRM, I get a renewed sense of excitement about our work. The range of civic sector organizations currently using the software is quite amazing to me - from large international advocacy organizations to local performing arts troupes. I also really enjoy interacting with our international community - building friendships and getting to share culture (food, music, humor ....) with colleagues on every continent.
It is super important for non-profits, advocacy and related groups to take charge of their destiny. Having control of your data is a good start. The crowd-sourced nature of an open source project in so in line with the co-operation and principles of most non-profits
CiviCRM is a project that strives to make the above possible. It is FREE as in kittens.
CiviCRM and the community help me provide maximum value to our constituents by making accurate information available to us in real time. With limited resources we have to work smarter and CiviCRM is key to delivering to our mission.
Freeform Solutions uses CiviCRM to help the non-profit organizations we develop sites for to manage information about their members, volunteers, activists, donors, employees and other contacts, and to handle donations, correspondence, mailings and more. We support the CiviCRM community by contributing documentation, patches, modules and code, and are a silver sponsor of CiviCon 2013.
CiviCRM is making a huge difference to how we operate and process our interactions with volunteers, donors, service users and supporters. We work across all modules and are seeing increasing contact and reducing time-intensive processes, whilst all the time improving relationships.
Civi is one of those pieces of software that makes you wonder how early humans could have survived without it. Every nonprofit seems to be using Civi for some aspect of their fundraising, and I'm always surprised at the creative ways different people find to make it work for their needs. Happy to be able to help out a bit. There's a lot of energy going into this project--definitely checkout the forums and the IRC channel if you're curious.
Submitted by Dave Greenberg on May 19, 2015 - 16:55
With 4.6 stable out the door, work began in earnest on the next release at last month’s Colorado sprint. Both the core team and key community contributors arrived at the sprint with specific projects they wanted to work on for 4.7. Great progress was made at the sprint and several of these projects are set to become elements of the 4.7 release.
Hi, I'm Anudit Verma, a sophomore undergraduate student pursuing Computer Science and Engineering at University School of Information and Communication Technology, in New Delhi, India. I will be working on the Open Supporter Data Interface (OSDI) API implementation into CiviCRM project as a 2015 Google Summer of Code student.
Submitted by Siddharth Gupta on May 18, 2015 - 12:26
CiviCRM allow organizations to interact with constituents through emails, phone, SMS etc with the intentions to make this interaction easier, smoother and transparent. Social media is one other way to reach out and interact with people, and currently CiviCRM is not using social media to its full potential.The project aims to introduce social media especially Facebook and Google Plus, as a part of CiviCRM to make it easier for end users to interact with their organizations’ civiCRM and at the same time help the organization to reach a wider set of audience.
Each month from June - August we will be featuring blog posts from this year's Google Summer of Code students. This will help keep all of you up-to-date on these great projects and also give you an opportunity to follow along and get more involved in ones that you connect with. Click the links below to check in on June's featured projects:
We received this message yesterday from our friend Steinar at MAF Norge:
Our pilots and logistical experts are co-ordinating flights to bring relief to hard-to-reach areas inaccessible by road. The helicopters are carrying medical personnel, relief workers and vital supplies to reach the most vulnerable communities. Women and children make up a large percentage of these villages.
Version 4.6, the latest release of CiviCRM, has been out for just over a month now and for the first time we tied in a fairly concerted effort to encourage contributions during download. With the goal of reaching $5,000 in support, this campaign represented another initiative aimed at bringing CiviCRM as a project to a sustainable point. Given that this had not been attempted before, it was a bit of a test to see how the CiviCRM community would respond. So, how’d we do?
CiviCRM sits in the middle -- exchanging data with your CMS, payment processor, email service, SMS service, spreadsheets, ad nauseum. CiviCRM is also extremely flexible -- supporting multiple CMSs, multiple payment processors, multiple email providers, multiple SMS providers, ad nauseum. These are great power features, but they also come with a cost -- complexity. The on-boarding process for a new organization requires evaluating and configuring a plethora of integration options, and the configuration is not always easy.