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29 August, 2018
Filed under Training

This two hour training session taught by Cividesk is a great introduction to CiviContribute and will help you optimize this module to record and track contributions to your non-profit and improve your interaction with your donors.

Click here to learn more about the topics covered in the Fundamentals of Contribution Management and to register for this class held on Wednesday, September 5th at 9 am MT/11 am ET.  

If you have any...

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28 August, 2018
By Eileen
Filed under Architecture
This blog serves as advance notice of our intention to stop supporting php versions 5.5, 5.6 and our ongoing evaluation of 7.0.
 
For php 5.5 we intend to end support in January 2019.
This is already unsupported by php and we strongly recommend you upgrade off it as soon as possible. The release in February 2019 will be the first release that does not support php 5.5
 
For php 5.6 our TARGET is to end support in September 2019 (Oct release would support php 7.0+).
Php 5.6 and...
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15 August, 2018
Filed under Training

Adding custom fields in CiviCRM and understanding how to edit profiles allow you to customize your database to collect and store the data relevant to your non-profit.

Learn best practices for creating custom fields so your data is stored in the most logical place in CiviCRM and how to create online forms and registration pages by adding those custom fields to a profile. Find out more about different uses of profiles in CiviCRM and how you can maximize this powerful feature!

Join Cividesk training manager Susan Engeman in this informative two hour online training session, "...

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11 August, 2018
Filed under Extensions

Do you need to collect a "real" signature from your contacts and store it on their contact record?

If you use Drupal Webform you can embed an electronic signature directly using the new webform_civicrm_esign module developed by MJW Consulting and Northbridge Digital.

The signature is saved to a "file" type custom field on...

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09 August, 2018
Filed under Extensions

One of the most requested features in CiviCRM over the years has been to tweak the Contact Summary page. That's the main Contact view, the "heart" of CiviCRM. And now, thanks to 12 donors contributing a total of $12,860.00 in the past month, we've almost reached our goal. Extension development is underway and beta testers have been wowed with the power and ease of designing their own Contact Summary layout with only a few clicks. Some key features of the extension:

  • Drag-n-drop blocks around to configure...
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08 August, 2018

In this blog post I want to show how you could use the new form processor extension to handle form submissions from an external website.

My (imaginary) organisation provides buddies for young people and the form on our website is submitted when somebody is interested in becoming a buddy for a teenager. We ask for the name, address, e-mail, telephone number, birth date and gender.

After the person has submitted the form one of our employees should make an intake phone call with the person and this should happen within...

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01 August, 2018
Filed under Release
This latest CiviCRM 5.4 release is now ready to download. 

RELEASE NOTES:

Big thanks to Andrew Hunt from AGH Strategies for putting up together release notes for this version. 
The release notes for 5.4 can be accessed here.
 

SPECIAL THANKS:

Complete list of 5.4 contributors (it'...
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31 July, 2018
Filed under Training

Join Cividesk on Tuesday, August 7th at 1 pm PT /2 pm MT/ 4 pm ET for this 2-hour online training session on the basics of CiviMember.  

Learn to set up membership types, record, search and report on member data, send membership renewal emails and much more!

Click here for more information and to register/pay for this informative training session. Questions? email Cividesk training manager, Susan Engeman at susan@cividesk.com.

25 July, 2018

The constituents of NGOs and nonprofits regularly leave the workplace to work with the local communities or vulnerable groups. As a result, members of organisations often lack an access to the CRM system and cannot find the necessary information on their cases during the fieldwork....

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24 July, 2018

If you're a small organization with minimal or straightforward income from CiviCRM, you probably are happy with using CiviCRM income reporting for the purpose it was originally designed, i.e. for helping you engage with your constituents.

But if you are larger, use a payment processor, and your reporting needs are more complex (e.g. a political party that needs to report income rather carefully), then you will have run into the challenge of reconciling payment processor income in CiviCRM against your bookkeeping system and bank account. This is especially true if you are using a...

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