We recommend and use CiviCRM with most of our clients, and have since 2005. It's got a fantastic collection of functionality that fits the needs of non-profit organization communications, and the CiviCRM community of developers and users is growing, broad, vibrant and responsive.
The best part? When I describe to potential new converts how all of their constituent relations (donations, membership, mass emails, etc.) can be managed with a single integrated, configurable tool, I can hear an incredible yearning at the other end of the phone.
The CiviCRM community is a fantastic resource of developers, end users and system implementors. We believe whole heartedly in the power of open source communities such as CiviCRM to make things happen that wouldn't come into being in a purely profit-driven setting.
I have been part of CiviCRM project from the beginning and feels great to see how it has grown over the years.
I am glad to be associated with such a wonderful open source project and an awesome community around it.
1. manage and communicate with different groups of industrial clients within our school
2. manage the donor in the scholarship and grants
3. manage the volunteer students in different projects with our industrial clients
The CiviCRM community has been a tremendous resource for new ideas and helping us solve problems. We are excited to contribute customizations EFF makes back to core and support new features such as batch entry for offline donations or multiple payment processors on one donation form.
CiviCRM is a great solution for non-profits looking to integrate their fundraising, event, membership, grant and email management systems. JMA Consulting is a leader in developing extensions and core contributions for CiviCRM.
We feel there are too many obstacles facing not-for-profits (NFPs) considering commercial CRM offerings, including many of those that are charity oriented. From licensing models which restrict the fluid expansion of an organisation's user base (why should you be punished with higher costs for being successful?), to support from commercial companies being inherently tied to one supplier; a NFP would benefit from the option to 'shop around' for those most appropriate, e.g. based on: proximity and availability on-site, cost, experience, value added services... They also often lack the capacity for charity relevant workflows, necessitating either customisations, complicated and inefficient workarounds or an en-masse call for new functionality, as individual charities do not appear to carry the weight required to influence subtle NFP-only changes to market leading software, without large expense.
On the flip side, CiviCRM is completely free and open-source, carrying with it a friendly, hard-working and enthusiastic community of developers and implementers, constantly listening to the users' needs and sculpting future releases to the requirements of NFP organisations. This is exciting!
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.
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.
Submitted by Dave Greenberg on October 28, 2014 - 11:24
Every software project is faced with the challenge of balancing the need to innovate and introduce new features, with the interest of many users in minimizing their maintenance costs and avoiding the risks that inevitably come with software upgrades. One way to meet this challenge is to provide a Long-term Support (LTS) release with an extended release cycle.
Submitted by Dave Greenberg on September 24, 2014 - 09:21
If your organization uses the CiviCase component, we strongly recommend that you do NOT upgrade your site to the 4.5.0 release. We have been alerted to a bug in the upgrade process which may adversely affect custom data, smart groups, and / or report data for existing case types. A fix for this will be included in the next release (4.5.1) which will be available in early October. You can follow progress on the issue tracker.
Submitted by Dave Greenberg on March 28, 2014 - 10:30
This is it ... the CiviCON SF 2014 sessions have been confirmed, and no doubts this is going to be the best CiviCON ever!
Whether you have never heard about CiviCRM, are a beginning or longtime user, are an implementor or a developer, there will be an abundance of content specifically tailored to your needs. Just read on if you just want to preview some of these sessions, or go here for the full schedule, sorted by day or track.
Submitted by Dave Greenberg on February 15, 2014 - 09:29
This year's CiviCon will host an awesome line up of sessions, a free discovery track for those still evaluating CiviCRM, user/adminstrator trainings, and software and documentation sprints. Whether you're already using or considering using CiviCRM, the conference is packed with the essential presentations, workshops and people that will help your organisation get the most from CiviCRM.
Take advantage of early-bird registration to save 25% off ticket prices!
Submitted by Dave Greenberg on February 4, 2014 - 00:00
Folks on the core team engaged with our partners recently in a spirited conversation about an updated mission statement for the project. We went through several iterations to come up with something broad enough to help with setting direction - but specific enough to be meaningful. We'd love to get your comments and incorporate them into a final version ...
Submitted by Dave Greenberg on December 2, 2013 - 09:34
The holiday season is almost upon us. So we thought we’d round up a top ten of 2013 to highlight what we have achieved as a community this year. Of course, this is just the tip of the CiviCRM iceberg! We’d love to hear about your achievements in the comments below.
Submitted by Dave Greenberg on October 7, 2013 - 14:06
With the upcoming release of 4.4 and a series of "super extensions" like CiviHR, CivVolunteer and CiviBooking - the power and importance of extensions in the CiviCRM ecosystem is on the rise. A group of us met at the UK sprint today to discuss some of the improvements in the technical and human infrastructure to help ensure that more folks are aware of extensions, that more extensions are shared, and that extensions can be made available in multiple languages.