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.
The organizations we work with are experiencing the benefits of a robust tool that is
easy to use, supports their work, and allows them to collect and track data from various parts of their organization, such as membership, fundraising, communications, and organizing into a centralized database. CiviCRM as an open-source solution also allows us to nurture and build a user community to share and create a common vision of future features that would be useful to the community organizing field. Just two years after our pilot project, we're currently supporting 30 community organizing groups to use CiviCRM, and the community is steadily growing.
CiviCRM has one of the most active and friendliest communities I have come across. From initial tentative forum posts I was encouraged into engaging more actively through IRC and directly with other groups & individuals and am now happy to count many community members as friends. I recently found an article on the web that said if you post a question about CiviCRM anywhere on the web Lobo will post an answer within a few hours. It often feels like that is true.
One of the most valuable way in which the community supports me is by allowing me to bounce my ideas around and often someone is able to suggest an approach which is better than mine.
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.
CiviCRM provides Future First with world-class database software for absolutely free. We use it to store well over 100,000 contacts with no signs of slowing. CiviCRM is so customisable that we can implement cool features without needing to reinvent the wheel each time.
If you like empowering charities in a free and open way then you are going to love Civi!
CiviCRM is a powerful tool for NFP's - small or large, rich or poor. The ease of customisation, huge feature set and great support forums make it possible for me to provide my organisations with exactly hwat they need.
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.
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.