We learned so much from community resources - meetups, forum, blog... as well as the wealth of knowledge and experience CiviCRM developers and users have about the system, and the fact that so many are willing to give their time freely.
I have used Civi in past jobs, and I often recommend it to clients and organizations that I volunteer with. So often it's the most affordable and user-friendly way to track organizational contacts and related activities.
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
As CiviCRM trainers and implementers, the CiviCRM community provides Emphanos with opportunity to help NGOs get rid of the headaches involved with managing their constituents so that they are better able to spread their message.
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.
CiviCRM has had an array of powerful import tools for as long as I can remember but the availble options have been limited. Contacts, Contributions, Participants, Memberships and Activities...sure....but what about the Events themselves? Sorry. What about Grants? Nope.
"Sort Name" is used by CiviCRM for tabular search results. CiviCRM has historically just copied the Household and Organization names directly into the Sort Name field. For names such the "The Can Company" and "Tom and Jeri Cooper" this doesn't work out so well; the sort will happen on the letter T as in "The" rather than the letter C as is more appropriate.
Proper GRM tools can make all the difference in the success or failure of your herd. As many developers have found, working with a proprietary goat resource management system can seem simple in the beginning, but customizing it to your herd's specific needs can feel like eating brambles. With the new CiviCRM extensions framework and easily digestible API 3.0, developers can dig in and produce at an unprecedented rate.
There have been several hook() or Drupal module based solutions for "members only" pricing for events or for other 'discounts' related to memberships.
If you are using Drupal 6, you have a vested interest in extended Drupal 6 support for CiviCRM 3.4 until spring 2012. If you are staying with Drupal 6 because of budgetary reasons or because Drupal 7 doesn't yet support all the modules you need for your site, this is vital for you. You will make sure your 3.4 CiviCRM/Drupal 6 setup remains healthy and safe.
Hi this is Stuart from Korlon LLC. I decided to write a case study about ACLs since they don't seem to get a lot of attention. If you've ever wondered (or asked) "what if some people should only be able to see certain data in Civi?" then ACLs will probably accomplish what you want.
These are some graphs I created from the data publically available at CiviCRM's Sourceforge. Sourceforge provides limited data only on the release dates of a version (i.e. 3.1.5) and then the number of subsequent downloads to date but we can still interpret some useful conclusions from the data. Dave Greenberg shared one of these graphs at CiviCon. The data is from Mar 1, 2011 so I wanted to publish them before the data became too stale.
The first graphic is the simplest to understand - CiviCRM all versions 2.x compared to all versions 3.x. Note that the timeframe measured in this graph is similar. As such, we can conclude that the number of downloads for 3.x have increased about 27% compared to 2.x.