We're charity website developers who are big fans of CiviCRM; it's a fantastic system with loads of flexibility and powerful reporting. We've helped lots of charities develop CiviCRM solutions, building them towards their workflows and letting them get on with what they do best!
We produce custom civiCRM/Drupal solutions for professional organizations and societies to satisfy their membership management needs. In its standard configuration, civiCRM provides a great deal of functionality and its integration with Drupal is outstanding.
We are also active in extending civiCRM with custom extension modules which are in development at our Github account(https://github.com/awasson)
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.
The functionality and design of CiviCRM help us to integrate "relationship management" features into other platforms (like Drupal). Many of our sites are driven by relationship, community and connection, not merely by content.
At Pogstone, Inc. we love CiviCRM! The community has been great and inclusive. The idea of open-source allows us to stay on par with large, proprietary companies. We offer installation of CiviCRM, training and hosting.
CiviCRM brings continuity and coordination into our ever-growing company and database. By tracking the activities of our constituents, we can better serve them. By better serving our constituents, we can focus more on our mission: Developing young people into magnificent human beings through participation in the performing arts.
CiviCRM helps my clients move past entrenched habits that see them keeping records in locally saved spreadsheets and stacks of paper. Once they are freed up from manual processes, they can focus on improving their services and offerings rather than constantly digging through data.
I started out with CiviCRM as an end user who installed it for organization where I used to work. My colleagues and I were self-taught through trial and error, and after a little while, we understood the concepts and day-to-day contact management fairly well. However, we lacked the opportunity to fully explore functionality before diving in and using it.
I was at the Benelux developer and implementer training
The decision was made some time ago. We are going to migrate our organisation's administration to CiviCRM, on top of Drupal. We needed some training, so we contacted Mediaraven. I'm not sure what exactly happened then, but some days later we were suddenly registered for the Benelux developer and implementer training. A two day training in Ghent, at the Mediaraven headquarters. With about 20 civicrm-enthousiasts from the Benelux and beyond.
I wrote a node module to easily connect to a civicrm server from that node.js. I found a cool module that makes it easy to generate names, addresses, phone number and emails and hacked a quick example of how civi can be used from node.js.
If you are a Joomla+CiviCRM user or implementer in the New York City region, you may be interested in some upcoming sessions at JoomlaDay NYC, September 22-23. Details are here: http://www.joomladaynyc.com/
On Saturday I'll be leading an Intro to CiviCRM session that will provide an overview of CiviCRM functionality and touch on some key administrator/implementer considerations.
On Sunday we'll do a developer session that covers implementing CiviCRM hooks through Joomla plugins, PHP/tpl override directories, and an introduction to the API.
If anyone from the CiviCRM community is considering attending and has specific things they'd like to see covered, please comment through this blog and I'll see if I can work it in.
Submitted by Heather Oliver on June 8, 2012 - 07:50
The first Manchester UK CiviCRM User and Admin training was held last week with a fantastic group of attendees who travelled from around the UK to learn more about Civi. Everyone got involved in sharing their experiences and user cases which made a friendly atmosphere over the two days.
Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on May 22, 2012 - 07:25
Despite torrential rains yesterday, New York City's first CiviCRM Co-Working day was a hit. A diverse group of people representing workers unions, religious organizations, Occupy Wall Street, The Drupal Association and more gathered to work together. The morning started out withOUT coffee and donuts (we can blame the rain) yet everyone buckled down to work with Dave and Lobo standing by on IRC to answer any questions. After breaking for lunch and a case study presentation midday, the true collaboration began with many questions asked and answered.
Submitted by Dave Greenberg on April 6, 2012 - 13:18
Following on our wonderful CiviCon day in Berkeley, several CiviCRM "evangelists" arrived at the Hilton Hotel in downtown San Francisco to help spread the word about Civi at NTEN's annual conference. Kurund and I arrived about 30 minutes before our morning session - "Is CiviCRM Right for Your Organization". The hotel was buzzing with non-profit technologists and vendors - lots of flashy signage for the large proprietary software vendors of course. But more importantly lots of folks who work in the incredible array of non-profits that belong to NTEN - networking, sharing, learning, looking for ways to help make their organizations work more effectively.
Several folks from consultancies that implement CiviCRM came to the session to help answer questions and showcase Civi projects - Frank Gomez and Michael Daryabeygi from Gingko Street Labs, Lisa Rau and Ashma Shrestha from Confluence, and Andrew Hunt from AGH Strategies.