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.
AustLII is the leader in the free access to law movement and has a philospophical bias towards open source systems. After investigating all the other possible major alternatives it seemed logical to turn to CiviCRM. We have software developer resources, and though it is not core business, we may be able to direct some of these resources towards improving CiviCRM for the community.
CiviCRM allows us to bring all benefits and capabilities of a large commercial CRM and
donor management system to medium and large non-profits at a fraction of the cost. CiviCRM also allows smaller non-profits to benefit from an integrated solution for donor management, events, bulk email, etc. substantially increasing their effectiveness as compared to managing a variety of nonintegrated software and spreadsheets. Thanks to a strong CiviCRM community, CiviCRM’s functionality continues to advance and CiviCRM’s market continues to grow rapidly.
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'm working to support end users of CiviCRM and as part of team implementing and developing CiviCRM databases and related sites. I'm looking to gain a deeper understanding of how CiviCRM works and to learn from other people's experiences.
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.
LTS release 4.2.16 is now on sourceforge. Unfortunately there is an error on some admin pages in 4.2.15 which happened because the porting of the security patch was rushed. Hopefully this won't occur in future. Note the job.create api has also been added to the LTS (this is extra code only - no existing code was altered to port this)
Submitted by colemanw on November 20, 2013 - 21:11
Here it is folks, another thrilling update to everyone's favorite CRM for the social profit sector. This edition brings you maintenance and stability improvements to the latest version plus an update from the LTS team as well.
Submitted by colemanw on September 19, 2013 - 13:40
Today marks the third beta release of CiviCRM 4.4. Congratulations to the CiviCRM community of developers; many people worked tirelessly to make this happen. If you haven't yet pitched in to help test this new version of your CRM, now is a great time.
Haven't Tried it Yet? It's Easy!
Excited to try the new features in this release? Please do! Great software requires great testers, and you can help. You don't need to be super technical, but your participation will make a huge difference.