As a consulting organization working primarily with non-profit organizations the CiviCRM community helps us solve issues for the organizations we work with. The CiviCRM community is a great resource to share ideas and solutions to help the organizations we work with focus on accomplishing their mission.
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 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.
ISBA is an international non-profit society with members from all over the world. We have sections that represent different scientific areas and chapters that represent different regions of the world. Civi Member powers our membership system! We use CiviEvent for Conference and Workship registration, and utilize CiviPetition for creating new sections to our society through member petitions. We are epxloring how CiviGrants can be used to track our travel awards and look forward to features for integrating accounting and finance. As a growing non-profit CiviCRM plays a major role in managing our membership system!
The CiviCRM community provides knowledge, skills and development. It enables me to help where I can, such as with translations. CiviCRM is an amazing piece of software and in combination with Drupal provides great possiblities.
When implementing CiviCRM in our organisation, we got for the first time a complete overview of all our contacts, mailing lists, partners, members in one tool. You do not need to be a database genius to use it on a daily basis, and my colleagues have embraced the tool due to the easy and user-friendly interface. It meets all our needs as a contact management system and as a mail manager. I am sure that we will start using more of its components in the future.
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