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.
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 is a powerful tool that could be really useful for many non-profits in Mexico.
Unfortunately the community is very small in my country. I hope that in the next years the community expands around Latin America.
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.
At CITA, we help organisations with social purpose to use technology. CiviCRM is a great piece of software that can help many of the organisations we work with record and monitor interactions with their clients, volunteers and supporters.
At the Wikimedia Foundation, we leverage CiviCRM to maintain millions of records of donors and their contributions. Working with the product and particularly with the community has been a terrific experience. There's nothing quite like two open source organizations working together to meet their respective goals while ultimately strengthening the open source community as a whole.
I am trying to build a stronger End-user community withing CiviCRM to increase cooperation among non-profits using CiviCRM in similar ways. Going to CiviCON and being a part of the community at the conference has made me want to make the End-user community more robust. I think the open-source and non-profit focused nature of CiviCRM lends itself to strong community building as is an aspect of CiviCRM that is exciting!