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A few useful Drupal CiviCRM modules ....

Here are a few drupal modules built and maintained by the community that seem quite useful. Thanks to all the folks who have spent time and energy maintaining and releasing these modules. Note that most of the project descriptions have been lifted from the project page on Drupal. If you have questions or bugs related to the below modules, please file them on the issue page of each module.

  • CiviCRM Subscribe: Allows users to subscribe (double opt-in) to a CiviCRM group without creating a Drupal user.

CiviCRM 2.0 Design Series - Simplifying and Improving the Data Model for Activities

Activities and Activity History records are a critical part of the CRM equation. They allow organizations to get a detailed snapshot of the interactions with their constituents. As part of our 2.0 data model overhaul, we are planning major changes to the Activities data model. These changes are designed to:

  • Simplify the data model for activities by merging activity-related tables into a consolidated Activity table. Meeting, Phonecall, Activity History, Email History and SMS History will all be merged and dropped.

CiviCRM v1.8 gets a installer for the Drupal PHP5 version

I got tired of waiting for someone to build an installer. So last weekend I decided to just do it. My original plan was to copy and modify the Joomla installer. I took a look at the code and it seemed to be quite well structured and modular. However it included a fair amount of code from Joomla itself and hence was quite big. I had also heard about SilverStripe CMS and was installing it at the same time. The installation was a simple one page installer which does a few checks etc. The code was fairly well structured and I decided to use it. It also helped that SilverStripe is released under the BSD license. (which means copying is permitted as long as the copyright notice is kept intact)

Drupal Association now accepting members using CiviMember ..

The Drupal Association is rolling out its membership package. They are using CiviCRM and CiviMember to manage their members. You can get more details, join the association and become a member here. We do think that supporting open source projects is very important and essential to the health and well being of the project. Please do consider joining the association

From their introductory page:

Test drive CiviCRM v1.8 and Drupal 5.2 on CSOD ...

Kieran Lal from CivicSpace on Demand has made 1.8 Beta along with Drupal 5.2 available for free (mailing limit restrictions apply) on the CSOD web server. This is good news indeed and helps folks evaluate Drupal 5.2 and CiviCRM 1.8 without the install hassles. For more details you can read Kieran's post on the CiviCRM forums at:

CiviCRM 1.8 Beta sites on CivicSpaceOnDemand available for free

CiviCRM 1.8 open for translations

This has been posted by my fellow team mate on the forum, but I since we want as many translations as possible, let's make others know, here's a repost to our blog. :-)

Piotr Szotkowski wrote:

I’m happy to announce that the CiviCRM 1.8 POT and PO files are generated and that the CiviCRM 1.8 area is open at our translations server.

For people preferring the raw POT/PO files, these can be easily obtained from our repository.

Thanks a lot for your hard work and do feel free to bug us with any string issues in the new files!

Improving Support for Multi-Chapter Organizations

Wes Morgan and the team at Code for change have decided to tackle something that is fairly important to quite a few medium - large sized organizations. Having support for this in CiviCRM would be really cool and we need your comments and feedback fairly quickly. Wes and team move at a very rapid pace, so please head over to the wiki page and give them and us feedback on the model and implementation. Here is the email Dave Greenberg sent to the dev list a few minutes ago:

Hosting provider for CiviCRM infrastructure needed ...

We are starting to run against a few java issues on our FreeBSD platform. Our current hosting provider, Electric Embers, only supports FreeBSD. Hence we need to find a new hosting provider.

Here are our requirements:

  • Two dedicated Ubuntu servers which mirror each other for backup purposes
  • LAMP stack + java stack
  • We do need root access and control over the boxes. We are fine doing software upgrades
  • Provider should provide hardware monitoring and offsite backups. Support for software process monitoring would be great

CiviCRM as a RIA (Rich Internet Application)

I've been catching up on the latest happenings in the open source / RIA world. In the recent past Adobe has released their project Apollo as Adobe AIR. They have also open sourced their framework Flex to create applications for AIR. From what I've read, it seems to be getting fairly good reviews for the platform and the direction in which its headed.

There are a couple of articles which talk about using a PHP backend and a FLEX frontend.

    CiviCRM integration with CIA.vc

    I just added CiviCRM to CIA.vc. CIA.vc integrates your svn repository commits and your IRC channel. It also creates a web page of your svn commits. The CiviCRM CIA.vc page can be found here. Interesting to compare this page with similar information from the Ohloh CiviCRM page. Its good to see these open source infrastructure projects supporting the open source ecosystem.

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    A Fully Integrated CRM Solution

    Advocacy Campaigns

    CiviCRM enables you to build advocacy campaigns by tying together and tracking the progress of a campaign’s events, mailings, activities, and contributions - measuring the effectiveness of your outreach and mobilization efforts.

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    Case Management

    CiviCRM allows you to track and manage interactions with constituents via customized case management.

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    Communications

    CiviCRM offers a complete suite of communications tools allowing you to build subscriber lists and create effective mass mailings.

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    Contacts

    CiviCRM allows you to create and manage contacts while building a holistic record for each constituent - tying it to all their interactions with your organization including contributions, memberships, events registrations, subscriptions and other activities.

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    Contributions

    CiviCRM makes it easy for you to create contribution forms for multiple fundraising appeals - recording pledges, one-tme donations, recurring donations, tribute donations and more.

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    Contributions

    CiviCRM makes it easy for you to create contribution forms for multiple fundraising appeals - recording pledges, one-tme donations, recurring donations, tribute donations and more.

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    Events

    CiviCRM helps you create and manage event registration - recording constituent attendance directly in their activity record.

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    Members

    CiviCRM provides flexible membership management for organizations including convenient online sign-up and renewal.

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    Members

    CiviCRM provides flexible membership management for organizations including convenient online sign-up and renewal.

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    Members

    CiviCRM provides flexible membership management for organizations including convenient online sign-up and renewal.

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    Peer-to-Peer Fundraisers

    CiviCRM empowers donors themselves to raise funds on behalf of your organization via peer-to-peer fundraising.

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    Peer-to-Peer Fundraisers

    CiviCRM empowers donors themselves to raise funds on behalf of your organization via peer-to-peer fundraising.

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    Reports

    CiviCRM’s robust reporting allows you to continually evaluate the success of your CRM usage and your organizational impact.

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