Progressive Technology Project

Austin, Texas, United States

info@progressivetech.org

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Implementation, Ongoing support, Hosting, Training, Custom code and extensions, Data migration and imports

About us

Progressive Technology Project is committed to building the capacity of grassroots social justice organizations made up of people of color, immigrant, low-income, and other marginalized constituencies across the country. Since 1998, we’ve worked specifically with organizations striving to achieve social, economic, and environmental justice to build power in order to improve conditions for themselves. We exist to help these groups and the constituencies they serve do their work better—more efficiently and effectively—so they more often win the changes they’re fighting for. We do that by helping groups strengthen their capacity—Infrastructure, skills, understanding, and practice—to integrate proven technologies into the daily life of their organizations. PTP is an infrastructure organization and a movement partner working in the sweet spot at the intersection of organizing, voter engagement, communications, grassroots fundraising, and technology. After working with hundreds of grassroots community-based groups for over 17 years – with many of which we continue to develop deeper engagements that further their work to expand civic participation, develop community leaders, and influence public policy – we’ve reached the conclusion that it isn’t effective to address these issues separately. In today’s world, organizations need to be agile, develop individual skills and understanding of appropriate uses of technology, create an organizational culture of using meaningful data, and effectively align and integrate both their online and on-the ground work in all of these areas in order to maximize their impact.
CiviCRM Services

Our CiviCRM services

Progressive Technology Project developed PowerBase, based on CiviCRM, with features and workflows designed for and by community organizing and advocacy groups. PowerBase is more than just a database: it’s a completely integrated system of hosting, training, coaching, consulting, and support from an experienced team pursing a single mission: helping groups organizing in communities of color and low income communities reach their goals. By adopting a database like PowerBase / CiviCRM, an organizing group can make a quantum leap in capacity to a new level of communication, efficiency and success. PTP is a partner with each organization every step of the way: from initial set up to planning the first campaign to measuring the effectiveness of the outreach. PTP is ready to be an extra set of hands to help its organizing partners manage organizational change and make societal change.

Case Studies

Progressive Technology Project

PTP is a nonprofit focused on building the capacity of community organizing groups through training, funding, consulting & tech assistance, and the use of appropriate technologies for community...
[display_name] photoby Alice Aguilar of Progressive Technology Project
on September 16, 2011 - 07:15

See PTP's case study on CiviCRM's website.

Articles

CiviCRM: Going Mobile

Anyone who has tried to login to their CiviCRM database via their phone knows the feeling: utter helplessness. You would even be forgiven for thinking CiviCRM is actively hostile to the small screen...
[display_name] photoby Jamie McClelland of Progressive Technology Project
on May 27, 2016 - 12:20

Winning with CiviCRM: Building Skills & Developing Campaigns - Seattle, WA, May 10-12, 2016

Progressive Technology Project invites you and members of your staff and team to Join us in Seattle for a kick-ass CiviCRM/Powerbase training. During this three-day in-person session...
[display_name] photoby Alice Aguilar of Progressive Technology Project
on April 26, 2016 - 09:28

Foreign keys aren't optional

We recently had one of our groups report that merging data was resulting in data loss. Specifically, when they merged two records, they noticed that the contribution records on the record that was...
[display_name] photoby Jamie McClelland of Progressive Technology Project
on March 9, 2015 - 08:59

Send your petitions to the right elected official

The ability to create petitions in CiviCRM was a tremendous move forward for people using CiviCRM for political organizing. The petitions feature took another step forward with the Petition Email...
[display_name] photoby Jamie McClelland of Progressive Technology Project
on December 2, 2014 - 11:19

Choose location when sending mail through CiviMail

When generating mailing labels, CiviCRM users have the option of choosing the address to be used (e.g. you can select "Primary," "Home" or "Work") depending on where you want to reach your contacts....
[display_name] photoby Jamie McClelland of Progressive Technology Project
on October 15, 2014 - 13:17

Join PTP in Baltimore: Put the Fun in Fundraising! July 31 and August 1

Want to learn how to use CiviCRM/PowerBase to raise more money for your mission? Then join PTP On July 31 and August 1 in Baltimore. We'll spend two days learning how to be more effective in...
[display_name] photoby Tomás Aguilar of Progressive Technology Project
on July 11, 2014 - 09:57

Database Health Report available

Have you ever completed a training a wondered whether usage of your CiviCRM database changed as a result? Have you ever wondered who were the major database users in your organization and who might...
[display_name] photoby Jamie McClelland of Progressive Technology Project
on December 4, 2013 - 11:45

Josué Guillén (Community Engagement Director, Austin, TX) and his Involvement with the PowerBase Project

Josué started doing social justice work when he participated in the Center for Third World Organizing‘s organizer training program in 1990. That led to a decade of working as an organizer for both...
[display_name] photoby Alice Aguilar of Progressive Technology Project
on September 24, 2013 - 06:59

Progressive Technology Project Release Summary Fields Extension

PTP's first official contribution to the extensions repository is out: Summary Fields! PTP folks and friends have been working hard to enhance the fundraising aspects of CiviCRM. We have big plans,...
[display_name] photoby Jamie McClelland of Progressive Technology Project
on September 3, 2013 - 14:17

Sending an email to a target when signing a Petition

With the 4.3 upgrade, the Progressive Technology Project has made a number of important steps toward breaking out our work into pieces that others can use on their sites. This blog will begin a...
[display_name] photoby Jamie McClelland of Progressive Technology Project
on July 19, 2013 - 09:27

New Features for Managing Donors in CiviCRM

  Progressive Technology Project (PTP) runs PowerBase, a fully hosted and supported version of CiviCRM for community organizing groups in the United States. PTP has been deeply involved in CiviCRM's...
by Mark Sherman of Progressive Technology Project
on April 12, 2013 - 16:37

Automatically setting school and legislative information for your contacts using Cicero

Progressive Technology Project has released a new Drupal module called CiviCRM Cicero that integrates with the Cicero service from Azavea. If you are using CiviCRM with Drupal, you can now add...
[display_name] photoby Jamie McClelland of Progressive Technology Project
on August 1, 2012 - 09:06

PTP is hiring -- love data? Apply!

The PROGRESSIVE TECHNOLOGY PROJECT (PTP) is seeking a Data Specialist to join our PowerBase team. PowerBase is a customized, hosted version of the open source...
[display_name] photoby Alice Aguilar of Progressive Technology Project
on June 4, 2012 - 15:21

Dropping the password requirement for running CiviCRM via the command line

Thanks to successful Make It Happen on consolidated cron jobs, we can set just one cron job per site. As described in the docs, you can set this cron job using either an "URL" method or a "CLI"...
[display_name] photoby Jamie McClelland of Progressive Technology Project
on March 9, 2012 - 08:33

The new and improved cli.php: now a new way to interact with api v3

As of the Bourne, UK sprints last August, bin/cli.php has been completely re-written for 4.1. If you are an integrator or user, you might not have noticed this file. It used to be a PHP class that...
[display_name] photoby Jamie McClelland of Progressive Technology Project
on October 31, 2011 - 07:45

Synchronizing CiviCRM Contacts with ?

Last spring I started working on a Drupal module that would keep CiviCRM contacts in sync with Salsa contacts. I did a lot of the work on it and then, upon joining PTP's staff, the project...
[display_name] photoby Jamie McClelland of Progressive Technology Project
on October 28, 2011 - 12:14

Re-thinking the CiviCampaign data model and user interface

CiviEngage is a Drupal module that (in the next release of CiviCRM) automatically configures CiviCampaign to make it easier to get up and running by setting many of the configuration tasks with...
[display_name] photoby Jamie McClelland of Progressive Technology Project
on September 15, 2011 - 09:03

Please vote on proposed 2012 NTEN sessions by folks in the CiviCRM community and Core team

Ah yes, next April 2012 is NTEN again and voting is open to vote for sessions you'd like to see at NTEN.   There are 2 fantastic sessions, so please support the CiviCRM community and vote...
[display_name] photoby Alice Aguilar of Progressive Technology Project
on September 12, 2011 - 13:03

Creating custom groups and custom fields programmatically in your drupal module

I hope Michal will forgive me for typing during his Developer training presentation on tests. Since I heard the presentation at CiviCon, I instead tried, as an exercise based on what we learned this...
[display_name] photoby Jamie McClelland of Progressive Technology Project
on August 31, 2011 - 07:31

Transitioning to Git

After a big conversation at the coding sprint, we seem to be in consensus about transitioning CiviCRM's revision control system from using subversion to using git. If you are a user or integrator...
[display_name] photoby Jamie McClelland of Progressive Technology Project
on August 30, 2011 - 02:38

Re-thinking one-off jobs and cron jobs

If you've ever configured a schedule task (aka cron job) for CiviCRM, you know the routine. You have to look up the username and password for a user in your database that has database permissions,...
[display_name] photoby Jamie McClelland of Progressive Technology Project
on August 29, 2011 - 08:42

CiviCampaign - Making it easier to configure

If you are running Drupal, the process of configuring CiviCampaign will be a lot easier with the 3.4.6 release. The CiviCRM Engage Drupal module has always provided an xml configuration file which...
[display_name] photoby Jamie McClelland of Progressive Technology Project
on August 25, 2011 - 04:02

Another lively night at NYC's March CiviCRM Meetup

We had another engaging NYC meetup on March 16th, competing with the first warm sunny day after the crazy noreaster, where around 20 people spent the evening to dig in to CiviCRM. After our usual...
[display_name] photoby Alice Aguilar of Progressive Technology Project
on March 17, 2010 - 20:51

Report Back from NYC CiviCRM Meetup - Dec. 8th, 2009

Here’s a group posting from Alice with Progressive Technology Project, and Kyle and Sacha with Rayogram: Once again Rayogram’s staff stepped it up with hosting our NYC meetup, provided...
[display_name] photoby Alice Aguilar of Progressive Technology Project
on December 16, 2009 - 07:59

Report Back from NYC CiviCRM Meetup on Oct 1st, 2009

We had another well-attended meetup last thursday, hosted by the folks at Rayogram, with about 20 people participating. Annalee Van Kleeck, Lyric Systems, who has an extensive background in various...
[display_name] photoby Alice Aguilar of Progressive Technology Project
on October 7, 2009 - 08:05