I chose to learn to use CiviCRM to learn how to help NPOs :) And because it seems to be a meeting point and a continuity of my values, my skills, and what I think we should develop for the next step of our humanity.
As users since 2007, we have watched CiviCRM grow right alongside of us. Our growth as an organization, our ability to serve our members and donors and our ability to support, protect and preserve the amazing system of state parks and historic sites through Georgia is directly tied to the growth of CiviCRM.
Palante Tech works with social justice organizations on a tight budget to be more effective through technology. CiviCRM allows us to provide a high-quality low-cost database for community organizing, donor and membership management.
If it weren't for CiviCRM we'd be using at least 5 different
systems for Woolman: one for donor management, another for email newsletters, a third for our school enrollment, a fourth for our summer camp registration, and then a whole bunch of spreadsheets for keeping track of things like event attendance, prospective students, CSA memberships, etc. And of course none of those systems would talk to each other or make it possible to get a whole picture of the many ways one person might participate in our education center's activities. Migrating all of our scattered data and disparate systems to CiviCRM was a long and challenging process, but the results have been more than worth it. Our ability to track and report on our programs has improved dramatically, while the burden on staff to do data entry has been greatly reduced, and our participants are happy that they can now register/enroll online rather than mailing or faxing paper forms.
Implemented CiviCRM in 2011 now use it as a complete CRM solution for the organisation. Looking to extend its use in the next 12 months though the use of Civi PCP;s and Civi HR and deeper web integration.
We're charity website developers who are big fans of CiviCRM; it's a fantastic system with loads of flexibility and powerful reporting. We've helped lots of charities develop CiviCRM solutions, building them towards their workflows and letting them get on with what they do best!