As a small and dynamic organization, the power combined with flexibility that CiviCRM offers us was crucial for our choice in choosing to use it. With my organization having used CiviCRM for more than three years and myself for around two, we try to give back to the community in whatever small ways we can - since an active community is so important to ensure the further development of this great product.
We recommend and use CiviCRM with most of our clients, and have since 2005. It's got a fantastic collection of functionality that fits the needs of non-profit organization communications, and the CiviCRM community of developers and users is growing, broad, vibrant and responsive.
The best part? When I describe to potential new converts how all of their constituent relations (donations, membership, mass emails, etc.) can be managed with a single integrated, configurable tool, I can hear an incredible yearning at the other end of the phone.
At Pogstone, Inc. we love CiviCRM! The community has been great and inclusive. The idea of open-source allows us to stay on par with large, proprietary companies. We offer installation of CiviCRM, training and hosting.
I have used, recommended, designed and supervised the implementation of CiviCRM. I am also building the CiviCRM community in Mexico. I am interested in partnership/coalition-building, advocacy capacities, managing constituency making, campaigns and petitions from citizens to improve policies
I work for a nonprofit that helps other nonprofits with web and graphic design, and CiviCRM is a major help to the small-medium groups we typically work with who need high-end CRM functionality that is deeply embedded in their websites.
Its great to work on a project that has a profound impact on non profits. I am very excited about the work we do on CiviCRM which involves building on each other's ideas to create best of breed solutions for non profits. The fact that CiviCRM is an open source project with an amazing community and dedicated developers is an icing on the cake.
A few of us have started exploring how we can integrate Doctrine into future versions of CiviCRM. A large part of this work was initiated by Peter Haight from Giant Rabbit who explained his thinking and approach in this blog post on Persistence Refactoring. One of our goals for the next few releases of CiviCRM is to improve the technology backbone that Civi is based on. It made sense to most of us to start from the database layer and then move outwards and using doctrine and working with peter seemed a good logical next step.
We decided to spend 3 weeks (till mid january) on various exploratory sprints and try and answer a few questions and see how things are done in the doctrine/symfony world of things. We also decided to start adopting more scrum - like technques and iterate on a weekly basis. Our goal is to come up with a list of things that we are curious about going forward and work on some potential answers during the week. So without further ado, here are some of the things that we decided to investigate and research this week:
Submitted by ChrisChinchilla on December 11, 2013 - 14:46
At Green Renters we have tried to incorporate as much of what we do into CiviCRM as possible, we figured that there was no point having a central repository of how everyone engages with our organisation if the information wasn't complete, so we sought to consolidate as much of what we do into CiviCRM as possible. This is a post explaining how we incorporated and integrated project management and accounting into our CiviCRM.
Submitted by Dave Greenberg on December 2, 2013 - 09:34
The holiday season is almost upon us. So we thought we’d round up a top ten of 2013 to highlight what we have achieved as a community this year. Of course, this is just the tip of the CiviCRM iceberg! We’d love to hear about your achievements in the comments below.
Submitted by ChrisChinchilla on November 28, 2013 - 15:06
This may be a blog post I expand upon later…
I've seen mentions around the interwebs of socialCRM tools for CiviCRM and what I want to know is… Has anyone started any kind of code or prototyping this idea? If not, I may make a start and anyone else interested in lending a hand… Let me know.
Slightly vague in terms of feature set right now, but take a read through the following links to get an idea:
Submitted by Mark Tompsett on November 28, 2013 - 00:19
At the London Meetup last night, the idea of having a CiviCRM co-working day was discussed, so we are certainly planning to do that in London on CiviDay 2014 (Wednesday, January 29th), and wouldn't it be great if the same pattern could be followed around the world. The idea would be that the CiviDay Meetup in the evening would be at the same venue as the Co-Working day, ie that we book a venue for the whole day and into the evening, and that the venue has good wi-fi available and access to refreshments.
Submitted by ChrisChinchilla on November 19, 2013 - 13:43
I love CiviCRM, but sometimes visualising and 'reporting' on data can be a complicated process and personally I think the Drupal Views module is a perfect way of easily generating listings and reports that can be filtered, sorted and manipulated on the fly by non-technical users.
Currently, Views intergration is pretty good but there's more work to do and I'm taking over the views maintenance of CiviCRM, to not only fix bugs, but also add enhahncements and features.
Down here in Bristol, we’ve been putting more bones on the video project and talking to lots of people who want to be involved, so we thought we would give you an update on how things are progressing and what we need from the community at this point in helping developing the plans for the future.
Theatre groups, political organisations, environmental charities... CiviCRM is used by organisations of all shapes and sizes and the faith-based sector is a growing part of that. Here's a snapshot of our own Civi journey at Woodlands Church in Bristol, UK.
We started using CiviCRM three years ago after considering various proprietary church software options. We chose Civi because of the flexibility it offered us and a skilled Drupal developer who attends the church took the project forward.