Over the past 15 years I've been involved in several open source communities.
CiviCRM is without any doubt the one that has the strongest focus in welcoming "newbies" and letting everyone feel at home here. Another impressive feature is the focus on shipping. No matter what you think of CiviCRM today, you are almost sure that there will be a newer and better version in a few months.
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.
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.
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.
Civi is one of those pieces of software that makes you wonder how early humans could have survived without it. Every nonprofit seems to be using Civi for some aspect of their fundraising, and I'm always surprised at the creative ways different people find to make it work for their needs. Happy to be able to help out a bit. There's a lot of energy going into this project--definitely checkout the forums and the IRC channel if you're curious.
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.
Germany has a large number of Nonprofit-Organisations. So far, most of them (have to) rely on commercial CRM-Software. We would like to provide an alternative by consulting organisations on deploying and using CiviCRM in an efficient way.
PeaceWorks provides technology solutions for not-for-profit organizations. CiviCRM fills an important niche among our clients who need a flexible, comprehensive, user-friendly, web-integrated CRM solution.
Unfortunately it's not as simple as just coming up with ideas and waiting for a check from Google. As a community, CiviCRM has to apply to even be part of the program. We are still looking for both more project ideas and more mentors to include in CiviCRM's application to be a mentoring organization in Google Summer of Code 2014.
I've been told this blog post was too long. So the tl;dr summary is that organizations with project ideas and developers interested in mentoring a Google Summer of Code student should add their ideas and information to Google Summer of Code 2014 Wiki.
My first project with CiviCRM goes back to 2006, when I had to deploy a solution to track and report the activities of 25 volunteer activity centers. It ran a beta version of CiviCRM 1.7. It was rather basic, the implementation had a lot of custom code, but it worked. There were a few issues, however, and one of them was that the French translation was incomplete.
This blogpost about our way to finish CiviCRM Hungarian transaltion work. The transaltion started two times earlier and reached 15% level. During half year effort we could finish it, using Transifex webtool. Best what happend from finish date, some Hungarian cilvil organizations started their CiviCRM projects.
Submitted by Dave Greenberg on October 7, 2013 - 14:06
With the upcoming release of 4.4 and a series of "super extensions" like CiviHR, CivVolunteer and CiviBooking - the power and importance of extensions in the CiviCRM ecosystem is on the rise. A group of us met at the UK sprint today to discuss some of the improvements in the technical and human infrastructure to help ensure that more folks are aware of extensions, that more extensions are shared, and that extensions can be made available in multiple languages.
Submitted by alejandro_salgado on September 6, 2013 - 01:10
Last January we shared here that the Spanish - Mexico (MX) translation project of CiviCRM was completed thanks to the community of translators. Even though this was a huge accomplishment, other challenges remained.
Having the Spanish - Mexico (MX) project translated was great, but definitely not enough.
Submitted by Alternativas y ... on August 15, 2013 - 13:31
We learned that there was a need to develop a CiviCRM local community in Mexico, based on enlarging the demand (Civil Society Organizations that valued the system could pay for and use CiviCRM), the offer (IT providers and web-designers that could offer their knowledge, skills and services to these organizations at reasonable prices) and the links to the international CiviCRM community (understanding the steps towards expanding the outreach of the software and make its installation and usage more friendly in IT-scare contexts).
CiviCRM comes with a convenient mechanism for handling postal greetings. However, it turns out this mechanism in its current form doesn't adequately cover greeting conventions in many non-English-speaking parts of the world. We are working on a couple of enhancements in CiviCRM to improve this situation.
Returning to CiviCRM videos after some time on other projects, the team at Circle Interactive are now starting to think again about developing a CiviCRM community video project based on the ideas in Young Jin’s blog of Feb 2012.
Submitted by CatorgHans on January 25, 2013 - 04:45
The CiviDay for the Benelux in Apeldoorn was visited by about 25 people. Quite a few were new.
The day started with an explanation about CiviCooP bij Erik Hommel. CiviCooP will be a formal organisation where smaller CiviCRM organsations are able to do the work they like most, and cooperating with others for everything else.
Each organisation would then be able to offer the full CiviCRM service (hosting, building, maintenance, custom code, design).
Submitted by ErikHommel on September 26, 2012 - 11:10
At the Apeldoorn sprint today we had several discussions about street parsing and what we should do about it. A couple of solutions came up, I spoke first with Joe Murray and Xavier Dutoit. At that point in time using Extensions per street parsing seemed a logical solution. Discussing a little more with Lobo and Tim Otten the idea changed, and perhaps one Extension for international street parsing should be enough. Let me explain the issue first for all of you out there that are not into street parsing....