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Moguls vying for Major League Soccer team also look at stadium sites

StarTribune Mpls News - 16 hours 53 min ago
High-stakes development deals depend on shootout for MLS franchise.

Sen. Hayden faces new scrutiny for taxpayer-funded trip to New York

StarTribune Mpls News - Thu, 2014-10-30 23:39
Records show airfares for the state senator and his wife were paid for by state-funded nonprofit, contradicting earlier statements.

Commit to Stack Exchange for CiviCRM

Civi Blog - Thu, 2014-10-30 21:14

Those of you who have been following our blog, or our linked in discussion group, or are on our partner list will know that quite a few people have been working on a new question and answer site for CiviCRM, based at Stack Exchange.  CiviCRM is already a super helpful community. Stack Exchange provides a really powerful tool that 'curates' the question and answer process much more effectively that traditional forums. We think the combination of the two, will take our community based help and support to the next level, but we need your help to do so.

Before the powers that be at Stack Exchange will grant us a CiviCRM Q&A platform, they want us to prove that we have the community to make it work. They are asking us to get people to commit to our proposal.  We need at least 200 people to commit. We've already got over half way there in just under 2 weeks, which is pretty good but we have a way to go yet.  Commiting should take less than a minute so...

CiviCon London 2014 recap

Civi Blog - Thu, 2014-10-30 21:14

CiviCon London happened almost a month ago now so I thought it was about time for a quick review. 2014 was our biggest year yet.  As in the previous years, we had a roughly 50:50 split between people new to CiviCRM and CiviCon and people coming back from previous years.  We also had a fairly even split between developers, implementors and users.

As you can imagine the diversity makes it quite a challenge to come up with a session schedule that suits everyone.  But it also contributes to a lot to the quality of the event, since people have the opportunity to meet and talk with people that they don't often meet in their day jobs.  I met quite a few developers going to end user sessions - interested and inspired by the amazing stuff that end users have been able to accomplish (personally, I was really excited about how sophisticated some of the user sessions were this year); and quite a few end users were listening intently in developer sessions, where (even though they might...

More public input for Minneapolis transportation projects

StarTribune Mpls News - Thu, 2014-10-30 20:50
Minneapolis residents get more say in neighborhood transportation projects.

New extension makes it easier to handle recurring contributions

Civi Blog - Thu, 2014-10-30 15:11

Pogstone has published a new native extension called "Payment Processor Helper" Its designed to standardize and streamline, and ease support challenges related to automated recurring contributions that are connected to payment processors. This extension is NOT a payment processor. Its designed to work along side existing payment processors, which at this point includes PayPalPro, Authorize.net and eWay recurring.  Hopefully this is of use to organizations using one of those 3 payment processors, and/or other developers creating payment processors that want to offer automated recurring contributions.

If you are currently an organization using Authorize.net, PayPal, or eWay, this extension will provide more robust processing of automated recurring contributions from the payment processor. Plus you can use the custom search to look at the history of IPN/silent post communications.

If you are a developer working on a new...

Who's interested in a customizable Sort Name?

Civi Blog - Thu, 2014-10-30 15:11

"Sort Name" is used by CiviCRM for tabular search results. CiviCRM has historically just copied the Household and Organization names directly into the Sort Name field.  For names such the "The Can Company" and "Tom and Jeri Cooper" this doesn't work out so well; the sort will happen on the letter T as in "The" rather than the letter C as is more appropriate.

There's good reason and popular demand that Sort Name should be a customizable field (for Individual contacts too)...but it's not so simple.  There are some technical hurdles because CiviCRM must remember when to override this default behavior and preserve a saved human Sort Name preference.

Dave Greenberg has estimated $2,500 for this desired...

Long Term Support (LTS) Release - It's "Official"

Civi Blog - Thu, 2014-10-30 15:11

Every software project is faced with the challenge of balancing the need to innovate and introduce new features, with the interest of many users in minimizing their maintenance costs and avoiding the risks that inevitably come with software upgrades. One way to meet this challenge is to provide a Long-term Support (LTS) release with an extended release cycle.

For the past several years, a small and dedicated group of community members led by Eileen McNaughton (Fuzion NZ) and Nicolas Ganivet (Cividesk) has done most of the hard work and heavy lifting to maintain version 4.2 as a "community-supported" LTS release. This has worked well, but there have been some inefficiencies due to not having a centralized repository for the LTS version of the codebase.

Given the increasing importance of a reliable LTS for many members of the community, the LTS team approached the Core Team with a...

CiviCRM on-line training sessions in November

Civi Blog - Thu, 2014-10-30 15:11

Cividesk is offering four different on-line training sessions in November focusing on Contacts, Events, Membership and Contribution Management.  Click here for more information on class curriculum, specific dates/time and cost for each session.  Classes are designed for new users or those who are in need of a refresher course.  Email Susan@cividesk.com with any specific questions. 

 

 

Giving Tuesday Campaign for CiviCRM

Civi Blog - Thu, 2014-10-30 15:11

BackOffice Thinking has created a Giving Tuesday campaign for CiviCRM.  We are inviting you to join us so that the world sees the unity of the CiviCRM community.  The idea is to harness the energy and conversations that are taking place in our ecosystem around Giving Tuesday and ask the CiviCRM community to Donate to protect their investment in their own technical infrastructure. (Click on the links for more information about Giving Tuesday and Stats about Giving Tuesday's Success).  

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BADCamp: November 6-9

Civi Blog - Thu, 2014-10-30 15:11
BADCamp (Bay Area Drupal Camp) will take place at the Palace of Fine Arts, November 6-9. Kicking off with 6 summits, free Drupal training, and a two full days of sessions, BADCamp is an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in Drupal for several days and have a blast doing it.   A number of CiviCRM developers and providers will participate in the non-profit summit on Thursday, November 6th (register now to attend!) and a CiviCRM BoF will be organized on Saturday, November 8 along with the scheduled sessions.   If you plan to attend, let us know in the comments. Based on the participation we may organize a mini-sprint or a community get-...

CiviCon London 2014 Webcasts Available!

Civi Blog - Thu, 2014-10-30 15:11

20+ Sessions were recorded during last CiviCon London 2014 and are now available in CiviCon official website.

Here is a list of the recorded, produced and published sessions:

How CiviCRM enables Erik Hommel to Earn a living and have an impact on society

Civi Blog - Thu, 2014-10-30 15:11

My name is Erik Hommel, 52 years old. I live in the Netherlands in a small village called Brummen(between Apeldoorn and Arnhem) with my wife Floor, our 2 youngest children and four Siamese cats. Our 2 oldest kids have either left home or are in the process of doing so. My working career in ICT started in 1988 as an RPG programmer on the IBM S/38. Having moved past positions as technical consultant, project manager, IT manager and ERP consultant I call myself a CiviCRM project manager/consultant/developer and love it!

CiviCRM has been part of my life since 2010 I think. The first official date I can find is a certficate from a CiviCRM Developer Training in Brussels in February 2010. At the time I was working together with Erik Brouwer as EE-atWork and we were mainly working with Dutch housing corporations as software implementors and consultants. In 2009 we bumped into Drupal when we were developing our own website, and as we focused on CRM within housing...

Music Nova Scotia - how we turned one spreadsheet into a relational membership database

Civi Blog - Thu, 2014-10-30 15:11
(adapted from “Jumping to Civi Under The Gun”, CiviCon 2014 presentation)   Music Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization that has worked since 1989 with a mandate to encourage the creation, development, growth and promotion of Nova Scotia’s music industry. Music Nova Scotia exists to grow and nurture the Nova Scotia music industry, to retain our own natural resource and promote investment, by:   • Providing education, information and resources to our membership • Acting as the advocate for the industry to all levels of government and private enterprise • Supporting membership in the promotion of the export of Nova Scotia music regionally, nationally and internationally.    Membership is mainly made up of Nova Scotians but some join us from other regions of the East Coast as well as across Canada. We are songwriters...

CiviCon kick-started Glenwood Community Church’s CiviCRM development into high gear

Civi Blog - Thu, 2014-10-30 15:11
Hi, my name is Allen Hutchison.  I am the Director of Communications and I.T. at Glenwood Community Church in Vancouver, WA, USA.  We started our slow move to CiviCRM in 2013 when one of my bosses asked me to find a single solution for our database woes.  We have a number of ministries (Children's, High School, weekly small groups, etc.), and each department had their own system for managing people (MS Access, Excel spreadsheets, our website).  Our front office uses a proprietary Church Management System called Powerchurch.  It is great for accounting purposes, but its people management is lacking, most because it is only accessible on the network by a select few people.  We needed something accessible on and off site by all of our staff, integration with our website, tiered permissions, and yet some customization to each ministry.  The need list was high, but really any solution that allowed the sharing of data had us headed...

Out-of-state money pouring into Minneapolis school board race

StarTribune Mpls News - Wed, 2014-10-29 23:43
NYC’s Bloomberg and other outside sources are generously funding their Mpls. favorites.

New extension makes it easier to handle recurring contributions

Civi Blog - Wed, 2014-10-29 23:27

Pogstone has published a new native extension called "Payment Processor Helper" Its designed to standardize and streamline, and ease support challenges related to automated recurring contributions that are connected to payment processors. This extension is NOT a payment processor. Its designed to work along side existing payment processors, which at this point includes PayPalPro, Authorize.net and eWay recurring.  Hopefully this is of use to organizations using one of those 3 payment processors, and/or other developers creating payment processors that want to offer automated recurring contributions.

If you are currently an organization using Authorize.net, PayPal, or eWay, this extension will provide more robust processing of automated recurring contributions from the payment processor. Plus you can use the custom search to look at the history of IPN/silent post communications.

If you are a developer working on a new payment processor, you may want to consider enhancing the custom search in this extension to handle the messages/data from your new processor.

You can download and learn more about this "Payment Processor Helper" extension at: https://civicrm.org/extensions/payment-processor-helper

-Sarah Gladstone

http://pogstone.com

Minneapolis voters to decide on steeper candidate fees

StarTribune Mpls News - Wed, 2014-10-29 22:07
Proponents want candidates to pay more to be on the ballot, hope to root out the insincere.

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