Civicrm – OpenSource CRM for non-profit organizations

I'd like to give some kudo's to the team at civicrm.org.  For those who haven't heard of it let me try to explain what it is. Many small non-profit organizations struggle with managing people or "constituents" who participate at various levels.  These constituents can be members,  donors,  friends, associates, customers, attendees, visitors – you get the idea.  Civicrm is an open-source package designed to manage communication, events, fundraising activities, and issues for constituents.  It's called a Constituent Relationship Management platform that targets the non-commercial / non-government sector and is a corollary to the commercial "CRM" Customer Relationship Management platforms like Salesforce.com or SugarCRM.  I've used the platform for a few years to help a non profit I work with (JICNY.com).  We primarily use it to manage events and fundraising.  We have over 1000 events each year and we host civicrm along side a drupal website for event announcements, registration and ... Read more »

Have you heard of Google Wave? No? You definitely WILL!

Google Wave has been in public preview mode since May but has opened it up to a select group of developers to test. I requested an invite back then and was kindly rebuked, however lately they have become far more liberal about their selectivity. You can request an invite here and plead. So What is Google Wave you ask …. here is how they define it: A wave is equal parts conversation and document. People can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more. A wave is shared. Any participant can reply anywhere in the message, edit the content and add participants at any point in the process. Then playback lets anyone rewind the wave to see who said what and when. A wave is live. With live transmission as you type, participants on a wave can have faster conversations, see edits and interact with ... Read more »