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6 Ways to Use CiviCRM - Part 2

CiviCRM is a web-based piece of software for contact relationship management. It's by far one of our favorite open-source tools in our toolbelt as it directly integrates with our favorite open-source content management system (CMS), Drupal. In the second part of this 2 part series we explore three more ways to use CiviCRM: fundraising (including peer-to-peer fundraising), membership management, and event registration.

6 Ways to Use CiviCRM - Part 1

CRMs are must-have for any organization, large or small. There is some debate over what the "C" in CRM stands for - client, constituent, customer, etc., but at a very base level it manages information about your contacts. CiviCRM is jam-packed with features that can benefit your organization. In this article series, we will highlight just 6 ways CiviCRM can be used. In part one of this series, we will explore its CRM, email marketing, and access control features. 

Developing with CiviCRM Entity and the Drupal API

If you are a Drupal developer coming new to CiviCRM, it can be a bit of a "culture shock" to realize that CiviCRM is not your typical Drupal module.​ CiviCRM Entity can help a Drupal developer make the transition by enabling them to use some of the standard Drupal API features they have grown accustomed to, while still providing insight into the data structures and interconnections of CiviCRM.

Our Open-Source Tool Belt

At Skvare, we love using open-source software that comes with a great deal of functionality right of the box. Because open-source software is crowd-sourced, its major benefits are flexibility, security, and cost effectiveness. Unlike proprietary software, open-source software can be altered and extended by anyone, meaning if the tools doesn’t already do exactly what you want it to do, you can change it. This also allows you to leverage features that other developers have already created. Take a peak out the open-source tools we could not live without. 

Force Flash version to load in Chrome 57+

By now everyone is sick of seeing flash and wishes it would die forever. Google Chrome is big proponent of getting rid flash and continues to make things more difficult for flash users. However there comes a time when we must use it. For example, Skvare’s Learning Management System displays Tin Can packages that have both a HTML5 version and a Flash version. I want to ensure both work with no issues in Chrome. You used to be able to go type chrome://plugins in your address bar and toggle Flash on/off. However Chrome got rid of this feature in version 57+. But don’t worry, you can still force Chrome to load either the flash version or the HTML5 version.

CiviCRM Entity Presentation Slides from CiviCon 2017 in St. Louis

Thank you for everyone that attended our 2017 CiviCon session, CiviCRM Entity -- Superior Drupal Integration -- Complete Drupal based Event Management and Registration. We know the screen was a little difficult to read during the presentation, so for your convenience we've posted the slides from our presentation below.

If you have any additional questions about CiviCRM Entity, please reach out to us via our Contact Page.

 

Using the CiviCRM Entity Reference Field submodule with Inline Entity Form

CiviCRM Entity Reference Field is a submodule of the CiviCRM Entity project, which tightly integrates CiviCRM data into Drupal by exposing API entities as Drupal entity types. One of the many advantages of installing the CiviCRM Entity module is the ability to use Drupal’s Entity Reference module to reference CiviCRM data from nodes, terms, or other entity types. Many people are using the Inline Entity Form module, which provides field widgets that allow creating, editing, or deleting referenced entity from the parent form.

New field types in CiviCRM Entity - Picking the right tool for the job!

CiviCRM Entity is a contributed module for tightly integrating and extending CiviCRM with Drupal. This module exposes CiviCRM API entities as proper Drupal entity types. Making CiviCRM data available as Drupal entities has many advantages, including integration with Rules, Views integration not provided by the CiviCRM core module, Entityreference, among other popular Drupal modules. I’d like to present another advantage of Drupal entity types, and that is Drupal fields.

Peer-to-peer Fundraising

While the traditional tools of development such as donor cultivation, grant writing and galas occupy most of the fundraising space at institutions of higher learning, there’s a growing space for online peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns that are showing a great deal of promise. Peer-to-peer (P2P) fundraising capitalizes on your supporter’s networks to raise money on your behalf.

CiviCRM 101 Webinar

Does your organization need a CRM system? Are you wondering if CiviCRM is a good fit for your organization? In the video below, Bryan Daniels takes you through these basic questions, and more.

In this session we cover:

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