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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: What is a CRM? Does my organization need a CRM? What are the basic components and features of CiviCRM? What should I consider if planning to implement CiviCRM for my organization? Answer your miscellaneous questions about CiviCRM Helpful Resources Demo CiviCRM (link is external) CiviCRM Documentation (link is external) CiviCRM Extensions Directory ...
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Drupal/CiviCRM Integration

Example Use Case This example is a one event page that has tabs of many types of content and views attached, and it allows an anonymous user to view the info, see registered participants, register for the event via one webform. This also automatically creates a contact, membership, active drupal user, and participant event registration to the event, logs in the user, and sets his user entered password via text field on the webform. Using this method, you can create easily customizable membership joins and event registration pages, which leverages ...
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U of M breaks records on Give to the Max Day 2017

Give to The Max Day is a collaborative venture led by Minnesota Community Foundation and many other organizations committed to helping make the state of Minnesota a better place. The University of Minnesota Foundation started a major push to participate in Give to the Max Day around 2012. From year to year both the University and the Give to the Max campaign have broken their records, raised more money, and received more gifts than the previous years. This year, donors from across the globe make more than 3,300 gifts to ...
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CiviCRM Entity 2.0-beta-11 Released - Admin config page

Today, Skvare has released a new version of CiviCRM Entity, 2.0-beta11. This release contains a new feature, an admin configuration page which allows site administrators to disable exposure of entity types to Drupal. CiviCRM Entity is a Drupal module which exposed CiviCRM API entity types as native Drupal entity types, providing Views, Rules, Entity Reference field integration, and Drupal native pages and forms for each. It supports both CiviCRM 4.6 LTS and CiviCRM 4.7. Previous versions of CiviCRM Entity allowed developers to control access to Drupal based pages and forms ...
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Drupal Fields and CiviCRM Contact Pages

CiviCRM comes out of the box with custom field functionality, and supplies several useful field types. This is great, but what if I want to add data to my CiviCRM contacts that is not one of these field types? What to do? CiviCRM Entity to the rescue! CiviCRM Entity is a Drupal module which exposes many CiviCRM entities as true Drupal entities. That means that almost any module that can use Drupal entities, can access and manipulate CiviCRM data, Drupal style. This includes many commonly used modules such as Views ...
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Using Drupal Search and Facet APIs with CiviCRM Data

There are two powerful modules used in the Drupal world for creating fast custom searches. Search API is a framework which provides an interface for site builders to create custom searches on any entity known to Drupal. It supports several search backends, including Apache Solr and native database search. It has a flexible API so developers can easily extend, customize, and alter aspects of the search process. Many additional contrib modules are available. Using these techniques, searching millions of records becomes fast and efficient. The Facet API module allows site ...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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CiviCRM Entity and Drupal Integration -- What's new, What's next

We've recently completed a development sprint and released a new version to CiviCRM Entity, 2.0-beta6 . In this article we will share with the community what is in the new release, what's on the horizon, and the overall vision of the project. What is CiviCRM Entity? CiviCRM Entity is a Drupal module which provides much more comprehensive integration of CiviCRM with Drupal. This module and its suite of sub-modules allows end users, site administrators, site builders, and developers to interact with CiviCRM in a completely Drupal manner. CiviCRM Entity does ...
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