Now that CiviCon 2015 is over, it is a good time to reflect on the people we met and the great new things we learned. I attended the CiviCon conference as well as two full days of training prior to the event. Joining me in Denver were designer Kurt Thomas and front-end developer (and former organizer) Phillip Kent Knight from the Los Angeles LGBT Center, a Black Brick Software client organization.
A super robust open-source platform for managing your relationships with people and other organizations. Designed with nonprofits, advocacy groups, and other Civic-sector organizations in mind, CiviCRM is a highly customizable and extendable CRM solution that is ready to meet the needs of any business or group of any size.
Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is a necessity for managing interactions with current and future customers. Whether your site is for your business, nonprofit, government, or a political campaign – you probably want to keep track of the people you interact with, as well as the people you want to interact with.
After successfully winning his 2012 campaign for the District 1 of the Nebraska Unicameral, Dan began to look for ways to reach out to his constituents regarding important legislative issues, managing his current constituent base relations, and preparing for his 2016 reelection campaign. There were several aspects to this project we completed in different stages. The site was not singularly a informational, campaign, or constituent outreach website. We had to strike a balance between all these needs.
After winning her campaign for Nebraska Legislature and a successful session in the Nebraska Legislature, Senator Ebke was looking to reconfigure her website. In her words: "The goal was to move away from 'campaign mode' and to begin providing a source for information for you [constituents]."
Political campaigns thrive on mobilizing supporters. From getting volunteers for door knocking and phone banking to getting out the vote. Identifying and interacting with potential supporters can be a big part of a successful campains.
CiviCRM has a great feature that allows it to check email boxes and add new contacts and activities based on the emails in that box. Gmail has an awesome system of tags and filters. Emails in Gmail can be very tagged and sorted using a vast number of criteria. Together, Gmail can filter and sort large volumes of email with excellent accuracy, then CiviCRM can import the relevant, and only the relevant emails into the contact records.
Ever year, the Los Angeles LGBT Center puts on Rapid Quest. Participants spend three days camping and rafting down the American River in California. This is a major fund raising effort for the Center.