Roundearth.io 101: Drupal 8 + CiviCRM for Beginners

by Elliot Christenson on July 25, 2018 - 9:49pm

We're Drupalers who only recently started digging deep into CiviCRM and we're finding some really cool things! This series of videos is meant to share those secrets with other Drupalers, in case they come across a project that could use them. :-)

There are millions of nonprofit organizations and small businesses across the planet: we want all of them using Roundearth! In the screencast below, we'll show what myDropWizard's Roundearth is all about and offer a brief glimpse at what it looks like logged-in.

Watch the screencast to see our brief overview of Roundearth:

Some highlights from the video:

  • What is Roundearth?
  • Who can use Roundearth?

Please leave a comment below!

CiviCRM secrets for Drupalers: Membership Directory

by Elliot Christenson on July 5, 2018 - 12:58am

We're Drupalers who only recently started digging deep into CiviCRM and we're finding some really cool things! This series of videos is meant to share those secrets with other Drupalers, in case they come across a project that could use them. :-)

In the screencast below, I'll show how how you can set-up a public membership directory in Roundearth's CiviCRM! Many organizations have a need to have public visitors see their member individuals or organizations

Watch the screencast to see how to add a public membership directory with Roundearth:

Some highlights from the video:

  • Add Memberships to a Contact
  • Create a Smart Group of Members
  • Boom: Create a Public Membership Directory

Please leave a comment below!

CiviCRM secrets for Drupalers: Fundraising Campaigns

by Elliot Christenson on June 27, 2018 - 11:38pm

We're Drupalers who only recently started digging deep into CiviCRM and we're finding some really cool things! This series of videos is meant to share those secrets with other Drupalers, in case they come across a project that could use them. :-)

In the screencast below, I'll show how how you can set-up a new Campaign in Roundearth's CiviCRM! The thing about campaigns is that until there is activity, there isn't much to see, but we have to start somewhere! So, here we setup a campaign.

Watch the screencast to see how to use a Campaign with Roundearth:

Some highlights from the video:

  • Set-up a new Campaign Type
  • Set-up a new Campaign
  • Send a Mailing attached to a Campaign!

Please leave a comment below!

CiviCRM secrets for Drupalers: Drupal 8 + CiviCRM June 2018 Update

by Elliot Christenson on June 14, 2018 - 12:15am

We're Drupalers who only recently started digging deep into CiviCRM and we're finding some really cool things! This series of videos is meant to share those secrets with other Drupalers, in case they come across a project that could use them. :-)

In the screencast below, I'll demonstrate the new demo of Roundearth! Roundearth is our Drupal 8 + CiviCRM Distribution.

Watch the screencast to see the progress so far on the Roundearth project:

Some highlights from the video:

  • Drupal 8.5
  • CiviCRM + Bootstrap based Shoreditch theme
  • Quick demo of adding Contacts, using a Group, and sending a Bulk Mailing
  • Quick demo of a Public Event

Please leave a comment below!

Drupal 8 + CiviCRM Roundearth Lands In Calgary for CiviCamp

by Elliot Christenson on May 9, 2018 - 9:22pm

On May 22nd, the giant CiviCRM Meetup CiviCamp Calgary arrives! What is a CiviCamp you ask? What is CiviCRM? What is Calgary? Why should a Drupaler care? All will be revealed below, dear reader!

Using lots of different tools? Do it all in Drupal instead!

by Elliot Christenson on November 8, 2017 - 11:43pm

You need a website. You need to send an e-mail newsletter. You need to track (potential) volunteers, donors, or customers. You could use Drupal, Mailchimp and HubSpot. Or you could do it all in Drupal.

We've been using the tools above in our own organization, and we continue to use them. Yet, we've been toying with the idea of moving more of our daily usage to a more Drupal based solution. I'll try to outline some of the pros and cons of each approach. I think you'll see for many organizations the Drupal solution could end-up on the winning side of the decision!

Drupal Sucks at Non-Profits

by Elliot Christenson on June 28, 2017 - 4:47pm

If you're a non-profit volunteer, board member, director, or staff, should you be afraid of using Drupal for your website needs?

There's been a lot of doom and gloom in the Drupal Community with Drupal 8 being more complex than ever! Other "content management systems" (a.k.a. CMS's) have long claimed that "Drupal is hard", "Drupal is expensive".

Is Drupal hard? Is Drupal 8 even "harder"? Is it "too expensive" for your non-profit?

Does Drupal suck at non-profits?

In this article, I take a deep dive, looking at what non-profits need from a website and how well Drupal can provide for those needs.

Read on to see what I think, and PLEASE, share your thoughts in the comments below!

Note: we posted a follow-up with an idea for a solution to this problem at Drupal 8 has left small non-profits behind... How can we fix that?

Efficiently Manage Events on Your Drupal Site in a Way That Even an Intern Can Do!

by Elliot Christenson on June 14, 2017 - 3:51pm

When you're running your non-profit, there is so much to do: basically an unlimited amount of work, right? Board meetings, fund-raising - and then there's the actual world-changing work you signed-up to do!

Our ongoing series of helpful tips (click here to subscribe via e-mail) continues today with some help on how to efficiently manage one of the most common and important aspects of any non-profit: EVENTS.

In this article, we'll talk about how to setup events in Drupal, and at the end, there's a video tutorial showing the process step-by-step.

Read more to see how!

WIEGO: 6 years and 22,000 articles - a Drupal Non-Profit Case Study!

by Elliot Christenson on June 7, 2017 - 3:14pm

As part of our series discussing the use of Drupal in non-profits (click here to subscribe via e-mail), we recently reached out to one of our favorite clients, WIEGO, who candidly shared some of their struggles and successes.

Since re-launching their site on Drupal almost 6 years ago, they've grown from a site with 50 static pages, to a searchable, categorized repository of news and knowledge spanning over 22,000 articles!

In this case study, we gain some insights into how organizations like WIEGO decided on Drupal, have lived with some of the growing-pains, and are planning to move forward into the future!

Read more to find out!

Drupal-Powered Donations: Increase Your Non-Profit Fundraising

by Elliot Christenson on May 30, 2017 - 7:32pm

As part of our ongoing series of blog posts intended to help you utilize Drupal in your non-profit, this week we decided to discuss an important part of all non-profits: donations and fundraising. Drupal can be used to display and promote your donations, track your donors and amounts, and even integrate with various payment systems. There are three main ways to accomplish many of these needs through Drupal: E-commerce "Shopping Carts", Basic Drupal Payments Integration, and Payment Widgets.

Drupal tips for non-profits!

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