Have you ever heard of CiviCRM?
CiviCRM is a free, libre and open source software constituent relationship management solution. CiviCRM is web-based, internationalized, and designed specifically to meet the needs of advocacy, non-profit and non-governmental groups. Integration with both Drupal and Joomla! content management systems gives you the tools to connect, communicate and activate your supporters and constituents.
CiviCRM is more than a contact database, it also includes some pretty sweet components:
Case management for clients and constituents.
Online fundraising and donor management.
Online event registration and participant tracking.
Online signup and membership management.
Personalized email blasts and newsletters.
Report generation and template management.
CiviCRM is free and open source, and now CiviCRM is gathering support to add WordPress integration.
WordPress integration will be part of CiviCRM v4.1. The release schedule is on the CiviCRM Roadmap. WordPress is the most popular CMS today. Google Trends indicates that WP’s popularity is growing at a faster rate than the competition. We’ve been getting quite a few inquiries from WP users about CiviCRM integration. One of the main stumbling blocks till recently was WP’s license which was GPL v2 only which is incompatible with AGPL v3. On Jan 15, 2011 they changed the licence to GPL v2 or later thus making it similar to Drupal / Joomla and also compatible with AGPL v3 (which is the license that CiviCRM uses). This is definitely great news for us to see the licensing situation resolved.
If this can gain some traction, this could be really huge. The CiviCRM community is already fairly sizable:
- The CiviCRM package was downloaded over 400,000 times since 2009, and we believe it is installed on more than 5,000 servers.
- The community forum has 11,500 members averaging 80+ posts per week day (as of December 2009).
- Over 100 individuals and consultants have participated in the design and development of CiviCRM.
- Consulting firms from one person shops to multi-million dollar organizations offer CiviCRM-based services.
- Open visibility and community participation in bugs, features and product roadmaps.
Have you used CiviCRM?
What do you think about it?