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CiviCRM support for DIYers

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CiviCRM support for DIYers:

“I had an email exchange recently with someone from a group that uses CiviCRM and she mentioned that she wished she didn’t have to go to hire a consultant every time she had a question – she is more of a “DIY” person. My response was that CiviCRM allows you to be as DIY as you want, or are able (and the CiviCRM community really wants you to grow your skills so that you are able to do more and more of what you need to do). We are a nonprofit that serves other nonprofits, but our mission has an educational and empowering thrust. We are here to support as needed but we want you and your team to build skills and have the appropriate technology in place to do your work. In that vein, here are a few important resources for CiviCRM DIYers…“

Google Adds ‘Mobile Friendliness’ to Its Search Criteria

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Google Adds ‘Mobile Friendliness’ to Its Search Criteria:

Google’s search algorithm is a closely guarded secret, so the company would not say exactly how much mobile would factor into rankings. Still, it said in a blog post that the change would have “a significant impact” on search results, and it has tried to prepare websites by telegraphing the move two months in advance and giving them tips on how to improve their performance.

One of the questions we are frequently asked is “How much does...

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One of the questions we are frequently asked is “How much does it cost for a website?” Our usual answer is “It depends.” (It’s kind of like asking “How much is a new car?” It depends on a lot of factors, such as which options you want to include, whether it’s a hybrid and so on). Your best bet is to put together a strong RFP (Request for Proposal) that you can send around to give an accurate idea of the scope of the new site and get an accurate estimate of what it will cost to build it.

The main goal of an RFP is to accurately portray your needs and your dreams for the new site. If you are sending the RFP to multiple organizations or designers, you will want to make sure that they are all making estimates for the same project so that you can compare apples to apples. You don’t need to worry about the technicalities of how the site will do the things you want it to do – in responding to the RFP, we will make a recommendation as to how we will meet your needs.

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12 Data visualizations that illustrate poverty’s biggest...

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12 Data visualizations that illustrate poverty’s biggest challenges

Here’s a collection of some of the best data visualizations on global literacy, mortality, birth rates and more that will help put some of the biggest issues surrounding poverty today into perspective. The good news: Extreme poverty is declining, and life expectancy and incomes on the whole are on the up and up. The bad news: We still have a lot of work to do!
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Facebook Is Throttling Nonprofits and Activists

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Facebook Is Throttling Nonprofits and Activists: So far coverage of Facebook’s plan to squeeze the organic reach of Pages has focused on its impact on “brands” that spam us with ads and promotions. But nonprofits, activists, and advocacy groups with much fewer resources (and no ad budgets) are also being hugely affected. It’s starting to look like Facebook is willing to strangle public discourse on the platform in an attempt to wring out a few extra dollars for its new shareholders.

How Drupal and Open Source are Helping Youth Rise from Poverty in Africa | Drupal Association

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How Drupal and Open Source are Helping Youth Rise from Poverty in Africa | Drupal Association:

The rise of open source, and the skyrocketing popularity of Drupal as a CMS, has made for many very happy developers working in the open source world. But for some people, it isn’t just a hobby or a way to bring home a paycheck: it’s a ticket out of crushing poverty.

For some youth living in informal settlements in Kampala, Uganda, the Kampabits organization has made an incredible difference in their lives. The program takes impoverished young individuals who are unable to access funding or build the necessary skills to find gainful employment, and helps them become web designers and web developers. Drupal is one of the open source platforms they use…

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