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emPower Central Coast

Using CiviCRM to better understand emPower's impact in the community
 

EmPower Central Coast is an organization that was created to help homeowners in the County of Santa Barbara make energy saving improvements to their homes. The emPower program facilitates home upgrade projects by making them more affordable through incentives, financing, qualified contractors and expert energy advice through visits from an “energy coach”. These visits provide tangible ways for the homeowner to save energy and lower their monthly utility bills. The organization recently partnered with the counties of Ventura and San Luis Obispo in Northern California to expand and serve homeowners in the tri-county region.

Cividesk recently spoke with their Business Specialist, Sherman Hansen, about emPower’s experiences using CiviCRM and how it has benefited their organization.

National Hispanic Voter Educational Foundation

Putting CiviCRM to the test: Managing a database of 600,000 contacts
 

The National Hispanic Voter Educational Foundation (NHVEF) was created to encourage, inform and enable individuals in the Hispanic community to appreciate the importance of voting and to consistently exercise this privilege. This non-partisan foundation is dedicated to helping individuals find their voice in order to make a positive impact on themselves, their family and the community. NHVEF also manages a call center to reach out to the Hispanic community and engage them in this goal through a voter pledge.

Cividesk recently spoke with Nikki Swarn of the NHVEF about their experiences with CiviCRM.

Denver Ballet Guild

Celebrating the power of CiviCRM
 

The Denver Ballet Guild supports and celebrates the beauty and power of dance by encouraging interest in ballet and other forms of dance. The organization is managed exclusively by volunteers, who promote dance at all levels and conduct annual fundraising activities to support the dance community.

Cividesk recently spoke with Suzanne Goderstad, a volunteer board member, who serves as the database co-coordinator for the organization about their experiences with CiviCRM.

Home Builders Foundation

A new member of our Giving Back program

When Home Builders Foundation of Metro Denver was faced with fatal database errors during a CiviCRM upgrade, they did not know how to deal with this issue.

The Home Builders Foundation’s mission is to provide accessibility solutions and home modifications for individuals with disabilities and financial need through the collaborated efforts of the building industry. Having completed nearly 1,200 projects since 1993, the Foundation operates with a staff of two and a minuscule budget. They could not afford the services of a CiviCRM consultant to repair their database and proceed with the upgrade.

Heart's Home USA

Just two clicks: complicated reports made easy with CiviCRM
 

Heart’s Home USA is an international Catholic organization which fosters a culture of compassion at centers in 22 countries and across five continents. Their global network is comprised of volunteers who serve as missionaries to the disadvantaged and socially isolated.

Heart’s Home USA became a CiviCRM user in March 2013 and recently spoke with Cividesk.

French Chamber in the Netherlands

Streamlining Membership and Event Management with CiviCRM

The French Chamber in the Netherlands provides services to approximately 200 members, from individuals to large corporations, hosts 20 events each year, including one major fundraiser and publishes a quarterly newsletter. The organization is run by a team of five staff members and a board of directors. The chamber is part of a network of French Chambers of Commerce and Industry Abroad (UCCIFE) which includes 111 chambers in 81 countries. Many of the UCCIFE chambers are currently using CiviCRM to manage their activities and the French Chamber in the Netherlands joined that group of CiviCRM users in September 2012. Cividesk managed the implementation and customization, provided training and hosting and continues to provide mentoring and technical support for CiviCRM.

Leontine Van den Herik and Tjamke Van der Ven from the French Chamber recently spoke with Cividesk about their experiences.

Forum of Flemish Women

The Forum of Flemish Women (FVV) is a unique place where all Flemish women are welcome with no discrimination of age, origin, color, religion or sexual orientation. The forum offers a female perspective of the world and focuses on all forms of cultural heritage. They cherish their Dutch language and work to protect the Flemish identity and traditions in a globalizing world.

Formatting the entries in your database

Have you ever wished all the phone numbers in your database would be correctly formatted according to the country's and international standards? That all the names - first, last and company - would be correctly capitalized, including local language specifics and common abbreviations? And more importantly ... that this would be done auto-magically for you whenever new data is added to CiviCRM?

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