CiviCRM is SourceForge 'project of the month'

Open source software development and distribution website SourceForge is both a hub, distribution network and community collaboration portal for what is estimated to be 2.7 million developers working on more than a quarter of a million projects.

But with a user base reckoned to be up to 46 million consumers at any one time – exactly how are we supposed to rank what is hot and what is (not so) hot..?

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The answer? SourceForge ‘project of the month’ of course.

This January 2011 we see CiviCRM ranking as the highlighted projet du mois. This is a free and, crucially also libre, open source software constituent relationship management solution.

CiviCRM makers describe the software as a web-based, internationalised tool specifically to meet the needs of the civic/public sector – which includes non-profit, non-governmental groups as well as educational institutions, membership associations, government agencies and more.

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Integration with both the Drupal and Joomla! open source content management systems gives developers the tools to connect, communicate and activate their supporters and constituents.

CiviCRM includes optional components for:

* Online fundraising and donor management
* Event registration and participant tracking
* Membership programs
* Personalised email blasts and newsletters

You can read more here and also download the 8.9 MB file for the software itself.

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