Not long ago, I bumped into an old friend who, as it turned out, is serving as President of the arts nonprofit World Forum For Acoustic Ecology. This international NPO is a collective spanning the globe that shares a dedication to “exploring the acoustic environment”. This did not come as a surprise to me, as I know WFAE’s President, Eric Leonardson, to be one of Chicago’s most compelling figures in experimental music, sound and instrument design.
Eric and I go back to our days in audio production and communications for commerce and professional education, years spent capturing the utterances of various figures in business, law, medicine and other arenas. So it was also not a surprise when he let me know about Mission Minded, a firm that focuses on NPO marketing and communications. Of particular note is their library of how-to markting guides for nonprofits published as PDFs.
Truly a sound resource.
On- and off-line awareness campaign communications people are familiar with the campaign thermometer: that image that shows fundraising progress. The online version of this can show any value you want; clicks, dollars, signups, you name it. The YouTube Nonprofit Program has rolled out a new campaign thermometer icon to allow nonprofits to create a themometer overlay on the bottom of its videos.
NPQ has an article that clears up YouTube’s uneven progress with its special features for nonprofits as well as discusses the new thermometer overlay. One example of uneven features would be the fact that you can’t track donations with the new thermometer overlay — yet.
Straight from the developer comes today’s post from CiviCRM‘s Rajesh about the newest WordPress – CiviCRM integration feature, access control.
This is a big addition to the WordPress-CiviCRM community, as it closes a good bit of the gap between CiviCRM under WordPress vs. under Drupal. The lack of fine-grained access control in WordPress is a shortcoming that Drupal fans point to constantly when they evaluate WordPress as a content management system and find it lacking. While WordPress’s strengths as a CMS still add up to make it our favorite for our purposes (and most purposes our clients have) there’s no doubt that access control is something Drupal admins have taken for granted and used to create complex access control schemes to support large organizations under Drupal-CiviCRM, so I’m particularly glad to see it arrive. The feature will roll out with CiviCRM 4.3 core.
But WordPress lacks the fine grained access control feature, which are very well supported in Drupal and Joomla. In CiviCRM 4.1/4.2 If you want a wordpress user to access CiviCRM, you should give them administrator role, which will allow them to not only access all the CiviCRM Components, but also the administrative pages.
To overcome this drawback in WordPress + CiviCRM, Access Control feature (similar to permissions in Drupal) was developed for WordPress and integrated into CiviCRM core and will be in CiviCRM 4.3 release. This feature is developed as CiviCRM Core and independent of any wordpress plugins (unless you want to create new WP roles). When CiviCRM plugin is activated, all the CiviCRM core/component permissions are injected as wordpress capabilities, so that each WP roles can be assigned different capabilities. By default, Administrator role will have all capabilities (permissions) in CiviCRM and all other roles can be assigned capabilities (permissions) in CiviCRM Navigation Menu >> Administer >> Users and Permissions >> Permissions (Access Control)
See more screens and read Rajesh’s whole post here.