Phillip Smith

Try CivicSpace On Demand!

After stumbling on the new Civicspace On Demand demo late last week, I got this public announcement from the Civicspace team:

CivicSpace On Demand, our CivicSpace service (ASP), is in production with customers and offers:

Turnkey online fundraising, email marketing, website and supporter database. No installation and upgrade hassles. All Drupal/CiviCRM upgrades are automatic. No servers to maintain. You access CivicSpace On Demand via your web browser. Blast email & donations up and running in minutes.

I had already given the on-line demo a whirl -- considering it for a few key clients -- and found it to be fast, responsive, and easy-to-use. Some of the interface improvements for this version are spectacular and well-tailored to the needs of NGOs. However, as has always been the case, Civicspace remains a US-centric system in many ways.

That said, as I've done with the site for Greenpeace, it's fairly straightforward to make it more friendly for Canadian organizations, including the option of making the public Web site bi-lingual. And, with the addition of CiviCRM and CiviContribute, it's a powerful tool for municipal election campaigns among other things.

I'm dying to give the new "on demand" product a try on a real campaign: any ideas? ;-)


Hi, I'm Phillip Smith, a veteran digital publishing consultant, online advocacy specialist, and strategic convener. If you enjoyed reading this, find me on Twitter and I'll keep you updated.


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