Normally, I’ll be doing reviews of open source software from a personal perspective. However, because I can’t necessarily try out everything in the first person sometimes I’ll rely on other reputable sources for a review of a good open source project related to churches and non-profits. One of those resources is the Free Software Foundation.
Yesterday, they released their endorsement for CiviCRM. “CiviCRM is a free, libre and open source software constituent relationship management solution. CiviCRM is web-based, internationalized, and designed specifically to meet the needs of advocacy, non-profit and non-governmental groups. Integration with both Drupal and Joomla! content management systems gives you the tools to connect, communicate and activate your supporters and constituents.”
With organizations like the Free Software Foundation, Wikimedia, and Amnesty International using it, I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t work for your organization as well. While WordPress integration would be great (although it looks like CiviCRM standalone + WordPress is what some people are doing), Drupal and Joomla! integration is great for those already using those CMS platforms. Of course, the more it is used, the more features will be added.
Give it a spin and consider trading in your proprietary, locked in, or homegrown (which is it’s own type of vendor lock in) solution for CiviCRM.