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Goodbye Joseph!

A more trimmed but still Magnificent bearded JosephSadly, it is time for Palante to say goodbye to worker-owner and best beard owner, Joseph Lacey. Joseph has been with Palante since its founding in 2010 and has been a key part of Palante's growth in the CiviCRM community. We will miss his deadpan humor, rich baritone, and deep knowledge of CiviCRM and SQL. He is leaving Palante for other endeavors and we wish him the best of luck.

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Encrypted Backups

Inspired by recent political developments, Palante has prioritized changing the backup infrastructure that we use for ourselves and our clients to support encrypted backups. We chose BorgBackup (https://www.borgbackup.org/), and can now say we fully support encrypted backups to local usb drives and to remote ssh servers for our clients. If the usb backup drive or the remote backup server fell into the wrong hands, your files on those drives would be inaccessible to anyone without the encryption key.

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Palante Tech Welcomes Morgan!

Palante is excited to welcome our newest worker, Morgan Robinson! Morgan comes to us with a background in community development and geographic information systems. She describes herself as a devoted coop nerd and will be providing Palante clients with CiviCRM support. We're grateful to be working with Morgan and look forward to seeing her collaborate with Palante's client oganizations!

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Announcing Jon's departure

It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Jon Goldberg, a founding member of Palante Technology Cooperative, without whom we wouldn't be as stable and successful as we've become. After six years of membership that includes implementing CiviCRM for many of our clients, providing local tech support to those in New York City and helping strengthen our own financial and technical infrastructure, he's leaving for other endeavors. We wish Jon the best in all he encounters and couldn't be more grateful for everything he's given us and the many progressive and community organizations working to build our movements. Below is his letter of departure.

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Palante Tech welcomes Kristin!

Palante is excited to welcome Kristin Snelling on board as our newest worker! Kristin comes to us after years of working as a web developer, designer, project manager and creative and executive director at Radical Designs, another worker-owned coop dedicated to working with nonprofits; as you might imagine, she's dived into the work and is already providing Drupal, Backdrop and CiviCRM support and development to Palante clients. We're thrilled to be working with Kristin and are excited that Palante's client organizations will benefit from her expertise and experience.

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Drupal + CiviCRM: a delicious recipe for FoodLab Detroit

FoodLab Detroit homepageOne of the biggest projects we worked on in 2014 was the new web presence and membership management system for FoodLab Detroit, "a diverse community of food businesses and allies working to make good food a sustainable reality for all Detroiters." With Drupal and CiviCRM as the main ingredients, we were able to whip up a robust, content-rich platform that provides valuable resources to FoodLab's members and the wider Detroit community while also streamlining their administrative operations.

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CiviCRM project launches for the Urban Justice Center and Planned Parenthood of Northern California

October was a busy month for the CiviCRM team at Palante, with two major project launches!

We launched a new CiviCRM donor management database for the Urban Justice Center. UJC has 108 staff within its 10 projects, and each project does its own fundraising. CiviCRM integrates with their website so that each project's donation page takes on the look and feel for that project, and donations are automatically categorized by project.  The central office staff can run reports across the entire organization, while individual projects can keep information about their donors private from one another.

We developed several exciting customizations for UJC, including "Contact Your NY Elected Official" functionality that makes use of freely available information to look up an elected official by address - no paid services needed!

This month we also launched a new education data collection database for Planned Parenthood of Northern California.  Educators have the ability to enter detailed information about their activities, and managers can review their work and run reports from one place.  Based on the database Palante built in 2011 for Planned Parenthood of New York City, we took the opportunity to rebuild the tool in CiviCRM for better reporting; improve the mobile interface; and allow users to enter multiple activities at a time.

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