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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We are warning all Palante clients to be careful about opening any remotely suspicious Google Docs emails today. If you're not sure it's legit, either do not click the link OR forward it to us to double-check!
EDITED 2:15pm PT/5:15pm ET: Google Docs just posted this statement to their official Twitter account:
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!
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.
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.
Palante would like to announce that Jessie Lee has been voted in as Palante's newest worker-owner! Jessie joined Palante back in September and has been doing wonderful work to provide our clients with technical support. She has also helped to grow Palante's own internal technical infrastructure.
One 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.
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.
Palante Tech has hired a new worker, Jessie Lee. Jessie comes to Palante with a longstanding passion for tinkering with tech and an eclectic background of research science and art history. She will be focusing on providing tech support to Palante clients. We're excited to have an awesome new cooperative member to work with and look forward to the additional capacity this gives us to continue serving our amazing clients and communities!