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 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!
Worker Coop Advocacy Day (foreground: Telesh Lopez, Council Member Helen Rosenthal, Jennifer Jones Austin, Council Member Carmen Arroyo)
Palante Technology Cooperative participated in yesterday's Worker Cooperative Advocacy Day, supporting bills to facilitate the creation of worker co-ops through New York City. About 70 folks turned out for the press conference on City Hall steps. Later in the day, co-op representatives met with 20 City Councilmembers. Also present were representatives from New Economy Project and Urban Justice Center, Palante Tech clients with a commitment to building worker co-ops in NYC.
Just in time for the CiviCRM conference, Palante Tech launched a new CiviCRM database for CPEHN. CPEHN is an advocacy group dedicated to improving access to and conditions of affordable health care for communities of color in California. We migrated their data from a legacy database, adding new functionality while preserving existing workflows. We also worked alongside Kathryn Benedicto of Happy Snowman Tech to deliver a tool that integrated their website and database. Users making donations or signing up for events or mailing lists are automatically added to the database, and their activities categorized appropriately.
CPEHN also collaborated with Aspiration Technology, a non-profit that provides free help to non-profits to better use technology. With their help, CPEHN provided us with a detailed set of work requirements, allowing us to estimate time and cost accurately. They contributed greatly to the success of this project!
Palante Tech Coop would like to celebrate May Day, International Workers' Day, by announcing that Nina Reyes has been voted in as Palante's newest worker-owner! Nina began working with Palante in July 2013 and quickly became an invaluable member of our team, both as an ace Drupal themer and site builder and as an engaged participant in our collective process. Nina has already helped Palante go to some awesome new places, tremendously upping our responsive theming game and initiating Palante's first time participating in the Google Summer of Code, in which Nina will be mentoring a student developer working on a much-needed responsive Bootstrap user interface for CiviCRM.
Nina is Palante's first new worker-owner since we incorporated in 2011. We're all excited to continue to work together to better serve our clients and communities and grow our cooperative.
Please join us in wishing Nina hearty congratulations as she becomes a full worker-owner of our cooperative!