Feb 27, 2012

MailChimp Integrates with Nonprofit Software App CiviCRM

Keeping up with donors and volunteers is complicated, especially once you decide to look for answers beyond a shoebox full of notecards or your development director who tends to withhold helpful information. There’s a menu of seemingly infinite software options for constituent relationship management, and each system has very specific pros and cons. And often only after signing a contract and rolling up your sleeves do you find out many of the cons.

We’re trying to make managing your database easier. We’re always adding more constituent relationship management applications to our integrations directory, like CiviCRM.

CiviCRM is a unique database solution because it’s free, open source, and coordinated by a 501(c)(3) organization. It runs on your server and, if you use Drupal or Joomla, integrates with MailChimp via MailChimp CiviCRM Synch. Yes, it’s a few steps beyond the shoebox full of notecards.

MailChimp CiviCRM Sync allows you to synchronize contacts and groups in both applications. You can manage unsubscribes within CiviCRM, for example. Or you can export your list to MailChimp and retain your segmented list. The integration also makes it easy to set up a daily automatic synchronization, called a cron job, to do the dirty work for you.

MailChimp CiviCRM Sync is our most sibilant integration yet and has been tested for the following combinations:

  • Joomla 1.5.x and CiviCRM 3.4.x
  • Drupal 6.x and CiviCRM 3.4.x
  • Joomla 1.7.x and CiviCRM 4.0.x
  • Drupal 7.x and CiviCRM 4.0.x

To take advantage of MailChimp CiviCRM Sync, you’ll need to snag an API key and download the script. But before you do that, read up on all the capabilities of this integration.