Backdrop 4 Good

Wouldn't it be great to work on tangible projects and help non-profit organizations further their cause with Backdrop websites? We often work in a theoretical or abstracted space when working on Backdrop core and contrib software. I was delighted by the idea of working with the Backdrop community on concrete real websites for a cause.

Become an advocate for a new feature in Backdrop core

Is there a feature that you would REALLY like to see get into the next release of Backdrop CMS, but you don't think you have the skills to write the code for it? Then consider becoming an advocate for that issue. 

The Backdrop community has been experimenting with an "advocacy" program, in which we ask community members to identify an issue they feel strongly about, and volunteer some time to help push that issue forward. Often times, the key to moving an issue forward is the involvement of a single individual that is willing to:

Change in Meeting Schedule

We've made a change in how we schedule our weekly development, outreach, and design/ux meetings to better accommodate our international participants. Participants in the southern hemisphere were experiencing 4 time changes per year due to daylight savings with a total swing of 2 hours, while participants in the USA experienced consistent start times all year. 

Backdrop 1.5 released

Backdrop 1.5 is a release packed with new features and an all-new out-of-box experience! A new default theme -- "Basis", drop-down menus, a homepage layout, demo content, and hero block provide a fresh take on the fundamentals of a modern day content management system.

Official CiviCRM support for Backdrop CMS

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If you've been holding back from using Backdrop because your site requires the popular and powerful CiviCRM, hold back no longer. You can now easily install CiviCRM on Backdrop, or migrate it from your Drupal 7/CiviCRM setup.

CiviCRM and Backdrop CMS, two projects who focus on helping non-profits, fit together quite nicely. You can now easily install CiviCRM on Backdrop and benefit from the robust Drupal-like architecture with an extra helping of the user-friendliness added by Backdrop.

Growing our community means growing our leadership

For the past 5 years Backdrop has been growing. It's been a slow but steady increase in adoption, contributors, and those involved in core development. It's time we added some new faces to our leadership team. On behalf of the Backdrop Project Management Committee, I'm happy to announce that we have added a new core committer, and 3 new people on the PMC. 

Backdrop 1.1 released

The first minor release version delivered on May 15, 2015 and it's full of great features!

It's been 4 months since our the 1.0 release. According to our Roadmap, that means it is time for our first minor version: 1.1.0!

Using Initiatives to Set Priorities and Focus Energy

The PMC (Project Management Committee) for Backdrop CMS is currently considering a proposal to use formal Initiatives as a means of defining project priorities and focusing attention on important needs in the community. Sometime in the next couple of weeks, the Project Management Committee is expected to authorize an initial slate of 2-4 initiatives, with the potential for more at a later date. 

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