We are CiviCRM specialists, and we support Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress sites. We regularly assist organizations implement their first CRM, as well as migrate CiviCRM installations among different sites and between different content management systems.
In addition to the technical skill to diagnose bugs and manage hosting configuration, our strength lies in understanding the real-world needs and uses of the system. Each member of our staff has experience as nonprofit staff and/or a board member. This experience helps us grasp your use cases more quickly, and it also helps us foresee conflicting goals or unexpected outcomes of proposed features or configuration decisions.
One of CiviCRM’s strengths is its community-driven approach where organizations’ experience and custom needs are leveraged to help all users. Migrating and maintaining your CRM will utilize the lessons and tools from others, and we are committed to sharing with the larger community any improvements developed for this project. AGH Strategies is proud to be a Sustaining Contributor and a Founding Empowering Partner to CiviCRM, as well as a member of the Drupal Association.
We take pride in our depth of knowledge of CiviCRM and the nonprofit sector, and we work as a team to meet your needs. Whether you’re implementing CiviCRM for the first time or building out a brand new customization, or just looking for day-to-day support and training on best practices, we’re here to help.
AGH Strategies can work with you to design and build customizations to handle nearly anything—and we can advise you on the tradeoffs and pitfalls involved in various options. Below are a few customizations we’ve built for clients that have since turned into extensions and plugins accessible to all CiviCRM users:
Tommy Bobo, Systems Director
I joined AGH Strategies in September 2014 as a Nonprofit Database Specialist. Previously I was the Development Associate at the Friends Committee on National Legislation. While there I was in charge of database administration, monthly giving, and income reporting.
I came to the nonprofit database world through a graphic design temp job that slowly turned into a development temp job. Though my first experience with an open source database was configuring a candle store’s online store. If you ever want to discuss the best way to sort fragrant candles, I am more than willing. I am also a working visual artist and fine arts educator.
Jessica Chase, Client Services Manager
I joined AGH Strategies in September 2021 after working as a freelance consultant with small businesses and nonprofits on project management and web design. I’m passionate about building efficient systems to help nonprofits work smarter on work worth doing. My other background is in political organizing, on campaigns across California, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Massachusetts and Michigan. I graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in Political Science.
Josh Corlew, Project Lead
Before joining AGH Strategies in the summer of 2017, I lived in Nashville, TN. After studying Information Systems and Management in undergrad, I worked for an Internet Service Provider for over 6 years before leaving the IT world for nonprofits in 2007. I served two years as an AmeriCorps volunteer after which I created several youth development programs through the lens of urban agriculture. These programs served hundreds of young people and utilized thousands of volunteers in activities ranging from tilling fields to building curriculum evaluation metrics. In 2016 I completed a Masters in Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities which gave me a systems-oriented view to building resiliency.
My experience in the IT sector gave me a unique perspective as a program manager about ways data can be used. Data can be a powerful asset, though working with data systems can be frustrating sometimes. I believe technology should improve our work rather than impede it, so I look forward to helping you design systems that work for you rather than the other way around.
Alice Frumin, CRM Developer
I joined AGH Strategies in February of 2016 as a CRM Developer after completing General Assembly’s Web Development Immersive and using CiviCRM in my role as Operations Manager at the National Center for Creative Aging to organize contacts, run event registrations, track contributions, and manage memberships. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Go Badgers!
Chris Garaffa, CRM Developer
I joined AGH Strategies in 2021 as a CRM Developer after being Technology Director at non-profit Trans Lifeline, managing technology and creating solutions for over 100 staff and volunteers across the US and Canada. Meanwhile, I have over 10 years of web development experience on both the front and back end in multiple client-facing positions. I’ve built fully customized websites and expanded WordPress with custom Gutenberg blocks and plugins.
Amanda “Andie” Hunt, Principal
My background is in nonprofit governance and environmental programs, so I didn’t seek out data management—it just caught up with me. After years directing programs and serving on the boards of community-based and regional nonprofits, I knew that the only thing more frustrating than working with nonprofit database systems was trying to wing it without one. At the same time, a promising new open-source system came along: CiviCRM.
I’m experienced in implementing CiviCRM, WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal for nonprofits, associations, and political organizations, integrating membership, donations, program outcomes, events, grants, and bulk email. My experience started out of necessity in 2006: Common Ground Athens needed a CRM, and we didn’t have much of a budget. Soon enough, other organizations sought my expertise in translating their needs to an efficient, effective database system.
I hold a Bachelor’s degree from St. John’s College, Annapolis, and an M.A. in Nonprofit Organizations from the University of Georgia School of Social Work.
Eli Lisseck, CRM Developer
Before joining AGH Strategies, I came from a farming apprenticeship to work as the IT & Database Manager for the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. NESEA was my first real experience driving an organization using primarily open source tools—I learned a ton and found great satisfaction working with CiviCRM there. I hold a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Studies from Oberlin College, and a Permaculture Design Certification.