Circle Blvd was created for volunteer organizations.
Leaders of volunteer organizations today are making great things happen in their communities. But they are stressed out.
Keeping on top of tasks performed by volunteers is hard — volunteers are busy, and they forget. Volunteer schedules change, and they don't always have time to perform quality work. The amount a group can accomplish can change drastically from week to week.
Circle Blvd helps organizations deal with this uncertainty. It reduces stress, and gives leaders the simplicity they need. Organizations seek change, and Circle Blvd helps them achieve that in their local communities.
Circle Blvd came about when the Corvallis Swing Dance Society was searching for a planning tool that worked for their all-volunteer board of directors. None could be found.
A co-founder of Corvallis Swing was also a software developer, and he decided to make a project planner that was just the right fit for the group. A few years later, Circle Blvd was first released to the public, in July 2014.
Circle Blvd is a product of Holmwell Software, a company based in Corvallis, Oregon.
Holmwell is led by Phil Manijak. Phil is a community organizer, a co-founder of the Corvallis Swing Dance Society, and a 10-year veteran of the software industry. His design and programming work has been used by millions of people across the globe.
Our goal is to keep Circle Blvd free indefinitely, supported by donations and development partners.
Our intention is to create a business model similar to Wordpress, in the way that it is free to download and modify, or you can rent out space on our site.
The source code for Circle Blvd available on GitHub, under a BSD license. It can be downloaded and installed on most computers running Mac OS X, Linux, or Windows.
A large thank you goes to Oregon's Self Employment Assistance Program and the Corvallis Swing Dance Society.
Circle Blvd's engineering work owes much to many people, including those behind Apache CouchDB, Node.js, Bootstrap, and AngularJS.
This project would not be possible without the community support of family and friends.