Question:

multiple organizations?

Aubrey: 2 weeks ago

we downloaded and installed civicrm a few years ago, and have a recollection of being able to manage multiple organizations through one installation... is that still "a thing"? We are envisioning creating a central arts database in our community and collaborating more closely on fundraising among all the arts organizations who would like to participate.

we would, of course, want to be able to keep the contacts (and donations) for each organization separated, and track which org referred which donor to who...

please advise if i am completely delusional :)

Answer:
Nolan: 2 weeks ago

A lighter-weight solution to this (imo) is to use the Permissioned Relationship (https://civicrm.org/extensions/relationship-permissions-acls) approach, which can be used to limit User A - who has a Permissioned Relationship to Organisation A - to only access Contacts that Org A has a permissioned relationship over.

This deploys very well without the wiring involved in multisite (imo) and hence is more approachable for 'beginners' (and for advanced folk who need a lighter weight solution.

Beauty of this solution is that it can scale really easily afaik. And for Drupal sites, together with Webforms and Views and whatnots can let delegates of Orgs manage their contacts without actually ever needing to set foot on the civi side.