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More guide than taskmaster, more teacher than consultant.

We provide Salesforce training for nonprofits, tailored to each step in your Salesforce journey. Whether you are just beginning or are already experienced with Salesforce, we can help you achieve peace with your data.

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Household Account Migration DIY GuideGet our Free DIY Guide to Household Account Migration

Our six-page guide contains checklists, tips, and suggested practices for the journey of migrating to the household account model. Sign up for your free copy.

Want a guide for the journey? Database Sherpa is excited to announce Migration Camps, a series of webinars, resources, and one-on-one technical support. This is a low-cost way to get your data in top shape and migrate your nonprofit’s database to the Household Account Model. Learn more and save your spot now.

 

THE SHERPA APPROACH

PLAN THE TREK

Database Sherpa will customize your trek by defining your nonprofit organization’s needs, short- and long-term goals, capacity, and other factors affecting the design of your Salesforce database. Working together, we will identify how far to climb based on what’s realistic for your organization.

PREPARE THE TEAM

Just as a Sherpa wouldn’t carry a mountain climber to the top, so too will we expect your organization to actively participate in the process. We will equip your team for the journey through hands-on training and resources for self-directed learning.

PUT IT INTO PRACTICE

Database Sherpa will be a hands-on teacher as we co-create your Salesforce database. We view database management as a practice rather than a project. Most organizations invest about 100 hours of practice in their work with Database Sherpa, between time spent learning and actively building their database.

 

ABOUT US

We’re on a mission to bring you this peace, and we achieve it with a process unlike anything data management has seen before. The Sherpa approach means we are more guide than taskmaster, more teacher than consultant.

ASHIMA SAIGAL

Ashima’s path, which has involved yoga, technology, business, and nonprofit work, led her to found Database Sherpa as an alternative way for nonprofits to achieve peace with their data.


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BHANUDAS TANAKA

As a spiritual practitioner, Bhanudas has embraced the principles of mentorship, compassion, and nonaggression – the foundation of the Database Sherpa mentorship model – and is energized to help organizations become more skillful and adept with their Salesforce.com aspirations.


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GABRIEL VIEIRA

Gabriel is an experienced mentor, teacher, and coach, whose dedication to social and environmental justice has motivated him to help grow capacity in the nonprofit sector.


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FROM THE BLOG

What Doesn't Kill Us

Five Signs Your Nonprofit’s Database Isn’t Keeping Up

Nonprofits are in the business of making change. And sometimes that change is happening right within your own organization — in how you do your work, manage your projects, take care of your data, and more. So often, this internal change is the kind that growing nonprofits have the least time and resources to anticipate. As you do your good work in your community, what are some signs that your nonprofit database is keeping up, or not? How do you make sure your technology is growing and changing as your mission does?

This is one of the many reasons we believe that databases are more than a one-time project. A database isn’t just a tool implemented once — like a good relationship, it needs care and attention so you can continue to rely on it. Here are five signs it might be time to devote some fresh attention to your database and how it’s working for your organization. Think of it as spring cleaning for your technology!

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Finding Peace with Your Data: A Worksheet & Mindfulness Practice

It’s not always easy to find peace with your data. How many times have you run away screaming from your computer in agony over a report you needed to create or data that was incorrectly entered? I bet it’s quite a few. Finding peace with data isn’t always a straight path. Often, it’s a curvy path filled with potholes and knotty bushes. Along the way, I believe there can be compassionate pauses where we set intentions, reconnect with our hopes for the work, and engage our team mindfully. Whether you’re cleaning up data in your Salesforce instance or setting intentions for another database project, I hope this worksheet and mindfulness practice (both free downloads, below) will help you move into the work with more awareness and peace.

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Dreamforce is a family reunion of sorts

Typically, when I return home from a conference I am so physically and mentally exhausted that I need at least a week to recover. This year, my return from Dreamforce, the annual Salesforce conference, left me with a different feeling. While I was still physically and mentally exhausted, I didn’t need a week to recover. In reality, I felt more alive and invigorated than ever, even after a full week of meetings, interactions and late nights.

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