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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.


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.




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.


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.


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.



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’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.



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 aspirations.



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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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.

While working on this latest guide, I realized that the Household Migration Guide, while an excellent tool, lacked another resource to go alongside. Something that would Sherpa you through the challenging work ahead. A meditation practice needs to go alongside the guide.

My latest offering is a Peace with data guide that provides you support with a worksheet to align your work with an intention. The mindful practice recording helps you uncover the intention of the work to be done by focusing on your current emotions. I am hopeful that these two resources together can help guide you in finding peace with your data.


Download the worksheet (PDF) and have it with you for the 8-minute mindfulness practice below.


If you enjoy this resource, might I suggest you consider signing up for our monthly newsletter? We’d love to have you join our community. And, I hope you will let me know what you think about this new offering. Do you find it helpful? Would you like the practice to go deeper? Be longer? What else can I do to help you on this journey?


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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Gates of Speech in the 21st Century

Social media has transformed our communities and our communication landscape. Now more than ever, we are connected with so many individuals all over the world. Communicating instantaneously. Sharing our thoughts as soon as they arise. Sometimes our words are kind and supportive, other times, we struggle to find the right words. And, at times, our interactions can be less than nice. How many of you have been on the receiving end of hate or anger filled speech? It has happened to me on occasion.
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