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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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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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Gabriel’s Database Sherpa and Salesforce.com Journey

When I first started my Salesforce.com journey, I knew next to nothing about databases. I grew up in the digital age, so I certainly know my way around a computer, but I’ve never been crazy about them. I prefer my social to be unmediated, whenever possible. Read more

Dreamforce

On to Dreamforce, the national Salesforce conference

Each year Salesforce users, consultants, and industry experts come together for a 4-day event called Dreamforce. We are excited to announce that Database Sherpa will be presenting this October at the 2014 Dreamforce conference in San Francisco.

Together, Veronica Beck and Ashima Saigal will undertake a Sherpa-style session, guiding others who are beginning to program in Salesforce on “A 5-Step Framework to Tackling Your First Trigger With Confidence.” We look forward to the journey.

Confidence: “It’s about being the little engine — I think I can”

“It isn’t about winning or being the best. It’s about being the little engine — I think I can”.

After reading The Confidence Code, by Katty Kat & Claire Shipman, I’ve come to realize even more how important it is to have a regular meditation practice and to include self-compassion in the mix more often. Read more

New Website

Database Sherpa has a new website!

We are pleased to share our newly updated website! Please poke around, and see what’s new. You’ll notice an explanation of the Sherpa Approach for nonprofits that seek to make peace with their data. Another new item we are excited to offer is a section for Resources – some quick how-tos and guidance from our Sherpas. Our growing Resources section currently includes two resources to help Nonprofits that are considering Salesforce:

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Hiatus

Taking a short hiatus, but we hope you enjoy the video

On May 7th, my dear friend Karen left this earth. While I was able to say my good-byes to her, it is still no easier and the grief can be quite consuming. Her obituary shows what an amazing force she was in this community and around the world. I’ve been having a hard time with my emotions and feelings about the loss, thus, I am taking a hiatus for the month of June. That’s not to say we’re not busy in Sherpa-land. Clients suggested we apply for a couple entrepreneur challenges: one with the  Great Lakes Entrepreneur Quest and the other the Social Entrepreneur challenge.  These are both in Michigan. We were also compelled to apply for a national award through Wisdom 2.0 and that’s where the video comes in. We needed to develop a 60 second video that explains the business. 1 minute?! Wow, we did it with help from +Teresa Thome and Steve from Shutterwerks Media. Two amazing and powerful individuals who made time to make this happen. So grateful!

VIEW VIDEO HERE – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8VCsRHJsls

In the meantime, keep this in mind, life is short and in the blink of an eye, everything can change. Embrace those around you closely and hold them in your heart every day. Don’t take a single moment for granted.