Salesforce, innovation, and the power of failure for nonprofits

Nothing is perfect but it is possible to use our inevitable failures to inspire innovation, and build the collaborative learning practices needed to become more competitive, effective and resilient organizations.

- Vision Statement of Failforward.org

Let’s face it. We screw up. We make mistakes. We miss the target, or realize after scoring a direct hit that we were aiming at the wrong target all along.

We fail.

This is all the more true when we have lofty goals which are chock full of difficult targets to hit. And nonprofits are nothing if not organizations with lofty goals. They are looking to foster the social good by curing ugly, intractable problems that don’t have easy answers or tried-and-true remedies.

Nonprofits need to fail. It’s often within failure that true innovation happens.

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FREE WEBINAR: Online application portals for grantmakers using Salesforce

As a grantmaker with Salesforce, learn how you can delight your applicants, radically simplify internal tasks to slash overhead, and get the absolute most out of your investment in Salesforce through Soapbox Engage.

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In a 30 minute webinar from 1 – 1:30 pm ET on May 22nd, we’ll discuss the success that the Nathan Cummings Foundation as had with Soapbox Engage to demonstrate how your organization can: Read more »

 

501 Commons Salesforce team joins Soapbox Engage Partner community

501 Commons logoWe’re pleased as can be to welcome the good folks in the shadow of the Space Needle as the newest certified Soapbox Engage Partner: 501 Commons. From their coffee-fueled corner of the Emerald City, 501 Commons empowers non-profits throughout Washington State with Salesforce know-how so they have what they need to make a world of difference.

From data tracking to management to reporting, their team works with non-profits to plan, create, and support a system that will work for their organization for years to come. No wonder we have so much in common and why we’re so happy to have them join the Soapbox Engage Partner program!

If your firm is interested in becoming a certified Soapbox Engage Partner, check out the Soapbox Engage Partner program details and submit your application today!

 

It’s National Volunteer Week!

I had no idea it was National Volunteer week until Bethany at NTEN wrote this little blog post thanking all the chapter coordinators for their help in running NTEN events over the years.  While I guess I do technically volunteer as the DC NTEN Chapter coordinator, I rarely think of it as volunteering. Rather, I think of it as community building of accidental techies who are trying to do good in this mad, crazy world. And since I love meeting new people and organizing events, my NTEN happy hours aren’t something I begrudge, but instead something to which I look forward.

That being said, I hope you can join me for our next DC NTEN Happy Hour to be held on Wednesday, April 23 at Local 16. Let’s hope for nice weather as we’ll be upstairs on their outdoor patio. For more info and to RSVP, be sure to visit the event page. Hope to see you there!

 

Chicken, women’s figure skating, and whose brand you’re building with your nonprofit’s online petition

Back in late January, I signed a petition for a cause I believe in, sponsored by an organization I care about. I posted an article recounting how the entire branding of the experience wasn’t associated with the organization or the cause but with the well-known petition site hosting the form.

That led to a simple question for those using online petitions:

Are you building your own brand or someone else’s with your online petition solution?

Nearly three months after that signing, the question is all the more relevant after the seventeen follow up emails I’ve received. Read more »

 

Reason #1: You’re using only a fraction of Soapbox for your organization

Pre-Summit Day of Training
Monday, May 5th
9 am – 4:30 pm
The Case Foundation
1717 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, 7th Fl., Washington, DC
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Soapbox User Summit
Tuesday, May 6th
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Friends Meeting of Washington
2111 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC
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We’re less than one month from the 2014 Soapbox User Summit! Read Reason #1 for attending and then register to save your spot!

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Reason #1: You’re using only a fraction of Soapbox…attend to get so much more from of your nonprofit’s online presence!

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March Madness causes productivity to plunge by $1.2B; penguin and his nonprofit stay efficient with Salesforce and Soapbox Engage

March Madness is upon us and the statisticians at Challenger, Gray, and Christmas LLC are predicting it will cost employers more than $1.2B in employee productivity.

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Phil Penn Gwynn, Online Communications Director / Bookkeeper / Database Administrator / Webmaster / Video Blogger for Someorg.org, isn’t worried, though:

With Soapbox Engage integrating our website with Salesforce, the efficiency gains we achieve with online donations, event management, and our self-service member portal far surpass the hours lost with me…uh, I mean, members of our team…distracted by the NCAA tournament.

Interested in how your nonprofit can become more efficient and effective by integrating your website with Salesforce? Contact us!

 

Cloud for Good floats on over into Soapbox Engage Partner program

Cloud for Good logoOur heads are in the clouds over the latest Salesforce solutions provider to float on over into the Soapbox Engage Partner ranks. We’re excited to welcome Cloud for Good and its team of “Salesforce experts who speak fluent nonprofit” as the latest certified Partner to team up to help nonprofits rock the world for social good.

Take a few moments to meet Cloud for Good in this short video:

 

Reason #2: Boost fundraising with tools and strategies at Soapbox User Summit

Pre-Summit Day of Training
Monday, May 5th
9 am – 4:30 pm
Washington, DC – location TBA
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Soapbox User Summit
Tuesday, May 6th
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Washington, DC – location TBA
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The Soapbox User Summit is just a few short weeks away! Check out Reason #2 for attending and register to save your spot.

Reason #2: Boost fundraising with tools and strategies

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Reason #3: Learn what’s new and upcoming in Soapbox – plus early bird pricing ends Friday!

Pre-Summit Day of Training
Monday, May 5th
9 am – 4:30 pm
Washington, DC – location TBA
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Soapbox User Summit
Tuesday, May 6th
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Washington, DC – location TBA
Register today for early bird pricing!

Early bird priicng for the 2014 Soapbox User Summit ends this Friday! Check out Reason #3 for attending and then register so you can save your organization some cash!

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Reason #3: Learn what’s new and upcoming in Soapbox

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