Cloud for Good



Creating a Data Map When You’re Lost in Data!

A data map is a great way to document the process of uncovering the secrets of a data set. We use them for so many different reasons. To take a catalogue of what is in the old system. To take another catalogue of all the fields that are in the new system. To show a client where all their data is going and how.

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Right Person, Right Place: Hiring a Salesforce Guru

While we configure Salesforce to be easy to maintain, it does still need someone to look after it. When a new user needs to be onboarded, when existing users have questions, when business process change and need to be reflected in the database, or when something breaks, it’s very helpful for an organization to have a designated go-to person (a Salesforce Guru) to help adapt to the new condition. This post contains expert tips on hiring a Salesforce administrator.

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Nonprofit Starter Pack (NPSP) Data Importer Tool Deep Dive

Does the thought of migrating data make you want to run screaming? Is your organization using the NonProfit Starter Pack (NPSP)? Do you have data you need to migrate into Salesforce? Fear not System Administrator, the fabulous team over at the Salesforce Foundation has created a tool to help, the NPSP Data Importer tool. This tool is designed to allow you to migrate Contacts, Accounts and Opportunities to the NPSP. Let’s take a deep dive in to see how the tool works.

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Salesforce analytics for nonprofits

Salesforce Analytics for Nonprofits eBook

Organizations who best understand and translate their data into actions will be able to raise more funds, provide better programs to their constituents, and communicate with their supporters more effectively. This eBook includes an overview of the standard Salesforce analytics included within your Salesforce instance, and best practices for using and understanding your data.

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When NOT to Implement Salesforce

While there a many reasons to make a switch to Salesforce, there are often reasons why you should not make the switch from your current platform. CRM migrations are a huge undertaking for any organization and you should consider exactly what it will take to make the move. Here are six obstacles to consider when determining if the time is right for your organization to start the move to Salesforce.

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Raiser’s Edge to Salesforce: 10 Reasons to Make the Switch

The ongoing development of the Salesforce Foundation’s tools for nonprofits has encouraged more and more nonprofits to consider a switch from their legacy system to Salesforce. You might be one of them! If you are currently using Raiser’s Edge (RE), we’ve put together a list of the top ten reasons to make the switch to Salesforce.

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Adding it Up: Understanding Roll-Up Summary Fields

Roll-up summaries are a powerful tool within Salesforce to help you analyze your data without running a summary report. They can give you data specific to the contact or household you are viewing, providing a snapshot of related donations so you can get a sense of the donor’s engagement with your organization at a glance. Standard roll-up summary fields summarize all or some related records into a calculated field on a master object. The field can display a count, sum, maximum, or minimum value from the related records, operating on numeric, currency, or date fields. You can create roll-up summaries of Opportunities on Account records, or on any master object summarizing a field from its detail records.

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Navigating NGO Connect Batch Upload

Though we’d all love for all vendors to have seamless integrations with Salesforce, the truth is some of the vendors nonprofits works with do not. When this is the case you’re faced with inserting data created by your vendors into your Salesforce environment. Examples of these types of files could be checks deposited to your organization’s bank account, lists of donors that were gathered at an event or in the field where there was no internet connection or a list of names and emails received from a sponsored event.

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