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Pitfalls and Best Practices: How to Keep Your Salesforce Project From Being Doomed

Participants from our popular Salesforce Bootcamp for Nonprofits trainings will be familiar with an exercise we run called “Pitfalls and Best Practices.” In this exercise, we hand out sheets of paper to every participant, each piece with a different scenario on it. The students then must interpret the situation and use an anecdote to illustrate why it is or isn’t a good thing. We will often pass... read more

Click & Pledge Update: Is Your Domain Secure?

Click & Pledge, the online donation portal, has recently notified its users of a domain security update. Our clients asked us to advise them on how to respond to this. Fortunately, the solution is relatively straightforward. Like Salesforce, Click and Pledge is aware that it is passing on extremely confidential information like credit card numbers, names, and emails. Their email is a... read more

Salesforce Encryption Update: What You Need To Know

Salesforce has begun updating its security encryption standards, which potentially impacts any third party software that makes a real-time connection into Salesforce. Everything on the internet will be forced to be TLS1.1 compliant in 2018, but Salesforce has decided to go a year early. In order to ensure that your Salesforce will continue to work as smoothly and efficiently as always, we are recommending three actions: test your browser, update Outlook for Salesforce, and use third party compliant software. The full blog post lists the software that we have found compliant, and details our recommendations.

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Meeting Your Mission & Ours: Introducing Bootcamp PLUS Trainings

Like all of our clients, 501Partners is a mission-driven organization. We do the work we do because we want to support the vital services that nonprofits perform. And how do we do this? 501Partners provides nonprofits with tools to track outcomes and plan for the future in an informed way. Salesforce is our primary tool of choice to help accomplish this goal. For the last four years we have had... read more

New Name, New Features: The Nonprofit Success Pack

The Salesforce Nonprofit Starter Pack has been rebranded and renamed to the Salesforce Nonprofit Success Pack. Along with the renaming, Salesforce.org has released two new features, Engagement Plans and Levels. We are really excited about these two new features, primarily because we can see the value they add to the NPSP, and to nonprofits organizations. Here’s why the Nonprofit Success Pack... read more

Play in the Sandbox for (Salesforce) Safety

USE A SANDBOX TO AVOID COSTLY MISTAKES Did you ever have one of those moments where you wished that your life had an “Undo” button?  Of course you did! Maybe it was when you did something stupid, or when you crumpled a fender trying to squeeze into a parking place. Clients often assume that Salesforce has one too, and they blunder ahead without fear. The bad news is that Salesforce does NOT have... read more

Think Like Einstein: Unlock Salesforce’s Capacity

When I was a kid, one of the scientific-sounding myths that stuck with me was that the average human “only” employs 10% of their brain, while geniuses like Albert Einstein utilize up to 20%. If your organization is using Salesforce only as a development tool, you are only tapping into a very small percentage – perhaps only 10% – of your Salesforce capacity. It is easy to forget that... read more

Starting from the Finish Line: Structuring Your Salesforce Instance

Using Salesforce successfully and efficiently long term depends on starting with a sturdy and adaptable structure. By strategically basing your Salesforce on your business processes, you can ensure proper and reliable data reporting and open a window into a high-level understanding of nonprofit organizational program outcomes, trends, financial benchmarks, and more. Building your Salesforce... read more

The Cloud Doesn’t Always Have Your Back: Backing Up Your Salesforce Instance

Effective Salesforce use is often as much about habits as it is about technology. Here’s a habit every time-strapped, cash-conservative nonprofit organization should develop sooner rather than later: backing up your work. True story: when I was in graduate school, I had a big paper due to the end of the semester. Like most students, I waited untill the night before it was due. For hours, I sat... read more

Using Excel for Nonprofit Data Migration

Thomas Edison famously said that “Genius is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration.”  If he’d been a Salesforce user, he would have said, “Data upload is 99% preparation and 1% migration.” Data migration is the task of transferring large amounts of data into Salesforce from another platform. To accomplish this you will typically use Microsoft Excel or another spreadsheet program that allows you to... read more

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