Tips for Your Next Tech Volunteer Engagement

Got a tech need at your nonprofit that goes beyond your skillset?

Then a volunteer engagement is likely on your mind. And what a great time for it! There are tons of tech wizards (many remote) wanting to save the world, and a bunch of websites for finding them.

So I’m not here to rain on your parade. Get that [tech thing] built/migrated/implemented!

But keep in mind that tech volunteer projects are uniquely complicated. Where there’s great reward, there’s also some risk. And we need to talk about it.

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Buying lists? Here’s why your org can’t just email everyone on it.

Is your org in a tough spot right now?

I get it. You needed to start reaching more supporters yesterday. The urgency is there, but the well of prospects might not be looking so full from where you’re standing.

Companies understand this. That’s why buying lists is a thing.

But heed this advice before you pull out the credit card! If your only strategy is to blast emails to everyone on that list, then your org is unlikely to see a great return on the investment.

In fact, quite the opposite! Your org could do some real damage to your email reach.

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6 Questions to Help You Prep for Your Data Migration

So! Your org is implementing a new system. What’s your game plan for migrating all that data?

Perhaps you don’t have one, because #time. You spent enough of it searching for the right platform in the first place, and deciding whether to migrate at all. Then, you had to jump through all those hoops to start implementing!

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Volunteers for Salesforce (V4S): What it Does, Why it Works & How to Get it

Today, we’re diving into Volunteers for Salesforce (V4S) – a volunteer management app that sits on top of Salesforce NPSP.

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8 Kinds of Nonprofit “CRM” Databases for Managing Constituents

To those shopping for your org’s next CRM: how’s that process treating you? 

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Volunteers for Salesforce (V4S): Troubleshooting the Volunteer Job Signup page

Background: I’m working with an org to help them get Volunteers for Salesforce up and running. So I did what any well-intentioned Salesforce volunteer would do. I went to Trailhead, since it wasn’t something I had implemented before!

Scenario: Using my own developer org (free, personal Salesforce instance), I walked through the following Salesforce Trailhead modules, in this order:

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