Are you the Salesforce Admin for your nonprofit? Was that always meant to be your role, or is it one you’re assuming because #multiplehats?
We have a phrase for those in the latter. We call you “accidental admins”, because so often that’s what nonprofit database administration is. It’s also how many of us got our start in Salesforce land.
Whether you’re in this for the long haul or desperately looking to break free, Salesforce can be overwhelming. It’s a a complex product, backed by a massive ecosystem. Where does one start?
Getting ready to send out an email campaign on behalf of your nonprofit?
If there’s one task that unites most departments, it’s the email campaign. Volunteer managers, fundraisers, program & comms staff all need to email our respective constituents. Even the ops/ tech staff don’t get a break: they’re often the ones getting those lists together for us!
But more on that later.
The point is, whether this is your first campaign or your fiftieth, this doesn’t have to be chaos. A good process never hurt nobody, and you’ll definitely need one to execute something this important.
There’s a method to this particular nonprofit madness. Let’s talk email.
The nonprofit sector has been holding me against my will for the past 14 years.
You know how they say every joke has some kernel of truth? Well that’s true here. I’ve tried getting out of the nonprofit sector two times in my young adult life.
The first time was during my senior year of college. By that point, I’d held an internship at a nonprofit organization for over 5 summers. I also had a nonprofit work-study job, a 4 year stint with a local org doing client advocacy work (by teaching people how to ask the right questions).
Working for a nonprofit organization, you learn how to pick and choose your battles.
There are the small ones, like deciding if you should say something to your teammate about their less-than-stellar proofreading. Or sending that email about keeping the office microwave clean!
But as you get further in your career, bigger battles fall onto your lap. You might find yourself convincing your org to implement new system, proposing a shift in how your org executes its mission, or even moral conversations around diversity and ethics.
There are few things I love more than spreadsheets and data. If this blog was any indication.
And what a good time to feel this way! Technology has opened up a world of possibilities when it comes to data and the sector. Organizations are in a great place to ask the tough questions, and start gathering the necessary pieces to form those answers.
However, that doesn’t make this easy. In fact, data can be a giant question-mark: how do we use it, what do we collect, and how do we keep it all organized?
Boundaries are increasingly important as we grow in our careers. The more we’re able to do, the more people want our time. That’s why one piece of advice seems to stick: saying no at work.
And it makes sense. There’s only so much you can do in one day. Saying no is a matter of necessity, because it’s simply impossible to “yes‘ all the things.
There’s just one problem. Saying no isn’t always an option at our orgs.
When you work for a nonprofit, self-care is a must.
In a sector ripe with burn-out, it’s no wonder there are zillions of articles practically screaming for us to relax! This line of work gets hard, especially when you’re a well-intentioned professional who just wants to save the world.