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20 Things Every Nonprofit Database Admin Can Understand (with GIFs)

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Some of us may love the work, but maintaining your team’s database isn’t always easy! For anyone who’s ever had this role at a nonprofit (and for those folks who have ever worked with that person), here are 20 things that have likely crossed our minds at some point in time.

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My Journey to Salesforce Admin Certification

Last September, I set a lofty professional goal. By 2018, I would get my Salesforce Administrator certificate.

For background, I was hired to support our nonprofit constituents by being a face for our organization. My 3+ years of  database experience would be helpful, but I accepted this role because it wasn’t that.  It was a chance to be external-facing and build relationships, something brand new to me. Salesforce wasn’t part of the equation.

That lasted for about 6 months. (more…)


5 Tips for Quickly Designing a Flyer in Word (with GIFs!)

Have you ever been asked to build, or modify, a flyer during your nonprofit career? Whether you’ve worked in program services, volunteer management or development, I’m guessing the answer is yes. It’s certainly happened to me more than a few times!

If you’re Illustrator savvy, this isn’t a big ask. But if not, you’ve probably wondered ‘where do I begin? And WHY can’t we just contract this out to someone else for crying out loud?’ (more…)


The End of Summer Checklist: 10 Ways To Get Work Ready for Fall

If there’s one thing I can count on about this season, it’s the fact that it flies by every single year. Seriously, where did August go?

But this is not the time to lament the end of summer and long days at the beach; after all, who doesn’t love the fall?! (more…)


10 Tips for Delivering A Staff Training When You’re NOT A Trainer

In the nonprofit sector, there’s this joke (sort of?) that we are prone to multiple-hat syndrome: instances when we’re asked to do things that fall outside of our job description, to keep things running smoothly. This summer, I’ve definitely fallen victim.

I’ve been tasked with getting my team up to speed on our new CRM software. Though I’ve played a big role in the setup and implementation (already complicated in its own ways), training others presents an ENTIRELY different set of challenges. (more…)


Here’s the Deal with Salesforce and Nonprofits

I’ve worked with quite a few organizations that use Salesforce, and I’m even helping one organization transition to it now. After years of dabbling in the platform, I’ll quickly say this: I really do love it.

That’s not to say that the system is perfect, or even super intuitive to use. In fact, some of the complaints I’ve heard in the sector is that Salesforce can be clunky and complicated. Nonprofits just want to deliver on their mission and have the data they need to do it effectively. Why then, is Salesforce so difficult to figure out? (more…)


10 Reasons Why You Should Enroll in an Excel Course ASAP

I never planned to learn Excel. It sort of happened by accident.

At the end of my junior year of college, I was accepted into an internship program that placed me at a major nonprofit organization. Since the program was best known for its banking internships, every participant had to complete an Excel course as part of our training. I set aside one day after finals to walk through the modules, opened up my laptop, and got to work.

Things haven’t been the same since. (more…)