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If you want to the chance to collaborate, network, and share ideas with other salesforce users who are right here in the Atlanta area, then be sure to attend Atlanta’s next Salesforce User Group meeting Thursday, November 18, 2010 from 8-10am. The meeting will be held at The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. Catering (coffee, breakfast yummies) will be provided by Cafe Campesino Atlanta.  Please RSVP here

The agenda is as follows:

8:00am-8:30am – Coffee and Networking

8:30am-9:00am- Salesforce in Action at a Nonprofit

Jo Ann Lewis, Director, SalesForce.com Administration & Adoption, Points of Light Institute.  This session is a review of how Points of Light uses Saleforce.com to bill and track Affiliate Membership Due. Find out how to utilize SalesForce.com to keep track of you affiliates and subscriptions! Jo Ann has worked with SalesForce.com for many years.  She is a certified admin with a focus on process design & business analysis.  She joined Points of Light Institute in September after spending the majority of her career in the For-Profit world.

9:00-9:30am – Salesforce Reports Mini-Training

Mike Melnick, Principal, AskTwice presents on Getting Your Data Into Salesforce. Migrating a company’s datastores can be one of the most compelling ways to build user acceptance to a new system and one of the more valuable assets in running your business.  We will be discussing various methods for importing both system and user level data into Salesforce.com including data cleansing, importing into system objects, custom objects, and designing data exports to best fit your Salesforce implementation. Mike Melnick has over 30 years experience in system analysis and database design and in the past 15 years has been managing enterprise wide implementations on three continents and in 15 countries.  Currently he is the principal at AskTwice, a consulting firm offering expertise managing projects in Customer Relationship Management, Business Intelligence, and Healthcare IT.

9:30-10am: Q & A

We’ll discuss potential topics and presenters for future meetings.

If you have any questions about this Salesforce User Group meeting, you can contact Christopher at cjj at ifpeople.net. We look forward to seeing you there!

Please RSVP here.

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On October 20-22, the Independent Sector is hosting a conference called “Forging a Stronger Future Together”. One part of the conference is the NGen series, a schedule of programming events that focus on the next generation of nonprofit leadership.  The subject of nonprofit leadership is a contentious one in the sector.

As Baby Boomers cycle out of their positions as Executive Directors of some of this nation’s  prominent organizations they are looking behind them and often finding there is nobody there to fill their shoes. According to Bridgestone’s 2006 report “The Nonprofit Sector’s Leading Deficit”, nonprofits are looking to fill an estimated 640,000 senior managers in the next 10 years. This places a pressure on nonprofits to find ways to engage younger nonprofiteers in the sector who could start filling this leadership gap.

As younger leaders take more prominent roles in organizations, new trends are emerging in how organizations are run. Below are three trends that are largely being driven by shifts in generational values and represent an opportunity for organizations seeking direction for evolving to also attract younger talent:

Using More Technology- Nonprofits can (and should!) leverage the best tools available for running efficient, effective organizations. Technologies continue to evolve at an accelerating pace across desktop, Web, and mobile devices. In the age of iPhones, texting, and skype, technology has fostered in a new era of interactivity that nonprofits can gain from tremendously. More than 30 million dollars was raised through mobile donations for Haiti. Technology is not just offering new ways of raising money, it’s also creating more efficient ways of meeting. Instead of flying to a new city, or using time to commute to a client, software like skype can be used to facilitate meetings online.

More relationships oriented – Facebook and Twitter are not just work distractions – they are indicative of how much more social our world has become. Your organization’s growth will have a lot to do with how well you manage your presence in many of (online) social spheres. It will also require more closely cultivated relationship with your constituents in order to stand out in their mind. As a result, CRM systems like Salesforce become increasingly important to having an edge on your business.

Hybrid Models-  The future of nonprofit organizations challenges the very premise of its structure. Many who are motivated to do good are willing to use market forces to do so. As a result, hybrid organizations that blend business with social causes are building momentum behind Social Enterprise, and the BCorporation.  To encourage new leadership to step in, it’s important to be open to considering new models for achieving your organization’s social aims. Consier how your organization (or new ventures) could work on revenue-generating models such as the L3Cs, Social Entrepreneurship, or BCorps.

In considering what your nonprofit needs to do to engage a new generation of leadership, consider how these trends can be applied to your existing structure so that you can move in a more progressive direction.

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If you want to the chance to collaborate, network, and share ideas with other salesforce users who are right here in the Atlanta area, then be sure to attend Atlanta’s next Salesforce User Group meeting next Tuesday on October 12, 2010 from 8-10am. The meeting will be held at The Foundation Center for Greater Atlanta. Catering (coffee, snacks) will be provided by Cafe Campesino Atlanta. Please RSVP here

The agenda is as follows:

8:00am-8:30am – Coffee and Networking

8:30am-9:00am- Salesforce in Action at a Nonprofit

Anita Stinett, Director of Partnerships for the organization Heart For Africa.  Anita will conduct a demo that shows how her organization customized Salesforce to manage volunteers and donations abroad.

9:00-9:30am – Salesforce Reports Mini-Training

Marty Maxwell, Project Director at ifPeople, will give a brief training on how to use reports, one of the most powerful features in Salesforce.

9:30-10am: Q & A

We’ll discuss potential topics and presenters for future meetings.

If you have any questions about this Salesforce User Group meeting, you can contact Christopher at cjj at ifpeople.net. We look forward to seeing you there!

Please RSVP for this meeting here.

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greenexpo

This October, the Green Business Works Expo 2010 is coming, and ifPeople is hoping to see you there! On October 27, Chris will join a roster of speakers for break-out sessions around some of the latest innovations in sustainability. His talk, Sales and Marketing Optimization Through Technology Get Your Head in the Clouds!, will show green businesses how salesforce automation strategies can help their company make the most of their sales and marketing initiatives. If you want more than just the break out, you can get some insights on what might work for your own company by meeting Chris or Tirza at their table during the Expo on October 26th.

The Expo will be full of information on everything from Assessing Supply Chain Opportunities to de-constructing Energy Policy. Not only will the breakout sessions be thought provoking and informative, there is also an impressive roster of keynote speakers who have made great strides in several green industries.With keynote speakers like Auden Schendler, Executive Director of Sustainability for Aspen Skiing Company or Alya Z. Kayal, VP of Sustainability Research for Calvert, it is clear that this conference is attracting a high caliber of accomplished men and women who are paving the way for more sustainabile industries.

Whether you’re coming for the breakout sessions, the great keynotes, or just to survey which businesses are engaging in sustainability, there will be something of value for you and your buisiness. You can register to attend here.

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sfifPeople continues to carry the banner of bringing outstanding technology to Nonprofits! Helping our local nonprofits, we are organizing the Salesforce Nonprofit User Group, which has its next meeting on October 12, 2010 from 8am-10am and we’d love to see you there!

It will give Atlanta’s community of salesforce users a chance to meet and learn from one another. The meeting will feature two presentations that highlight how salesforce is being used to improve their business processes. One will be by a local nonprofit who shows their actual usage and the other will be a learning session (tentative topic: reports and dashboards). There will also be a Q&A, and some food and coffee for networking from a local, fair trade company.

If you’re interested in learning best practices from fellow salesforce users in the area, be sure to make it out to the meeting this month! Register Here

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If you want to the chance to collaborate, network, and share ideas with other salesforce users who are right here in the Atlanta area, then be sure to attend Atlanta’s next Salesforce User Group meeting next Thursday on August 26 from 8-10am. The meeting will be held at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center. Continental breakfast and coffee will be provided.

Please RSVP here

The agenda is as follows:

8:00am-8:30am – Coffee and Networking

8:30am-9:00am-Tuere Thomas, CRM Administrator for National Christian Foundation
Tuere Thomas will give a tour of how the National Christian Foundation (NCF) uses campaigns in salesforce. The NCF and its nationwide network of Local Chrstian Foundation affiliates, have granted over $2 billion to over 18,000 churches and ministries worldwide. Tuere, who has been using salesforce for 5 years, will share his experience with how salesforce helped to effectively manage this organization.

9:00-9:30am Christopher Johnson, Cofounder of ifPeople.
Christopher Johnson will give a tour of how Accounts work in salesforce and discuss some of the different configuration options available to nonprofits.  He will specifically discuss the default setup, using Households from the Nonprofit Starter Pack and the bucket model. Chris is Cofounder of ifPeople, a B-corporation that helps nonprofits leverage salesforce to build relationship-centric business systems.

9:30-10am: Q & A
We’ll discuss potential topics and presenters for future meetings.

If you have any questions about this Salesforce User Group meeting, you can contact Christopher at cjj at ifpeople.net. We look forward to seeing you there!

Please RSVP for this meeting here.

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ifPeople has 2 nonprofit events coming up this Thursday (Feb 25). Be sure to sign up and join us!

Online Fundraising webinar: did you know that online giving has grown, even in the tough economy? Learn about how to take advantage of opportunities to raise money online. Sign up for the webinar, which takes place 11am on Thursday (Feb 25)

Nonprofit Technology Conference Pre-party: Join us to celebrate with local Atlanta nonprofit technologists! You’ll have a chance to learn more about the best nonprofit tech conference (coming to Atlanta in April) and hear some previews of great talks, including ifPeople’s Tirza Hollenhorst, speaking on 25 ways to increase your communications capacity. More info and sign up here.

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