NPSP Day Washington DC: Memories + Gratitude

I had an awesome time at the NPSP Day on October 2nd in Washington, DC!  It was a nonstop flurry of actions, features, NPSP functions and learning.  

As always, Ryan Ozimek lead the event in true “Oh Captain my Captain” mode. He started the event and set the tone as an “Unconference” and encouraged everyone in the invitation to bring their learning, their knowledge and their interest to the forefront of the meeting.

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The meeting started with a general question of “What’s Working?”, “What’s Not Working?” and “What are we not sure about?” as it relates to the Nonprofit Success Pack and Nonprofits using Salesforce.  As you can see, we had a fair amount of content from the 70+ people that attended. Some even came as far away as Tennessee to join this NPSP Day (I’m talking about you, David Limiero!).

I loved the chance to talk with the nonprofit staff that I regularly hear and work with through consulting: Development Directors, Operations Managers, Gifts Coordinators, Annual Giving Managers and the like. I hear a lot of questions on “How simple can you make it to send acknowledgements?” and “How do we get data from other systems to show in Salesforce?

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Katie McFadden, one of the sharpest people you’ll ever meet, gave us a review of some of the new features bursting out of the NPSP that were revealed at Dreamforce this year.  It was exciting to hear the continual new features and improvements that Salesforce.Org’s team was making to provide better tools for their nonprofit audience.

As if that wasn’t enough, the NPSP then kicked off into a series of “Speedgeeking Sessions” where volunteers (ahem, experts) from the audience lead small groups of 4-5 through an app, a feature, a hack or a solution that they used or created to support a nonprofit they knew.  
This was fascinating - and worth the registration fee for the event right there!  I had a front row seat to some of the movers and shakers in the #AwesomeAdmin community and the Power of Us Hub sharing how they help their own Nonprofits become more successful by using Salesforce.

 Scott Williams shares a hidden field sorting solution he uses to get reports to sort in the order he prefers

Scott Williams shares a hidden field sorting solution he uses to get reports to sort in the order he prefers

 Billy Daly showing off how to use G connector to provide data import support to your team

Billy Daly showing off how to use G connector to provide data import support to your team

 Toby Quaranta demonstrating one of the leading SMS platforms,  Hustle

Toby Quaranta demonstrating one of the leading SMS platforms, Hustle

 Liz Norris from NAMI teaching about the Board Community they launched

Liz Norris from NAMI teaching about the Board Community they launched

 Jordon Schulman at KnowHow bragging about the LEX components they have released to provide flexibility for Advocacy Nonprofits (they need to compile detailed information while contacting their lawmakers)

Jordon Schulman at KnowHow bragging about the LEX components they have released to provide flexibility for Advocacy Nonprofits (they need to compile detailed information while contacting their lawmakers)

 Peter Churchill helping us understand Developer Programming basics as it comes to building components in Lightning

Peter Churchill helping us understand Developer Programming basics as it comes to building components in Lightning

 Rooftop sessions with Katie

Rooftop sessions with Katie

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My favorite - David Limiero from Stadia showcasing the value of Elements Cloud to organize and scale the processes needed to support and lead a global organization.

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After the knowledge download, we ran to the nearby Happy Hour to hydrate and celebrate this newfound knowledge.  It was an incredible time and I am often reminded of the generous knowledge, caring souls, and super smart individuals that make up the Salesforce Nonprofit community.  

Thanks to Ryan and Katie for your amazing hosting and leadership of the event.  I can’t wait to attend the next one!

Justin Barss is the Director of Sales at Now IT Matters. You can follow him on Twitter here.