Nonprofit Geek Mecca 2014: Dreamforce

dreamforce2014-logoIn October, roughly 140,000 people will make the pilgrimage to San Francisco for Dreamforce where they will learn new ways to do more good (better) with technology! For one week every year, San Francisco is transformed into the Mecca of Geekery, and, although the majority of attendees fall more in the “geek” category than the “nonprofit” category, Social Good and Changing the World are common themes in all areas of Dreamforce. Last year, 20,000+ of the attendees were nonprofits and with ample opportunities to learn, grow and connect, it makes sense for nonprofits to attend. As a nonprofit, the Dreamforce experience will help you discover new tools and brush up on time-tested strategies with dynamic programming, case studies and leadership insights to keep you and your organization on point. You will have the opportunity to engage with a diverse group of your peers from nonprofits of all types and sizes, including foundations, charities, education, museums, associations and more! With dozens of classes and sessions aimed at nonprofits (and entire floor dedicated to all things nonprofit in the Foundation Zone) Dreamforce will inspire you, give you new ways of looking at challenges, educate you, and will connect you to thousands of other nonprofit geeks who share your passion for world change. Bonus: the Salesforce Foundation also offers a $799 discount for all nonprofits attending! …And just in case you’re still not convinced, here are my top three reasons to attend Dreamforce:

  • Networking. Where else can you go where you can sit down to have lunch with the Grameen Foundation and the Global Fund to discuss best fundraising strategies for the 21st century? Dreamforce gives you the unique opportunity to talk to other nonprofits looking for the best ways to use Salesforce for their organization, and access to worldwide nonprofit and NGO practitioners (like American Red Cross, Polaris Project, and IAVA!). Not only will you have the opportunity to find out how trendsetting orgs are using technology to do more good better, but you’ll have the chance to speak with these guys personally about how they are addressing the world’s issues beyond the data level!
  • Education. Hands on trainings, breakouts, sessions, spontaneous demonstrations – education is flying around you everywhere you go at Dreamforce. You can take back loads of information and resources to help your organization rise to new levels… and getting some solutions immediately? Priceless.
  • Vision. One of the best things about Dreamforce is understanding where your CRM is going and how the evolution affects your organizational impact. New solution sets and ever-increasing integrations and customizations mean your org has more reach than ever before. Going to Dreamforce gives you the vision for what your organization can do to leverage your resources to maximize impact.

We hope to see you there this year! If you’re planning on attending, please make sure to email us so we can set up a time to connect while we’re there! Register for Dreamforce 2014 here: http://www.salesforcefoundation.org/events/dreamforce/