10 Highlights from the Salesforce.org Community This Month

By Lizzy Roberts | August 7, 2020 | Communities, Customer Stories, Education, HubCap, Nonprofit, Trailblazer Celebration

Screenshot of the community from the Salesforce.org Diversity Equity & Inclusion Mini Sprint in July, 2020.
Image credit: Melissa Hill Dees snags a screenshot of the community from the Salesforce.org Diversity Equity & Inclusion Mini Sprint in July, 2020, @melissahilldees.

The HubCap is an overview of the top 10 highlights from the Salesforce.org online community, the Power of Us Hub, including product updates, best practices, events, and conversations. The goal of the HubCap is to share content that helps you meet your goals, engage with the community, and achieve more with Salesforce. Let’s review July’s top highlights from the Salesforce.org community and look at what’s coming up in August.

1. New Product Resources in the Power of Us Hub

New product documentation resources, including groups, topics, and documentation, are now available in the Hub! Check out the newest resources for the Outbound Funds Module, Grants Management, and Elevate.

2. Highlights of the Summer ‘20 Release Resources

Stay in the loop on the new Summer ‘20 Release updates specific to nonprofit and education organizations. Join the New Release Readiness group to ask questions, watch the webinar recording, and stay in the loop on upcoming release webinars.

3. Getting Started Landing Pages

These pages provide a prescriptive path to success for you as you acclimate to or expand your use of Salesforce. They provide clarity and step-by-step guidance on what resources to consume–and when to consume them–based on your goals. Best of all, they’re a one-stop-shop! Check them out here: Get Started with Nonprofit Cloud and Get Started with Education Cloud.

Get Started with Education Cloud and Nonprofit Cloud

4. K-12 Trailhead Trail

Introducing the first trail for K-12 customers: Administer Salesforce for K-12 Educational Institutions! This new trail introduces Salesforce admins to the fundamentals of K-12 Architecture Kit and prepares them to configure, implement, and leverage Salesforce in K-12 districts and schools. Check it out.

Administer Salesforce for K-12 Educational Institutions

5. Salesforce.org Ask a Nonprofit & Education Expert

Ask a Nonprofit Expert sessions are hosted every Wednesday in three different time zones. Find an upcoming session on the Customer Success calendar here. Hosted by Salesforce.org experts, join the weekly open Q&A sessions to get your questions answered in an informal, friendly, fun setting.

6. Next Steps: Build on the Basics Series

After completing Get Started: Salesforce Fundamentals for Nonprofits or the Get Started: Salesforce Fundamentals for Education webinar series, we encourage you to continue learning with this weekly series Next Steps: Build on the Basics for Nonprofits.

7. Introducing Accounting Subledger Webinar Recording

The Accounting Subledger is a Salesforce.org product that prepares information that accounting and finance needs most, ensuring consistent revenue, payment, and other data across all of your activities. Watch the Accounting Subledger deep dive webinar recording from July: Introducing Accounting Subledger.

8. Open Source Community Sprint–Save the Date!

Save the date for the next Salesforce.org Open Source Community Sprint on September 23 and 24. Registration will be available at the end of August as we’re trying out a new tool, but get ahead of things and block your calendar today. Keep an eye on the Hub group for registration updates.

9. Community Spotlight: Haley Gould, Director, CRM and Engagement Services, Smith College

How does it feel to receive the Community Champion Award (Higher Ed Summit 2020)?

Is this real life? I am so honored to receive this award, especially since it is voted on by the community, my peers, and friends. This award has reinvigorated me and led to so much love from the Community—thank you everyone!

Why is community important to you? What motivates you to contribute?

Haley Gould, Director, CRM and Engagement Services, Smith College
Community is at the core of what we foster on our campuses and that spirit definitely spills over into our Salesforce community! Now in my role and daily life, I am motivated to grow my network and to learn about innovative ways to implement Salesforce; I like to reach out to those who are tackling similar issues and reach out!

In the age of COVID, it can be really hard to connect to the community around you in the same way as we would have in-person at Higher Ed Summit or Dreamforce. Make sure to still make time for this in whatever way you feel most comfortable–attend webinars, strike up a conversation in the Power of Us Hub, Twitter, etc. I hope anyone reading this feels free to reach out to me and reconnect or make a new friend!

10. Community Spotlight: Paul Ginsberg, DutchSFCommunity.org Founder, Golden Hoodie, Salesforce Evangelist

How did you get involved in the community?

Paul Ginsberg, DutchSFCommunity.org FounderI was working in the UK for a charity as a Salesforce Admin and I heard, via LinkedIn, that there was a new Admin User Group being launched. At the first meeting, I met fellow enthusiasts and realised that they, too, shared my passion and joy. As a bonus I found it a “safe space” where everyone was kind and supportive, so it enabled me to practice my (then) awkward social skills. Just over two years later I moved to another country. There was no established Admin group, so I went on to set one up, to help share best practice and to create an environment for people to share their real world experiences with one another.

What motivates you to contribute?

Enabling others to go on their journey in the Salesforce ecosystem is hugely rewarding. I usually also learn a thing or two, particularly from “newbies”, because of their different perspectives.

I love sharing knowledge. For me, it’s frustrating to reinvent the wheel–there are so many better things to be doing. Beyond the community group network, if I discover something new, I often write it down as a blog article. From there, it becomes an aide-memoire for myself, and others can benefit from it too.

Bonus: We Need Your Help!

We need your input on a global survey that we are conducting in partnership with the Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy. The findings will be shared in the next version of our Nonprofit Trends report, which will be made publicly available in the fall. Plus, all respondents will get a copy of the report and will be entered to win a gift card.

The challenges nonprofits face are local and global, so we’d greatly appreciate your sharing this survey link with nonprofit leaders and staff in the U.K., France, Germany, Netherlands, and Canada as well as the U.S. Thanks for your help!

Take Me to The Hub

We want your feedback! Hop in the Hub, post to Hub Feedback, and let us know your thoughts!

Join the Power of Us Hub, an online community for Salesforce.org customers, certified partners, and staff. The Hub is a place for you to get answers, build your Salesforce skills, share your expertise, and connect with other Salesforce users in the nonprofit, higher ed, and K-12 sectors!