Checking in from 35,000 Feet – Up High in the Cloud

I’m writing this on my way back from California – connecting via wireless on Virgin Atlantic.  Technology is great, isn’t it?

I was in San Francisco at the invitation of the Salesforce.com Foundation, because Citizen Schools, along with seven other great organizations has been selected as a finalist for a Force for Change Innovation grant.  Yesterday, all eight organizations got a chance to present our proposals to members of the Foundation, Salesforce.com and several outside judges.  It was  a great opportunity and we won’t find out if we’re selected for a couple of weeks.

One of the really cool things about the day was that we all presented not just to the judges, but also to each other.  Getting a chance to see what other people are working on, from concepts through to projects looking to scale was amazing, as was the opportunity to talk with the presenters from the different organizations.  At the end of the day, although we all have our own specifics of mission and methods, we face a lot of the same challenges and it’s great to connect with fellow practitioners who are doing great things on the Force.com platform as well as with their missions.

This kind of sharing among non-profits is something that we need more of in the community, but not just of ideas, but also of more practical content.  I’d love to see a forum where active admins, developers and consultants who are focused on the non-profit space can share code, metadata, formulas, validation rules, training material etc. with other members of the community.  I don’t think the non-profit Google group is the right place for this kind of content, so as a start, I’ve created a repository on GitHub (https://github.com/wnourse/Force.com-NPO-Assets) which I’m going to start populating in the next few days.

If you’re non-profit focused Salesforce or Force.com practitioner and you’ve done something on the platform that’s addressed a problem or if you’ve got some cool training material – why not contribute it here?  You might just save a colleague some valuable time and stop them from reinventing the wheel!

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