Farewell NPower Template, Welcome Nonprofit Success Pack

A Walk Down Memory Lane

Back in 2011, DaizyLogik co-founder, Nineta Martinov was hired to work as a Salesforce consultant with NPower Seattle where she became familiar with the NPower Template for Salesforce. The origins of the NPower Template can be traced back to 2006 and to countless collaborations with nonprofits and talented, passionate individuals who contributed ideas and code to build a common template that nonprofits can leverage to make the most of their Salesforce CRM. Around the same time, emerged [what was then called] the Nonprofit Starter Pack brought to life by the Salesforce Foundation, now known as the Nonprofit Success Pack (NPSP).

Fast forward to 2020, DaizyLogik had the opportunity to transition probably one of the last remaining NPower Template Salesforce instances to the latest version of Nonprofit Success Pack. “This project has been somewhat emotional to me,” said Nineta Martinov. “As I got to unravel and unplug the pieces of the NPower Template and move data into the NPSP, it’s been an illuminating experience as to how much things have changed in these nine years, yet how much they stayed the same.”

In Keeping with The Times

DaizyLogik frequently helps their clients adopt the latest advancements in the Salesforce nonprofit technology, as it did with School’s Out Washington (SOWA), a nonprofit organization that provides services and guidance for organizations to ensure all young people have safe places to learn and grow when not in school. The organization has been successfully using Salesforce with the NPower Template since around 2011. As part of the organization’s  initiative to revamp its digital assets, SOWA decided to modernize its CRM by moving to Salesforce’s Nonprofit Success Pack and switching to the Lightning experience. In this post we illustrate the first part of this effort, namely the journey to NPSP.

Smooth Transitions

At DaizyLogik we always approach transition projects with deliberate care and diligent planning. Using a full sandbox we tested the upgrade to NPSP and planned out the data conversion down to the smallest detail. School’s Out Washington had many customizations and integrations which had to be preserved or upgraded to work with the NPSP. DaizyLogik worked to surgically update code and structures so that NPower Template pieces could be safely removed from the system. 

One takeaway from this project has been the striking similarities between the NPower Template and the NPSP. We found that most fields and structures transferred very easily and many of the template’s settings can now be found in the NPSP Settings. One aspect of the NPower Template that we knew SOWA wanted to preserve is the NPower Lead Converter which allows staff to mass convert leads which are coming into the system from various integrations; a function that had proven very successful for them. DaizyLogik was able to update the code of the mass lead converter to work with the account model in NPSP, therefore minimizing any disruption to the processes that staff was accustomed to.

Onwards

Now that SOWA and DaizyLogik have successfully completed the transition to NPSP, staff can look forward to leveraging the additional functionality in NPSP and benefiting from the ongoing updates and improvements that NPSP continues to make available. The organization is already excited about the opportunity to leverage the Enhanced Recurring Donations feature that will allow staff to more easily track and manage recurring gifts from donors over extended periods of time.

In Their Words

We asked School’s Out Washington to reflect on our work on this project and here is what they had to say: “What I love most about working with Nineta and DaizyLogik is their ability to explain technical aspects of Salesforce to those who are not as well versed in it. Nineta is also very transparent and upfront about costs and risk, and is committed to weighing those out with you so that your organization gets as much value from the finished product as possible. The entire process was very organized (Basecamp and Google Docs for project management) and Nineta is very flexible on response times depending on your availability. I can always trust her in our work together.” – Shirley Lu, Salesforce Administrator and Technical Project Manager

Managing Volunteer Opportunities at Scale with Volunteers for Salesforce and WordPress

SHFB_Primary_Logo_RGB@2x-8Founded in 1974, Second Harvest Food Bank of Silicon Valley is one of the largest food banks in the nation, providing food to more than a quarter of a million people in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties every month – that is roughly 1-in-10 people across the region.

The organization distributes more fresh produce than almost any other food bank in the country, through a network of 310 nonprofit partners at 1,000 sites.

Technology is a crucial component for Second Harvest to be able to fulfill its mission – from tracking warehouse inventory and managing distribution activities, to allowing partner agencies to order online, and routing delivery to distribution sites at specific times.

Read more about the work DaizyLogik and Metric Media did to implement and re-launch the Second Harvest volunteer calendars using Volunteers for Salesforce and WordPress, to fulfill the food bank’s need to, “meet people where they are,” as described by Second Harvest Director of Information Technology, Elizabeth Whamond.

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Scalable Client Intake for Better Program Data Tracking

clear logoCommunity Action Partnership San Bernardino County or ‘CAPSBC’ for short, hired DaizyLogik to assist in building out a system that helps them streamline the tracking and reporting on program data collected by each of their affiliated food banks and food distribution centers. CAPSBC had been using Salesforce CRM for a few years to support certain aspects of their business operations such as fundraising and food donations. Moving their food bank programs into Salesforce was the natural step into leveraging the platform to support their mission.

Learn more about how the DaizyLogik team utilized Salesforce with Nonprofit Success Pack and Community Cloud to build a custom intake system that scales to serve multiple programs and their 200+ nonprofits partners.

Engaging Members, Building Relationships

Net Hope LogoDaizyLogik client, NetHope, a consortium of nearly 60 leading global nonprofits, empowers committed organizations to change the world through the power of technology. Its members deliver over 60 percent of all annual, international, non-governmental aid. NetHope unites with over 60 technology companies and funding partners to design, fund, implement, adapt, and scale innovative approaches to solve development, humanitarian, and conservation challenges. Together, the NetHope community strives to transform the world, building a platform of hope for those who receive aid and those who deliver it.

NetHope has been using Salesforce and the Nonprofit Success Pack for a few years but wanted to increase the adoption of the system with its staff and take full advantage of its capabilities, in support of the organization’s fundraising and membership management efforts.

Learn more about how we approached this work and the journey of making Salesforce CRM an effective tool, central for the organization.

Kôr Community Land Trust – Using FormAssembly and HomeKeeper to Streamline The Homeownership Application Process

kor-logo-140Kôr Community Land Trust provides environmentally sustainable and permanently affordable homeownership opportunities for those who contribute to the fabric of the Bend, Oregon area economy and community. We invite you to read more about Kôr CLT on their website.

Kôr CLT embarked on a process of digital transformation by adopting Salesforce CRM and HomeKeeper. To achieve greater efficiency and streamline their application process, Kôr CLT worked with DaizyLogik to implement an online homeownership application that allows prospective applicants to be screened and apply for homeownership in a simple, step-by-step way. By putting together FormAssembly online application forms with the PayPal connector and connecting them to Salesforce and HomeKeeper, DaizyLogik helped Kôr CLT streamline their application process and increase their impact.

Read More about how this project contributed to the digital transformation of this agency.

Lightning Strikes, Be Ready

Salesforce will turn on Lightning Experience on a rolling basis starting with the Winter ‘20 release for all orgs with Supported Editions and User Licenses for Lightning Experience.

After the update, users will still have access to Salesforce Classic when Lightning Experience is turned on, however for a limited time. Currently, users may take advantage of the built-in lead time to get used to the formal change coming next year, by selecting the Turn on Lightning Experience update that appears under Critical Updates.

Utilize this action to verify your organization’s existing features and customizations in the new interface and to prepare your users via change management. Start now to ensure a better experience for everyone when Lightning Experience is turned on later. Every week, starting the Sunday after Lightning Experience is turned on, Lightning Experience-enabled users who are working in Salesforce Classic are automatically logged into Lightning Experience. Users can switch back to Salesforce Classic as needed, but again, for a limited time.


WHAT’S THE TIMELINE FOR THIS UPDATE?

Beginning in Winter ‘20, the update starts to auto-activates. See the auto-activation date listed under Critical Updates for your organization’s specific auto-activation date.

WHICH EDITIONS AND USERS ARE AFFECTED?

All users with the Lightning Experience User permission enabled are affected by this critical update. This includes all users with: (1) Standard profiles, which automatically include the Lightning Experience User permission by default and (2) Custom profiles or permission sets that have the Lightning Experience User permission included.

Set Up Users for Lightning Experience

HOW CAN YOU PREPARE FOR THE UPDATE?

Salesforce offers excellent transition tools that automate and speed up the process. The Lightning Experience Transition Assistant is a one-stop shop for all of the recommended steps and tools that you need; but of course, DaizyLogik is available to assist clients as well.LexNov2019TipsDaizyLogik has done several upgrades to Lightning now, and depending on the timing of the move and the level of customization in the Salesforce instance, the level of effort has been between do-it-yourself to “you need a developer”.

Salesforce has continually improved the automatic inventory of artifacts that need special attention during a Lightning conversion, also known as the Readiness Check. The Lightning Experience Migration Assistant has been replaced by the Lightning Experience Transition Assistant, your central hub for all of the recommended activities, tools, and resources for a successful transition. There are now Beta versions of tools to inventory and convert JavaScript buttons, Visualforce pages, and URL hacks.

Some of the artifacts can be converted automatically by Salesforce, but for those more complicated cases that the tools cannot convert, you will need a consultant and possibly a developer to build the equivalent button, link or page navigation in Lightning.

Specifically, we want to show how we leveraged the power of Lightning Components to solve some of the more complicated cases we ran across.

Salesforce CRM, the ‘PATH’ to Global Engagement

For many nonprofits fundraising is not just a means of raising critical funds, but also a way to promote the message and goals of a charity. Given enough time and capital, a charity has the potential to go global with engagement, ensuring the organization can continue support its cause; for example, funding research. What can get in the way of potential lifechanging funding? Operations that aren’t consistently streamlined. This is where Salesforce can be a powerful tool in constituent management; with more importantly, the right training.

Salesforce has earned its place as one of the most comprehensive CRM software options on the market. A popular solution for for-profit businesses, many nonprofits tend to fall into the belief that because of their specific needs, it may not be the right fit – fortunately, that’s not true! Salesforce.org Nonprofit Cloud is the only complete platform for nonprofits. It’s the only platform that gives you a 360-degree view of an organization’s mission, and is the only platform built with a community of over 30,000 trailblazers. Its program allows users to deepen constituent relationships, deliver better programs, and accelerate its transformation into a connected nonprofit. A great example of its possibilities was established by DaizyLogik client, PATH, and case study: Understand Your Stakeholders: A Case Study in Agile Salesforce CRM Planning; specifically with client lead, Catherine Endicott. Catherine came into the project with no prior Salesforce CRM experience, but as an experienced fundraising professional. Our team worked alongside her and the PATH team throughout the project to drive the migration of the organization fundraising data and processes from Donor Perfect Online to Salesforce CRM.

Now, two years later, Catherine has not only grown more confident in her use of Salesforce CRM but, has started helping others in the community by sharing some of the practices that our team helped put in place at PATH. Don’t just take our word for it though, please allow Catherine to explain herself in our recent customer review, below.

Where Is The Project? – Salesforce CRM For The Long Haul

Whether you are a nonprofit Salesforce CRM administrator struggling with the decision of when and how to bring in a Salesforce consultant to help your team overcome the complexities of the CRM or you are a consultant evaluating a Salesforce CRM engagement, you have probably given a lot of thought to what makes your work a project.

In the world of Salesforce CRM consulting it’s often expected and required to define and secure projects, work on projects, talk about projects and be rated and evaluated on the success of projects.

But what about the other work we do with our clients that falls outside the box of a “project”? This blog is about shining a spotlight on the non-project work we do day in and day out in partnership with our clients.  

HomeKeeper – A Fieldset Container Lightning Component

Problem Description

DaizyLogik and Grounded Solutions Network were working on making the HomeKeeper app managed package Lightning compatible. The primary custom object in HomeKeeper has nearly 300 fields on its package page layout, a common design in Salesforce Classic for complex objects that allows users to view related fields of a record on one page via formula fields.

One limitation when using Lightning experience is that a maximum of 254 fields can be displayed on a page layout or Lightning page. For an object with more than 254 fields, not all fields can be added to a Lightning layout to be displayed all at once, which means an administrator needs to be selective as to which fields will be shown. Currently, the available workarounds are:

  • Use Salesforce Classic
  • Remove fields from the layout so fewer than 254 fields are displayed at one time
  • Find a Lightning component on the AppExchange that can display fields from an object and ‘break up’ the page in multiple parts. This particular workaround would not work in our case, because of the need to package such a component with the HomeKeeper App, which is not possible.

Adding CAPTCHA to Volunteers for Salesforce Sign Up Form

Nonprofits love when volunteers sign up and engage with the organization. When using Volunteers for Salesforce this is accomplished through the sign up form that allows sign ups to flow from the online form directly into Salesforce. It is therefore important to protect the quality of the incoming data and make sure it is humans signing up and not bots.

This article will show how to enhance the Volunteers for Salesforce Signup page with CAPTCHA using very little customization.

Please keep in mind that the Volunteers for Salesforce Sign Up page is part of the managed package Volunteers for Salesforce so in order to add the CAPTCHA some coding will be needed.