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

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.

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.

Partnership, Agility, Documentation: Keys to a Long Term Solution

Beginning in early 2017, DaizyLogik partnered with Saasinct to help the Fund for Global Human Rights make a significant upgrade to their technology toolkit, including a move to Salesforce Lightning and migrating from Salsa to Engaging Networks to manage donations and email marketing, which required both meticulous data quality management and the development of a new bi-directional sync with Salesforce.

Multiple teams, requirements that evolved as we dug deeper and learned together, and a client whose priorities changed over time as they responded to rapid changes in their field and the world at large. These are everyday realities for most technology solution scenarios in today’s complex world. We found that combining the Agile Method, transparent project management that kept the client in the driver’s seat, light documentation targeted to future users, and a truly collaborative partnership in which each party could speak freely and respectfully push the others’ boundaries was a recipe for success.
Read the case study here.

A Case Study for using FormAssembly to Manage Ticket Sales

Washington Global Health Alliance (WGHA) has been using Salesforce and the Nonprofit Success Pack for a few years to track and manage their members and donors. The data collected in Salesforce allows WGHA to measure and report on their members’ interactions and collaboration, and ultimately on the impact of their work in the global health community.

WGHA organizes a number of member and public events throughout the year. They had used Eventbrite to manage ticket sales, and had tested Brown Paper Tickets, but were disappointed with the new price points of both platforms and policy changes, and wanted to find another solution. More importantly, they wanted a solution that would easily feed all event data into Salesforce and remove the need for double data entry. Once the information was in Salesforce, they wanted to track the participation and payments of event attendees, donors, and other stakeholders associated with the organization.

Since the WGHA team was not looking for a full-blown event management system, the DaizyLogik team recommended FormAssembly.

Learn more about this decision and how our team helped to empower WGHA’s team to use this new tool with confidence.

 

Updating and Automating Business Processes Through Salesforce NPSP

Washington Defender Association (WDA) engaged DaizyLogik to assist with efforts to update and automate their business processes while moving to Salesforce CRM. This effort was done in concert with WDA’s initiative to redesign their outdated website and ensured a much needed integration between the two systems. WDA is a membership organization whose clients include attorneys and their staffs, all of whom expect an easy-to-use interface, a high level of access, and an equally high level of privacy to protect sensitive data.

WDA’s outdated database in Access was isolated and cumbersome to maintain. The team wanted a more flexible cloud-based solution that would give them the opportunity to integrate with the new website and enable data to flow directly into their database.

Read how the DaizyLogik team addressed this challenge.

A Use Case for FormAssembly to Salesforce Integration – Improved Efficiencies

Arts Corps has been using Salesforce and the Nonprofit Success Pack (NPSP) for a number of years. On their website, they hosted three web-to-lead forms, which would automatically drop new information directly into Salesforce as Leads. For many years, our team at DaizyLogik was able to maintain a legacy solution for the mass conversion of these leads

When this legacy lead conversion tool finally stopped functioning completely in November 2017, Arts Corps knew it had to make a choice about how to move forward.

Read the full case study.

The Power of a Phased Approach: Implementing the Nonprofit Success Pack in an Existing Salesforce Instance

PATH hired DaizyLogik to help them improve user buy-in within the Global Engagement division and incorporate Salesforce as a true CRM for the department.

This case study offers insights into how the DaizyLogik team led the effort to implement the Nonprofit Success Pack (NPSP) on an existing Salesforce database for PATH by using a phased approach.

This body of work started with the output from the CRM planning phase, which we discussed in Part 1 of this Case Study (Understand Your Stakeholders: A Case Study in Agile Salesforce CRM Planning). This work included over 900 user stories that were groomed and prioritized, an existing Salesforce instance with approximately 700 active users, 1.5GB of data to be migrated from DonorPerfect into NPSP, and integration with external applications such as DonorSearch and SoapBox Engage.

Recognizing the scale of this project, our team started by defining a few phases of implementation, each with its own theme and set of goals.

Read the full case study here.

Understand Your Stakeholders: A Case Study in Agile Salesforce CRM Planning

To improve user buy-in within the Global Engagement division and incorporate Salesforce as a true CRM for the department, PATH hired DaizyLogik to help them facilitate this process.

Over the course of six months, the DaizyLogik team joined members of PATH’s GE division for over 46 discussions to define use cases and identify process-related requirements and business rules, collecting over 900 user stories. Our team provided guidance on process improvements while effectively communicating Salesforce and Nonprofit Success Pack functionality, evaluated data migration needs, and prepared an implementation plan.

This Case Study provides insights into how DaizyLogik applied our consulting and project delivery methodology to a cross-organizational, complex Salesforce and Nonprofit Success Pack implementation. It also discusses the questions and challenges faced by core members of the PATH and DaizyLogik teams during this extensive requirements collection process. We describe our approach and share some key takeaways that we hope others will find useful.

Read the case study here.