You’ve made your first trek. You’ve discovered the peace that comes with a solid database and first-hand knowledge. And now you and your nonprofit are ready for something more. It could be more tools to make the most of your database. It could be more detailed Salesforce and database training, for those reports or improvements you’d like to try. Or it could be more support from a trusted group of peers and Sherpas, to share the learning with others.
Introducing the Database Sherpa Practice Group
A special database training community for past clients of Database Sherpa. Connect and learn with fellow nonprofit database practitioners through monthly webinars, new training resources, and more. All led by Ashima Saigal, founder of Database Sherpa.
As someone who has journeyed with Database Sherpa before, you know that hands-on learning is at the heart of every trek. It takes a special organization and a special team to be part of the practice of building a database. The rewards of that practice are big: you now have a database that fits your organization’s needs, with the in-house knowledge to maintain it and train others on your team.
While your first trek may be done, the learning continues. We’re thrilled that many of our past clients are asking us for even more database training. They want new challenges, new improvements, and deeper training on Salesforce and database administration. We know that you already have the most important tools for success: a willingness to learn and an organization that values the learning. That’s why we’re launching the Database Sherpa Practice Group.
What’s Included in the Practice Group
This special training community is open only to nonprofit organizations that have completed at least one trek with Database Sherpa. Starting in February 2017, this will be a way for you to grow your own database knowledge, learn with (and from!) other nonprofits, and get more ongoing support from Database Sherpa. The Practice Group will include:
- Monthly webinars focused on giving you new practical knowledge to improve your database at this stage of the journey
- New training resources to make database improvements, help with documentation and training your nonprofit’s staff, and more
- Office hours and live Q&A with Ashima and the group, giving you the chance to get one-on-one support for your organization’s needs and learn from the database scenarios at other nonprofits
Members of the Practice Group will be invited to share the issues, questions, and topics of most interest to them and their nonprofit. This will not be the usual, one-size-fits-all database training. Like all Database Sherpa experiences, we want to meet you where you are and help you learn in ways that support your nonprofit’s goals. The Practice Group will be designed for deeper learning and meaningful connections to strengthen your database knowledge.
Equip your nonprofit with database training in 2017.
Let’s keep learning together. The first webinar of the Database Sherpa Practice Group is on
February 22, 2017 at 9 am PST / 10 am MST / 11 pm CST / 12 pm EST
Monthly and annual registrations are available. We’re offering a special introductory rate until January 31, 2017.
$125 per month
$975 if registering by January 31
$1,250 after January 31
First Webinar: Getting More from Your Data
with New Tracking Features
February 22, 2017 at 12 pm ET
You’re likely to have lots of new data from year-end outreach and appeals. As 2017 gets started, come get new tools to put that data to work and better track constituents and donors. Salesforce’s NPSP 3 offers two great new features: Engagement Plans and Levels. Ashima will share how these tools can help you take your organization’s data and tracking to the next level. In addition to an overview of these two features, she’ll provide tips and examples for how your nonprofit can start using these tools now. You’ll also receive training documents to help you build out our own instance and explain the new features to your team.
Practice Group Q&A Session
March 8, 2017 at 12 pm ET
Each webinar of the Practice Group will be followed by a more in-depth Q&A session two weeks later, to give you time to put the tools into practice and come with questions related to your instance or organization’s needs. The Q&A session is a space for confidential and shared learning. It’s a chance to dig deeper into your organization’s database while learning how other nonprofits set up and use theirs. Ashima will facilitate and provide assistance, resources, and the usual Sherpa encouragement–all based on the needs of the group.
A note from Ashima…
Do you remember our last trek? It was a sad day when we had to say good bye to each other. Maybe we’d see each other again. But, what if there was a way to stay connected to keep learning and growing together?
Since we so enjoy doing things we’ve never done before and challenging the norms, we are launching this new initiative. I am excited, but also a bit afraid. Why fear? What if no one shows up? What if we missed the mark on this? That’s okay. Fear, I see you. You’ve been around a long time, and you help us all push forward. However, we won’t let you stop us from trying something new. The goal of giving you as much information as possible and helping you grow into your organization’s own internal Sherpa is still what matters most to me.
So, to begin, we will be creating a place and space just for you: our experts who have wholly embraced the Sherpa model. Like always, my plan is to listen to you and offer webinars, group discussions, and a virtual space where we can help each other and learn together.
I hope you will consider joining us for what will be an exciting and new journey for us all.