Salesforce Foundation event in NYC

Eric and I share a Google calendar where we put those appointments that will require the other one to have primary parenting duty. It’s a constant back and forth with us, varying between a “first come, first can go” and “I can’t move this appointment and my job is on the line if I’m not there” thing.

Since one of us has to drive a child 35 miles each way to school, when one parent is out of town the other is rather stuck on making any plans. Certainly if something comes up that is “Gee, I’d love to go to this…” it’s lower priority than if the other parent has a meeting or out-of-town assignment.

Usually, I can accept what I have to miss to accommodate Eric’s travel, but this one that I missed yesterday hurt:

The Foundation…will host a special event dedicated to driving innovation for nonprofit success. The event will bring together more than 200 members of’s nonprofit community at the Park Central Hotel in New York City to discuss and learn about the latest technologies and strategies to fuel their social change missions. The event also celebrates the milestone that more than 3,000 nonprofits around the world are using donated licenses of Salesforce to revolutionize their organizations as part of’s unique 1/1/1 integrated corporate philanthropy model.

The Foundation Innovation for Nonprofit Success Day is a free, full-day event packed with information on the latest technologies and strategies to help nonprofit organizations achieve new levels of success. In addition to multiple sessions by the Foundation and partners designed for users of all levels, featured speakers include Holly Ross of the Nonprofit Technology Network, technology experts from Network for Good, NPower and the United Nations. Foundation executive director Suzanne DiBianca will host a lunchtime panel on the rise of social enterprise, Web 2.0 and the future of philanthropy with CEOs and executives from,, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

I so wanted to go to, but no chance since Eric is on an assignment in Minneapolis at the moment. i have good friends, but I wouldn’t think of asking anyone to drive my daughter 70 miles round trip so I can go to a great networking/learning event.

3,000 nonprofits are now using Salesforce? Pretty cool. When we started in late Spring 2006, I think I remember being told there were somewhere around 450-500. There are now Salesforce Nonprofit User Groups in San Francisco, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, DC.

Ironically, while some Convio folks were in NYC yesterday giving a demo of the new Convio/Salesforce connector, I was in New Jersey actually using it. Finally! So a new record with valid email in Salesforce now lands in Convio without manual intervention from me and visa versa.

I have a few hundred records that I have to reconcile by hand due to accidental dupes or field conventions that don’t match up, but other than that it’s actually working!

Next step on this project is to work out some details on how transactions in Convio will sync up to Donations/Opportunities in Salesforce and we’ll be ready to set all this up as a scheduled, daily process.


5 responses to “Salesforce Foundation event in NYC”

  1. Judi,

    You were missed yesterday. It was a great event. Hope to still meet you one of these days.


  2. Awwwwwww….you guys! You don’t want to know how grouchy I was to poor ‘ole hubby yesterday for no good reason, other than how bummed I was that I couldn’t go.

    I can’t remember the last time I was genuinely angry at Eric’s calendar.