A more personal side of Dreamforce

It was my 5th Dreamforce this year. One might think that I had seen it all by now, well keep on reading….Each Dreamforce has been different of course because of the sector’s growth we have witnessed year after year. This year’s numbers were impressive.

  •  4,257 nonprofit attendees
  • 132,000 attendees total
  • 80 nonprofit sessions
  • 1+ million meals collected

Numbers are of course not the all story. What I got me particularly proud during this Dreamforce week were two sessions from two fantastic organizations.

Cradles To Crayons: from Volunteer Management to Volunteer Engagement

Cradles‘s mission is to provide children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. How do they do this? They engage communities in clothing drives and have a gigantic warehouse where volunteers package collected items into packs that are later distributed to kids. Clearly they know a lot about how to successfully engage their communities. This expertise was recognized and they had the opportunity to speak to a full house at Dreamforce. Seating in the back during their session, it was amazing to think how much they have accomplished in the last 6 years we have known them. Their presentation (first video below) is a must for any nonprofit organizations (using Salesforce or not)!

American Red Cross: Failure isn’t an Option

No need to present the Red Cross. They are using Salesforce to track a lot of information related to the work they do outside of the US (Haiti hearth quake for example). They are such an inspiring and necessary organization. Working with them has been a fantastic learning opportunity but, on a personal level, it also helped me to reconnect with the work I did in West Africa a few years ago and what got me to decide to  work with nonprofit organizations the first place and started Sputnik Moment a little later. During the presentation, they explained how their work is being positively impacted by this new system. That day my bucket list got shorter. Very inspiring presentation (2nd video).


If you have missed the Dreamforce ’14 announcements, read this other post: More on DF14.

35 other sessions are also available: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLU8xqF8ZASbW2e64okM6dZrPmijrU-dEi