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Tending to Your Technology Garden

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January 29th 2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Colorado Nonprofit Association | Training Center
Suite 100
Denver 80203 - 3529

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Phone: (303) 813 - 4211
Event Fee(s)
Registration $ 65.00
AFP $ 60.00

Our professional development trainings are made possible by the generous support of U.S. Bank



Leveraging the latest cloud-based technology platforms is harder than meets the eye. Implementing and maintaining a technology system is like raising a garden: planting seeds is the easy part. The hard work comes with preparing the soil, getting the timing right, and maintaining good conditions for your plants to mature. Similarly, much of your organization's success with a cloud database for program management or fundraising depends on how you prepare for your implementation and how you maintain your system. 

In this training, we will discuss strategies for selecting a new data system, choosing an implementation partner, and the four things your organization must do to succeed after going live. While the majority of the examples in this workshop will focus on implementing Salesforce, this training content will apply to organizations looking to implement CiviCRM, Raiser's Edge, Efforts to Outcomes, Apricot or any other robust cloud-based data system for program management or fundraising.

Participants will also leave this training with templates for: 

  • Defining data use protocols
  • Outlining regular database administration habits
  • Implementing data integrity controls


  • Free for members of Colorado Nonprofit Association (must be logged in for discount on Regular price)
  • $60 for members of AFP
  • $65 standard
Event Description
Learning Objectives

  • What are the key questions to consider when choosing a new data system

  • How to craft an effective vendor Request for Proposal

  • How to plan for the ongoing administration of any data system including:

    • Driving staff engagement

    • Enforcing data cleanliness

    • Creating effective reporting

    • Making ongoing updates

  • What role your database plays in your organizations data maturity journey


Executives, operations managers, fundraising managers and IT personnel

Level of Difficulty


3 - 5 years of experience in the field

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Paul Collier, Paul Collier Consulting

Paul Collier is the founder of Paul Collier Consulting, a firm that helps innovative social sector leaders leverage data to understand their impact and make a difference in their clients' lives. 

Paul brings his clients 8 years of experience working in data system design and implementation, data product creation, and evaluation capacity building. His clients include organizations in Colorado, California, and the Washington D.C. areas. Before establishing his own firm Paul served as the Data & Evaluation Manager at the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, one of San Francisco's oldest family serving nonprofits. 

Qualifies for Excellence in Nonprofit Principles and Practices. Completion of a post-training evaluation is required for this training to count toward recognition. 


Need to cancel? Please use the link in your confirmation email or email Akila Copeland no fewer than 3 business days prior to the training. Members, please review our Cancellation Policy for more information. 

Event Custom Fields
Training/Event Topic Information Technology
Training Medium In Person
Event Region Denver Metro

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