Your software choices dramatically impact your organization’s success. They affect how you do your job and how much you enjoy it. So, let’s get you knowledgeable about selecting the software that’s right for your organization.
List and Database Census Spreadsheet
Do you struggle with information “silos” that hold overlapping information but don’t connect? Want to solve that problem? The first step is to create a list of your organization’s systems so you get a big-picture perspective. Use this List and Database Census Spreadsheet to record key information about each of your information silos. We’ve provided columns for a half-dozen systems; just add more columns if needed. Don’t feel compelled to answer every question for every system, but do answer as many as you can. It might require research and conversation with colleagues, and that very effort may show you a path forward.
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Smita Vadakekalam, PMP
VP of Professional Services
In 1998 Smita starting work on the front-line of the nonprofit sector helping organizations with fundraising, technology strategy, and operations streamlining. Since then she has worked with hundreds of nonprofits implementing strong business practices, technology and change management strategies to make their work more efficient and effective. Smita has played several roles at Heller, from Consultant, Senior Consultant, Project Manager to her current role as VP of Professional Services. As Heller’s Vice President of Professional Services, Smita helps develop and refine new and existing services that further the nonprofit sector and Heller’s strategic vision. Smita enjoys speaking at conferences and writing about change management in the nonprofit sector. She earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from George Washington University and a master’s degree in Philanthropic Studies from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy – Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, where she now serves on the Alumni Board. She is a committee member of the Association of Change Management Professionals, a Prosci-certified Change Practitioner, and has a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute. Outside of Heller, Smita enjoys spending time with her family, running, and volunteering by serving on the diversity committee of local NYC public schools to help address the major education inequity gap at NYC public schools.
Rali has been working with nonprofits for over 10 years. Before Heller, she wore many hats managing volunteers, development & fundraising, strategic planning, Salesforce systems, and more. This diverse combination of experience gives Rali in-depth insights for her role at Heller. Her understanding of how the challenges nonprofits face interlace through individual departments allows her to define solutions that improve efficiency and make an impact on an organization’s mission and goals. In addition to being a Salesforce-certified Administrator and Prosci-certified Change Practitioner, Rali holds a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in International Politics and French & Francophone Studies from Pennsylvania State University. Outside of her professional life, Rali enjoys testing out recipes, hiking, and doubles volleyball games.