At the end of 2011, icouldbe began a critical internal project: migrating internal operational data used to track our school, program, corporate, and foundation partners into Salesforce. Centralizing this data in a secure shared location was a top priority to make sure we had greater efficiency and transparency as our organization grew. So we turned to Catch-a-Fire to find a qualified volunteer and by early 2012 we kicked off our Salesforce initiative with Paul Stoddard, who works by day as an AT&T Systems Architect and in his spare-time as a volunteer extraordinaire!
Paul was initially interested in helping icouldbe because of his own positive volunteer experience as a mentor for Big Brothers, Big Sisters in Newark, NJ, and tutoring children through the “I Can Foundation”. As Paul describes:
“Catch-a-fire offers many opportunities to help worthy organizations. I chose icouldbe because of my love for helping young people. Improving education and mentoring children are possibly the most important things we can do to contribute towards a better world.”
Paul’s passion for mentoring has given him insight into the mission of icouldbe, and combined with his technical expertise, has enabled him to customize Salesforce to help us achieve our goals.
Each week throughout 2012, Paul dedicated his spare time, approximately 80 hours to-date, working with us to plan and implement the project. icouldbe staff worked with Paul to transfer contact, organization, billing, and invoice data into Salesforce. Paul has guided us through best practices, and ongoing training, and has worked diligently to understand our requirements and to customize Salesforce to reflect icouldbe’s program model.
The value of the time and dedication that Paul has contributed to icouldbe over the past year cannot be measured in hours. We are in the final phases of the project and could not have accomplished so much without Paul’s invaluable commitment. That’s why we want to thank Paul and recognize him as icouldbe’s Volunteer of the Year for 2012.