Event Recap: Community Commons Sprint at Salesforce World Tour NYC

By Melissa Hill Dees

What an incredible gathering we had at the Salesforce NYC tower the day after the World Tour, where passion, expertise, and commitment converged to ignite change within our Nonprofit and Education community using Salesforce. The Salesforce Commons, formerly known as #SFDOSprint, is a community-based approach to innovation for nonprofits and schools. The sprints generally happen 3-4 times per year and bring the #trailblazercommunity together to identify, prioritize, and build open source solutions that make using Salesforce technology easier for nonprofits and schools. The Agile Cloud Consulting team is committed to leveraging every resource to help nonprofits increase their impact and this is one of the ways we give back to the larger nonprofit community. Marisa Lopez and I were privileged to attend the event!

As we reflect on the energy and collaboration of this recent event, it’s clear that there’s still so much more to be done. Now is the time to step up, get involved, and make your mark by shaping solutions that help nonprofits increase their impact. And, it’s all about community–not just the nonprofit community. Charlie Isaacs, CTO for Customer Connection at Salesforce, joined Cori O’Brien and Lizzy Roberts, Open Source Commons Team, to welcome everyone. After some hard work and lunch, we had a stellar panel for NGO “Real Talk”, sort of a True to the Core Lite; we definitely appreciated Basil Tilmon, Heeyeon Park, and Michael Smith answering the difficult questions right on the spot!


With 76 dedicated individuals, from end users to administrators, developers to architects, each person brought a unique perspective and skill set to the table. And it’s this diversity that fuels innovation and drives us toward meaningful change. But it’s not just about one event—it’s about actively participating and contributing. Whether you’re sharing your expertise, providing feedback, or getting your hands dirty in project work, every contribution matters. It’s through these collective efforts that we can create solutions that address the real challenges facing our communities. And the projects go on, virtually, throughout the year. 

Look at the incredible work being done by individuals like Shari Carlson, the inaugural Commons Hero. Shari’s dedication and leadership serve as an inspiration to us all, reminding us of the impact that one person can have when they’re committed to making a difference. 


There were six projects specifically showcased at the Sprint. Following is a quick update on progress for these six but there are 40+ projects in all at varying stages. From Declarative Lookup Rollup Summaries to Nonprofit Cloud Best Practices, each initiative represents a step forward in our collective journey toward creating positive change. But there’s still more to be done, more solutions to be built, and more lives to be impacted.


  1. First and foremost, because everyone uses and loves “Delores”, aka Declarative Lookup Rollup Summaries (DLRS), there is a great new improvements being released in May. The DLRS Wizard which includes a new ‘Try the Wizard’ button where you can view existing rollups, and view a modal that reminds you to deploy your trigger. Safe harbor:  the following screenshots were before all the wonderful feedback at the Sprint.  Stay tuned.  







  1. The Summit Events App volunteers did some extensive QA testing with great instructions from Donna Whittig. I was on this team and installed the app, reviewed the documentation, and provided (probably too much) feedback to improve the UX.
  2. Nonprofit Salesforce How-To Videos continue under the leadership of Bill Florio. The entire series is available on YouTube.  Six more videos were drafted and six more recorded.
  3. The Memberships team continues to work on building the schema for memberships, sponsorship, renewals, payments, et al, to help nonprofits track data more effectively. With a bit more work the Membership Package will soon be in security review.
  4. Nonprofit Cloud Best Practices team is working to provide the same level of information for success in Nonprofit Cloud as the community has already provided for Nonprofit Success Pack. This team meets on an ongoing bi-weekly basis.
  5. Deployment Best Practices is an important piece for any organization. This team has been working for a little over a year to bring the Well-Architected Framework to nonprofits.  The work focuses on content and documentation with the lens laser focused on nonprofit use cases.


So, to all the nonprofits, nonprofit partners, and Salesforce volunteers out there: now is your time to join us. Get involved, contribute your expertise, and together, let’s build a future where technology is a force for good in our communities. Join the Commons & Sprint Events group to keep up to date on everything that is happening.



Mark your calendars for the upcoming Sprint events, including the World Tour London Community Sprint on June 4-5. Together, let’s continue this journey of innovation, collaboration, and impact. See you there!

Everyone’s favorite mascot, Sprinty, was obviously hungry!




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