What’s the Bandit Tour?
It’s Traction’s annual road trip from Vancouver to San Francisco on the way to Dreamforce 2017. There’s nothing unlawful about this Smokey and the Bandit-themed road trip as our Bandits make their way down the I-5 with one goal: do more good.
Between October 30 and November 6, a team of Tractionites (the Bandits) will start in Vancouver with stops in Seattle, Portland, Coos Bay (Oregon) and Eureka (California) to help non-profits with free Salesforce support and perform Bandit Acts of Kindness.
The fifth annual Bandit Tour got us thinking about how far we’ve come, so we looked back at the data to understand the tour’s impact.
More than 30 Tractionites have participated in the Bandit Tour. Each year, developers, project managers and consultants work together and share their expertise to help non-profits leverage Salesforce and technology to drive their mission forward.
The tour was created to support non-profits and to find a fun way to get our team to Dreamforce. Since 2013, we’ve worked with more than 40 different organizations, including:
- Growing Chefs which educates children about healthy eating and healthy food systems. The Bandit Tour got Growing Chefs started on the Salesforce platform, so they could improve their program management.
- Conservacion Patagonia which works to restore wildlands and wildlife in Patagonia. The Bandits helped the organization build reports and dashboards to support data-driven decisions.
- The Representation Project which encourages communities to overcome stereotypes, so everyone can reach their full potential. The Bandits created a strategy to manage duplicate data from a third-party integration.
“We knew we weren’t doing everything the way we wanted to. And instead of going down the road with bad data and bad practices, we got in touch with the Bandit Tour and came to them with some of our concerns and challenges to get that fixed.” – Kai Williams, Executive Director of International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council
The Bandits have collectively spent more than 500 hours working with non-profits along the West Coast. The range of support is as diverse as the organizations we’ve worked with. Bandits have helped non-profits:
- Manage their data with de-duplication, manipulation and governance strategies.
- Learn the tips and tricks of Salesforce Administration best practices.
- Build reports that leverage their data to make more informed decisions.
Countless Acts of Kindness
When they aren’t providing Salesforce support, the team is busy with Bandit Acts of Kindness. Here are some of our favourites from the past four years:
- Provided free bike tune-ups along the Vancouver Sea Wall with Velofix.
- Volunteered with rescue animals at the Pixie Project in Portland.
- Cleaned up the beach with the Coos Bay Surfrider Foundation.
- Cleared invasive species with Friends of the Dunes in Eureka (something we’ve done every year on the tour).
Making the Bandit Movement
The Bandit Tour has grown up with Traction; what started as a way to give back along the way to Dreamforce has quickly evolved into a movement.
- 2015 – Bandit Gone Rogue took off to teach kids how to code in remote BC.
- 2017 – Traction Road Trip travelled from Montreal to Toronto doing good en route to Salesforce World Tour in Toronto.
Join the Bandit movement. We’ve launched our applications for non-profit organizations looking for pro-bono Salesforce support. If you work for a non-profit organization on the West Coast that operates on the platform, please submit an application today. We also encourage you to share the application with any other non-profits that would be a good fit for the Bandit Tour. The deadline to apply is September 12, 2017.