The annual Bandit Tour for Good is back for its ninth year in a row, and a lot has changed since our first team of Bandits hit the road from Vancouver to San Francisco in a ‘78 Trans Am trailer en route to Dreamforce. We are no longer a team confined to only North America, we’ve gone global, and with that so has the Bandit Tour for Good. Once again, our Bandits — a select group of Tractionites from all areas of the company are coming together to give what we’re good at: expertise and knowledge in Salesforce consulting services to help nonprofits across the world further their mission through the use of technology.
29 nonprofits - with a focus on health, wellbeing, and reducing inequality
The past year and a half has been a challenging time for people across the world, so this year’s Bandit Tour theme is centered around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of Good Health and Wellbeing, and Reducing Inequality. While the theme wasn’t intentional, when nonprofit applications began to roll in, it was clear organizations operating in these two areas were in need of outside support and resources as we transition into a post-pandemic world.
22 Bandits extending helping hands
Given the unprecedented nature of travel right now, we made the decision to go virtual, with the added benefit that Zoom has no borders. So, we’re taking the 2021 Bandit Tour across the globe to help nonprofits throughout North America, India, and Australia. All 22 Bandits will be crossing virtual borders to lend out some helping hands through Salesforce support, volunteering, and random acts of kindness.
Traditionally, the Bandit Tour for Good has focused on providing nonprofits already on the Salesforce platform with pro-bono consulting support. However, in order to ‘give what we’re good at’ on a larger scale, we broke tradition and decided to pivot the tour into two main categories; pro-bono consulting work and group training sessions to extend our impact. The group training sessions will focus on a variety of topics from introductions to Salesforce, to data sessions and classes around other digital applications nonprofits can leverage in today’s data driven climate.
Meet the 2021 Bandit Tour for Good nonprofits
Making an impact across Canada
The team of Bandits will be working with 11 nonprofits across Canada to help these amazing organizations drive their mission forward. From Vancouver, to Stonewall, all the way to Ottawa. Check out the list of some of the amazing nonprofits the Bandits will be working with:
- Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver: Enables impactful mentoring relationships where children and youth can discover their power and potential.
- Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians: CAEP fosters a community for emergency physicians by connecting them, advocating for them and their patients, and leading emergency medicine education.
- cassie + friends: Transforms the lives of kids and families living with juvenile arthritis and other rheumatic diseases through research, awareness, connection and support.
- Downtown Eastside Women's Centre: Provides a safe, non-judgemental environment for women from all walks of life living or working in the Downtown Eastside through meals, counseling, advocacy and programs.
Going down under
As our presence continues to grow in Australia we’re very excited to cross over to the land downunder to help three nonprofits. While each organization is dealing with their own Salesforce hurdles, they are unified by their mission to bring their communities together, and de-stigmatize mental illness.
- MIEACT: Provides their community with resources to address the stigma surrounding mental health and well-being so they are empowered to sustain their mental health.
- Menslink: Supports young men aged 10-25 through tough times by providing free counseling, volunteer mentoring and education programs.
- Anglican Aid: Strengthens churches and helps transform communities by building relationships between Australian Christians and local partners in Australia and overseas.
Connecting with 7 nonprofits in India
In 2018, we opened an office in Jaipur, India, and our India team has grown significantly since then. We now have 218 Tractionites across India, and that number is growing. For the Bandit Tour, our Bandits will be working with a variety of nonprofits across the country including:
- Indian Dreams Foundation: Protects children’s rights and empower women by providing accessible education to drive literacy rate for a developed society.
- E-Care India Trust: Empower people in the marginalized sectors of India through technology enablement, education, skill development, and job placement.
- Nirman Foundation: Aims to develop WASH infrastructure and provide resources for the community to have sustained public health and wellbeing.
Doing more good across the United States
From Washington, to San Francisco, to New York all the way to Atlanta, the Bandits will be working with nine incredible nonprofits across the United States. Whether it’s an issue with optimizing their Salesforce platform, an introduction to Salesforce, or a session on analyzing constituent data, the Bandits are on their way to help. Check out a quick snapshot of some of the organizations the Bandits will be working with:
- Teen Feed: Based out of Seattle, Teen Feed is centered around providing homeless and at-risk youth with meals, support, outreach, healthcare access and engagement.
- Wu Yee Children's Services: Based out of San Francisco, they deliver a comprehensive range of Early Learning, Family, and Family Care Educator Services with the mission to create opportunities for children to be healthy, families to thrive and communities to be strong.
- Mixteca: Empowers the Mexican and Latin-American immigrants of New York by providing access to services that enhance their quality of life and will allow them to reach sustainable social and economic development.
Each of the 29 nonprofits are currently dealing with very different barriers, but all 29 are on a mission to do good in their community, and our Bandits are ready to “give what we’re good at” (virtually that is) starting September 20th!