Posted by Alex Phillips 4 months ago
Data is the lifeblood of any organisation these days. But it can also be an energy sapper, especially for nonprofits and charities. Fiddling with incompatible data sets and trying to reconcile conflicting systems is a headache you don’t need.
That’s why there’s a lot of excitement about Microsoft’s Nonprofit Accelerator. As an MS Dynamics World article explains, the platform was launched in November 2018 and has made rapid progress since, almost doubling its Common Data Model (CDM) entity and nearly trebling the network of partners from 14 to 40. So, what’s so good about it?
All hail the CDM
The CDM is core to Microsoft’s vision for Nonprofit Accelerator. The CDM schema helps build a single shared data language, with standardised, extensible data schemas helping to ensure consistency of data across applications and business processes.
Microsoft has been building mapping templates to help third parties map CDM to their native schemas. Major companies including Blackbaud’s Luminate Online, Classy’s fundraising suite, Fluxx’s grant management suite, Jackson River’s Springboard platform and Volunteer Match’s recruiting solutions have already completed the mapping exercise.
Bigger and better: Nonprofit Accelerator v2
Microsoft has unveiled plans for v2 of the Dynamics 365 Nonprofit Accelerator, with updates in areas including new and improved apps, enhanced CDM and plans for additional solutions originating either with Microsoft or its partners.
These developments are being shaped by the growing list of stakeholders in the platform, which range from large companies such as Avanade and Ernst and Young to smaller firms.
Erik Arnold, CTO of Tech for Social Impact at Microsoft Philanthropies, sees the CDM as “core to our strategy”, commenting that “Microsoft has invested in mapping the CDM to the Salesforce Nonprofit Success Pack”, which had not been achieved in the original launch.
Who is using Dynamics 365 Nonprofit Accelerator?
The platform is already in use by many nonprofits, including the International Rescue Committee, Leonard Cheshire, SOS Children’s Villages and Team Rubicon. Dynamics 365 Nonprofit Accelerator v2 will bring a wider range of features, align with industry standards and deploy a broader set of CDM entities and attributes.
Solutions offered by the platform include constituent management, fundraising, beneficiary management, awards tracking, service delivery, volunteer management and the International Aid Transparency Initiative standards.
Is it time you adopted Nonprofit Accelerator?
At Hunter Charles, we have specialists who can support your move to Dynamics 365 Nonprofit Accelerator and help you get the most out of the platform. Get in touch today.