Over the years, AKA Enterprise Solutions has worked alongside many amazing nonprofit organizations. We love the opportunity to help our nonprofit partners achieve their goals through new and proven technologies. That said, we often find that nonprofit organizations are forced to operate on limited budgets, making it difficult for them to access the technology they need. At the same time, though, we know that the right technology can help these organizations save money in the long run. One of our primary goals is to help nonprofit organizations tap into the tech solutions they need while staying within budgetary limits.
Microsoft’s Tech for Social Impact Group aims to do the same: offer affordable, practical solutions for nonprofits. With this in mind, Microsoft launched the Dynamics 365 Nonprofit Accelerator, a suite of solutions designed with fundraising and operations in mind. At the March 2019 Microsoft Nonprofit CXO Summit, we had the opportunity to learn more about some of the newest features in the latest version of the Accelerator -- and we’re excited!
Thanks to the incorporation and expansion of the Common Data Model (CDM) as part of the Accelerator, many capabilities are now built into Dynamics 365 CRM without any need for customization. Microsoft has also delivered easier interoperability with the help of mapping templates, making it possible for Microsoft partners to map their own data schemas to the CDM. AKA is a proud member of this growing partner ecosystem, and we’re committed to aligning this new standard with customer success via the Accelerator and CDM.
In the nonprofit world, trust is essential. That’s why Microsoft has designed the Dynamics 365 Nonprofit Accelerator with a focus on transparency: it’s easy to see how funds are being spent and where they’re having the greatest impact. With this in mind, here are 5 things we love about the newest version of the Accelerator:
1. Assigning Funds to Specific Activities and Outcomes
The latest version of the Accelerator connects Program Delivery Frameworks and Budgets with Fundraising Designations, allowing organizations to tie various awards and donation funds to specific outcomes and activities.
2. Linking Program Delivery and Beneficiaries
Thanks to a new link between the Constituent, Indicator Value, and Delivery Framework, it’s now possible for nonprofits to track how a program impacts specific beneficiaries.
3. Organizing Volunteers
Volunteers are essential to the success of any nonprofit. With the Accelerator, it’s now easier than ever to manage volunteers effectively. By leveraging the power of Dynamics 365 Project Service Automation, organizations can capture volunteer skills and preferences, certifications, availability, current assignments, and more.
4. Membership Management
With the Accelerator’s new membership management features, nonprofits can set up membership programs and keep track of members throughout their lifecycle -- all via a single contact record. It’s also possible to use this record across multiple roles within the organization.
5. Best Practices
The latest version of the Accelerator includes expanded guides, purpose-built nonprofit data schemas, sample applications, templates, and more: all optimized to allow for interoperability.
Ready to learn more about the Accelerator? To get started, download the Dynamics 365 Nonprofit Accelerator here. Want to put the Accelerator to work for your nonprofit organization? Contact AKA Enterprise Solutions to discuss how the latest technology for nonprofits can improve your organization. Check out the video below to find out why nonprofits like Lifeworks have opted to partner with AKA for their technology needs.
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