Throughout our 25+ years in business, AKA has had the opportunity to work with many nonprofits, adding value wherever possible. We love collaborating with our nonprofit customers! One thing we’ve often noticed, however, is that nonprofit organizations are frequently restricted by budgetary limitations. The irony of this situation is that limited funds can make it difficult for them to afford various tech solutions that would ultimately save them money in the long run. This is why we work hard to help nonprofits get the tech they need, without breaking the bank.
The Microsoft-founded Tech for Social Impact Group has the same goal: giving nonprofit organizations access to affordable tech solutions. Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 Nonprofit Accelerator provides nonprofits with a suite of fundraising and operations-focused solutions. At the recent Microsoft Nonprofit CXO Summit, Microsoft unveiled a host of new features associated with the latest version of the Nonprofit Accelerator: features that will make it easier than ever for nonprofits to succeed.
As a result of the incorporation and expansion of the Common Data Model (CDM) within the Accelerator, Dynamics 365 ERP offers a range of capabilities to users without the need for extensive customization. Microsoft is also improving interoperability with the introduction of various mapping templates, making it easier than ever for Microsoft partners to map their own data schemas to the CDM. AKA is proud to be fully on board with the group of partners committed to this standard of using the CDM and Accelerator.
When it comes to nonprofits, few things are more important than building trust. Microsoft understands this, and that’s why they’ve created the Accelerator with full transparency in mind. As part of the new feature set included in the latest version of the Accelerator, Microsoft has made it easier for organizations to track how and where funds are being spent -- as well as where those funds are having an impact. Here are 5 reasons we’re on board with the latest version of the Accelerator:
1. Managing Members
Thanks to the Accelerator’s membership management capabilities, an organization can create membership programs and track members through their entire lifecycle within the organization via a single contact record. Member records can also be associated with multiple organizational roles—from membership support to benefit levels.
2. Volunteer Organization
Nonprofits rely on their volunteers to achieve their goals. Organizations are able to take volunteer preferences into consideration and track volunteer certifications, skills, assignments, availability, and more with the help of Dynamics 365 Project Service Automation.
3. Guides, Schemas, Templates, and Applications
In the newest version of the Accelerator, Microsoft has expanded the scope of its guides, included new sample applications, built out additional templates, and created purpose-built nonprofit data schemas. All of these new features are optimized for interoperability.
4. Connecting Program Delivery and Beneficiaries
By connecting the Indicator Value, Constituent, and Delivery Framework within Dynamics 365, organizations can now track how a given program impacts certain beneficiaries.
5. Linking Funds to Activities and Outcomes
With the latest release of the Accelerator, the link between Fundraising Designations, Program Delivery Frameworks and Budgets allows a nonprofit to assign donations and awards to particular outcomes, programs and activities within the organization.
Want to find out more about the Accelerator? First, download the Dynamics 365 Nonprofit Accelerator here. To learn more about how the Accelerator can benefit your nonprofit organization, contact the experts at AKA Enterprise Solutions. Nonprofit organizations like Lifeworks are partnering with AKA to leverage technology like never before—watch the video below to find out why.
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