Microsoft recently released an updated version of its Dynamics 365 Nonprofits Accelerator that will allow nonprofits to deal with the complexity of problems in scaling solutions and increasing engagement with donors and recipients.
Phil Goldstein explains how the new version of the Dynamics 365 Accelerator will aid nonprofits in this article from BizTech :
One key element of the Dynamics 365 Nonprofit Accelerator is the Microsoft Common Data Model (CDM) for Nonprofits, which the company has shared publicly on GitHub. “The model standardizes data in alignment with international guidelines, making data sharing easier,” Geekwire reports.
Version 2 of the accelerator doubles the size of the CDM, according to Arnold. “Last year, we delivered 35 different entities with about 700 attributes,” he says. “With v.2, we’ve grown the model to 75 entities with 1,400 attributes. These entities and attributes represent sector-specific data elements, relationships and best practices as defined by Microsoft, our partners and a group of nonprofit experts.”
With v.2, nonprofits can “draw a thread across their operations and tie funds from donations and awards directly to programmatic activities and outcomes by leveraging a new link between Fundraising Designations and Program Delivery Frameworks and Budgets,” says Microsoft’s Arnold.
Nonprofits can also track the outcomes and impact of their program delivery with specific beneficiaries through a new link between Delivery Framework, Indicator Value and Constituent in Dynamics 365.
Additionally, nonprofits will get enhanced functionality to optimize volunteer management, capturing preferences, skills, certifications, availability, scheduling and projects leveraging Dynamics 365 Project Service Automation.
Nonprofits can use the solution to set up membership programs and engage members throughout their membership lifecycle “through a single contact record that can be used across multiple roles, including support for membership and benefit levels,” Arnold says.