The Microsoft Dynamics 365 Non-Profit Accelerator: 5 Reasons Why AKA is Already On Board

AKA has been working with nonprofits for years now, and we are constantly looking for opportunities to add value. This is particularly important since most nonprofits must work within very tight budgets, and technology is typically a big expense they cannot afford. Ironically, though, the right technology could help them save money, so our challenge is to help them tap into technology, in a way they can comfortably afford, and ensuring they start realizing a return on their investment as quickly as possible.

Microsoft launched their Tech for Social Impact group to do the same by focusing on solutions and offers for nonprofits. As part of this effort, Microsoft launched the Dynamics 365 Nonprofit Accelerator, a suite of solutions for fundraising and operations. At the recent Microsoft Nonprofit CXO Summit, they  revealed the “next chapter” of the solution.

Proud to be part of “a growing partner ecosystem”

By incorporating the Common Data Model (CDM) into the Accelerator and doubling the size in this latest version, Microsoft is ensuring many capabilities are now part of Dynamics 365 and do not require customization. They have also facilitated interoperability by investing in mapping templates that make it very easy for their partners to map their own data schemas to the CDM. AKA is proud to part of this group, fully committed to aligning to this standard with documented customer successes using the CDM and Accelerator.

Here’s why AKA is excited about the Accelerator

But let’s get back to what the Accelerator offers, and why we’re so excited about offering it. We all agree that trust is critical in the nonprofit world, so Microsoft has designed the Accelerator to help build trust by being transparent with how they spend funds and by demonstrating their impact. Here are 5 ways Microsoft is supporting that goal with the latest version of the Accelerator:

#1: Tying funds to activities and outcomes

With a new link between Fundraising Designations and Program Delivery Frameworks and Budgets, organizations can “tie” funds from donations and awards directly to programmatic activities and outcomes.

#2: Connecting beneficiaries and program delivery

Through a new link between the Delivery Framework, Indicator Value, and Constituent, organizations can now track the outcomes and impact of program delivery with specific beneficiaries.

#3: Coordinating volunteers

Volunteer management, capturing preferences, skills, certifications, availability, scheduling, and projects are now optimized by leveraging Dynamics 365 Project Service Automation

#4: Managing memberships

Nonprofits can now establish membership programs and engage constituents throughout the membership lifecycle through a single contact record. This record can be used across multiple roles, including support for membership and benefit levels.

#5: Tapping into best practices

Microsoft has expanded the platform’s guides and has released purpose-built nonprofit data schemas, templates, and sample applications, optimized for interoperability.

Interested in learning more? Download the Dynamics 365 Nonprofit Accelerator via AppSource, then contact the nonprofit experts at AKA to discuss how we can help you put technology to work in your nonprofit organization. Watch this video to see why nonprofits like Lifeworks choose AKA as their technology partner:


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Contributor: Bryn Forrest

As Director, Government, Not for Profit, Media Industries, and Existing Customer Marketing for AKA, Bryn has more than 26 years of experience in marketing management, 17 of those with AKA. Under her leadership, AKA has been recognized by Microsoft for excellence in marketing.

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