Enabling nonprofits to transform and scale their mission impact
Today’s blog is written by Justin Spelhaug, Global Lead of Tech for Social Impact at Microsoft. Justin Spelhaug brings together 21 years of experience spanning commercial and social businesses. He utilizes this experience to empower nonprofits to fight inequality, eliminate poverty, protect the planet, and drive massive impact. Microsoft Tech for Social Impact aims to accelerate digital transformation across three million nonprofits globally, so they can have a greater impact on the world’s most critical social issues.
The pandemic has shone a light on the many ways we depend on each other and have risen to the challenge of supporting each other through an unprecedented year. Nonprofit organizations have been at the frontline of the response to reach people and communities in need, a mission made more urgent every day as COVID-19 intensifies long-standing inequalities and global poverty.
As we approach World Humanitarian Day, I want to recognize nonprofit organizations’ positive impact on communities and their role in supporting humanitarian efforts, as well as the aid and health workers who sacrifice so much to provide life-saving support and protection to people most in need.
I also want to recognize Microsoft partners—10,000 strong—who are developing modern, secure, and scalable Microsoft Cloud solutions for more than 225,000 nonprofits around the globe, enabling these organizations to leverage the best of our technologies to achieve their missions.
This growth is expected to accelerate as we work to serve even more nonprofits around the world. Let’s partner together to drive innovation and digital transformation for the greater good—and scale our collective impact.
Driving business impact with mission focus
Globally, there are millions of nonprofit organizations facing growing demands for their social, environmental, and humanitarian services. Due to the impact of COVID-19, between 119 and 124 million more people, for example, are projected by the World Bank to fall below the international poverty line of $1.90 per day by the end of 2021. This is just one of many examples of the effects of COVID-19.
For many nonprofits, there has never been more pressure to find ways to do more with less: increase the scale of their operations; improve efficiency; and protect their beneficiaries’ and donors’ data. Technology and digital transformation will play an important role in helping organizations meet these challenges.
Learn how you can deliver social impact and grow your business.
Driving acceleration through Microsoft Cloud for Nonprofit
At Microsoft we are committed to supporting every nonprofit by making technology affordable, accessible, and effective for nonprofits around the world through our global technology grants, discounts, and innovation agenda. At the heart of our innovation agenda to help organizations meet these increasing demands is the Microsoft Cloud for Nonprofit, which brings together our trusted cloud capabilities into a common platform aligned to sector best practices and supporting common organizational scenarios. Microsoft Cloud for Nonprofit is underpinned by a Common Data Model for Nonprofits, making it easier and less expensive for partners to innovate and nonprofits to integrate with existing solutions and share data across the organization.
Learn more about our Fundraising and Engagement solution built on Microsoft Dynamics 365 Sales Enterprise and leverage our new Dynamic 365 grant offers including five free seats of Sales Enterprise and 10 free Power Platform seats for eligible nonprofits.
In the third quarter of calendar year 2021, we will launch solutions to help connect organizations with passionate, experienced volunteers. Learn more about our Volunteer Engagement solution.
Celebrating partners featured in our #BuildFor2030 campaign
Our #BuildFor2030 campaign highlights Microsoft partners whose solutions and services help enable an inclusive economy and support the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
We are proud of Microsoft partners who have given so much during a challenging year, creating impactful solutions that are enabling nonprofits to engage constituents and fundraise more effectively, improve management of program delivery, operations and finances, and leverage data insights and collaborative tools to scale and achieve their mission impact.
We are excited to showcase the following solutions enabling the nonprofit sector:
- Barhead offers the NFP Fundraising and Donation Management Solution, which drives supporter engagement to the next level through AI-driven insights and personalized supported journeys.
- Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge NXT is an all-in-one cloud fundraising and relationship management solution that enabled Water Mission to increase fundraising effectiveness. Within the first six months of using Raiser’s Edge NXT, Water Mission realized US$1 million in unanticipated revenue—upping their ability to provide safe water to more people. Read a case study.
- cloudThing offers the NonProfit Power Up – Power Platform Accelerator solution, which builds upon the Dynamics 365 Nonprofit Accelerator and Fundraising and Engagement to add even more value when building on the Microsoft Power Platform. Their solution can quickly unlock new functionality such as Gift Aid Management, Constituent Discovery, High-Volume Donation Management, and more.
- m-hance offers a scalable and affordable charity finance system, NfP 365 Finance Bronze, that offers powerful reporting capabilities. mHance is also the 2021 Microsoft Nonprofit Partner of the Year finalist, recognized for their work with Médecins Sans Frontières /Doctors Without Borders (MSF) UK.
- threshold.com published b.world, the place where you and your team can collaborate on everything from project strategy, management, and reporting and communications. This single, easy-to-use app helps clients plan and deliver their programs end-to-end.
- Wipfli provides a Volunteer Management Envisioning Workshop that helps clients discover, imagine, and design innovative approaches to maximize the impact of their volunteer workforce through a human-centered design approach. Wipfli is also the 2021 Microsoft Nonprofit Partner of the Year Award winner, recognized for their work with nonprofits around the world and for supporting the Nonprofit Tech Acceleration for Black and African American Communities program in the United States.
Want to join us? Nominate your solution to be featured in a #BuildFor2030 campaign, learn about our upcoming Microsoft #BuildFor2030 Hackathon, and develop the next solution that can help nonprofits transform, achieve their goals, and scale their mission impact.
Microsoft is deeply committed to empowering every nonprofit and humanitarian organization with technology to accelerate social good. Thank you for your continued partnership as we tackle the urgent challenges of our day, together, and make the world better for more of us.