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Microsoft Dynamics 365 Nonprofit Accelerator v3 adds assessments, frontline logistics models

by Jason Gumpert

Microsoft is expanding the Dynamics 365 Nonprofit Accelerator data model in the areas of assessment management and frontline humanitarian logistics.

The assessment management module "[helps] nonprofits accurately and efficiently record detailed observations during an assessment, including the status of buildings and infrastructure after a disaster, wrote Erik Arnold, Global CTO of Tech for Social Impact, part of Microsoft Philanthropies. It was developed in partnership with the American Red Cross, Mercy Corps, Team Rubicon, and UNDP and others. 

The Frontline Humanitarian Logistics solution maps Microsoft's Common Data Model for Nonprofits to the Frontline Humanitarian Logistics Data Standard, which Microsoft helped fund, according to Arnold. The goal of this model is to connect humanitarian goods and services donations to program service delivery components, which improves the level of traceability.

Arnold stressed the partnerships that led to launch of version 3 of the accelerator:

Today’s announcement reflects some tremendous cross-sector partnerships. And like all our work on nonprofit solutions, the models and guidance published today are available on GitHub free for use by nonprofits and other tech sector partners.

Microsoft's Nonprofit Accelerator launched in November 2018. Version 2 arrived in April 2019 and doubled the size of its Common Data Model (CDM) entity set – from 35 to 75. In June 2020, the team announced and an expanded feature set and data model with the added case management, project management and program design (PMPD), and financial and operational capabilities for small and midsized organizations.

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