The Dynamics 365 Nonprofit Accelerator
With the Dynamics 365 Nonprofit Accelerator and Common Data Model for Nonprofits, you can develop nonprofit solutions based on entities and attributes that nonprofits commonly leverage for constituent management, fundraising, awards, program delivery and impact tracking. These entities include but are not limited to donor commitments, designations, transactions, awards, disbursements, delivery frameworks, results, indicators, benefit recipients and more. The Accelerator includes the Common Data Model for Nonprofits, sample apps, sample data, dashboards and documentation.
The initial release of the Nonprofit Accelerator was announced in November 2018 at the NetHope Global Summit and there have been continued enhancements with these versions - v2.0 in April 2018, and v2.1 in July 2019, and v2.2 in November 2019.
The Nonprofit Accelerator provides the following to partners and customers:
Extension of the Common Data Model including concepts for constituent management, fundraising, awards, program delivery and impact tracking, including entity definitions and relationships.
Sample model-driven apps that show how Dynamics 365 and the nonprofit data model can be used including constituent management, fundraising, awards and delivery frameworks.
Support for extending the model with custom entities, forms, and relationships that meet your nonprofit needs.
Support for building canvas apps in Power Apps.
Sample dashboards that provide analytics around fundraising and program delivery.
A package that you can deploy and install including sample data.
Test drive experience through AppSource with walkthroughs, reference guides, mapping guides, entity-relationship diagrams and metadata documentation on the data model.
Optional data integrator templates and mappings for integrating data from the Nonprofit Accelerator in Dynamics 365
Optional volunteer management and IATI add-on common data models, sample model-driven apps, sample data, flows and documentation
The Nonprofit Accelerator can be used with Microsoft Dynamics 365 or independently with the core solution layer that is not dependent on Microsoft Dynamics 365. This independent solution layer can be leveraged to build Model driven and Canvas based Power Apps applications.
When the Nonprofit Accelerator is installed into Dynamics 365, the experience is transformed into one specifically built for nonprofits. It enables you to optimize nonprofit operational processes including constituent management, fundraising, awards, program delivery and impact tracking based on the IATI standard. You can also leverage the entire constituent-engagement solution within Dynamics 365.
Nonprofits, ISVs, and others in the nonprofit sector can build their solutions and business processes on top of the new entities and templates found within the Nonprofit Accelerator. The current data model supports common nonprofit activities but has been designed to allow flexibility to support other use cases.
The Nonprofit Accelerator and nonprofit common data model are developed in collaboration with nonprofits, partners, industry experts and open initiatives to ensure interoperability and accelerate nonprofit impact.
Entities and workflows
These entities are built into the Nonprofit Accelerator (*New with version 2.2 General Availability - released November 2019):
|Constituent||Fundraising||Awards||Program Delivery & Impact Tracking||Optional IATI Add-On|
|Account||Campaign||Award||Benefit Recipient||Aid Type|
|Address||Credit Plan||Award Version||Budget||Condition|
|Connection||Credit Recipient||Budget||Delivery Framework||CRS Other Flag|
|Connection Role||Designated Credit||Campaign||Indicator||Delivery Framework Contact|
|Contact||Designation||Delivery Framework||Indicator Value||Delivery Framework Description|
|Education||Designation Plan||Disbursement||Measurement Item*||Dimension|
|Employment||Donor Commitment||Disbursement Distribution||Measurement Item Relationship*||Document Category|
|Membership||Lead||Docket||Measurement Item Usage*||Document Country|
|Salutation||Payment Asset||Objective||Resource Catalog||Document Link|
|Payment Processor||Recommendation||FSS Forecast|
|Payment Schedule||Report||Humanitarian Scope|
|Planned Giving||Request||IATI File Generation|
|Indicator Value Location|
|Non-Embedded Codelist Vocabulary|
Forms and dashboards
The Nonprofit Accelerator combines standard Dynamics 365 entities with entities that are customized specifically for nonprofit use cases to help you build nonprofit industry solutions. They include:
Aligning beneficiaries to program delivery
Aligning funds to results framework
This section provides examples of the forms and dashboards that demonstrate the entities in the Common Data Model for Nonprofits.
Complete constituent profiles for individuals, households, and organizations, including biographical details, communication methods, preferences, relationships, salutations, employment and education history, donations, and grants/awards.
The sample dashboard for donations includes gift acknowledgement, tracking of individual and organizational pledges and gifts, one-time and recurring gifts, gifts in kind, and grant disbursements.
End-to-end Award management data model and sample application including dockets, inquiries, requests, awards recommendations, reviews, reports, budgets and disbursements.
Indicators and indicator values
Program Delivery and Results entities that detail what will be measured to track evidence of output-outcome-impact and qualitative or quantitative point-in-time measurements of evidence of output-outcome-impact.
Volunteer Preferences, Skills and Availability
Track volunteer preferences, skills and availability and establish Volunteer Projects leveraging Dynamics 365 Project Service Automation.
Membership Category entity that establishes membership levels and Membership entity that links Constituents to Membership Category, enabling the creation and tracking of membership over time.
IATI (Optional Add-On)
IATI is a global campaign to create transparency in the records of how aid money is spent. The initiative hopes to ensure that aid money reaches its intended recipients with the goal of improving standards of living worldwide and globally reduce poverty. Nonprofits can now record their fundraising and programmatic activities according to the IATI Organizational and Activity Standards, sync IATI non-embedded code lists with the Nonprofit Accelerator and generate IATI Organization and Activity XML files from the Nonprofit Accelerator.
Dynamics 365 Finance and Power Apps Data Integrator (Optional Add-On)
Template data integrator tasks to connect Nonprofit Accelerator Constituents, Donations, Awards and Programs to Finance and Operations.
Depending on the partner and organization needs, the Dynamics 365 Nonprofit Accelerator can be implemented in multiple ways with dependencies to consider with each solution. These solution packages can be referenced on GitHub. The solution package options include:
NonprofitCore – This contains the essentials for the nonprofit accelerator including views, forms and data entities and has no dependency on Microsoft Dynamics 365 and is only dependent on Microsoft’s Common Data Service.
NonprofitSales – This solution contains the additions to the Nonprofit Core solution that leverage Dynamics 365 Sales module, including campaign, lead, opportunity and product. This solution depends on:
Nonprofit Accelerator - NonprofitCore and NonprofitSales solution packages
Dynamics 365 modules – Dynamics Sales
MicrosoftDynamics365VolunteerManagement – This solution contains additions to the NonprofitCore and NonprofitSales solutions and leverages Dynamics 365 Project Service Automation (PSA) to support volunteer management scenarios. This solution depends on:
Nonprofit Accelerator – NonprofitCore, NonprofitSales, and MicrosoftDynamics365Volunteer Management solution packages
Dynamics 365 modules – Dynamics Sales and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Project Service Automation (PSA)
MicrosoftDynamics365IATI – This solution contains additions to the NonprofitCore and NonprofitSales solutions to improve the IATI compliance, including: IATI xml file export and the non-embedded sync process features. This solution depends on:
Nonprofit Accelerator – NonprofitCore and NonprofitSales solution packages
Dynamics 365 modules – Dynamics Sales
Nonprofit Measurement – This solution adds to the NonprofitCore to improve the way way of measuring nonprofit programs. This solution has no dependency on Microsoft Dynamics 365 and depends on:
- Nonprofit Accelerator – NonprofitCore
This illustration visually explains the solution components and dependencies:
The table below shows the data entities available in each solution package:
*“Microsoft Dynamics 365 Nonprofit Accelerator” encompassing all of the nonprofit data entities.